Continental Resources (CLR) released the results of a well in the Bakken Shale area that was designed to test the theory that the Bakken shale and the Sanish/Three Forks are separate formations.
The company completed the Omar 2-1H well located in Williams County, North Dakota. The Omar 2-1H was drilled to the Middle Bakken zone and produced 694 BOE per day during its initial test period.
The Omar 2-1H was drilled parallel to and offset from the Omar 1-1H, which was completed as a Sanish/Three Forks well producer in late 2008. The Omar 1-1H has produced a cumulative 137,300 BOE through the end of 2009. This test would appear to give additional evidence that the formations are separate.
Continental Resources is currently operating 7 rigs in the North Dakota Bakken Shale, and plans to increase that to 15 by the middle of 2010.