Emerald Oil Increases Bakken Production by 80% in 2013

Emerald Acreage Map
Emerald Acreage Map

Emerald's total production increased by 80% in 2013 over 2012 from ~935 boe/d to ~1690 boe/d. The production increase was attributable to the addition of 10.58 net operated Bakken and Three Forks wells in 2013.

Since the beginning of 2013, the company has acquired ~67,700 net acres. The most recent Bakken acreage acquisition took place in January, and cost Emerald $74.6 million.

Read more: Emerald Acquires Acreage in the Williston Basin for $74.6 Million

Emerald's Bakken Fourth-Quarter Production and 2013 Reserves

Emerald had a strong fourth-quarter in the Bakken, with average daily production of 2,430 boe/d.

McAndrew Rudisill, Emerald’s CEO, stated, “2013 was a transformational year for Emerald. We successfully drilled and completed multiple Middle Bakken and Three Forks wells, tripled our operated acreage position and monetized the majority of our non-operated assets.

t the end of 2013, Emerald had total proved reserves of ~13.2 mmboe, all of which were located in the Williston Basin. Emerald's proved reserves increased approximately 147% during 2013 primarily as a result of our successful operated well program.

Emerald's Bakken 2014 Drilling and Production Strategy

In 2014, Emerald has plans to add another rig to it's drilling program. The company expects to achieve an exit rate of 4,250 boe/d, with an average production rate of 3,550 boe/d.

In a company statement, Rudisill, said, “in 2014, our production will continue to grow as we add a third rig to our drilling program. The third rig is currently moving to location in our Easy Rider focus area and will soon begin drilling, earlier than originally anticipated. Due to the strong performance of our Low Rider Middle Bakken wells and positive indications from our Low Rider Three Forks wells, we are actively reviewing increased downspacing assumptions and raising our stated Low Rider type curve. We are very focused in 2014 on lowering operating expenses and driving greater drilling and completion cost efficiencies.

Emerald plans to add an additional 18.2 net operated wells by the end of 2014.

Read more at emeraldoil.com

Nearly Half of Halcon 2014 Budget Targeting Bakken - ~$475 Million

Halcon Bakken Acreage Map
Halcon Bakken Acreage Map

Halcon is focused on drilling wells in the Fort Berthold area in 2014 and anticipates spending approximately 49% of its total drilling and completions budget in the Williston Basin. Based on previous budget estimates, that's about ~475 million.

Read more: Halcon Holds Production Guidance & Lowers its 2014 Capital Budget

The company's plan for 2014 is to focus on its "de-risked" acreage, which includes the Fort Berthold area.

Floyd Wilson, CEO, said in a company statement, “our focus in 2014 is on drilling wells in the sweet spots of our de-risked acreage in the Williston Basin and El Halcón. We will also begin drilling wells on our newly acquired acreage located in what we believe to be the core of theTuscaloosa Marine Shale. We are primed for growth and have a deep drilling inventory. We are committed to maintaining capital discipline and dedicated to improving capital efficiency.

Halcon's 2014 Bakken Guidance

In the first-quarter of 2014, Halcon anticipates weather-related production interruptions in the Bakken.

For the full-year, the Company plans to operate an average of 4 rigs and spud 40 to 50 gross operated wells. Halcon also anticipates participating in 200-225 gross non-operated wells, with an average working interest of 3%.

Halcon's Fourth-Quarter Bakken Production

In the fourth-quarter of 2013, Halcon Resource's Bakken production increased by 15% over the third-quarter to 24,125 boe/d, despite adverse weather conditions. Company estimates accounted for weather-related impacts of ~1,040 boe/d.

Halcon's Fourth-Quarter Bakken Activity

Halcon operated an average of five rigs in the Bakken, and participated in 50 non-operated wells, with an average working interest of 3% in the fourth-quarter of 2013.

In the Fort Berthold area, the company spudded eight wells and broutght 10 wells online. For some of Halcon's Fort Berthold area wells, strong results came from the application of the "slickwater frac" technique. The company plans on continuing this practice in 2014.

At Winter NAPE, Wilson, was quoted, “[the company’s] most recent wells in the Bakken are the best ever.

Halcón also spudded four wells and put two wells online in Williams County in the fourth-quarter.

Read more at halconresources.com