Monday, December 8, 2014

Reason #24,999 Why I Love To Blog -- Reader's Input -- December 8, 2014

Last night I updated the Whitman wells. (For newbies, note one of the wells has already produced in excess of 1.1 million bbls of oil). I didn't bother to note that I had updated the wells; I am always updating earlier posts and updated production numbers.

But I was tempted to note the update when I saw the production of those wells.

This morning, coincidentally, I received this note from a reader:
Speaking of big wells for CLR. Remember the Whitman in the Oakdale field? Part of the Hawkinson Whitman Eco pad a few years ago. 
Looks like CLR got approval to either extend or replace the Whitman TF1 well that was part of the 2560-acre spacing unit. 
Looks like future plans include drilling the Whitman 1280 out to 14 wells including the eco pad wells. See order #24085 and case #21756. 
Note the updated layout for the 14 wells on the new plan. Do you suppose this is one of those areas I have heard mentioned that could be profitable at $25.00 oil?
I am always busy first thing in the morning. I will come back to this one later.


In a long note like this, there may be factual and typographical errors; in addition, I often misinterpret file reports due to lack of formal training and/or education. If this information is important to you, go to the source. I was also in a rush to complete this, increasing the likelihood of errors. 

I don't have "Premium Services" so I don't have access to NDIC orders. But with Basic Services, I do have access to file reports.
Case 21756: Application of Continental Resources, Inc. for an order to establish appropriate spacing for the Whitman #3-34H well, (Well File No. 20212), located in the NWNE of Section 34, T.147N., R.96W., Oakdale- 
The 1280-acre unit: sections 34/3. [34-147-97 and 3-146-97 but this well is spaced for 2560-acres according to the scout ticket. The GIS map server also shows 2560-acre spacing; I can't tell for sure, but I believe this particular 2560-acre unit would be 34/35-147-96 and 3/2-146-96.

CLR provided a graphic of its drilling plans for the Hawkinson pad back in November, 2013. A lot has been posted over the past two years about the Hawkinson wells; a "Hawkinson" search on the blog will take you to any number of interesting posts on the Hawkinson.

Someone will  have to help me out on this one, note this about #20212: the horizontal never reached planned TD; the file report suggests the reason. So, now look at the length of the lateral: only about 2,000 feet. A typical short lateral in the Bakken is about 4,500 feet; the typical long lateral in the Bakken is about 9,000 feet. According to the well file:
Overall, the majority of the well was drilled in the target zone. Samples were mostly composed of a clean dolomite. 5% oil shows were observed until 12,500' MD. Oil shows then quickly rose to 30% and remained for the rest of the lateral. Gas shows ranged from 1500 - 3000 units from casing unitl 11,800' MD. Gas rose and was observed to be between 4,000 - 5,500 units, sometimes reaching 7,000 units. The well was TD at MD of 13,548' and a TVD of 11,427' after attempts to control and kill the flow and pressure failed.
So, here we have a well that is an incredibly short lateral, that has produced almost 100,000 bbls:
  • 20212, 482, CLR, Whitman 3-34H, 34-147-96, Oakdale, F, t9/11; cum 98K 10/14; the scout ticket says it is still flowing without a pump, and there are no sundry forms to suggest otherwise; in addition, there is no frack data, suggesting this well was not fracked? Also the permit application stated the target was the Three Forks but an early sundry form (dated 2010) made a pen/ink change, lining out Three Forks and writing in "Bakken." The geologist's report said the target was the "middle Bakken."
Production Profile

It's hard to believe this well was not fracked but I don't see the frack report. But remember, they had to "TD" the well when they could not control the pressure and the flow. Here's the production profile for first few months:


The production profile for the most recent months is also very interesting:

PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare

With the slump in the price of oil, I don't think we can make comments about potential production as of October 1, 2014. (I'm not saying that correctly, but hopefully you know what I'm trying to say.)

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