Topic: Lateral Length

The Proppant Demand Dichotomy in Appalachia Super Laterals

While the Appalachia Basin only accounts for roughly 15% of total proppant usage in the Lower 48, the US Northeast has some of the highest proppant amounts per well. In 1Q18 a typical completion in the Appalachia Basin averaged roughly 16 million pounds, or 8,000 tons, representing a 7% increase year-over-year. Comparatively, the US average is roughly 13 million pounds or 6500 tons. This is partially attributable to specific operators in the region testing longer “super laterals.” Figure 1. Proppant Amount and...

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Super Laterals Trending in the US Northeast

Operators across the Lower 48 are continuously enhancing their drilling and completion techniques to extract the most out of any given well. While lateral length trends vary in each basin, operators in the Marcellus and Utica in the US Northeast are testing some of the longest laterals in the country—beyond 20,000’ in some cases—and are showing no signals of slowdown. Operators in the Marcellus and Utica are drilling 9,035-foot average laterals in 2017. Year-to-date in 2018, the average lateral length...

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NOV Banks on Growing Demand for Longer Laterals, Improved Monitoring

On April 27, 2017, National Oilwell Varco (NYSE:NOV) released its Q1’17 results to investors in its quarterly earnings call. During the first quarter, the company booked orders for75,000 HHP additional hydraulic fracturing equipment, bringing the company’s 2017 total to 150,000 HHP 30 high-spec well servicing rigs, featuring components that optimize a rig’s ability to adapt to a variety of applications, including extended lateral completions 16 NOVOS™ rig operating systems, which automate drilling activities and leverage real-time data for optimizing...

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Halcón Enters Southern Delaware Basin, Plans to Expand in Bakken

Halcón Resources Corporation (NYSE:HK) has announced agreements that will mark the company’s entry into the Southern Delaware Basin and released preliminary details on its planned activity for 2017, including expanded activity in the Williston Basin. New Deals Mark Halcón’s Entry Into Delaware Basin The company announced its entry into the Southern Delaware Basin through two key agreements:A purchase and sale agreement with a private operator to acquire 20,748 net acres in the Southern Delaware Basin (the "Pecos County Assets") for $705...

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Larger Volumes and Integrated Operations Key for Frac Sand Suppliers

The U.S. frac sand market has heated up in 2016 even with depressed oil prices. Many operators have increased proppant intensities in their frac designs and are testing upwards of 5,000 pounds per lateral foot while increasing the size of their laterals. Some of the these operators are Devon Energy (NYSE: DVN) and Chesapeake Energy (NYSE: CHK) who have tested in the SCOOP and Haynesville. Horizontal wells in the Permian basin average 7,500 foot laterals and 11 million pounds of proppant...

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Energen Prepares for 2017 Increasing Budget by Over $100 Million

Energen Corporation (NYSE: EGN) is a pure play operator in the Permian Basin that recently increased its budget to drill more wells this year to grow its inventory of DUCs. The company increased its budget by $100 to $150 million which is expected to be spent in the second half of the year on building the inventory of DUCs. This brings Energen’s total capex in 2016 to $350 to $400 million with $250 to $300 for the Midland Basin and...

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