135195 – Horizontal Drilling and Well Completion Optimization in North Dakota Bakken Oilfield

Summary

First discovered in 1951, development of the Bakken formation in the Williston Basin has been problematic and inconsistent. However, technological advancements in horizontal drilling and completions in the past decade have steadily improved production results and consistency on a well by well basis. 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.