Continental Resources' 2014 Bakken Budget Increases to $2.5 Billion

Continental Resources Bakken Three Forks Map
Continental Resources Bakken Three Forks Map

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.

"Achieving our 2014 goals will be an excellent 'Year 2' in our five-year plan to triple production and proved reserves," said Harold G. Hamm, Continental's CEO.

Continental plans to complete its four Three Forks well density pilots and will plan additional pilots in 2014 based on the results.

...the Company has set a new goal to reduce average operated Bakken completed well costs in a range of 3% to 5% by the end of 2014.

The company controls approximately 1.2 million net acres and produces approximately 80,000 boe/d from the Bakken.

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