135227 – Well Completion Optimization in a North Dakota Bakken Oilfield

Summary

This study provides insight into the advantages of various stage numbers and optimum stage spacing by analyzing up to 15 months of production results from horizontal wells targeting the Bakken in the Stanley Field, North Dakota. These wells were completed with open hole, multi-stage fracturing systems (OHMS) and production is compared to offset wells and field averages.

Advancements in OHMS completion and fracturing technology have enabled maximized production from this asset. The lessons learned and methodology can be utilized for other unconventional oil and gas plays around the world.