Industry Article: Taking Centre Stage: Pushing the Stage Count Limit in Bakken Wells

Taking Centre Stage
Publication: Oilfield Technology
Publication Date: 02/01/2013

Focused on short term economics and productions gains from increased stage counts, the question remains regarding whether the economic stage count has been reached in Bakken wells. The answer depends on numerous factors in six well groupings in North Dakota, selected by well density, activity, geology, well orientation and multistage well stimulation. Despite differences in payout, net present value, and the discounted profitability index of the grouping, one thing remains constant throughout the play: activity in the Williston Basin continues at a frenetic pace as operators exploit the Middle Bakken and Three Rivers formations and help drive a resurgence in US oil production. North Dakota’s active rig count remains near 200. Production has soared six fold—from 100,000 bpd in 2005 to 600,000 bpd in 2012—as operators continue to employ more horizontal drilling technology and more hydraulic fracture stages.

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