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Whiting and the Sanish Field


Whiting recently announced their fourth quarter and year-end end results and one of their main focuses was the Sanish field in the Bakken play.  By the end of 2009 Whiting was operating 68 wells in the Sanish field and were producing from 107, including their non-operated wells.  In December Whiting’s net production in the field averaged 12,560 BOE per day which is a 68% increase from December 2008.  Moving into 2010 they expect to drill 76 operated wells in the Bakken and 10 in the Three Forks, which is below the Bakken formation.  As of February 15, Whiting’s 74 operated wells in the Sanish field averaged IP rates of 2,093 BOE per day and had 1st 30-day average of 858 BOE per day.  They do not seem to be slowing down recently adding 3 rigs in the Sanish which brings their rig total to 9 for the field.

Here are Whiting’s Bakken wells colored by field and bubbled by 6-month cums.

Below is a map showing the permit activity in the ND region of the Bakken bubbled by total depth and colored by operator for the last 365 days.  The major players are EOG and Whiting; 81 and 61 permits filed, respectively. It is important to note that due to the confidentiality period on certain data in ND, it is impossible to tell if these are Bakken permits at this time. As you might expect the majority of Whitings permit’s are in Montrail County where the 6 months cums are better than in the SW Portion of the play although they still have a few permits filed in that area.

If you would like to learn more please visit Whiting’s folder in the DI Bakken Unconventional Updates.

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Anne Leonard

In January 2015, Anne Leonard headed the team that launched the latest addition to DrillingInfo’s international publications, International Scout Frontier North America which covers the US Gulf of Mexico as well as Maritime and Arctic Canada. She has been reporting on exploration and production for more than 30 years. She began her career in Denver covering the Rocky Mountain Region, and has spent the last 10 years covering the international arena, with a particular focus on Latin America, Africa, Western Europe and the Far East. Anne received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from the University of Nebraska.