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Bakken Scout
PLS's Bakken Scout covers oil and gas permitting, rig activity and completions in the Dakotas and Montana. The report is available by subscription and is delivered by hard copy and email every 3 weeks. Like other Regionals, the Bakken is packed full of local statistical analysis covering permits, rigs and completions while also covering top stories, fun facts, quick stats and production anomalies.

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BS - Abraxas reaping rewards of completion improvements - June
Abraxas Petroleum is “extremely pleased” with the results of four new wells on its Raven NE pad in McKenzie County, North Dakota. Despite being choked back due to the installation of a gas pipeline, the pad has produced more than 715,000 boe (73% oil) in the first 160 days, with the wells currently producing 900 boe/d each. These child wells have produced an average of 75% of the cumulative volumes as legacy parent wells on the same pad, which has been online for more than seven...
Jun 11, 2019
BS - Hess’ multi-zone pad averages IP24s of 376 boe/d per 1,000 ft - June 11, 2019
At the beginning of April, Hess Corp. completed four wells on the AN-Dinwoodie #153-94-2833H pad in McKenzie County, North Dakota. This year the company is transitioning to plug-and-perf completions from 60-stage sliding-sleeve completions and increasing proppant loading to an average intensity of 10 MMlb per well compared to 8.4 MMlb previously. The Dinwoodie wells were completed in an average of only 35 stages with 11.7-18.8 MMlb of sand and proppant. The four horizontals averaged 376...
Jun 11, 2019
BS - Enerplus Highlights - June 11, 2019
Enerplus brought a three-well pad (100% WI) on production at Fort Berthold in the Williston Basin in Q1. The average peak initial production per well was 1,900 boe/d (74% oil), with an average completed lateral length of 9,600 ft. The company drilled 15 operated wells in Q1, and it expects to complete and bring ~35 operated wells on production in 2019 at Fort...
Jun 11, 2019
BS - PetroShale Highlights - June 11, 2019
Bakken pure-play PetroShale acquired additional acreage in its core South Berthold area for $2.0 million during Q1. The South Berthold area straddles the Dunn-McKenzie county line in North Dakota and is one of two areas where PetroShale is actively drilling and completing wells along with the Antelope area to its north. PetroShale’s South Berthold type wells have EURs of 1.05 MMboe and payout in 1 year for D&C costs of $8.0 million. It has current production of 6,200 boe/d and expects to...
Jun 11, 2019
BS - Apollo Global Highlights - June 11, 2019
Apollo Global Managementbacked Resource Energy Partners continued its Bakken acquisition program, picking up 19 wells with net production of 750 boe/d and PDP reserves of 2.2 MMboe in Divide County, North Dakota. The purchase, which closed May 23, was Resource’s fifth in Divide County. Since its launch in 2015, the Denver-based company has announced Bakken acquisitions from American Eagle Energy, Samson Resources and Blue Ridge Mountain...
Jun 11, 2019
BS - Phillips 66 Highlights - June 11, 2019
Phillips 66 and Bridger Pipeline announced a joint open season for the proposed Liberty pipeline, which will provide shippers the opportunity to secure crude oil transportation service from the Rockies and Bakken production areas to Corpus Christi, Texas. It is expected to have an initial throughput capacity of 350,000 bbl/d with the ability to expand further depending on shipper interest in the open season. The pipeline is anticipated to be placed in service in...
Jun 11, 2019
BS - Marathon Q1 Bakken completions outperform peers by 40% - May 21, 2019
Marathon Oil focused its Q1 Williston Basin completion program on the Myrmidon area in McKenzie and Mountrail counties, North Dakota. A total of 29 wells were turned to sales during the quarter with initial 30-day rates averaging 2,500 boe/d (77% oil), which is 40% higher than the peer-group average. Completed well costs were down more than 25% YOY at $5.1 million, and payout is expected in around six months. “We don't drive our teams to focus on flashy IP24s or even flashy...
May 21, 2019
BS - Whiting infills outperform parents 160% or more near Sanish - May 21, 2019
Through the use of Generations 4.0 and 5.0 completions and infill drilling, Whiting Petroleum has been able to not only improve new well performance but also deliver strong results in areas previously considered developed or outside of the company’s core. In the Williston Basin, the company drilled 34 wells, completed 27 and turned to sales 11 during Q1, with notable results in the eastern, northern and southern portions of the basin. In the eastern Williston’s Pod 8 project, which is...
May 21, 2019
BS - Regional Highlights - May 21, 2019
The EIA projects Bakken production will rise 16,000 bo/d and 22 MMcf/d sequentially in June to 1.42 MMbo/d and 2.786 Bcf/d. There are 714 DUCs in the Bakken as of April, down by 12 compared to March.According to the North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources, the state averaged oil output of 1.39 MMbo/d in March, rising 4% sequentially as production recovered from a hard winter. This is down slightly from a record of 1.4 MMbo/d in January. Natural gas production averaged...
May 21, 2019
BS - Whiting Petroleum Highlights - May 21, 2019
In the first week of April, Whiting Petroleum completed three wells on the Knut Berg Trust #41-28 pad in McKenzie County, North Dakota. The Middle Bakken producers averaged initial 24-hour rates of 3,294 boe/d (71% oil) from laterals averaging 9,677...
May 21, 2019

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