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New Rigs Head To Oklahoma's Southern Woodford Shale Play

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By Richard Mason, Hart Energy
April 22, 2014

Apparently it is Boomer Sooner, indeed, as rising demand for higher-spec 1,500 horsepower (hp) rigs in Oklahoma’s SCOOP play—the southern extension of the Woodford Shale—has operators bumping into a tight market for pad-capable drilling units.

Oklahoma operators are competing against strong demand in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale for 1,500 hp rigs suitable for pad drilling with self-mobilization packages, high setback capacity for racking pipe and larger top drives. The short supply of Tier I pad-capable 1,500 hp rigs in southern Oklahoma is generating interest in newbuild rig ...


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