Newfield has achieved record gross operated production of 323 MMcfe/d (184 MMcfe/d net) from the Company's Woodford Shale play in the Arkoma Basin of southeastern Oklahoma. Production in early 2010 is expected to continue to benefit from the ongoing completion of about 20 wells drilled in late 2009.
The recent increase in production from the Woodford Shale is being driven by results from recent super extended lateral (SXL) completions. SXL wells are defined as those having completed lateral lengths greater than 5,000 feet. Recent wells include:
Newfield has five additional SXLs that have been drilled with completion operations pending. To date, Newfield has drilled more than 300 operated horizontal wells in the Woodford Shale and has significantly enhanced its economics through the drilling and completion of longer lateral wells. In 2009, the average lateral length completed was approximately 5,000 feet, about twice the average in 2006-07. For 2010, Newfield estimates that its average lateral completion in the Woodford Shale will be 6,000 - 7,000 feet. The Company expects that these SXLs can be drilled and completed for approximately $7 - $8 million gross (costs vary depending on lateral length and drilling depth).
Based on drilling to date and 3-D seismic data that covers the entirety of Newfield's Woodford Shale acreage, the Company estimates that approximately 25% of its Woodford Shale acreage will ultimately be developed with SXL completions. The Company has applied to unitize a large portion of its acreage to facilitate drilling more SXLs. Approval of the unit would increase this estimated percentage to approximately 33% of the acreage, or 55,000 net acres.
Newfield expects to run 6 - 8 operated rigs in the Woodford Shale in 2010 and increase Woodford Shale production by approximately 20% over 2009 levels.
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