NewsApril 24, 2013: see comment below asking about new multi-well pad drilling in the Cottonwood. Prior to this 4-well pad, to the best of my knowledge there was only one multi-well pad in the Cottonwood, and I hardly consider it a multi-well pad: just two wells, one horizontal going south and one horizontal going north.
But the 4-well multi-well pad in section 3-157-92 is notable. One rig is one site; two others are on DRL status; and the fourth, LOC:
- 23804, drl, Oasis, Lars 5792 13-3H, Cottonwood,
- 25135, drl, Oasis, Nels 5792 13-3T, Cottonwood,
- 25136, drl, Oasis, Beth 5792 13-3B, Cottonwood,
- 25230, loc, Oasis, Sara 5792 13-3B, Cottonwood,
Remember when we were discussing MDU and Cottonwood field prospect, back in 2007/08 they did seismic project?March 29, 2011: The results of all wells in the Cottonwood oil field were updated today; see below. For my comments on the update, click here. The data is most recent available at NDIC, as of January 31, 2011.
Today I went to see what one year of time did to a unknown/ not wanted MDU field. Oasis was MDU's drilling partner at the 2008/09 interval and Oasis ended up buying all of Cottonwood field when MDU bailed in panic in 2009.The following information is from the NDIC public records and deals with the Cottonwood field only (MDW rounded some numbers).In September, 2011, OAS had one (1) well on confidential status and that month had runs of 7,000 barrels of oil. Oasis also had 18 producing wells with a production of 20,000 bbls: runs and production equaled 27,000 bbls of oil for 30 days. (19 wells total )In September, 2012, OAS had five (5) wells on confidential status and had runs of 37,000 bbls or oil. They also had 29 wells producing 63,000 bbls of oil. So runs and production equaled 100,000 BO for 30 days. (34 wells )I do not know if every well produced all 30 days, but using that as a number the 2011 average well per day production was 47.01 bopd.They 2012 average well production was 97.43 bopd (which is about the current average for the North Dakota oil patch at this time).i wonder if the execs at MDU realize what they gave away. Compare: 47 bopd then; 97 bopd now.Talk is one thing, doing is another.If Oasis had also walked away and had no one picked up this field, a lot of mineral interest owners would have lost a lot of royalty. When one see horse manure, another sees a pony.
June 17, 2010: no news. Just this observation. The Cottonwood Field looks a bit dismal. I just took a look at it and there's not much going on there. A couple of wells on confidential; any producing wells have older permit numbers; there are no rigs in the field; and of all the fields I have looked at recently, this field seems to have an inordinate number of cancelled permits: at least 15. This was the field "discovered" by MDU. Oasis subsequently acquired most of MDU's acreage in North Dakota about a year ago or so (I forget exactly when) and I assume Oasis picked up the acreage in Cottonwood Field. Oases went public yesterday/today; haven't seen it listed yet.
(Disclaimer: the narrative is based on my understanding of what I saw while this developed; others may have a different perspective, and only the producers and the NDIC know the full story, I suppose. I will gladly update if corrections are in order.)
The Cottonwood field is a new field, a relatively large field. It is rectangular, running north to south. Powers Lake, ND, is right at the vertical midpoint of the field, and sits just outside the field on the west line. North Dakota highway 50, running east-west, splits the oil field into a north half and a south half. The north half is in Burke County; the south half is in Mountrail County.
The Cottonwood initially caught my interest because it was designated a field during the current "Bakken" boom when Fidelity (MDU) had a producing discovery well. Fidelity requested the NDIC to designate a field that was essentially four sections, based on that well, running north to south, 157-92, 158-92, 159-92, and 160-92. Shortly after the NDIC designated this the Cottonwood Field, "all" Fidelity permits/rights were obtained by Oasis.
I don't follow the Cottonwood wells on my "watch list" because it doesn't look like much of a field. But here are the numbers I have, subject to typographical errors.
One can divide the field in half, the north half ("owned" by Oasis) and the south half (mostly Oasis, but at the far south, near the Alger field, we see some EOG wells). There are two sections in the north, and two sections in the south.
I don't think the south half is all that much better but as one gets closer to the Alger field, the more EOG wells, and the only really two "good" wells of the bunch: #17850 with an IP of 487 (reported Feb 4, 2010) and 17937, 675 (Feb 11, 2010).
All wells are short laterals with a couple of exceptions (one by Hess, and one by Oasis), at the time of original posting.
Looking at the GIS map server, these are the wells, going from north to south (current as of Feb 5, 2010).
(C) = confidential
(NR) = producing, but I have no record of IP
(LL) = long laterals; all others are short laterals
(A) = on the bordering the much better Alger field, essentially an Alger well
IPs in red
Updated as of 1/11
North half of field (159-92, 160-92)
18657: Oasis, 696, Ernst 6092 42-31H, spudded 5/10; tested 8/10; 44K; still producing at 8K/month
17447: Oasis, 308, Laumb 11-22H, spudded 9/08; tested 1/09; 48K; producing at 1K/month
17330: Oasis, 88, Weinmann 11-28H, spudded 8/08; tested 10/08; 44K; producing at <700 bbls/month
17278: Oasis, 13, Lucy 11-23H, spudded 6/08; tested 11/08; 24K; producing <300 bbls/month
18593: Oasis, confidential
17369: Oasis, 540, Edwards Federal 5992 44-10H, spudded 12/09; tested 3/10; 112K 4/12; producing at 5K/month
17194: Oasis, 103, Barenthsen 11-20H, spudded 5/08; tested 7/08; 53K 4/12; producing at 750 bbls/month
18410 (LL): Oasis, 299, Barenthsen 6059 44-5H, spudded 1/10; tested 6/10; 71K 4/12; producing at 2K/month
17169: Sequel Energy, 98, spudded 7/08; tested 11/08; 21K 4/12; producing at 350 bbls/month
17741: Oasis, 122, Dale Van Berkom 11-18H, spudded 12/08; tested 7/09; 62K 4/12; producing at 1.4K/month
17110: Oasis, 127, Edwards 44-9H, spudded 3/08; tested 6/08; 57K 4/12; producing at 800 bbls/month
South half of field (157-92, 158-92)
17358: Oasis, 82, spudded 7/08; tested 1/09; 9K; producing at 200 bbls/month
17109: Fidelity, 166, spudded 6/08; tested 8/08; 20K; producing at 300 bbls/month
17193: Oasis, 118, spudded 4/08; tested 6/08; 39K; producing at 600 bbls/month
17328: Oasis, 92, spudded 6/08; tested 10/08; 18K; producing at 200 bbls/month
17610: Oasis, 180, spudded 10/08; tested 2/09; 38K; producing at 750 bbls/month
17822: Oasis, (C)
18447 (LL): Oasis, 763, Enerson 5792 44-4H, spudded 1/10; tested 3/10; 62K; 3K/month
17096: Oasis, 228, spudded 3/08; tested 6/08; 38K; 400 bbls/month
17555: Oasis, 62, Thor-Erie 44-18H, spudded 10/08; tested 7/09; 7K; 300 bbls/month
17289: Oasis, 361, spudded 7/08; teted 10/08; 54K; producing 1K bbls/month
18231: EOG, 138, spoudded 8/09; tested 10/09; 40K, producing 1300 bbls/month
17798: EOG, 271, Cottonwood 1-22H, spudded 1/09; tested 8/09; 40K, 1200 bbls/month
18023: EOG, 40, Cottonwood 100-27H; spudded 9/09; tested 11/09; 42K, 1000 bbls/month
17863 (LL): HES, 230, spudded 2/09; tested 5/09; 65K; 1600 bbls/month
17850: EOG, 487, spudded 1/09; tested 8/09; 67K; 2200 bbls/month
17937: EOG, 675, spudded 2/09; tested 9/09; 74K; 2500 bbls/month
18562: EOG, 509, Cottonwood 6-33H, spudded 3/10; tested 6/10; 37K; 3K/month
19628 (LL)(drl): Oasis, Paradise 5892 11-30, spudded 12/10
19037: Oasis, 811, Banks 5892 44-34H, spudded 6/10; tested10/10; 31K
18995 (LL): Oasis, 889, Manhattan 5792 11-2H, spudded 6/10; tested 9/10; 39K
18688: EOG, Conf, Cottonwood 9-28H