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  • Bakken Update: Frac Sand Pricing Could Go Parabolic As EOG Resources' Well Design Revolutionizes Unconventional Oil Production [View article]

    Excellent point, and I would guess that it would happen. The only problem is how soon. Most of the frac sand producers are already seeing operators wanting more than what they are contracted for. These additional allotments sell at spot prices. What I see happening is a near term spike in pricing that will probably be an issue in the latter point of next year. This could be an issue for a year or two until supply can meet demand. It can take quite a long time to get all the permitting to add new capacity, so it could take some time..
    Oct 20 11:59 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Frac Sand Pricing Could Go Parabolic As EOG Resources' Well Design Revolutionizes Unconventional Oil Production [View article]

    Frac sand sells for about $60 per ton while ceramic proppant sells for about 32 or so cents per pound. Keep in mind these are approximate numbers, so they could be off some. Plus there are a lot of different types of ceramic proppant depending on what type and where it is made.
    Oct 20 11:31 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: 2013 Top Bakken Stock Picks [View article]

    Always great hearing from you. I appreciate all the time you spend reading my articles.
    Jan 13 07:29 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: EOG Wells Model EURs Over 2 Million Barrels Of Oil [View article]
    Thanks for the comments Mark. All of the data used in this article is correct, hope you enjoyed it.
    Jan 9 02:53 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Continental Continues To Seek Better Differentials [View article]

    Your theory has some serious holes in it. You look at all production over a period of years without accounting for improvements in drilling and completions. The number of stages, amount of water and proppant, type of proppant are just a few variables that can affect the depletion curve. The biggest flaw is lateral length. If one of EOG's initial Parshall Field wells was 4500 feet in length how can you compare that to a 14000 foot lateral? If both EOG and CLR drill 400 wells (just a generic number) but EOG averages a lateral length of 5000 feet while CLR averages 10000 feet how is a comparison made. I know you want to provide an easy to use calculation to help investors calculate EURs, but you are probably just confusing the subject by offering something with little to know value.
    Dec 6 08:52 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Is Whiting For Sale? Part I [View article]
    Thanks for your input, here is what Whiting said at its last quarterly earnings call transcript.

    We have also initiated pad drilling and completions at Sanish. Combined with our DWOP program, which stands for drill wells on paper, white sand and sliding sleeve completions, pad drilling is providing efficiencies for drilling and fracture stimulation that lead to an estimated savings of $2 million per well. These factors enable us to drill and complete our Williston Basin wells for approximately $7 million.

    Here is their estimates on Pronghorn wells:

    Will Green - Stephens Inc., Research Division
    I wonder if we could touch on the Pronghorn, the first Pronghorn pad you guys drilled. Could you guys maybe give me an idea of where that pad came in cost wise?

    Michael J. Stevens - Chief Financial Officer and Vice President
    Yes, we drilled -- drilling the first 2 wells, we drilled the 2 wells for $8.8 million. That's both wells. So that's $4.4 million per well. And so our -- what we're thinking is we should be able to get the fracs and everything, the facilities, everything done for about $2 million a copy. So we're thinking those wells are going to be in the range of $6.5 million, plus or minus, somewhere in there.

    I don't remember exactly where, but its Sanish wells are in the $6.5 million range. I think about a half million less than its average in other areas.

    The point that is generally missed when quoting well prices are what is being used. Well costs can be higher and still drive better IRRs. Most do not look out past the 90 day IP rate to figure production numbers, but this causes a lot of confusion because EURs can vary significantly. Whiting uses half as much proppant and it is pretty much all sand where a company like Kodiak that uses all the best stuff and plenty of it (4 million pounds and uses a mix of white sand and ceramic proppant). Kodiak also uses about twice the water. Kodiak's 24 hour IP rates may not be that much higher than a Whiting well, but that has more to do with Kodiak's generally using tighter chokes. When you get out to the 90 day IP rates, Kodiaks are double that of Whitings. Each company operates by a different set of principals, as where Kodiak wants to spend more now and get paid more later, where Whiting does all it can to keep costs down, but longer term its wells are not as good as Kodiak's. Although well costs have risen, water and proppant prices have decreased some. Trucking costs use to be $4/barrel and $150/hour, and we have seen some big time undercutting, which is helping as well. I am guessing we could see completion costs also pull back some. Each well is different in one way or another, so generalizing is difficult. Have a great night.
    Sep 26 10:48 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Brigham's Completion Design Is One Of Best In The Williston Basin [View article]

    I made a recent shift in my investments as a company I work with is setting up a couple of water depots to sell to the oil companies. I am helping to finance this, so I needed to liquidate some assets.

    If it wasnt for this I would still own stock in KOG, TPLM, OAS, NOG, CLR. Those should all work well going forward. Given their hedges I think they will all be ok, but I would also exercise caution as we could see some very heavy volatility in the price of oil. We got great news from China today (or at least better than expected), but I hope their numbers are correct. Europe could be a mess for a while as well, so I would operate with tight stops in place if investing in smaller companies. Long term all are very good, and the Bakken differentials should see a big improvement by the end of the year.
    Jul 13 07:18 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken And Western Canadian Select Differentials Will Improve [View article]
    There are several plays that are interesting right now and the favorites seem to be the Anadarko Woodford, Niobrara (only in some areas), Mississippi Lime, Granite Wash, Utica, Barnett Combo, but I like the Wolfcamp. Low well costs with quite a few shallow payzones and high liquids content.
    Jul 3 12:09 AM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Investing in the Bakken (Part II): 7 Companies With a Market Cap Above $1B [View article]
    Fracking is used by every company drilling the Bakken/Three Forks. The shale is fractured so the oil will run from the shale to the tubing that is perforated and then pressure pulls it out of the well. It seems that there is quite a bit of talk about ground water contamination, and people getting sick, but what they aren't talking about is the well casing, if done properly, protects the ground water from any of the fluids running down or up the well. Thats not to say that it has or hasnt happened, but I think there will be some regulation coming up I would guess. Take a look at this link, it talks about fracking a little and companies that are producing biodegradable fracking fluids. Have a great day.
    Mar 6 01:35 PM | 6 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Recent Kodiak Completions Model 1000+ MBoe [View article]

    Thanks, and I will keep writing but now I am bound by new industry rules so there will probably be some changes. The recompletion question is a good one and I would guess the answer is yes. The timing of recompletions is a complex one and is a better answer for Craig, but I believe that operators would be hesitent to recomplete until the initial fracture production is done and matrix production begins. The reason I say this is it would give a better idea of how well the shale will produce from new fractures as opposed to calculating production from both the first and second frac in concert.
    Apr 4 01:21 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Halcon Resources - 4th Quarter 2013 Turning The Corner On Risk [View article]
    Thanks Z,

    Great job as always. I don't own the stock, but like it long term. I was happy about the Eaglebine sale as I wasnt really in love with the play to begin with. I think the TMS has more upside, and without getting too far ahead of myself think has more upside than the Eaglebine asset it sold.
    Feb 28 08:52 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Oasis' New Acreage Is A Stacked Play With Further Downspacing [View article]
    Slickwater or slick water fracturing is a method or system of hydro-fracturing which involves adding chemicals to water to increase the fluid flow. Fluid can be pumped down the well-bore as fast as 100 bbl/min. to fracture the shale. Without using slickwater the top speed of pumping is around 60 bbl/min.

    The process reportedly involves injecting friction reducers, usually a a polyacrylamide. Biocides, surfactants and scale inhibitors can also be in the fluid. Friction reducers speed the mixture. Biocides such as bromine prevent organisms from clogging the fissures and sliming things up downhole. Surfactants keep the sand suspended. Methanol and naphthalene can be used for biocides. Hydrochloric acid and ethylene glycol may be utilized as scale inhibitors. Butanol and ethylene glycol monobutyl ether (2-BE) are used in surfactants. Slickwater typically uses more water than earlier fracturing methods--between one and five million gallons per fracing operation.

    Other chemical compounds sometimes used include benzene, chromium and a host of others. Many of these are known to be toxic and have raised widespread concern about potential water contamination. This is especially true when the wells recieving slickwater hydro-fracturing are located near aquifers that are being tapped into for local drinking water. However, reports of actual drinking water contamination appear either very scarce or else non-existent. Hydro-fracturing activity is heavily regulated by state agencies.

    In summary, slickwater is a water-based fluid and proppant combination that has low-viscosity. Slickwater fracturing was first used in the Barnett shale. Mitchell Energy introduced the very first slickwater frac that utilized 800,000 gal. of water and 200,000 lbs. of sand as proppant. It is typically used in highly-pressurized, deeper shales, while fracturing fluids using nitrogen foam are more common in more shallow shales and those that have lower reservoir pressure.
    Sep 10 10:52 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Halcon Well Results Improve While Kodiak Buys The Best In West Williams County [View article]
    lol wat,

    You may be missing the point of the article. This is a real general idea of revenues/costs/etc. Anyone is free to figure this out anyway they would like. I didn't forget any of those variables, just thought others would figure that out themselves if they wanted to. As for well costs, they are correct. Thanks for commenting.
    Jun 24 10:06 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Well In Western Williams County Produces 6-Month Payback [View article]

    Thanks for the comments they are appreciated. If you have any specific issues with this data I would love to hear it. Sounds like you have a lot of experience in oil and gas, so if there is anything specific you would like to address so we can all learn something it would be great. Have a great weekend, and thanks for reading.
    Jun 21 08:57 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Bakken Update: Whiting's Sanish Well Models To 2 Million Barrels Of Oil [View article]
    Hi Marc,

    These wells are representative of Whiting wells in Sanish Field completed in 2007 and the first half of 2008.
    Jan 11 06:25 PM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment