Sunday, June 8, 2008

Peak Reportedly Finds Big Well, NE Dunn Co.

According to the latest edition of edition of The Rocky Mountain Oil Journal, it is reported that Peak has a significant discovery on the Ft. Berthold Reservation in Dunn Co. An abridged version of the article follows:

Peak Has Indicated Discovery Within Fort Berthold Reservation-Dunn County North Dakota

It appears that Colorado based Peak North Dakota LLC. (PND) first wildcat drilled within North Dakota’s Bakken play will result in a discovery. With all information being held tight, according to sources the Tekakwitha #9-24H se-sw 9-149n-93w Dunn County is producing at rates comparable to those wells in Parshall Field, around a 1000 bopd. This flow rate is reportedly after fracture stimulation. To add credence to these reports, the company has requested temporary spacing to develop this new field discovery at the upcoming North Dakota Hearings set for June 25th. More details about this producer are expected to come out of this hearing. Parshall Field, North Dakota’s largest Bakken oil pool found to date within the state, locates about 15 miles to the northeast of PND’s indicated discovery and is averaging 500,000 barrels of oil per month from 34 reporting wells. This field, which is still under aggressive exploitation, currently has 12 rigs turning to the right and continues to expand.

This new producer by PND locates about locates about a mile northeast of Mandaree Field, an abandoned Madison oil pool that has produced over 157 k bo and 146 mmcfg. Its of interest that prior to the discovery of Madison production in 1990, Shell Oil drilled a Bakken discovery that opened up Mandaree Field at the Packineau BIA #12-17 sw-nw 17-149n-93w. Drilled to a total depth of 15,225’, this test bottomed in the Cambrian Deadwood. Shell did attempt to complete this hole in both the Red River at 14,047’ and the Winnipeg @ 14,823 with no success. The company plugged back and opened up the vertical section of the Bakken from 10,795’-10,805’ and gave this zone an IPP of 35 bopd 27 mcfgpd and 17 bwpd. This zone only produced a total of 803 bopd, 35 mcfg and 153 bw prior to plugging in 1982.

Another deep test drilled in this vicinity is two miles to the northwest at a Red River failure operated by EP Operating at the Two Crow #1-5 sw-ne 5-149n-93w. Drilled to the Ordovician to a depth of 14,300’, this wildcat was plugged in 1988. The company did test the Bakken interval from 10,770’-10,918’ in which 1,010’ of gas cut mud was recovered with the sampler containing 2.43 cfg and a trace of mud. No production casing was run and the test was plugged in 1988.

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Anonymous said...

I don't know the area at all but curious as to how close this would be to the Kodiak holdings on the Fort Berthold Reservation in Dunn County.

Anonymous said...

Can someone explain how a straight pipe is sent thru the curved horizontal pipe when drilling. Just curious about the process.

Anonymous said...

On Brighams corporate presentation page 19 it shows a proposed Hess well in a green box with a green arrow pointing to a red well on two sections being Sec.31 in Ross Twp and Sec.6 in Alger Twp. Is this wrong in that they should be pointing at Sec.1 and Sec.12 in Alger Twp. As they are going to have a 1280 spacing hearing over it later this month. Just curious.

Anonymous said...

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Anonymous said...

Todays N.D. O/G Daily Report shows a HESS Permit #17378 for Hynek 154 N 93 R Alger, thing is the discription is not Alger Twp. Does this have something to do with above question???

Anonymous said...

On 17378, the reference to Alger is to the Alger Field. I don't know if that answers a question posed, or not.


Anonymous said...

Can anyone tell me how far south the Bakken oil goes or do they even know for sure?

Anonymous said...

I was wondering if anybody has heard anymore information on Peaks drilling over in Dunn county, specifically on 148-94-24, voight well 21H or 11H. Supposedly they just completed the drilling on there and this is their most recent job since the release of the 149-93-9 completion with the 1000 bopd production.

Any idea of production or if the well has even been fracted yet? Thanks

Anonymous said...

How can an oil company tell if they are taking gas or oil from your land if there is no well on your land but a well about a mile down the road from your land? Both lands have oil on it, "supposedly" have oil on it yet how can one be sure they are not taking from your land?

Anonymous said...


That is the responsibility of the reservoir experts. The structural feature that holds the oil may not extend under your land. OR, such as in the case of the Bakken work, someone with a thorough understanding of geology through the use of the seismic images can estimate where the oil is obtained.

This is largely what has led to the "unitizing" of many wellfields in ND where you get a cut of oil produced based upon the spacing of the wells. Only the engineers and/or geologists with the specific knowledge on a particular location can give you better details on your exact question.


Teegue said...

The person's comment that a neighboring well may be "taking oil" touches on two concepts and I'm not sure which is the pertinent one. First, there is the law of capture that applies to oil and gas, i.e., that everyone has the right to capture and produce whatever oil they can. If the well is in a legal spacing unit and within the required setback from the section lines, it very well may be draining adjacent lands. If it is, it is up to the oil company holding the lease on the adjacent land to drill an offset to prevent drainage on that land.

The second concept is trespass. Modern survey equipment is incredibly accurate as to determining where the drill bit is, and these reports have to filed with the state. In this day and age it is extremely unlikely that the drill bit strayed outside the production unit boundary. As long as the well bore stays in the spacing unit boundaries, there is no trespass either within the unit or outside of it. Everyone in the unit gets a share of the well production, and those outside the unit boundaries don't -- see capture discussion above.