Saturday, October 25, 2014

Random Update On A Whiting Well In Pronghorn Prospect, Southwest North Dakota -- October 25, 2014

It seems the Pronghorn prospect in southwest North Dakota has very mixed results. Some wells seem to be very, very good; others not quite so good. It looks like Whiting is going to be reporting some nice wells in this area. This is one example:
  • 24830, conf,Whiting, Pronghorn Federal 44-11PH, Park, coming off confidential: list on January 4, 2015:
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US Having Coolest Year On Record: 2014

Real Science is reporting:
The percentage of US HCN stations to reach 90 degrees was the smallest on record this year, with four of the five coolest years occurring above 350 PPM CO2. The most widespread heat occurred in 1931, when more than 98% of stations were over 90 degrees.
Spoiler alert / warning: A real scientific graph is posted at the link. 

Random Note On CLR Nomenclature

It's possible I mentioned this before. Note the designation in this CLR well name:

  • 26128, 413, CLR, Perch 1-30H1, 30 stages; 2.1 million lbs sand/ceramic; Three Forks First Bench,

Update On The Proposed $4 Billion Petrochemical Plant Being Talked About For North Dakota -- October 25, 2014

For background to this story, see these two posts:
From a reader:
The Badlands NGLs president was interviewed by the Minneapolis Star-Tribune- about where the [new petrochemical] plant would be located. He stated it would be where mid-stream companies deliver the ethane. He said it may be easier to just build it near an interstate gas pipeline, where the ethane could be separated from the methane. That is the reason that south-central or northeast North Dakota are likely
Only two OneOK plants and Hess are capable of removing the ethane from the gas, and the pipelines are at the point of being saturated with ethane, so for just a safety issue, an ethylene plant is needed to get gas out of ND. 
He also said that is was likely that a polypropylene plant would get built, and a mega refinery would be built near Williston.
This is the link to the story the reader referenced:

This is quite a story; much more than just a "where is the new plant going to be built." There is a lot of background information.

[See comment below: the full interview was published in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune a couple of days ago. If i can find it, I will post the link later.]

There are many, many interesting data points in the article; this is one:
North Dakota natural gas contains high levels of ethane, propane and butane — the natural gas liquids — which helps explain the industry’s delay in building the infrastructure, said Justin Kringstad, director of the North Dakota Pipeline Authority.
“The Bakken gas is incredibly rich,” he said. “It’s a very high-density, high BTU gas, so much so that a lot of the plants being constructed here, they’ve taken some very special engineering and expertise to get them to work properly.”
The high-BTU gas is what attracted Bill Gilliam, CEO of Badlands NGL, the firm raising money for a petrochemical plant in northeast, south central or southwest North Dakota. The factory will need ethane, which accounts for up to roughly 6 percent of raw natural gas. By conservative estimates North Dakota is producing enough gas to make 150,000 barrels per day, enough to fill 10 Olympic swimming pools.
Badlands would need about half that much, and would employ 500 people at the plant and at a headquarters in Bismarck. Net job creation would be 2,375 positions, Goenner, the economist, said, based on similar projects. The plant’s plastic beads — created using steam and ethane and high pressure — would travel by train to factories or shipping ports.
Such a plant in North Dakota would enjoy not just an abundance of the necessary raw material — Gilliam believes key pipelines passing through North Dakota are close to taking on dangerous levels of ethane — but also easier shipping to key industrial centers than polyethylene plants on the Gulf of Mexico.
And it continues:
“Let’s look at the markets that actually buy polyethylene in the United States. They’re in the industrial Midwest, which by rail is closer to North Dakota than it is to the Gulf Coast,” Gilliam said.
“Taking finished polyethylene by rail to Vancouver or to Seattle, or even to Duluth on the St. Lawrence Seaway are all things that are easy to do in North Dakota, and easier than going through the Panama Canal.”
The interview can be found at the same source, in the Business section:
I assume these articles will be archived at a later date, retrievable with subscription.

Hawkeye Oil Field Has Been Updated -- October 25, 2014

Link here for the Hawkeye oil field.

Newbies might get a kick out of seeing some incredible Hess and BR wells: 100K bbls in less than 6 months.

Also, check out this interesting post regarding the Hawkeye oil field.

A Re-Entry Well? Test The Madison, Other Formations?

Regarding the following well, a sundry form received June 6, 2014, suggests OXY USA will be re-entering this well to test the Madison, as well as possibly other formations:
  • 17899, TA/1,191, OXY USA, Stroh 11-1H, Lot 4 1-143N-97W, Cabernet, 1,191, t9/09; cum 157 12/12;
This well last produced oil in June, 2012.

There is a nice Madison well one-half mile northeast of the Stroh Bakken well:
  • 14442, AB/283, Missouri Basin Well Service, Beaudoin 36-1, t10/96; cum 129K 8/14;