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Three Forks tight oil unconventional play

Three Forks tight oil unconventional play

Report summary

Originally thought to be a deeper layer of the Bakken, the Three Forks emerged as a drilling target in its own right after Continental Resources demonstrated that it was a separate reservoir during a well test in 2009.  The company's Mathistad 2-35H well was completed into the Middle Bakken and realised initial production rates four times that of a flowing companion well, Mathistad 1-35H, drilled 50 feet below into the Upper Three Forks.  This differential was confirmation that new reservoir...

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Production from unconventional oil and gas resources has had an enormous impact on North America’s recovery from economic recession. The success there has led to a shift in the upstream oil and gas industry. Other countries are investing in the industry in the hope they will reap similar benefits for their economies.

This Upstream Oil and Gas Unconventional Play report provides a detailed analysis of geology, reserves, production and commercial issues, including cost of supply, access and fiscal terms.

Potential investors, governments and companies in the oil and gas sector can use this unconventional play report to get a better understanding of critical issues with this play.

With more than 120 analysts covering 190 proven and emerging unconventional plays, Wood Mackenzie is ideally placed to offer detailed analysis on over 98% of global unconventional volumes. Our analysts produce forward-looking analysis, backed by our robust proprietary database of trusted research. Proprietary data means a superior level of analysis that is simply not available anywhere else.

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  • Key facts
  • Summary and key issues
    • Commercialisation overview
    • Update messages
    • What to watch
  • Location maps
    • Three Forks Activity by Operator
  • Timeline
    • Three Forks Timeline
  • Geology
    • Extent
    • Lithology
  • Reserves and resources
    • Three Forks Resources/Reserves Build-up
  • Production
    • Gas market
    • Liquids market
      • Crude from the Three Forks and the Bakken is abundant and high quality; however, there is limited local demand for the crude and NGLs produced in the region. Without local demand, the main consideration for operators in the play is getting their product out of the Williston Basin and into higher demand centres.
  • Infrastructure
    • NGL
  • Fiscal and regulatory
    • Environment/regulation
    • Environmental issues
    • Land access/permitting
    • Terrain
    • Acreage acquisition
    • Regulation
  • Operations
    • Supply chain
      • Labour and local constraints
      • Water procurement/disposal
      • Drilling and completion
      • Technology
  • Key companies
  • Economic assumptions
  • Economic analysis
    • Type Well Annual Production

In this report there are 14 tables or charts, including:

  • Key facts
    • Key facts: Table 1
  • Summary and key issues
  • Location maps
    • Three Forks Sub-Play Areas
    • Location maps: Image 2
    • Location maps: Image 3
  • Timeline
  • Geology
    • Three Forks Geological Characteristics
  • Reserves and resources
    • Reserves and resources: Table 1
    • Resource/Reserve Assumptions
  • Production
  • Infrastructure
    • Key Bakken Rail Export Projects
    • Infrastructure: Table 2
  • Fiscal and regulatory
  • Operations
  • Key companies
    • Position of Key Companies
  • Economic assumptions
    • Economic assumptions: Table 1
  • Economic analysis
    • Three Forks economics
    • Economic analysis: Image 1
    • Type Well Cash Flow
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