January 10, 2017: update on Permian valuation, Midland, Southern Delaware = $26,000 / acre.
November 18, 2016: largest "continuous" oil discovery ever made in the United States.
Geologists say a new survey shows an oilfield in west Texas dwarfs others found so far in the United States, according to the US Geological Survey.
The Midland Basin of the Wolfcamp Shale area in the Permian Basin is now estimated to have 20 billion barrels of oil and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas, according to a new assessment by the USGS.
That makes it three times larger than the assessment of the oil in the mammoth Bakken formation in North Dakota. The estimate would make the oilfield, which encompasses the cities of Lubbock and Midland -- 118 miles apart -- the largest "continuous oil" discovery in the United States, according to the USGS. [To put the 20 billion bbls of crude oil in perspective, it is estimated by some that the Bakken has 50 billion bbls of recoverable crude oil by primary production.]
[By the way, a 3-part series on the Midland/Permian: http://themilliondollarway.blogspot.com/2014/12/the-permian-geologic-overview-december.html.]
Parsley Energy Inc., Austin, has agreed to acquire undeveloped acreage and producing oil and gas properties in Glasscock County, TX, along with associated mineral and overriding royalty interests, for $400 million in cash.Note:
The assets cover 9,140 net acres near existing Parsley leasehold, with estimated current net production of 270 boe/d from 67 gross (60 net) vertical wells.
The acreage features 215 net horizontal drilling locations in the Lower Spraberry, Wolfcamp A, and Wolfcamp B formations, based on 660-ft between-well spacing, with an estimated average lateral length of 7,500 ft. Average working interest from the identified drilling locations is 92%.
Separately, the firm says its first producing horizontal well on its Glasscock County acreage acquired in May has shown encouraging results. The Dwight Gooden 6-7-01AH well, 2.5 miles west of the acreage to be acquired, completed in the Wolfcamp A interval with a 5,890-ft stimulated lateral, registering a peak 30-day initial production rate of 1,161 boe/d, or 197 boe/d/1,000 stimulated ft.
Normalized to 7,000 lateral ft, the well is outperforming the firm’s 1 million boe EUR type curve for Midland basin Wolfcamp A/B wells by 10% after almost 90 days of production, generating 82% oil during that timeframe.
- $400 million / 9,140 net acres = $44,000 / mineral acre
- short laterals
- 660-foot spacing
- 82% oil
- outperforming the firm's 1 million boe EUR type curve