Thursday, August 12, 2010

Laramie County, Wyoming: Niobrara Shale update

By Andrea:

Rex Energy Corporation (REXX) recently released an update on the Niobrara Shale in Laramie County, WY:

A large portion of their acreage is located in close proximity to the Silo Field in Laramie County, Wyoming. The Silo Field has been producing Niobrara Field of approximately 90 horizontal wells, which were built predominantly in the 1990s. Although these wells were drilled sometime ago with short laterals and single stage openhole completions, in most cases they still average in EURs of approximately 160,000 barrels of oil.

Most recently, SM Energy formerly St. Mary's reported their Atlas 1-19H well in the southern part of the Silo Field which was drilled with a longer lateral and completed using modern techniques produced at initial rate of approximately 1,000 barrels a day, far upsetting the historically well production in the field.

In late July, Rexx Energy spud their first horizontal Niobrara Shale well in the Basin which is currently drilling. The well is planned to have a 4,000 foot lateral section and they plan to complete it with a 10 to 12 stage frac. While it is still early in the play, they are optimistic that this project will become a significant asset the company.

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