Sunday, March 3, 2013

Random Update on the Statoil/BEXP Pad in Northwest Williston; The Pyramid Wells

The Pyramid Wells On The Northwest Side Of Williston
Near the New Williston High School

  • 22872, 3,091, Statoil/BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 4H (changed from 4TFH), Todd, t3/13; cum 279K 7/17;
  • 22873, 2.835, Statoil/BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 3H, Todd, 9,132 bbls in first 6 days; s7/5/12; kop7/14/12; td9/10/12; no flare; t3/13; cum 261K 7/17;
  • 22874, 1,884, Statoil, Pyramid 15-22 2TFH, Todd, 32 stages; 3.8 million lbs sand/ceramic; almost no background gas during lateral drilling, t3/13; cum 143K 7/17;
  • 22875, 2,341, Statoil, Pyramid 15-22 1H, Todd, t4/13; cum 208K 7/17;
Updates

March 18, 2015: see the stream of notes below regarding the small production from some of the Pyramid wells in August, 2014. A reader provided the answer: meter mis-allocation. Production from all the wells is commingled into a tank battery. Meters are installed to track allocation from each well. Occasionally the meters get screwed up. Bottom line: no production decrease for these Pyramid wells in August, 2014; simply a meter anomaly.

March 17, 2015: while updating the Pyramid wells, I noted strange production numbers of #22874 (which has had history of strange production numbers); look at 31 days of production in August, 2014; only 38 bbls of production, and only 594 bbls sold:

BAKKEN10-20143132282953552821661941225
BAKKEN9-20142925211933600021641719445
BAKKEN8-201431385946906330633060
BAKKEN7-201431288730448830336333630

The same is true of #22875, again look at 8/14 data:


BAKKEN9-20142940313092757350284617411
BAKKEN8-201431628307050556655660
BAKKEN7-201425399840482914282628260


It appears the data is the same for all Pyramid wells; most likely not on-line the entire 31 days; perhaps the error is number of days being reported; 

February 27, 2014: photo of the Pyramid pad.

November 24, 2013: note the variability in production in #22872 and #22873.

October 10, 2013: a reader noticed a discrepancy or change in production numbers for #22874. Note May, 2013, in the table below, and the production in the July 15, 2013, update:

PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare
BAKKEN8-201331625361461172550004518482
BAKKEN7-20132160305165122054564453133
BAKKEN6-20131787713593713348143205
BAKKEN5-20131788889481626148094319490
BAKKEN4-201322805074571641669376717220
BAKKEN3-2013334742850855924302152278
I feel quite comfortable that the May, 2013, production number originally reported was a typographical error. A reader notified the NDIC; they said the data is automatically updated from the operator; NDIC does not type in the data, so the data (apparently) originates with the operator.
August 9, 2013:
  • 22872, 3,091, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 4H (changed from 4TFH), Todd, t3/13; cum 150K 1/15;
  • 22873, 2.835, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 3H, Todd, 9,132 bbls in first 6 days; s7/5/12; kop7/14/12; td9/10/12; no flare; t3/13; cum 194K 1/15;
  • 22874, 1,884, Statoil, Pyramid 15-22 2TFH, Todd, 32 stages; 3.8 million lbs sand/ceramic; almost no background gas during lateral drilling, t3/13; cum 95K 1/15; this well is on a pump;
  • 22875, 2,341, Statoil, Pyramid 15-22 1H, Todd, t4/13; cum 148K 1/15;
July 15, 2013:
  • 22874, 1,884, Statoil, Pyramid 15-22 2TFH, Todd, 32 stages; 3.8 million lbs sand/ceramic; almost no background gas during lateral drilling, t3/13; cum 95K 1/15;
PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare
BAKKEN5-2013173725038467626148094319490
BAKKEN4-201322805074571641669376717220
BAKKEN3-2013334742850855924302152278

As incredible as that well is, it's not alone:
  • 22875, 2,341, Statoil, Pyramid 15-22 1H, Todd, t4/13; cum 148K 1/15;
PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare
BAKKEN5-2013282335820488806211662105981064
BAKKEN4-2013271859518022222602037519582793
BAKKEN3-20132623072123615977

Original Post

One has to think the name of these wells -- the "Pyramid" wells suggest something quite big, even for the Bakken. Vern Whitten aerial photograph of the Pyramid wells.

I decided to do a stand-alone post on a BEXP pad that is getting a fair amount of attention since the initial post was getting a bit long for that particular page.

The site is actually inside Williston city limits according to the NDIC GIS map servers, in the northwest corner of Williston, and the northwest corner of section 15-154-101.  I believe this information is not new: this BEXP site has been discussed before. But it will be very, very interesting to follow. It appears Google maps now shows the pad. It is almost exactly two miles west of where the Williston bypass intersects "2&85" north of Williston. Compared to other single well pads in the immediate area this pad seems to be about two- to three-times larger.  There is currently one 4-well pad, of which three wells are on DRL status and run south; the fourth is still confidential. (In an earlier comment or post I had mistakenly thought the pad under question was farther west; but now the site has been correctly identified.)
  • 22872, 3,091, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 4H (changed from 4TFH), Todd, t3/13; cum 150K 1/15;
  • 22873, 2.835, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 3H, Todd, 9,132 bbls in first 6 days; s7/5/12; kop7/14/12; td9/10/12; no flare; cum 194K 1/15;
  • 22874, 1,884, Statoil, Pyramid 15-22 2TFH, Todd, 32 stages; 3.8 million lbs sand/ceramic; almost no background gas during lateral drilling, t3/13; cum 95K 1/15;
  • 22875, 2,341, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 1H; Todd; s7/30/12; kop [o/a 8/11/12]; td8/17/12; a 1 - 4 foot flare was noted; but also a 25 - 30' flare was observed at 17765' after tripping in the hole due to a motor failure; t4/13; cum 148K 1/15;
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March, 2013 production numbers:

22872, 3,091, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 4H (changed from 4TFH), Todd, t3/13; cum 150K 1/15;

PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare
BAKKEN3-20137117561114515159992735966331

22873, 2,835, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 3H, Todd, 9,132 bbls in first 6 days; s7/5/12; kop7/14/12; td9/10/12; no flare; t3/12; cum 194K 1/15;

PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare
BAKKEN3-2013691328062108796677350131766331

22874, 1,884, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 2TFH; Todd; s7/3/12; kop7/26/12; td8/28/12; no flare; t3/13; cum 95K 1/15;

PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare
BAKKEN3-2013334742850855924302152278

22875, 2,341, BEXP, Pyramid 15-22 1H; Todd; s7/30/12; kop [o/a 8/11/12]; td8/17/12; a 1 - 4 foot flare was noted; but also a 25 - 30' flare was observed at 17765' after tripping in the hole due to a motor failure; t4/13; cum 148K 1/15;

PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare
BAKKEN3-20132623072123615977

6 comments:

  1. This location is right next to Williston's first round about.

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    1. Thank you. It must be on the south side of the east-west street (road) out to that huge housing subdivision (26th Street W/52nd Street NW on Google maps). I know exactly where you are talking about. Thank you.

      I also think there was supposed to a north-south road that was going to go from the round-about to the industrial parks west of Williston, 35th Avenue West? At Google maps, it looks like this road might be complete, or at least under construction.

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  2. The road is roughed in but not surfaced yet. It runs south from the round about along the west side of the Pyramid down near where the new Buffalo Wings restaurant is going up. Statoil has planted pine trees all along the North and West sides of the location. They also put up a nice flag pole and laser carved rock that says "Statoil". I think it's very sharp. Fracking crew move off about 10 days ago.

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    1. Bruce,

      I have enjoyed reading your blog for the last year. I have work in Alaska's North slope for ten years. Multi-well pads are the norm here. We have anywhere from 20 to 200 wells on a pad.

      Great blog. Keep up the work.

      Thanks Sean

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    2. Sean, thank you for taking the time to write and for your kind comments.

      I've learned a lot.

      Years ago (in another life, long, long ago and in a land far, far away) I was fortunate enough to visit the North Slope. Great memories.

      You are correct. I don't think the folks in North Dakota yet realize how big the multi-well pads will be in the Bakken. To some extent, it was done out of economic and environmental necessity in Alaska, but that, too, will happen in the Bakken.

      Again, thank you for writing. Have a great summer -- days should start getting longer up there.

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