Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Fifteen (15) New Permits -- The Williston Basin, North Dakota, USA; As Noted Earlier, Halcon Had A Very Nice Well

Active rigs: 188 (steady, up 2)

Fifteen (15) new rigs --
  • Operators: Marathon (4), Hess (3), BR (2), Whiting (2), Samson Oil And Gas (2), Newfield (1), Enduro (1),
  • Fields: Stockyard Creek (Williams), Charlson (McKenzie), Siverston (McKenzie), Ellsworth (McKenzie), Hawkeye (McKenzie), Mouse River Park (Renville), Bailey (Dunn)
  • Comments: Whiting has a permit for a wildcat in Golden Valley County, 11-142-105
The one well coming off the confidential list today was reported earlier; see sidebar at the right.

Two (2) producing wells were completed:
  • 23612, 673, CLR, Charlotte 4-22H, Banks, Three Forks, no fracking data yet; 4 sections; no production data;
  • 23795, 1,829, KOG, Smokey 3-30-18-3HA, Pembroke, no fracking data; t6/13; cum --
In the Smokey well file, #23795, there was a letter dated May 7, 2013, from KOG to NDIC explaining KOG's two well spacing programs and requesting extension of the confidentiality period.

The NDIC noted that the confidentiality period could not be administratively extended.

Excerpt of the KOG letter:
Kodiak Oil & Gas {USA), Inc. is currently developing two well spacing pilot programs. The Polar
Pilot Project is located in Williams County (sections 27 and 34, T154N-R98W) while the Smokey Pilot
Project is located in McKenzie County (sections 18 and 19, T149N-R98W). Each project will have 12 wells
within the drilling and spacing unit. Six wells will be in the middle Bakken, three wells will be in the
upper Three Forks and three wells will be in the middle Three Forks. These projects are designed to
determine the optimum spacing between wells. This determination will control the development
pattern for the entire Bakken-Three Forks play in the region west of the Nesson Anticline. ....
As of today, we have drilled 10 of the 12 wells at the Polar Project. Two rigs are currently
drilling the final wells in this project. We have drilled a salt water disposal well on one of the
three pads to minimize trucking when production begins. We will begin fracture stimulation on
the first four well pad in early June. The oil, gas and water gathering systems should be
operational by late summer. All three four well pads should be fracture stimulated by mid-July.
We will monitor the post fracture stimulation flow back and design the most effective
interference testing program at that time. The wireline logs and core analyses are continuing,
but due to the nature of the evaluations, these are slow processes. After we have collected all
the pertinent data including the interference tests, we will be able to formulate an
interpretation with valuable conclusions. We project these data should be fully collected by the
fourth quarter of 2013. The data integration will follow.
Kodiak Oil & Gas respectfully requests the North Dakota Industrial Commission grant an
extension of the confidentiality period on all the wells in the Polar Pilot Project until June 1,
2014. This will afford an opportunity to gather and interpret the extensive data set in this critical
The Smokey Pilot Project is less extensive than the Polar Project. The Smokey Project
does not include a pilot hole, cores or advanced wireline logs. However, it is a twelve well test
on similar spacing as the Polar Project. We have currently drilled nine wells, two rigs are on
location to finish the last three wells by late June. Two of the wells were completed earlier,
three more are scheduled for completion in July. The last of the wells will be fracture stimulated
by late August. Production and interference testing will continue into the fourth quarter of
Kodiak Oil & Gas respectfully requests the North Dakota Industrial Commission extend
the confidentiality period for all wells in the Smokey Pilot Project until January 1, 2014.

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