Saturday, November 10, 2018

Goodnight ... See You Tomorrow ... Thank You For Your Service ... God Speed ... And Good Luck

I was just getting ready to sign off for the night. I posted my last note on the blog for the day. I was going to check my e-mail and then close the MacBook Air and watch a little football, read a bit.

And then I find this in my e-mail. A note from a reader with the link to this video:

There are so many story lines here.

It is impossible to articulate the "mind-set" of military surgeons. I certainly do not "understand" them. They are beyond my comprehension.

Age "goes out the window."

In this video, we watch a 60-year-old orthopedic surgeon join the military and serve as a combat orthopedic surgeon -- his comments about the lone piper are profound. During my 30 years in the service, a lone piper seemed to appear in the most unusual and unexpected places, perhaps only a handful of times, but always when least expected and most needed.

A huge thanks to the reader for sending me the video. It really, really means a lot.

Lots of memories.

Random Update Of A QEP Hazel Well In The Helis Grail -- November 10, 2018

I've blogged about the QEP Hazel wells on many occasions. If interested, click on "Hazel."

For newbies, this is a good example of a Bakken life-cycle:
  • drill
  • frack
  • produce
  • re-frack
  • produce
  • repeat
This well was recently re-fracked:
  • 22371, 3,668, QEP, Hazel 13-34/27H, Grail, t5/13; cum 488K 9/18; the second frack: sundry form received August 3, 2018; 100 mesh, 8 million lbs; 100 mesh CRC, 727,000 lbs; 30 stages; IP for this re-frack not provided;
The re-frack resulted in a max production of 27,368 bbls in one month; the original frack resulted in max production of 27,119 bbls in one month.  To the best of my knowledge, based on what readers tell me, we do not see this in conventional wells. This is like getting a brand new well for free except for the cost of the re-frack.

Recent production profile:
PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare

Full production profile at this post.

An MRO Stohler Well With Huge Jump In Production -- And Not Re-Fracked -- November 10, 2018

I recently removed this well, #16333, from the list of wells that I was following.  Part of the story was #16860:
August 25, 2018: 16333, MR0, re-fracked 4/18; come back to this; off-line 3/18; remains off-line 8/18; neighboring well, #16860, off-line same time; still off-line 8/18; neighboring well a TFH well, #30266, not taken off-line during this period, huge production -- 117K in 3.5 months;
Well, lookeee here!
  • 16860, 348, MRO, Stohler 41-3H, Bailey, t2/08; cum 409K 9/18; recent production:
PoolDateDaysBBLS OilRunsBBLS WaterMCF ProdMCF SoldVent/Flare

Was this well re-fracked? Nope.

I didn't think this was supposed to happen. All the "peak oil" folks and the "conventional oil" folks tell me that once a well starts declining, one shouldn't see a jump in production (during primary production). But here we have yet another example of the "Bakken phenomenon."

MDU's Valley Expansion -- Natural Gas Pipeline Expansion -- Southeastern North Dakota -- In-Service -- November 10, 2018

See this February 17, 2018, post for background.

That project has now been green-lighted. Link here. FERC said MDU's WBI Energy can begin operating:
  • $57 million Valley Expansion
  • around north side of Fargo, ND
  • 40 million cf/d of additional gas  
  • Tharaldson Ethanol Plant 1 LLC -- ethanol plant near Casselton, ND -- customer

Note: Don noted the huge size of the compressor -- 3,000-horsepower electric-driven compressor station. From this site:
Reciprocating compressors in gas production and gathering systems range in size from below ~ 100 BHP (75 kW) to around 6700 BHP (5000 kW) with a median size from about 1300 BHP (1000 kW) to approximately 2600 BHP (2000 kW). Rotary screw compressors used in oil and gas production applications exhibit approximately the same size ranges. Reciprocating compressor speeds range between 200 and 1500 rpm, and rotary screw compressors have median speeds of about 1500 rpm. 
So, if I understand this (and I don't) correctly, the "median size" tends to max out at 2600 horsepower. The MDU compressor in this story: 3000 horsepower.

New Bakken Pipeline Announced; Meanwhile A Montana Judge Kills The Keystone XL (Again) -- November 10, 2018

First, a little background, because I think the route will be along some of the existing easements.

To get an idea of the geographical area we're talking about, you may want to take another look at this noted posted just a few days ago regarding "the Voyager."

From the BusinessWire, a Berkshire Hathaway Company:
  • The True companies, based in Casper, WY:
    • Bridger Pipeline LLC
    • Belle Fourche Pipeline Company
    • Butte Pipe Line Company
  • Bridger Pipeline LLC owns and operates:
    • the Poplar System in eastern Montana
    • the Four Bears Pipeline System in North Dakota
    • the Parshall Gathering System in Wyoming
    • the Powder River System in Wyoming
  • Belle Fourche Pipeline Company gathers and transports crude oil in:
    • the Williston Basin of western North Dakota
    • the Powder River Basin of Wyoming
  • Butte Pipe Line Company owns the transmission line from Baker, MT, to Guernsey, WY
Now the news from Phillips 66 released on November 9, 2018:
  • joint venture between Philllips 66 and Bridger Pipeline LLC
  • Liberty Pipeline
  • origin: "from the Rockies and the Bakken production areas"
  • terminus: "Corpus Christi, Texas
  • initial capacity: 350,000 bopd; with ability to expand
  • anticipated in-service date: 4Q20
In that same press release, Phillips 66:
  • announced the Red Oak Pipeline
  • origin: Cushing, OK
  • terminus: Corpus Christi, Houston, and Beaumont (TX)
  • initial throughput: 400,000 bopd with ability to expand
  • anticipated in-service date: 4Q20 
Meanwhile, The Keystone XL Is Stopped Again 


November 11, 2018: what does the end of the Keystone XL mean for Canada? WCS oil is now trading below $16/bbl.

Original Post 

I suppose if you want to read the article (at this link), you can. But it's the same old thing. Bottom line: Keystone XL construction has been stopped, putting hundreds of hard-working, salt-of-the-earth men and women out of work.

The US district judge announced his ruling two days after the mid-term elections in which the Democratic candidate for US Senate won by a very, very narrow margin.

Meanwhile, The DAPL Is At Jeopardy In Two Courts

Previously posted: