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Plano, Texas–based Petro Harvester, a firm chasing horizontal Madison reserves along the northern tier of North Dakota’s Williston Basin, has announced it will be doing more exploratory work in Burke County, where the company has been active since 2011. At North Dakota Industrial Commission (NDIC) hearings scheduled for April 26, 2017, in Bismarck, Petro Harvester has requested permission to create six spacing units for the horizontal Madison. According to the operator’s application, one lateral well would be drilled in each spacing unit.
Of the six proposed entities, which sit up to 7 miles northeast of Columbus, N.D., four will touch the Canadian border. Those would each be a stand-up unit containing 400 acres and would include the w/2 of sections 27 and 34, the e/2 of sections 27 and 34, the w/2 of sections 26 and 35, and the e/2 of sections 26 and 35; all in 164n-93e.
Although there has not been any exploratory activity within the outlines of the proposed units, there is a horizontal Bakken well immediately south of section 35, 164n-93w. One township to the south, Hess Bakken Investments II (Hess) drilled the AV-Schwartz #163-93-0211H-1, ne-ne 2-163n-93w. The prospect was completed for an IPP of 44 bopd, 26 mcfgpd, and 227 bwpd from the Bakken interval at 7,551’–17,726’ and is the northernmost producer to-date in Short Creek Field. First going on-line in August 2012, the AV-Schwartz #163-93-0211H-1 has cumulated more than 38.7 k bo, 30.1 mmcfg, and 152 k bw.
Short Creek Field is a multi-pay oil pool that produces from both the Bakken and Madison. Following its discovery in 1957, this reservoir has cumulated more than 354 k bo, 167.2 mmcfg, and 370 k bw. Approximately 79 percent of this production is coming from the Madison section.
The remaining two stand-up units proposed by Petro Harvester will each contain 640 acres and will consist of the w/2 of sections 3 and 10, and the e/2 of sections 3 and 10 in 163n-93w. The only exploratory activity to occur within the confines of these pending entities is a dry hole drilled by Energy Minerals Corporation (EMC) at the Stompro State #1, se-sw 10-163n-93w. Bottoming in the Mississippian at a depth of 6,192’, one DST was conducted across the Madison section from 6,100’ to 6,130’, where the pipe recovered 264’ of slightly water-cut drilling mud, with the sampler holding 0.02 cfg and 2,180 cc of muddy water. No additional testing was performed in the Stompro State #1, and the wildcat was abandoned in 1978.
Another dry hole in this vicinity sits almost a mile northwest of EMC’s failure. Operated by Anschutz Oil, the Johnson #1, se-sw 4-163n-93w, was plugged in the Madison at a vertical depth of 6,190’. Prior to abandonment in 1959, one DST was performed across the Madison section at 6,045’–6,094’ that reversed out 120’ of gas-cut mud, 540’ of gas- and water-cut mud, and 270’ of gas- and water-cut mud with a slight trace of oil.
The only other exploration in the area is roughly a mile south of Hess’s AV-Schwartz #163-93-0211H-1. Drilled by Tom Schwartz, the L Dewing-G Schwartz #1, se-se 2-163n-93w, achieved a total depth in the Madison of 6,123’. One formation test was performed in the Madison at 6,044’–6,063’, which yielded only 120’ of drilling mud. The operator put the cement to this prospect in 1960.
The nearest established Madison production to Petro Harvester’s pending spacing units spots roughly a half-mile southeast of the southernmost 640-acre entity. Operated and drilled by Petro Harvester, the Undhjem #14-2, ne-nw 14-163n-93w, was completed for an IPP of 10 bopd and 42 bwpd from vertical Madison perforations at 6,098’–6,116’. Shut-in since September 2016, this well has cumulated just 12.1 k bo, 89.3 mmcfg, and 34.3 k bw following first production in November 2011.
The closest horizontal Madison production to Petro Harvester’s southeastern-most requested unit is a well drilled by the firm in the same section as the Undhjem #14-2. The Johnston #14-1, sw-sw 14-163n-93w, was horizontally drilled to a true measured depth of 11,943’ and was completed for an IPP of 103 bopd and 923 bwpd. This oil is coming from the Madison interval between 6,513’ and 11,943’. Having been on-production since March 2012, this lateral prospect has cumulated 84.9 k bo, 580 mmcfg, and 287.6 k bw.
Petro Harvester is primarily playing the shallow Madison in an area encompassing portions of Burke and Bottineau counties in the north–central portion of the Williston Basin (overall area of 159n–164n, 79w–93w). The operator entered the Basin in January 2011, following acquisition of more than 180 wells encompassing 20 fields in both Burke and Bottineau counties.