Niobrara Crude Production Takes Off

Niobrara Stratigraphy - Stephen A. Sonnenberg, 2011, The Niobrara Petroleum System, A Major Tight Resource Play in the Rocky Mountain Region

Niobrara Stratigraphy – Stephen A. Sonnenberg, 2011, The Niobrara Petroleum System, A Major Tight Resource Play in the Rocky Mountain Region

Sandy Fielden, RBN Energy  , October 2, 2014

Crude production from the Denver Julesburg (DJ) and Powder River Basin (PRB) plays in the Niobrara shale in Colorado and Wyoming is up 260% to 361 Mb/d since January 2012 and is expected to double again by the end of 2019. Takeaway capacity is expanding but is complicated by crude streams travelling through the region from Canada and North Dakota. Rising condensate production also presents a challenge to midstream companies. New pipeline proposals to expand takeaway from the DJ by as much as 500 Mb/d have recently surfaced – suggesting that local producers are looking to secure capacity. Today we look at recent and planned expansions to Niobrara takeaway capacity.

We first described growing producer interest in the Niobrara shale in April of 2013 (see Bananarama in the Rockies). As we use the term here, the Niobrara is a generic region that extends across northeast Colorado, northwest Kansas, southwest Nebraska and southeast Wyoming and encompasses several plays in the region including other hydrocarbon bearing shales such as the Codell. To date, most of the oil and gas development in the region has focused on two areas, the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin and the Powder River Basin (PRB). The DJ basin hot spot is the Wattenberg field in Weld County in northeast CO. PRB drilling activity is concentrated in Campbell and Converse counties WY. DJ Basin drilling in Ward County includes both a wet gas zone (where production is primarily rich gas with high liquids content) and an oil zone. Continue reading “Niobrara Crude Production Takes Off” »

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Aurora mulls changes to oil and gas laws following increase in waivers

Picture of ConocoPhillips Drill Rig drilling in the Niobrara Play - Image Credit ConocoPhillps

Picture of ConocoPhillips Drill Rig drilling in the Niobrara Play – Image Credit ConocoPhillps

By Megan Mitchell – YourHub Reporter – October 9, 2014

AURORA — Aurora is considering changing its regulations governing oil and gas operations in the city to align with new industry practices, a move that comes after resident complaints that too many waivers are being given to well operator ConocoPhillips.

City officials acknowledge the waivers but say they are necessary because the city’s 2012 laws clash with new technology and environmental mandates.

So, the city is proposing changing its laws and will also address landscape and fencing requirements, setbacks from buildings and whether or not oil and gas companies need to apply for building permits to create well sites. Continue reading “Aurora mulls changes to oil and gas laws following increase in waivers” »

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Press Release: The Longest Running Water Management Event in The Rockies Returns To Denver This Month

Produced Water Reuse Initiative 2014Pressure to reuse produced water in tight oil and shale gas plays in the Rocky Mountains is ever increasing, with a recent study by Ceres showing that reusing produced water can achieve a cost reduction of 24-46% per barrel.

The program for the 4th Annual Produced Water Reuse 2014: Rocky Mountains Tight Oil & Shale Gas Plays Initiative, (Denver, October 29-30) has purposely been redesigned to reflect this and focus on cost-reduction strategies for produced water reuse in the Bakken and the DJ, Powder River, Uinta & Piceance Basins. “There is no other conference that delivers real-life, useful and practical insight from the operators’ perspective instead of sales pitches – which is really important in the industry right now, to allow information and ideas to flow so that operators can get their costs down and start reusing produced water more effectively. This event delivers that insight.” Says Elspeth Brown, director of the conference. Continue reading “Press Release: The Longest Running Water Management Event in The Rockies Returns To Denver This Month” »

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Who’s Who in the Niobrara

Detailed Niobrara Stratigraphy

Detailed Niobrara Stratigraphy

Who’s Who in the Niobrara is a list of companies actively operating in the Niobrara based on Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission records. The list, specifically geared towards companies that are using horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to develop the Niobrara, contains the latest available data on each company’s Niobrara position regarding acres leased, their Niobrara development strategy, and their latest technological developments available in public records.

While the list is mostly complete for the large to medium sized operators in the play, it is not inclusive of all operators in the Niobrara,  however the list does represent 80 to 90 percent of companies that have been active in the last year to date.

 

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Anadarko also operates as KERR MCGEE OIL & GAS ONSHORE LP

  • 350,000 Wattenberg Acres
  • 13 Operating Rigs
  • 1 -1.5 BBOE Net Resources
  • Concentrating on their Core Wattenberg Field acreage
  • Optimizing EURs
  • Testing Well Spacing and Frac Designs
  • Leveraging Efficiencies
  • 500+ MMBOE Resource Potential Upside

Source: 2014 Anadarko Investor Conference Continue reading “Who’s Who in the Niobrara” »

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Rising U.S. Crude Exports Move Closer to 1957 Record

Oil tanker approaching FPSO - Image Credit - Jon Olav Eikenes

Oil tanker approaching FPSO – Image Credit – Jon Olav Eikenes

By Lynn Doan and Dan Murtaugh – Oct 1, 2014 – Bloomberg

U.S. oil exports are set to surpass a record held since 1957 as traders find ways around a four-decade ban on supplies leaving the country.

The U.S. sent 401,000 barrels a day abroad in July, 54,000 shy of the record set in March 1957, according to data compiled by the Energy Information Administration, the Energy Department’s statistical unit. WhileCanada accounted for 93 percent of the shipments, Italy, Singapore andSwitzerland also took oil from U.S. ports. Coupled with Alaskan supplies bound forAsia, total U.S. exports will reach 1 million barrels a day by the middle of 2015, according to Citigroup Inc. (C) Continue reading “Rising U.S. Crude Exports Move Closer to 1957 Record” »

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NARO Press Release: Mineral Owners’ Strong Turnout Imperative at Task Force Meeting

National Association of Royalty Owners (NARO): Anti-oil and gas activists planning to show up in force to silence mineral/royalty owner’s voice

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Governor’s Oil and Gas Task Force Meeting

October 9, 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm –  
Public comment: 5 PM to 7 PM-
October 10, 8:00 am – 12:00 pm  

Holiday Inn, Durango, CO
21636 Highway 160 West 
Durango, Colorado 81301
Hotel Front Desk: 970-385-6400 

It cannot be stressed enough that, “the mineral owner must not lose sight of the fact that the largest contribution of capital in the whole process comes from us the owners of the minerals…” stated Neil Ray, immediate past president of NARO Rockies. Continue reading “NARO Press Release: Mineral Owners’ Strong Turnout Imperative at Task Force Meeting” »

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Judge: Broomfield fracking ban doesn’t apply to a Denver oil and gas company

City_of_Broomfield_Logo – Reporter – Denver Business Journal

Broomfield’s ban on fracking doesn’t apply to Sovereign Operating Co., a Denver-based oil and gas company that had reached a “memorandum of understanding” with the city before voters in November 2013 narrowly approved a ban on the use of hydraulic fracturing within the town’s borders.

The Sept. 25 judicial decision was hailed by the Colorado Oil & Gas Association(COGA).

“This is yet another victory for certainty and clarity in the way Colorado regulates oil and gas operations,” said Tisha Schuller, COGA’s president.

“In just the last several months three previous rulings have found that fracking bans are on their face unlawful, and now another court has found that agreements between a city and a local operator prior to bans passing are binding,” Schuller said. Continue reading “Judge: Broomfield fracking ban doesn’t apply to a Denver oil and gas company” »

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Colorado oil and gas task force IDs legal, health issues as priorities

Colorado_State_SealBy Mark Jaffe – The Denver Post – September 25, 2014

The gubernatorial task force charged with reducing land-use and local-control conflicts over oil and gas drilling in Colorado identified health, technology and legal issues it wants to examine.

At their first meeting Thursday, panel members agreed that before moving forward, they need more information and must clearly define the problem.

“If we can’t agree on what the problems are, it will really be difficult to come to solutions,” said panel member Bruce Rau, chairman of the Colorado Association of Home Builders.

The charge for the 21-member panel — handpicked by Gov. John Hickenlooper — is to develop recommendations for balancing state and local control of oil and gas drilling that may be turned into legislation. Continue reading “Colorado oil and gas task force IDs legal, health issues as priorities” »

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