United States Bakken Shale Report 2019 - Oil and Gas Shale Market Analysis and Outlook to 2023 - ResearchAndMarkets.com

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"Bakken Shale in the US, 2019 - Oil and Gas Shale Market Analysis and Outlook to 2023", states that in 2018, the major counties for crude oil and natural gas production in Bakken shale play in the US were McKenzie, Williams, Mountrail, and Dunn, all located in North Dakota. Continental Resources, Hess, Whiting Petroleum, ExxonMobil, and ConocoPhillips were the leading producers in the Bakken shale play in 2018.

Also it identifies that there is considerable potential to raise the crude oil production in the Bakken shale play from the current level of approximately 1.44 million barrels of oil per day (mmbd) to at least 2 mmbd. However, flaring regulations and infrastructure bottlenecks in North Dakota are limiting production growth.

Bakken oil production is facing constraints associated with prescribed limits set by North Dakota on the flaring of natural gas. North Dakota is currently flaring approximately 19% of the natural gas it produces - well above the 12% allowed by state regulations. 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.

The Permian Basin, Bakken, and Eagle Ford are currently producing over 83% of the US oil production. For the first half of 2019, these three formations averaged 4.05 mmbd, 1.44 mmbd, and 1.43 mmbd respectively. The Permian Basin production has increased by approximately 9%, the Bakken around 1% and the Eagle Ford has stayed constant throughout 2019. Bakken wells exhibit the lowest breakeven price among the three shale plays at US$30.50 per barrel (bbl), mainly due to the exceptionally high 30-day initial production (IP) rates of over 1,250 boed observed in this play. Also, the Bakken total production stream is over 75% oil where the other plays are around 58%.

Moreover, many Bakken operators are picking up the trend of drilling longer laterals and experimenting with completion designs. Companies are drilling laterals up to 12,000 feet (ft). The general objective remains to increase the productivity of the new producing wells in a higher proportion with respect to the cost increase associated with these more complex wells.


  • Comprehensive analysis of crude oil and natural gas production across major counties in North Dakota and Montaha during 2013-2018, as well as production outlook from 2019 to 2023
  • In-depth information of well permits issued in North Dakota region of the Bakken shale, by county and by company from January 2018 to May 2019
  • Detailed understanding of IP rates and type well profiles in the Bakken shale.
  • Exhaustive analysis of competitive landscape in the Bakken shale in terms of net acreage, gross production, cost trends and planned investments.
  • Comparison of type well economic metrics of major players were also analyzed
  • Up-to-date information on major mergers and acquisitions in the Bakken shale between 2013 and 2019
  • Overview of existing and active pipeline infrastructure in the Bakkken shale and along with a review of the upcoming projects in the region.

Key Topics Covered:

1 Table of Contents

1.1. List of Tables

1.2. List of Figures

2. Overview

2.1. Bakken Shale, Recent Developments and Trends

3. Bakken Shale, Introduction

3.1. Bakken Shale, Overview

4. Bakken Shale, Production and Activity Overview

4.1. Bakken Shale, Production Analysis by County, 2013-2018

4.2. Bakken Shale, Production Outlook, 2019-2023

4.3. Bakken Shale, Drilling Activity, 2018

5. Bakken Shale, Competitive Landscape

5.1. Bakken Shale, Major Companies by Acreage, 2019

5.2. Bakken Shale, Major Companies by Net Production, 2018

5.3. Bakken Shale, Future Plans by Major Companies

5.4. Bakken Shale, Cost Trends, 2018

6. Bakken Shale, Analysis of Top Five Companies

6.1. Bakken Shale, Economic Metrics of Major Players

6.2. Continental Resources, Inc.

6.3. Hess Corp.

6.4. Whiting Petroleum Corp.

6.5. Exxon Mobil Corp.

6.6. ConocoPhillips

7. Bakken Shale, Associated Infrastructure

7.1. Pipelines

8. Mergers and Acquisition Activity in the Bakken Shale, 2013-2019

8.1. Overview of M&A Activity

8.2. Major Acquisitions

9. Recent Developments and Contracts in the Bakken Shale, 2013-2018

9.1. Recent Developments

9.2. Recent Contracts

10. Appendix

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