North Dakota Oil Production Dips In November
Cold weather was blamed for a slight dip in North Dakota oil and gas production in November 2018, as daily production dropped 15,566 BOPD to 1,375,803 BOPD from 15,237 wells.
Gas production also declined to 2,522,875 Mcf a day as the number of well completions dropped to 63, compared to 103 in October. There were 957 wells waiting on completion and the number of inactive wells was up 18 to 1,381.
“The number of well completions has become variable again due to oil rig, gas capture, workforce and weather,” said Lynn Helms, director of the ND Dept. of Mineral Resources. “Operators have shifted from running the minimum number of rigs to incremental increases and decreases based on gas capture, completion crew availability, and oil price.”
While Helms noted that operators voluntarily restricted oil production by 99,000 BOPD to reduce flaring, the flaring from wells on Ft. Berthold Reservation increased by 32%. Drilling also increased on the reservation in November with 16 rigs, and there are now 2,017 active wells on the reservation.
The statewide percentage of gas flared increased to 21%, with the daily flaring of gas at 527 Mmcf per day and overall gas capture at 80%. The gas capture goal set by the commission is 88%.