The Basics of a Better Well

By THE BAKKEN MAGAZINE STAFF | July 31, 2013

Bringing a Bakken well online in 2013 could take roughly 150 days or more, but key periods during that time frame can impact the success of the well more than any other. McAndrew Rudisill alluded to that during a recent drilling program update for Emerald Oil Inc. His statements help to show the importance of the approximate two-week period needed to hydraulically fracture a well. Rudisill, CEO of Emerald Oil, noted that results from three wells in McKenzie County, N.D., that all exceeded the company’s initial modeled type curve for the wells.

“We are actively working on placing more proppant per frack stage in each of our wells because we believe proppant concentration per stage has a direct correlation with superior well results,” he said. “There is a lot to be gained from enhancing fracture stimulation design and we are working on refining this technology.”