More sand and more stages are paying off with more production in Cimarex Energy Co.’s (NYSE: XEC) Delaware Basin Lower Wolfcamp area. The operator’s Flying Ebony well had a 30-day peak IP that averaged 3,127 barrels of oil per day (boe/d), 23% oil, with 2,400 pounds (lb) of proppant per lateral foot (ft) in a total of 48 frack stages.
In contrast, 15 other 10,000-ft laterals in the area averaged 2,361 barrels of oil equivalent per day (boe/d), said Roger Alexander, Cimarex’s vice president and regional exploration manager for the Permian, at Hart Energy’s recent Executive Oil Conference.
Cumulative production per well after a year online has been nearly 600 Mboe. After about four months online, Flying Ebony had already made nearly 250 Mboe.
The 15 pre-Flying Ebony wells alone were 70% improved from the company’s 5,000-ft beta Tim Tam well, which produced about 350 Mboe after a year online.