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Brigham IPs Follow Up


In my last blog I wrote about the top 3 wells in the Bakken based on IPs (24-hour peak flow back rates) and how all 3 of the wells are operated by Brigham Exploration Company out of my residing city of Austin, TX (Brigham crowding the podium with 1st, 2nd, and 3rd highest IPs in the Bakken).  I also dug a little deeper and looked at 6-month cums across the Bakken play to see how Brigham compared to other Bakken operators that didn’t make it in the top 3 IP spots.  In doing this I found that Brigham, even though they have the top 3 IPs in the play, did not fare well against a couple of other Bakken operators, EOG and Whiting, on a 6-month cum bases.  The blog seemed to spark some interest with one of our readers and he had some questions about the location of the 3 Brigham wells as they relate to the top 100 6-month cums Bakken wells and the offsets of the 3 highest IP wells.  So in an effort to provide some more color I went back and put together some DrillingInfo maps.

The first map shows the 3 Brigham wells as black triangles and the top 100 6-month cum wells histogramed by 6-month oil cum.  We can see that the 3 Brigham top IP wells are clearly northwest of a known Bakken sweet spot in the Sanish and Parshall fields and 2 of the 3 Brigham wells (the green well spots that are on top of the middle triangle) fall into that 76 MBbl – 105 MBbl range.

The next map is the 3 top IP wells in black with the Bakken offsets of the surrounding townships and ranges.  These are also histogramed by 6-month cum.

I hope this blog helped with answering some of our reader’s questions and to learn more visit the Brigham Folder in the Bakken Unconventional Update in DI’s DNA.

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Justin Birmingham

Justin Birmingham is a Research Analyst at Drillinginfo. He creates proprietary research studies, works with statistical models and manages datasets for the DI Analytics team. Justin earned his Bachelor of Science from Texas State University – San Marcos.