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Shale Report

Bakken shale production growth will be constrained by flaring restrictions and infrastructure bottlenecks

Shale oil is an important commodity in the world and as such, shale oil plants are on the rise every year. Bakken shale has seen an incredible potential for growth in recent years, and the production of oil and natural gas is set to rise from 1.44 million barrels per day to 2 million barrels per day.

Bakken oil wells have been shown to have a competitive edge against the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford, allowing operators to make the most of an increase in profit. There are however still limitations to bear in mind.

  • What you will discover...
  • Bakken wells have the lowest breakeven price at $30.50 per barrel – take advantage of this low price this year
  • Bakken operators are drilling longer laterals, and also experimenting with completion designs – this allows them to drill to a depth of 12,000 feet
  • Crude oil across major counties in North Dakota and Montana from 2013-2019 will be analyzed and explored – use key data to dominate this sector

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Andrew Folse, Oil & Gas Analyst at GlobalData, comments:

“Bakken oil wells show competitive performances when compared to recently completed wells in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford. However, to some extent, the actual potential of the Bakken play is not getting realized due to restrictions on the flaring of natural gas in North Dakota, as most of this flared gas is associated with oil-producing wells in the Bakken formation. As long as gas infrastructure in the region does not expand, the pace of drilling new wells will be constrained and oil production from the Bakken will remain flat or grow at a low rate.”

Use GlobalData’s analysis to gain a strengthened understanding of Bakken Shale and its impact on the global oil market. Compare economic metrics of top industry players and identify key opportunities for investment.

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