Topic: Well Pads

Evolution of Permian Pad Drilling: Cube Development and the Pad Complex in Drilling Factories

The U.S. land rigs have been increasing along with the WTI price since mid-2016. In 2018, the US active land rig count was up 17% from the previous year. Energent's Rig Insights page suggests that currently there are 1,013 rigs operating as of last week of February. On a basin-by-basin level, the drilling activity in the Williston increased by 36% Y-o-Y, while the Eagle Ford and MidCon increased by 26% and 20%, respectively.Multi-well pad drilling is more mature in...

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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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DUCs Head North for Summer

Publicly traded E&Ps and service companies are entering a Q2 earnings season anticipating a slowdown across the unconventional plays. In Halliburton’s (NYSE: HAL) second quarter earnings call Dave Lesar said, ”rig count growth is showing signs of plateauing and customers are tapping the brakes.”  With oil prices under $50 per barrel and oil supply at record levels, expect a pullback in Permian, Eagle Ford, DJ-Niobrara, and Bakken drilling activity. The steady increase of horizontal drilling rigs and infrastructure needs in...

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Exploring the 885 DUCs in North Dakota

What do you mean DUCs? When our clients talk about DUCs, there is a discussion about what exactly constitutes a drilled but uncompleted well. Is it drilled and cased? What is the typical timeframe of a DUC? When is the well considered temporarily abandoned? If it finished drilling last week, should that be included in the DUC count? What was the typical DUC count prior to the downturn? These questions set the table for how the company views how DUCs impact...

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Increasing Pad Density in Eagle Ford

Operators regularly report that they are gaining efficiencies and saving CAPEX by increasing the number of wells per pad. This impacts all areas of the supply chain and further decouples the notion of “one sale, one well” for oilfield service companies.The following charts illustrate the increase in the well density per pad by the year the wells are permitted.Key highlights include the following:Shift in 2-well pads making up almost 50% of the multi-well pads in 2011 to below 25% in...

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Clearing up the Media’s Account of Drilling Activity, US Rig Count -5

To no surprise to an experienced oilfield professional, rig count dropped a few rigs this week. The decline was all oil wells. Everyone is keeping a close eye on the WTI and Brent prices to understand the impact to their business and customers.This week Permian Basin is +2 compared to previous week and +95 compared to last year at this time. Eagle Ford is -3 compared to last week and -20 compared to last year. Click here to see the interactive weekly insights...

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