Tuesday, November 11, 2014

94-Stage And 102-Stage Frack In The Bakken -- November 11, 2014; Record IP In The Bakken

Updates

April 7, 2015: these record fracks -- see Whiting's Flatland Federal wells
 
Original Post

More on this later. Press release:
The first well, in the Middle Bakken formation, was completed with 94 stages and was flowing 7,120 BOE/d on October 10, 2014, according to the operator. When the well was completed, it established a world record for number of stages in a single well.
Soon after, an offset well in the Upper Three Forks formation was completed with 104 stages. This well was flowing 7,824 BOE/d on October 11, 2014. This was a hybrid completion comprising 97 NCS GripShift cemented casing sleeves, with seven NCS BallShift cemented ball-drop sleeves in the lower section of the well. In both wells, all stages were successfully fractured.
Readers, I'm sure, will be interested to learn which wells these are.

NCS Energy earlier reported a 92-stage frack in the Eagle Ford.

For newbies, the standard is about 36 stages in the North Dakota Bakken, but we will still see 24-stage fracks, and anything above 40 stages gets my attention.  

Question #9 at my FAQ page, which will have to be updated: What is the record IP to date in the Williston Basin? 
More to follow: in 2Q14 earnings report, WLL: Tarpon Well Completed in 2nd Bench of Three Forks Flowing 6,071 boepd. Not a record in the Bakken -- see Statoil's #23992. But still, this is huge for the second bench.
Statoil reported an IP of 5,417 on September 26, 2013: #23992, Beaux 18-19 7H, Banks oil field. Based on its IP for natural gas (9,663), this well had an IP of 7,083 boepd
Statoil reported an IP of 5,387 on July 19, 2013: #23387, Beaux 18-19 4H, Banks oil field. This might be a new record (this is the IP for crude oil only).
The initial production of any well, self-reported by the producer, is becoming less meaningful over time. Having said that, it looks like the record IP for a Bakken well is now 5,200a Newfield well (July, 2011): 18691, 5,200, NFX, Wisness Federal 152-96-4-2H, Westberg, Bakken.
Statoil reported on July 10, 2013: 23385, 5,070, Beaux 18-19 6H, Banks, t6/13; cum -- ; 7 days to drill the lateral; I did not see completion data; 31 swell packers planned; 
Two earlier wells: a Whiting well which had an IP of 4,761 boepd: file #17612, 4,761 boepd IP, Whiting, Maki 11-27H, Mountrail County, Sanish field.  This is still current as of February 20, 2010. Since then, BEXP claims to have set a record with the Sorenson 29-32 1-H, #18654, with a 24-hour flowback of 5,133 bopd. However, the NDIC reported an IP of 2,944. BEXP also reported the Jack Cvancara 19-18 #1H (this site is down) in the Ross project area with a 24-hour flowback of 5,035.
New record in the Bakken, November 3, 2011The Tarpon Federal 21-4H is a Whiting  Petroleum operated well and had a 24-hour initial production (IP) rate of 7,009 barrels of oil equivalent (BOE), setting a new Williston Basin record for a Bakken well.
Whiting said this was a record TFS well at the time, early 2012, file #20526, Smith 34-12TFH, 2,446, 102K in first 4.5 months.

2 comments:

  1. Although it will not take place overnight, we are witnessing the future of fracturing horizontal wells just change before our eyes ... and on a soon-to-be worldwide basis.
    The economic follow on consequences of these types of stimulations will be as far-reaching as they will be profound.

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    1. I have to really thank my readers for sending me these links. I'm sure readers really, really appreciate this.

      You are correct. The Bakken has been a real laboratory. I was disappointed when the 92-stage frack was in the Eagle Ford, taking the record, so I loved it when I saw this was in the Bakken (the 94-stage, and the 102-stage frack). Now I'm waiting to see which wells.

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