Bakken Rig Count is at 64

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The Bakken-Three Forks rig count dropped to 64 rigs running across our coverage area by end of the week on Friday.

In recent Bakken news, North Dakota officials are hopeful that they have some flexibility for complying with the EPA’s new emissions-reducing Clean Power Plan.

Read more: North Dakota: Flexibility for Emissions Cuts?

The U.S. rig count fell by 14 this week, ending with 795 rigs running by midday Friday. A total of 189 rigs were targeting natural gas (six less than the previous week) and 605 were targeting oil in the U.S. (9 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.) 64are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The Bakken oil rigs were at 64 this week with Bloomberg reporting WTI oil prices trading at $50.18/bbl on Friday afternoon. WTI-Brent increased $5.26landing to $53.51. The Bakken has zero natural active gas rig in the area this week with futures decreasing slightly to $2.49/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 25 rigs running this week, far outpacing other counties. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 62 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 2 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

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What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com

Bakken Rig Count Drops to 91

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Crude by Rail Skyrockets

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count dropped by six at 91 rigs running across our coverage area by midday Thursday.

In recent Bakken news, the Energy Information Administration (EIA) released the latest data for crude by rail  (CBR) across the country that shows a significant increase over the last five years. Crude by rail continues to be highly controversial as people question the safety for individuals and the environment.

Read more: Crude by Rail Up 1700%

The U.S. rig count fell another 20 to 1028 rigs running as of today. A total of 211 rigs were targeting natural gas (down 11 from the previous week) and 812 were targeting oil in the U.S. (1 less than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.)91 rigs are running in the Williston Basin across MT, ND, and SD. 90 are in ND alone.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The number of oil rigs dropped to 91 rigs as of by midday Thursday.  WTI oil prices decreased $.91 from the previous week, trading at $49.14/bbl on Friday afternoon. The WTI-Brent saw an increase of $2.75 by week’s end, landing at $54.95. There are currently no natural active gas rigs in the area and futures are trading at $2.71/mmbtu by midday.

McKenzie County continues to lead development but dropped to 40 running rigs this week. Williams (18) and Mountrail (17) counties are the next closest producers. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity continues to be dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 91 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 0 rigs are drilling vertical wells

 

Bakken Drilling by County

Bakken Drilling by County Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

 

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What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Read more at bakerhughes.com

Whiting to Reduce Bakken Rig Count

Whiting Bakken Acreage Map
Whiting Bakken Acreage Map

In its fourth quarter earning report, Whiting Petroleum announced a record 2014 and revealed a 2015 spending plan that includes reducing Bakken rig count.

In spite of low crude prices, Whiting ended the year with a Q4 profit of $58 million with cash flows totalling $419 million. Oil production was at record numbers for both the quarter (up 13%) and the entire year, which averaged 41.8 MMBOE and was up 22% over 2013.

Related: Whiting Bakken Production Hits Record Levels in Second Quarter

In July of 2014, Whiting Petroleum announced plans to acquire Kodiak Oil & Gas for $3.8 billion. The deal made the combined company the largest Bakken/Three Forks producer, unseating Harold Hamm’s Continental Resources from the top spot.

Read more: Whiting Petroleum Acquires Kodiak Oil & Gas – $3.8 Billion

James J. Volker, Whiting’s Chairman, President and CEO, commented, “2014 was a strong year for Whiting. We set records in production, proved reserves and discretionary cash flow. In the wake of our acquisition of Kodiak Oil & Gas, we became the largest Bakken/Three Forks producer in the Williston Basin.Our 2015 capital budget of $2.0 billion reflects a disciplined approach to maintaining our financial strength while preserving our long-term growth plans.

2015 Spending Plan

Looking to the new year, Whiting plans for the following:

  • Reduce its capital budget to $2 billion
  • $1.8 billion of the 2015 capital budget will go towards exploration and development activity
  • $59 million is allocated for land and $123 million for facilities
  • Production forecast of 59.0 MMBOE, an increase of 42% over 2014
  • Reducing Bakken rig count from 16 to 10
  • Completed well cost in the Bakken will average $7 million, down from $8.5 million in 2014

Read the full report at whiting.com

Bakken Shale Rig Count Increases by Five to 189

Magnum Hunter Resources Bakken Acreage Map
Magnum Hunter Resources Bakken Acreage Map

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count increased by five to 189 rigs running across our coverage area by the end of last week. The NDIC notes 193 rigs are active in North Dakota, but around 23 of those are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

In recent Bakken news, Magnum Hunter announced last week that the company will sell its Divide County, North Dakota operated/non-operated properties and reallocate resources to core operations in the Appalachian Basin. Baytex Energy, Continental Resources, or Samson Resources are all likely buyers for the acreage.

Read moreMagnum Hunter Decides to Exit North Dakota Bakken

The U.S. rig count increased by 19 to 1,908 rigs running by the end of last week. A total of 316 rigs were targeting natural gas (three more than the previous week) and 1,588 were targeting oil in the U.S. (15 more than the previous week). The remainder were drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 191 rigs are running in the Williston Basin across MT, ND, and SD. 182 are in ND alone.

Not all rigs counted in our census are drilling for the Bakken, but it's close. The NDIC estimates 95% or more of activity in this region targets the Bakken and Three Forks formations.

Note: The NDIC reports 193 rigs are active in North Dakota. That is two more than Baker Hughes reports in the Bakken area, and 11 more than the company reports in North Dakota. The difference is likely accounted for in the number of rigs actually working, rigs that might not be serviced by Baker Hughes AND rigs in areas outside of the Bakken fairway. On any given week, a certain number of rigs are in route to the next well location or idle waiting to drill the next well. The NDIC notes that around 23 rigs are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The number of oil rigs increased by five to 189 rigs running by the end of the week . WTI oil prices stayed relatively flat from the previous week, trading at $97.57/bbl on Friday afternoon. Williston Basin Sweet crude traded at $84.19/bbl on Aug. 7th. The WTI-Brent stayed flat, settling at ~$7 by the end of last week.

The natural gas rig count in the region held flat at zero. Natural gas futures (Henry Hub) were trading at $3.97/mmbtu by the end of last week. A little more than 10% of the production stream from the Bakken and Three Forks is attributable to natural gas and roughly half of that is NGLs.

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 65 rigs running. Dunn, Mountrail, and Williams counties are the only other counties with more than 20 rigs running each. View the full list below under the Bakken Drilling by County section.

Activity is dominated by horizontal drilling:

  • 174 rigs are drilling horizontal wells
  • 14 rigs are drilling directional wells
  • 1 rig is drilling a vertical well

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Bakken Drilling by County

 

What is the Rig Count?

The Bakken Shale Rig Count is an index of the total number of oil & gas drilling rigs running across Montana and North Dakota. The rigs referred to in this article are for ALL drilling reported by Baker Hughes and not solely wells targeting the Bakken formation. All land rigs and onshore rig data shown here are based upon industry estimates provided by the Baker Hughes Rig Count.

Bakken Rig Count 176 - Koch Cancels Bakken Pipeline - Jan 24, 2014

Bakken Pipeline Map
Bakken Pipeline Map

The Bakken-Three Forks rig count increased by one to 176 running over the past week. The NDIC notes around 187 rigs are active in North Dakota, but around 14 of those are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

In recent Bakken news, Koch cancelled its proposed "Dakota Express Pipeline." The Koch cancellation is surprising considering there are more than 500,000 b/d of oil moving by rail out of the basin per day at current estimates. Read more here: Koch Cancels Proposed Bakken Pipeline

The U.S. rig count stayed flat at 1,777 running over the past week. A total of 356 rigs are targeting natural gas (9 less than last week) and 1,416 are targeting oil in the U.S. (8 more than last week). The remainder are drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 179 rigs are running in the Williston Basin across MT, ND, and SD. That's up one from last week.

Not all rigs counted in our census are drilling for the Bakken, but it's close. The NDIC estimates 95% or more of activity in this region targets the Bakken and Three Forks formations.

Note: The NDIC reports 187 rigs are active in North Dakota. That is 11 more than Baker Hughes reports in the Bakken area. The difference is likely accounted for in the number of rigs actually working, rigs that might not be serviced by Baker Hughes AND rigs in areas outside of the Bakken fairway. On any given week, a certain number of rigs are in route to the next well location or idle waiting to drill the next well. The NDIC notes that around 14 rigs are in the process of moving in and rigging up.