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Enhanced Completions Well Downspacing Keep the Bakken Pumping

Enhanced Completions Well Downspacing Keep the Bakken Pumping

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Enhanced Completions and Well Downspacing Keep the Bakken Pumping

Though oil prices continue to slowly creep upward, operators are still wary of shale economics. In lieu of expanding operations, companies are consolidating and innovating: turning to already de-risked acreage and heavily focusing on downspacing and improving well performance in core areas. Enhanced completion methods, longer laterals, more proppant, and new targets in the Lower Three Forks are increasing recovery rates and generating wells with impressive economies.


Report provides information and insight on

How production and development in the Bakken has behaved subsequent to the oil price crash

Advancements in completion techniques are their contribution and effect on the IP rates and EUR of newer wells

Capital budgets of major players in the Bakken play and their plans going forward in 2015

Rig and permit counts and expected trends of these metrics throughout 2015

Reasons To Buy

Improved completion and drilling methods and their effect on well efficiency and performance

The geology of the Bakken play and the formations which constitute it

Expected company behavior through 2015 and 2016

How the Bakken endured and continues to endure the low price environment and the measures operators are taking to keep producing

Downspacing operations and how they affect Bakken production and productivity per acre

1 Table of Contents

1 Table of Contents 2

1.1 List of Tables 4

1.2 List of Figures 5

2 Key Points 6

3 Introduction 7

4 Geology 9

5 Acreage 11

6 Deals 13

7 Top Operators: 14

7.1 Continental 14

7.2 ConocoPhillips 15

7.3 Enerplus 15

7.4 EOG 16

7.5 Whiting 16

8 Active Counties 18

9 Productivity 19

10 Well Cost 22

11 Well Completion and Configuration 24

12 Rig Counts 26

13 Break-even Costs 28

14 Permit Activity 30

15 EUR 33

16 Capital Expense Forecast 34

17 Contracts 36

18 Projected Rig Counts 39

19 Crude Oil Production Forecast 41

20 Other Operators 43

21 Appendix 45

21.1 Abbreviations 45

21.2 Methodology 45

21.2.1 Coverage 45

21.2.2 Secondary Research 46

21.3 Disclaimer 46

1.2 List of Figures

Figure 1: Bakken IP30 Rates by County 8

Figure 2: Bakken Acreage by Company (net) 11

Figure 3: EUR by County and Company 14

Figure 4: Active Well Count by Company 18

Figure 5: Bakken Oil Production (2014) 20

Figure 6: Natural Gas Production (2014) 21

Figure 7: Average Well Cost 23

Figure 8: Break-even Prices by County 28

Figure 9: Break-even Prices by Company 29

Figure 10: Horizontal Drilling Permits, Jan-June 2015 31

Figure 11: Average EUR per Well 33

Figure 12: Bakken Production (bd) 42

1.1 List of Tables

Table 1: Geological Characteristics of Bakken TPS Units 10

Table 2: Notable Deals 13

Table 3: Bakken Well Design and Cost Estimations 24

Table 4: Bakken Well Configurations 25

Table 5: Horizontal Rig Count by County 26

Table 6: Percentage Rig Count Loss by County (%) 27

Table 7: Development Drilling Permits by Company and County 32

Table 8: Capital Budget 34

Table 9: Contracts Awarded in the Bakken 36

Table 10: Gas Processing Facilities 37

Table 11: Pipelines 38

Table 12: Projected Rig Counts 39

Table 13: Other Companies 43

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