North Dakota - update through March 2017

This interactive presentation contains the latest oil & gas production data from all 12342 horizontal wells in North Dakota that started production since 2005, through March 2017.

Oil production in March declined with about 1% over the previous month (1,026 kbo/d vs 1,034 kbo/d) . The above graph shows that, after a 2-month hiatus, production from older wells fell again. Gas production rose again, to 1.73 BCF/d, and is now close to the all-time high of November 2016 (1.76 BCF/d).

In March 56 new wells started production, vs 62 in both January & February. I expect this number to go up in the coming months, as drilling & completion activities are resuming after the winter break, and after road restrictions have been cleared.

The ‘Advanced Insights’ presentation is displayed below:



This “Ultimate recovery” overview shows how all these horizontal wells are heading towards their ultimate oil or gas recovery.

The graph reveals the major changes in well performance after 2014, as fewer wells were completed, and as frac volumes have gone up significantly. You’ll see more recent, and detailed data, if you set the “Show wells by” selection to “Quarter of first flow”. This will group the performance of wells by the quarter in which they started, and it will show you that since the 2nd quarter of 2016, wells again peaked far higher than earlier wells, before starting to fall off in a an apparently similar fashion.

I’ve excluded Bowman county using the “County” selection filter, as most of the horizontal wells in this county are conventional ones.

The 2nd tab (“Cumulative production ranking”) ranks all counties in North Dakota by cumulative production. You’ll notice that just 4 counties have been responsible for most of the oil production. If you change the ranking selection to “Well”, the list will show you the ranking of all 12,342 individual horizontal wells in ND instead.

In about 2 weeks I expect to publish a post on a state that I haven’t covered before.

For these presentations, I used data gathered from the following sources:

  • DMR of North Dakota. These presentations only show the production from horizontal wells; a small amount (about 30 kbo/d)  is produced from conventional vertical wells.



The above presentations have many interactive features:

  • You can click through the blocks on the top to see the slides.
  • Each slide has filters that can be set, e.g. to select individual or groups of operators. You can first click “all” to deselect all items. You have to click the “apply” button at the bottom to enforce the changes. After that, click anywhere on the presentation.
  • Tooltips are shown by just hovering the mouse over parts of the presentation.
  • You can move the map around, and zoom in/out.
  • By clicking on the legend you can highlight selected items.
  • Note that filters have to be set for each tab separately.
  • The operator who currently owns the well is designated by “operator (current)”. The operator who operated a well in a past month is designated by “operator (actual)”. This distinction is useful when the ownership of a well changed over time.
  • If you have any questions on how to use the interactivity, or how to analyze specific questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.