Thursday, January 8, 2009

Bakken Shale: Dunn County North Dakota

Today, 1/8/09, Kodiak Oil & Gas ( KOG ) has come out and given an operational update on the Bakken Shale and the Sanish/Three Forks region on the Bakken Shale. They have acerage positions in Dunn County, North Dakota.

Williston Basin Operations Update -- Dunn County, North Dakota

Kodiak's exploration efforts target oil and gas production from the middle member between the upper and lower Bakken shales, which is the source rock for existing hydrocarbons. The Three Forks/Sanish Formation, a productive interval lying directly below the lower Bakken shale, is also expected to be a future exploration target. Commercial production from the Three Forks/Sanish Formation is being reported by operators in the immediate area.

The Moccasin Creek (MC) #16-34-2H well (Kodiak operates with 60% working interest [WI] and 49% net revenue interest [NRI]) recently reached total depth. The well, located in the southwestern portion of Kodiak's leasehold, was drilled to an approximate total vertical depth (TVD) of 10,350 feet and a total measured depth (TMD) of 15,525 feet. During drilling operations, the wellbore encountered oil and gas shows in the lateral. A liner was run to total depth and completion work is tentatively scheduled after drilling of the MC #16-34H well is finished. The well successfully reached TMD in 38 days, which is within the Company's initial estimate of 40 days to total depth.

The drilling rig has been skid approximately 50 feet where drilling recently commenced on the MC #16-34H well (Kodiak operates with 60% WI and 49% NRI). The MC #16-34H is projected to be drilled to a TVD of 10,350 feet and proposed TMD of 14,800 feet.
Six miles east of the Moccasin Creek wells, Kodiak has completed construction of a drilling pad for the Charging Eagle (CE) #1-22-15H and the CE #1-22-23H wells. Approximately 10 miles north of the Moccasin Creek locations, a second drill pad is being constructed for the Two Shield Butte (TSB) #16-8H and the TSB #16-8-16H wells. Kodiak operates both locations and will utilize the skid package on its rig to move between wells, minimizing mobilization time and surface disturbance. Upon completion of the MC #16-34H well, the drilling rig will be moved to one of these drilling pads.

As of January 1, 2009, Kodiak had approximately 56,000 gross and 36,000 net acres under lease on the Fort Berthoud Indian Reservation (FBIR). Kodiak operates all of its leasehold on the FBIR, with the exception of approximately 9,000 net acres that are in a participating area previously established with another operator.