Oil production in North Dakota, home to the prolific Bakken formation, could hit 1 million barrels per day (bpd) as early as at the end of this year, the head of the state's Mineral Resources Department said on Tuesday.
Data issued by the department on Tuesday showed production rose 35,000 bpd in August to more than 910,000 bpd, a fresh all-time high that far exceeds an official forecast used by the state's budget of 850,000 bpd by the end of the year.
"We moved through 900,000 bpd in August. It was just in May that we hit 800,000 bpd. That tells us that at the end of this year or very early next year we will see 1 million barrels," Lynn Helms, head of the department, said on a conference call. Helms forecast "a fairly good-sized surge" in production in September because a number of wells that were to be completed had to be delayed from August due to drillers falling behind and rain.It will take a great November report to get us to one million bbls of oil per day.