THE JOURNAL OF ENERGY FROM INNOVATION VOLUME 2 NUMBER 2 MARCH/APRIL 2014
Baseline water testing rule to
remove ambiguity in Wyoming
BHP plans to double Eagle Ford output by 2016
Rod Skaufel, president of North
American shale for BHP, told UOGR,
“We’ve got a significant effort under
way around completion optimization
The company is testing high-temperature gels for better proppant
transportation, different stage spacing
to maximize stimulated rock volume,
and reservoir modeling to simulate
stress capture and optimize well sequencing.
The results are promising. Skaufel
said initial 90-day cumulative production totals for Eagle Ford wells where
field trials are being conducted are 10-
40% higher than production for comparable surrounding wells.
It is difficult to translate initial pro-
duction rates into estimated ultimate re-
covery rates because efforts are in their
early days, but, Skaufel said, BHP is
year and seeing promising results from
field trials aimed at increasing produc-
tion and reducing costs at its wells in
the South Texas shale play.
Rachael Seeley, Editor
HOUSTON, Tex.—BHP Billiton is fo-
cusing the bulk of its US onshore
spending on the Eagle Ford shale this
“very encouraged” by what it is seeing.
“Not only are the results supported
by production, but we also use microseismic and production logging as a
way to try and validate what is happening downhole. Both of those indicate
that we are stimulating more rock volume,” he told UOGR.
The Eagle Ford shale is a key unconventional onshore play for BHP Billiton. The
company is a top producer in the shale
play and will allocate $3 billion of its
$3.9 billion budget for the onshore US
to development of the Eagle Ford in fiscal year 2014.
Investor materials show net production was higher than 100,000 boe/d in
September 2013. Seventeen of the 26
rigs that BHP now operates in the US
cont’d on p. 3
Rachael Seeley, Editor
PAVILLION, Wyo.—Wyoming has
adopted a rule that calls for operators to perform baseline testing of area
groundwater before and after drilling.
The requirement, set to take effect
on Mar. 1, stipulates that operators
perform initial baseline water testing
on water sources within a half-mile
radius of a planned drillsite no more
than 12 months before drilling begins.
Follow-up water quality testing is then
required once 12-18 months after production casing or liner has been set and
again 36-48 months later.
John Robitaille, vice-president of the
Petroleum Association of Wyoming,
expects the groundwater testing will
show that Wyoming’s existing rules
governing the completion and casing of
wells sufficiently protect groundwater.
“I really believe that it will show
that… everything we’ve been doing for
years is very protective of groundwater,” Robitaille told UOGR. Robitaille
does not expect the new rule will be a
problem for most producers and said
many already have programs in place to
monitor groundwater quality near their
Along with field observations of the
cont’d on p. 4
Mexico energy reform
Eagle Ford transport hub
Continental drills deeper
BHP Billiton produced more than 100,000 boe/d from the Eagle Ford shale in September. Photo by BHP Billiton.