A New Term To Know

By Luke Geiver | April 30, 2014

Cemented liners could be joining zipper fracks, infill drilling programs and plug-and-perfs in the terminology used to explain the current state of drilling in the Bakken. Thanks to the undeniable production gains recorded by several Williston Basin operators who’ve used the cemented liner method for well completion, cemented liners are gaining acceptance.
Briefly, use of a cemented liner allows the operators to break more rock. As shown in this month’s feature on cemented liners breaking more rock can yield a 20 to 100 percent increase in well production compared to other methods. Attesting to the constant quest for oilfield efficiency, a completions team we spoke with has embraced the cemented liner approach. The team has invested great effort into educating its many clients on the benefits of cemented liners and has also designed specific technology for cemented liner completion approaches. The story explains why the industry has begun to adopt cemented liners and shows how quickly technology can be tweaked for the needs of the industry.

Jesse Crone, who knows something about tweaking technology, has helped lead an energy services team in utilizing a unique mill to remove frack sleeves and composite plugs. The Remi mill, named after a Louisiana toolmaker’s dog, has recorded some impressive numbers. It was designed to present a new cutting face as the mill is pushed further along the lateral. If the story of Crone’s path to the Bakken doesn’t pique your interest, then the performance of the Remi mill should.

In keeping with our April theme of hydraulic fracturing, we also detail one company’s path into the frack sand production and supply business. Victory Silica, a sister company of Victory Nickel, has taken a unique approach to supplying the Bakken with much-needed frack sand. Victory’s story shows that the frack sand business involves much more than mining sand and selling it. The company is in the midst of a three-phase plan to establish clients, increase sand production and create a logistical sand distribution advantage over other, well-established sand providers. Sand from Wisconsin and northern Manitoba will be used by Victory. The plan modifies how sand is handled, stored and ultimately transported to the well site.

For any Bakken-based businesses looking for an infusion of capital, potential partners or other opportunities, the North Dakota Trade Office has developed a trade mission to three major Canadian cities. Donovan Johnson, a member of the NDTO helping to lead the trade mission, is excited for the trip. His excitement, he told me, is based on the incredible story of the Bakken and his hopes of sharing that story with as many as possible. As you might imagine, we had to write about that.