Monday, April 14, 2014

Goodrich Announces Results for the Blades 33H-1

Goodrich announced this today for the Blades 33H-1 well in Tangipahoa Parish, LA:
"The well has achieved a peak 24-hour average production rate to date of 1,270 barrels of oil equivalent ("BOE") per day, comprised of 1,250 barrels of oil and 115 Mcf of gas on a 14/64 inch choke from an approximate 5,000 foot lateral. The well landed in the Company's lower target, was drilled and completed under budget and was fracked with 20 stages using composite plugs that were drilled out prior to flow back. The Company's completion methodology was slightly modified from previously completed wells. The well was drilled on a portion of the 185,000 net acres acquired in August 2013 and is approximately 48 miles southeast from the Company operated Crosby 12H-1 well in Wilkinson County, Mississippi and five miles east of a horizontal well previously drilled on the acquired acreage."

I believe that this is the most important initial test to date for this play and that it represents a significant milestone.  My reasons are as follows:
-Initial potential: while it's the 3rd highest initial rate, on a per 1000' basis it's only second the Encana's Anderson 17H-2. 
-Location: the well is pushing the eastern economic boundary of the play and it represents a great anchor for the east side.  It confirms the large areal extent and consistency of this reservoir rock.  Stay tuned for the results for the Nunnery12H-1. This well is even closer to the play's economic limits.
-Pay thickness: with 94' of pay, the results align with expectations based on the thickness of high TOC rock.
-Devon: This well, along with many in the future, confirms that Devon did not pursue these completions correctly.  The financial quants still struggle with this fact.  It also confirms that Goodrich's acquisition was brilliant and strategic.
-The well was drilled under budget and much faster than prior attempts.  More improvements and cost reduction to come.
-The well landed in the lower 70' of the TMS and built the curve without encountering any issues. This is probably the most important data point. Drilling through the naturally fractured zone (NFZ) without incident is a huge leap forward for this play.
-The plugs were drilled out without any challenges.  Let's assume that this challenge is behind us.

On another note, drilling a 6600' lateral in the Lewis 30-19H-1 in 36 days is huge. This represents eight less days of drilling equating to approximately $800,000 of cost reduction.

Major congrats to the Goodrich team.  They have been under assault for the past year. Let's hope for many more of these in the near future.


  1. Great result! And great calls on your part, Kirk. Any idea what's in store in the near term, if anything, for the 4 or 5 other Little Silver Creek units that Devon originally formed?

  2. DCM,
    I do not know the plans going forward for each operator. At this stage in the play, I would expect them to drill across their entire block to prove value in the entire leasehold. Infill drilling will likely be Phase II.

  3. Very nice 24H-IP. Looks to have lowest GOR have seen in play so far at ~100 scf/bbl unless numbers or math wrong (1,250 BOPD,115 MCFPD). Will be interesting to see what decline curve looks like. Would prove up a lot of acreage if "gas lift" not that important for this play.