Bakken Regional Rig Count 174 - Continental Hits Record Production - Nov 15, 2013

Continental Resources Bakken - Antelope Area Map
Continental Resources Bakken - Antelope Area Map

The Bakken rig count increased by one to 174 rigs running over the past week.

Continental Resources reported earnings and announced a record with third quarter production of 141,900 boe/d. Almost 95,000 boe/d is attributable to the Bakken and Three Forks. Their Hawkinson density test yielded almost 15,000 boe/d from a single pad.

Read more in the article Continental`s Bakken & Three Forks Density Test Yields Almost 15,000 boe/d

The U.S. rig count increased 8 rigs from 1,754 to 1,762 running over the past week. A total of 370 rigs are targeting natural gas (5 more than last week) and 1,385 (2 more than last week) are targeting oil in the U.S. The remainder are drilling service wells (e.g. disposal wells, injection wells, etc.). 177 (up 2 from last week) rigs are running in the Williston Basin.

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

Note: The NDIC reports 183 rigs are active in North Dakota. That is 19 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 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 more than 10 rigs are in the process of moving in and rigging up.

Bakken Oil & Gas Rigs

The number of oil rigs running increased by one to 174. WTI oil prices were trading near $94/bbl to end the week - trading at virtually the same level as last week. Williston Basin Sweet crude traded at $75.44/bbl as of Nov 14th. The WTI-Brent spread continues to widen, widening to over $15 as of Nov 18, which should continue to spur the growth of crude by rail.

The natural gas rig count in the region held flat at zero. Natural gas futures (Henry Hub) were trading near $3.64/mmbtu on Friday. Natural gas delivered to the Northern Border pipeline in Watford City is trading near $3.00/mmbtu. A little more than 10% of the production stream from the Bakken and Three Forks is attributable to natural gas

McKenzie County continues to lead development with 60 rigs running. Dunn, Mountrail, and Williams counties are the only other counties with more than 20 rigs running. View the full list below.

Activity is dominated by horizontal drilling: 154 rigs are drilling horizontal wells, 13 rigs are drilling directional wells, and 7 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 and/or Smith Service Co's (Schlumberger) Smith Rig Count.