Eagle Ford children are standing on their parents’ shoulders

byJared Kugler

Operators across the Lower 48 continue to deploy innovative redevelopment techniques to increase their production to stifle the decrease in high-graded new drill inventory. Some of the techniques included refracturing existing wells, drill-over of legacy wells, horseshoe wells and tight infills.

Recently, Enverus ranked top wells from 1H23 by production volumes over the first three months per 1,000 ft of lateral across several basins in North America. In the Eagle Ford oil window, the four top-ranked wells were all tight infill child wells drilled with a horizontal spacing of 300-350 ft and having parent wells that were on average six years older. Seven of the top 10 wells were tight infills. The success of these tight infill wells has provided Eagle Ford operators with a second chance to develop their assets, a luxury that Bakken operators do not have because of significant differences in the petrophysical properties between the two plays.

In 2024, Enverus Intelligence® | Research expects these late-life development strategies to be top of mind for operators in the Eagle Ford, Bakken and Haynesville. There is no blanket answer for which redevelopment technique is the right choice. Enverus clients leverage our high-end predictive and prescriptive analytics to inform their decision on which is the best action for their unique assets. To learn more, please visit or reach out to [email protected].

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Jared Kugler

Jared Kugler

Jared Kugler is a senior associate at Enverus. Jared joined Enverus (RS Energy) in 2018 and is a member of the geology team, focusing on international plays along the Atlantic Margin. Working with the Global Research team, he contributes to geologic basin analysis, field modeling and resource evaluation. Jared earned a master’s degree in 2018 in geoscience from the University of Alberta. Jared’s previous industry experience includes positions at ConocoPhillips and Canadian Natural Resources where he provided subsurface interpretations of conventional oil and gas plays in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.

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