Friday, October 15, 2010

Williams County, ND: Bakken Shale Update

By Andrea:

Since early August 2010, Brigham Exploration Company (BEXP) has expanded its acreage position in the Williston Basin in the Bakken Shale by approximately 10,200 net acres to an estimated 368,400 net acres. In its core Rough Rider project area, Brigham has expanded its acreage position by approximately 7,600 net acres, including a large acreage position obtained as a result of a transaction entered into with Zavanna, LLC. Inclusive of the acreage acquisitions, Brigham now has total core acreage of approximately 205,600 net acres.

Williston Basin Drilling and Completion Update

In its Rough Rider project area, Brigham announced the completion of the Larsen 3-10 #1H and the Boots 13-24 #1H Bakken wells, which produced at early 24-hour peak flow back rates of approximately 3,090 (2,631 barrels of oil and 2.75 MMcf) and 1,946 (1,773 barrels of oil and 1.04 MMcf) barrels of oil equivalent, respectively. The Larsen and Boots are located in Williams County and were both completed with 31 fracture stimulation stages. Brigham's working interests in the Larsen and Boots are approximately 72% and 74%, respectively. Brigham has completed 26 long lateral high frac stage Bakken wells in Rough Rider with an average early 24-hour peak rate of approximately 2,421 barrels of oil equivalent.

Brigham's accelerated development of its core operated acreage in its Rough Rider and Ross project areas is proceeding with four operated rigs drilling in Rough Rider and one operated rig drilling in Ross. Another operated rig is expected to arrive in early October and additional rigs are expected to arrive in January and May 2011, respectively, at which time Brigham will be continuously drilling with eight operated rigs.

Brigham currently has two wells fracing and nine wells waiting on completion. In the first quarter 2011, Brigham expects to add additional fracture stimulation capacity. At that time, Brigham estimates that approximately eight wells per month will be fracture stimulated and brought on line to production.

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