Continental Resources Bakken Production Up 11% in Q2 2014

Company Uses Modified Completion Techniques in Q2 2014 and Reports Positive Inter-Well Spacing Tests
Continental 2014 Production

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Continental’s Bakken production totaled 108,573 boe/d (North Dakota: 94,702 boe/d, Montana: 13,871 boe/d) in the second quarter of 2014. That’s an increase of 11% quarter-on-quarter and 23% year-over-year.

During the quarter, the company completed 224 gross (93 net) wells in the Bakken, and finished the reporting period with an inventory of approximately 84 gross operated (66 net) Bakken wells drilled, but not completed. The second quarter drilling inventory numbers are down from 100 gross operated wells drilled, but not completed at the end of the first quarter of 2014.  Continental expects to complete approximately 870 gross (287 net) wells in the Bakken in full-year 2014, including both operated and non-operated wells.

Read moreContinental’s Proved Reserves in Bakken Valued at $14.5 Billion – 2013

Continental Bakken New Completion Techniques Employed

The company continues to modify completion techniques. During the quarter, Continental conducted three slick water completions in an unspecified geological area of the play, which company officials say resulted in an average early cumulative production increase of 35% higher than the production trend for the company’s 603,000 BOE estimated ultimate recovery (EUR) model for North Dakota. Additionally, in the same geological area, early production was also stronger for three wells completed with increased proppant volumes, which averaged between 200,000 to 300,000 pounds of proppant per stage.

COO Rick Bott, said, “we’re pleased with several of the new completion methods we are testing and early results show significant improvements in well performance. We are studying the broader implications of applying enhanced completions across the play.”

Continental Bakken Well Tests Update

In 2013, Continental began testing different areas across the Bakken field to determine the optimum well density and pattern for maximizing recovery and returns.  So far, the company has initiated seven density pilot projects, all designed to include the Middle Bakken (“MB”) and Three Forks One, Two and Three across the company’s approximately 1.2 million net acres of leasehold.

Three of these projects are testing 1,320-foot inter-well spacing and four are testing 660-foot inter-well spacing. Four of the projects have already been completed. Company officials indicate positive results from the first completed 660-foot inter-well spacing test:

  • Wahpeton (660 ft test); Initial Production (IP) rate for 12 wells in unit – 1,015 boe/d; IP rate for three MB wells in unit only – 1,730 boe/d

Three more projects testing the 660-foot inter-well spacing are in various stages of drilling or completion. The new wells are expected to be completed in the second half of 2014.


Whiting Petroleum Acquires Kodiak Oil & Gas – $3.8 Billion

Transaction Creates Largest Bakken Producer
Whiting Bakken Acreage Map

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Whiting Petroleum announced on July 13, 2014, that it would acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas, in an all stock transaction, for $3.8 billion. The deal makes the combined company the largest Bakken/Three Forks producer, unseating Harold Hamm’s Continental Resources from the top spot.

Next to the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Bakken Shale is the most prolific shale play in the world, with daily oil production exceeding 1-million b/d. With Whiting’s acquisition of Kodiak, the company is positioning itself to be an even more formidable force in the Bakken.

In the first-quarter of 2014, Whiting and Kodiak had combined production of 107,000 boe/d, and officials indicate total 2014 production will be 152,000 boe/d. The combined company has 855,000 net acres and an inventory of 3,460 net drilling locations.

“The addition of Kodiak’s complementary acreage position (approx. 173,000 net acres) and substantial inventory of high return drilling locations will provide the opportunity to drive significant value growth for both Whiting and Kodiak shareholders through an acceleration in drilling and increase in operational efficiencies,” said Whiting CEO James Voulkner.
Kodiak Bakken Acreage Map

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Whiting officials said the deal is valued at $6 billion when Kodiak’s net debt of $2.2 billion is absorbed.

Kodiak shareholders will receive 0.177 share of Whiting stock in exchange for each of Kodiak common stock they hold, representing a value of $13.90 per share based on the closing price of Whiting shares on July 11, 2014.

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2014.



Continental Resources: Bakken Hits 1-Billion Barrel Mark

Two-thirds of Total Oil Produced in the Last Three Years
Continental 2013 Production

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Citing IHS data, Continental Resources revealed the Bakken field of North Dakota and Montana reached the milestone of 1 billion bbls of cumulative light, sweet crude oil produced during first quarter of 2014.

Two-thirds of the total was produced in the last three years according to Continental.



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Continental’s Proved Reserves in Bakken Valued at $14.5 Billion – 2013

The Bakken Makes Up 72% of Continental's Net Proved Reserves
Continental 2013 Production

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Continental’s proved reserves stretched to more than 1 Billion boe in 2013, with an estimated value of more than $20 billion. The Bakken accounted for 72% of the volume and it’s estimated value.

Continental’s Bakken and Three Forks position contributed 741 million boe to the company’s proved reserves at an estimated value of $14.5 billion.

Within the proved reserve estimates, Continental had 2,330 gross  (1,302 net) PUD (proved undeveloped) drilling locations at the end of 2013. According to the company, the Bakken accounted for about 84% or almost 1,100 PUD locations.

Read moreContinental’s Bakken & Three Forks Density Test Yields Almost 15,000 boe/d

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Continental’s CEO Harold Hamm Wants No Part of Harms’ “Moderated Approach”

Moderating Development After a Slow Down Could Cause Additional Issues
Harold Hamm Continental Resources

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Harold Hamm spoke out against Robert Harms’ recent comments regarding a “moderated approach” to oil and gas development in North Dakota in an interview with Forum News Service.

Hamm makes the case that the industry has already slowed down quite a bit from the frantic pace of exploration and is now developing leases in a more orderly fashion.

One example is the Bakken rig count. It’s down almost 20% from the peak. [Read more...]

Continental’s Bakken & Three Forks Density Test Yields Almost 15,000 boe/d

Planning Full Field Development With 20-30 Well Pads in the Antelope Area
Continental Resources Hawkinson Bakken Three Forks Density Test

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Continental set a record with third quarter production of 141,900 boe/d. Bakken production grew 7% and accounted for 94,500 boe/d of the total.

Continental operated 20 rigs in the Bakken region during the quarter and grew gross production to almost 120,000 boe/d (94,500 boe/d net). That’s 51% higher than the third quarter of 2012 and even more impressively, Montana production grew 17% over the second quarter. [Read more...]

Oasis Petroleum Is Testing Bakken & Three Forks Well Spacing

Oasis, Continental and Others Looking to Determine Optimal Well Spacing in the Region
Bakken & Three Forks Well Spacing Tests

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Oasis Petroleum believes the company can drill four Middle Bakken and four Three Forks wells on each 1,280-acre unit, but the future might be more dense drilling than they currently suggest.

Oasis is testing up to seven wells per formation in the Bakken and the first bench of the Three Forks (TFS 1). [Read more...]

Continental Resources’ 2014 Bakken Budget Increases to $2.5 Billion

$500 Million Exploration Budget Will Focus On Well Density Testing in the Bakken & Three Forks
Continental Resources Bakken Three Forks Map

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Continental Resources plans to spend $2.5 billion on development drilling and completions in the Bakken in 2014. That’s a 16% increase from plans to spend $2.15 billion in 2013.

In 2014, the company will run 17 rigs in North Dakota and four rigs in Montana, with plans to drill 886 gross (300 net) wells.

Continental will spend a total of $4 billion in 2014, with $2.5 billion allocated to the Bakken, approximately $900 million allocated in Oklahoma, and $500 million directed to exploration activities. Company-wide production guidance calls for growth of 26-32%, with a 2014 exit rate of 200,000 boe/d. [Read more...]

No Need For Keystone XL – Continental’s CEO Harold Hamm

New Projects Make Keystone XL Irrelevant To The Bakken
Keystone XL Map

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Keystone XL might not be needed now that other alternatives are being used to move Bakken oil. That’s the story from Amy Harder at the National Journal. She interviewed Continental Resources’ CEO Harold Hamm and he says “It’s not critical any longer.”

Keystone XL has been delayed due to “environmental” concerns since 2008 when TransCanada first applied for the proper permits. It’s really anyone’s guess as to what will happen now.

Continental has committed to move 35,000 b/d on Keystone XL if the pipe is built, but Hamm isn’t confident the pipeline will ever move Bakken oil. For one, the environmental lobby is against it and other companies are expanding in the region. Hamm’s Hiland Partners is one of the companies with a proposed pipeline. [Read more...]

Harold Hamm On The Oil Boom & Energy Independence

Hamm Is Ready To Celebrate Energy Independence

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, submitted an article touching on the importance of energy independence and horizontal drilling. [Read more...]