By GARANCE BURKE - Associated Press – June 13, 2013
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation’s driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth’s surface.
Hydraulic fracturing, or the drilling technique commonly known as fracking, has been used for decades to blast huge volumes of water, fine sand and chemicals into the ground to crack open valuable shale formations. Continue reading “Fracking fuels water fights in nation’s dry spots” »
WPX Niobrara Gas Well – Piceance Basin – Image Credit – AAPG Explorer Cover June 2013
By LOUISE S. DURHAM, EXPLORER Correspondent – AAPG Explorer – June 2013
Ask a Rocky Mountain operator how it’s going, and the answer might well be a non-committal “it’s going. ”There’s both oil and gas aplenty in this region, but as is the case elsewhere, gas prices here continue to languish in life support mode. This can be a downer in the major gas-prone areas where deep horizontal wells requiring multistage fracturing have become the rule rather than the exception. These big babies are expensive to drill and complete. But optimism trumps pessimism, and the operators go about their business.
“Across the Rockies, people are having success if they’re careful where they’re drilling,” said past AAPG president and Honorary member Steve Sonnenberg, professor and Boettcher Chair in petroleum geology at Colorado School of Mines, Denver. “One of the exciting things going on is the development of the Niobrara in the Wattenberg field in the DJ Basin in Colorado,” he said. “Operators are drilling horizontal laterals about 4,500 feet and using multi-stage hydraulic fracturing. “The wells are coming on from 100 to 700 barrels of oil equivalent a day,” he noted.
Continue reading story at the AAPG Explorer page 6
Slide from 2013 RBC Energy and Power Conference – June 3, 2013 – Carrizo 2013 Niobrara Drill Plan
At the June 17,18 hearing of the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission (COGCC) in Grand Junction, Colorado, Carrizo Oil & Gas Inc. has requested spacing unit orders and requests to drill up to 231 horizontal Niobrara wells.
The large number of wells requested more than backs up the companies plan to drill up to 59 wells in 2013 and represents a significant portion of the companies current bank of 331 Net Probable wells available for drilling in the Niobrara. If granted, this number of wells would equal up to 3+ years of drilling according to their current drilling plan. Some of the spacing unit requests will be moved to he July COGCC hearing. Continue reading “Carrizo Backs Up 2013 Drill Plan With COGCC Spacing Order Request to Drill Up To 231 Niobrara Wells” »
Cathy Proctor Reporter - Denver Business Journal – June 5, 2013
WPX Energy Inc. is boosting the number of drilling rigs it’s running in western Colorado and plans to spend about $400 million in the state this year.
The Tulsa, Okla.-based company (NYSE: WPX) on Wednesday said it’s deploying seven drilling rigs in the Piceance Basin for the rest of the the year — two more than the company had previously planned. Continue reading “WPX raises the number of drilling rigs it’s running in Colorado” »
By Brittany Anas Camera Staff Writer – June 4, 2013
Boulder City Council members Tuesday night unanimously approved a one-year fracking moratorium, blocking oil and gas drilling permits in the city and on Boulder-owned open space properties. Continue reading “Boulder approves one-year fracking moratorium” »
Picture of ConocoPhillips Drill Rig drilling in the Niobrara Play – Image Credit ConocoPhillps
Completion results from the ConocoPhillips (COP) Grimm 34 #4H wildcat well located in an area near the Lowry Bombing Range were released today by the COGCC.
Conoco’s results are being closely watched as there is little publicly known data to indicate what kind of production can be expected from this area far from the Wattenberg field where the bulk of the Niobrara production has occurred to date.
The Production Data Report from the well which was spudded almost a year ago on 8/7/2012, were being held confidential by the COGCC until June 1, 2013.
The reported results follow the same trend as previous well results from COP where the reported results show that the well has not been completed in any formation while the well itself is in PR or production status.
Supporting records for the well such as the Deviated Drill Plan indicate that the well would be completed horizontally in the Niobrara C bench with a TD of 11,873 feet. In a Notice of Notification it was reported that the well received a hydraulic fracturing treatment on November 1st. Continue reading “ConocoPhillips Niobrara Drill Results Remain Elusive” »
Posted in Drilling, Exploration, Regulations
Tagged BOE calculation, COGCC, ConocoPhillips, Deviated Drill Plan, Grimm 34-4H, Hydraulic Fracturing, Lowry Bombing Range, Production, Spacing Unit Request
Anadarko Petroleum Corp at Citi Global Energy and Utilities Conference – Niobrara Plans for 2013 – Niobrara Wattenberg Hz Decline Curve
Buried in the Appendix of a May 15, 2013 presentation to the Citi Global Energy and Utilities Conference Anadarko Petroleum had only one slide that referred to its Niobrara drilling operations. Their current plan is to drill 300 Niobrara wells in 2013. The company expects 350 MBOE per well with production estimated at 50% Oil, 20% NGLs and 30% Gas. They have over 4000 drill sites in their inventory.
It is a puzzling why Anadarko would bury a 300 well per year drilling program in a presentation “Appendix” for investors in a play other companies consider a “Premier Oil Play”.
Noble Energy Extended Reach Lateral Results – Niobrara Decline Curve – UBS Global Oil and Gas Conference – May 2013
Company accelerating to drill 500 wells/yr by 2016 with potentials of 1 MMBoe EUR from 9000 foot extended reach laterals in NE Colorado
On May 22nd at the UBS Global Oil and Gas Conference Noble Energy presented the results and future plans of their Niobrara drilling program. The company now plans to commit 45% of their capital program or $1.7 billion dollars to exploration and development in the Niobrara play. Noble estimates it will be drilling up to 500 wells a year by 2016 on its properties as they expand into Northern Colorado.
Their drilling results from their East Pony field located in Northern Colorado are yielding 80% oil and 5% NGL The companies efforts with extended reach laterals has payed off with an estimated potential yield 1 MMBOE EUR coming from their 9000 ft laterals.
Noble now considers the entire Niobrara (A, B, C bench and Smoky Hill) and the Codell to be productive, allowing for a minimum of 16 wells (40 acre) per section. The company is currently testing additional high density patterns that will allow up to 32 wells per section. Oil in place is now estimated at 74 MMBoe per section.
Read the entire Noble Energy Presentation
Posted in Drilling, Exploration, Geology, Production
Tagged Capital Program, Codell, Drilling Results, East Pony Field, EUR, Extended Reach Laterals, Niobrara, Noble Energy, Northern Colorado
Baker Hughes DJ-Niobrara Exploration Rig Count for Week of 24 May 2013 – Click to Enlarge
Close examination and breakdown of Baker Hughes Interactive Rig Count statistics for the week of 24 May 2013 shows that the number of wells classified as “Exploration” (otherwise known in the O&G industry as “Wildcats”) has rocketed (see accompanying chart) by over 100% in May as compared to a year ago. Exploration wells are wells that are drilled outside of known and established oilfield boundaries.
These statistics suggest that operators in the Niobrara are now feeling enough comfort with their geologic and geophysical models to explore beyond the comfortable confines of the Wattenberg field where the bulk of Niobrara drilling has occurred to date.
See Baker Hughes Rig Count Page for more statistics
By John Fryar Longmont Times-Call – May 21, 2013
BOULDER — Boulder County’s moratorium on processing new applications for oil and gas drilling in unincorporated areas will end, as scheduled, on June 10, county commissioners decided Tuesday. Continue reading “Boulder County’s oil, gas moratorium to end June 10” »