Sabo: Talent Helps Deep Well Services to Complete Utica Monster Well

Much of the credit for the successful completion of the largest well in the Utica shale play – and one of the largest wells in the United States -- is due to the high quality of the local talent and using state-of-the-art equipment, John Sabo, Deep Well Services (DWS) COO, told Rigzone.

The so-called “Monster Well” – Magnum Hunter Resources Corp’s 1300U well in the southern part of the Utica play – recently went into production and is currently producing a peak of 46.5 million cubic feet of natural gas a day, Sabo said. And the quality of the talent played a key role in completing it.

“Right now, it’s projected as one of the most prolific wells in the whole region, and there’s potential for it to be even bigger than that. We give the credit to our success to the right talent that we were able to round up,” Sabo said. “What we’ve done is to set-up a competency system that is similar to one used in Canada, and we have some Canadian supervisors, but a huge highlight for us is that over 60 percent of our employees are from Appalachia - West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. We have the right people in the right places, and we utilize the competency system to grow the company organically. Our people and safety are our number one priorities."

Completing a well of this size was a major effort, and it was also a collaborative effort, Sabo said.

"We all worked together really well with the Magnum Hunter guys. We completed the drill-out, and they installed the production tubing. Their engineers did a heck of a job, and everyone worked well as a team. It wa a total team effort.”

Completing the well was not without difficulty, Sabo said. During the process, the crew had to overcome a high-pressure situation on the 10,825-foot deep well, which is located in Tyler County, W. Va.

“We are the only company headquartered in the region that is prepared to perform work on those high-pressure Utica wells,” Sabo said. “Our talent pool is more experienced, and our equipment is strategically set up for this type of work.”

During the completion process, DWS utilized a state-of-the-art standalone snubbing unit, with a 285,000-pound pull rate. The combination of the best equipment and the experience gained during the completion process should prove helpful for the crew in establishing itself in the challenging formation, Sabo said, since wells in the Utica generally exceed pressures found in the Marcellus shale play.


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