State setting oil, gas production numbers

BISMARCK North Dakota has hit preliminary new all-time highs in oil and gas production as well as the number of producing wells.

The North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources released on Friday its most recent monthly figures, for the month of April.

The all-time high was 793,249 barrels a day of oil produced, 846,906 MCF of gas produced, and 8,758 producing wells.

The April oil production numbers are 10,250 barrels a day more than in March.

Gas production was 12,269 MCF of gas per day more than in March.

The state also had 8,758 wells producing in April 119 more wells than in March.

As of Friday, 184 rigs were actively working in the state.

Over 95 percent of drilling still targets the Bakken and Three Forks formations, said Lynn Helms, director of the Mineral Resources Division, in his monthly online “Director’s Cut.”

He said crude oil take-away capacity continues to be adequate as long as rail deliveries to the coasts keep growing.

The number of rigs actively drilling on federal surface in the Dakota Prairie Grasslands is down one to three, he said.

He said the number of rigs drilling on the Fort Berthold Reservation is down one to 25, with seven on fee lands (lands not held in trust by the federal government) and 18 on trust lands. There are now 916 active wells on the reservation, he said.

He said North Dakota leasing activity is very slow, being mostly renewals and top leases in the Bakken-Three Forks area.