Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Random Update Of A Hess Re-Frack: HA-Mogen, Hawkeye Oil Field -- February 28, 2017

The well, API 33-053-02811:
  • 16694, 348, Hess, HA-Mogen-152-95 0805H-1 ST2, Hawkeye, t12/07; cum 310K 12/16;
Production profile around time of re-frack (no production from 2/12 to 10/14):


Original frack production data:


  1. I am curious how you discover a well has been refracted. I looked up this well and it shows AL for status, but nothing in the well file shows any info other than from the original drilling. Is it just by looking at individual production history? Also, are refracting rigs counted in the daily active rig list? As always, thanks for your work!

    1. That's really a cool question. As usual, some of comments are based on fact, and some based on assumption, and I don't always separate out the two.

      Here's how it works:

      1. In general, the initial frack is part of file report (Basic Services subscription). Rarely, the initial frack data is missing, but that's simply an oversight, not the standard operating procedure.

      2. The NDIC does not update the scout ticket reflecting a re-frack (at least so far).

      3. It is note standard operating procedure for operators to submit data for a re-frack. But some do.

      4. That's where FracFocus comes into play.

      5. Prior to some date, I don't know, when maybe prior to late 2012, operators were not required to submit completion/frack data to FracFocus.

      6. But after some date, late 2012, maybe 2013, I don't know, all fracking (initial and re-frack) data had to be submitted to FracFocus.

      7. When I check FracFocus, if there is no frack data, that simply means the frack was done before requirements to submit data to FracFocus were in play.

      8. All new fracks and re-fracks are now recorded/reported at FracFocus.

      9. I am currently going through the file reports with permit numbers 16500 - 16999. It is easy to fine production profiles to suggest something has been done to increase production three-plus years after the original frack. For those wells, I simply go to FracFocus. If the well was re-fracked (fracked after late 2012/2013 -- see above) then the data will be there. If there is no frack data to explain it, then I assume there are other factors to suggest the increased production.

      10. Occasionally, I often go back to the file report for additional information, but that takes a lot of time, so I may be wrong in some/many cases, but I bet I'm pretty close in most cases.

      If this leads to more questions, let me know.

    2. The reader asked whether re-fracks include the number of active rigs being reported on a daily basis. I don't know, but I don't believe so. I do not think active rigs include re-fracks. Technically re-fracks are not drilling or re-drilling; they are "pumping operations" -- pumping huge amounts of water/proppand downhole to "explode" the formation to allow oil to flow through the formation more easily.

  2. Thanks for your response. The well I am interested in is Hess BW-Norgard-149-100-1102-1 which had only 6 days production in Dec. FracFocus doesn't show any info, but it might not have been sent in or it simply came off line.

    1. If I'm looking at the correct Norgard wells, it's file / permit #22389. There is nothing in the file report to suggest what might be going on. There is a 3-well pad right to the east (maybe all four wells on same pad) and they are all still shown as being on-line

      When I see a production profile like the one you describe (on-line for only six days in one month) it's too early to know what's going on. It's possible they're going to move a work-over rig on it, or perhaps some other work on the well, or "just one of those things."

      I would just put this on my list to follow up in a couple of months to see if anything is going on.