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Biggest Oil Well in Chesapeake’s History – Hogshooter Play

by Kenneth E. DuBose on June 8, 2012

Chesapeake Energy’s Hogshooter discovery well is going down in company history. The well broke records in its first week online. In the first eight days, rates stretched to more than 7,305 boe/d. The Thurman Horn 406H well was drilled to a vertical depth of 10,000 ft, with a horizontal lateral of 4,900 ft. The well produced 5,400 b/d, 1,200 b/d of NGLs, and 4.6 mmcfd of natural gas. That’s a lot of hydrocarbons for an onshore well and the 5,400 b/d of oil set a record for CHK.

The company has only completed two Hogshooter wells to date. The first (Meek 41 9H) was drilled five miles from the Thurman well and produced 1,300 b/d of oil, 365 b/d of NGLs, and 1.4 mmcfd of natural gas in its first 27 days of production.

Two additional wells are waiting to be completed – the Zybach 6010H and the Hamilton 39 10H. The company has 30,000 net acres prospective in the play. Mostly, the acreage is held by deeper Granite Wash wells drilled in previous years. Current plans are for 65 additional wells going forward.

Don’t expect news of huge lease bonuses or high royalty rates. The Hogshooter is prospective across the Texas Panhandle and parts of Western Oklahoma where the Granite Wash has been producing for years. Most mineral owners have leases that are held by production from the deeper Granite Wash formation. The big bonus will be bigger royalty checks as these wells come online.

Also, keep in ear open for future results. Other companies in the area have had good wells and some not so good wells in the Hogshooter. A few data points aren’t enough to proclaim the Hogshooter a wide spread resource play. It could very well be a more conventional target.


wilsontownship June 18, 2012 at 12:53 am

RT, here is a May 2012 LINN Energy report which shows their success in the Hogshooter formation, refer to page 30:

24 hour IP LINN Energy Results in the Hogshooter (average of 3 productive wells)

2500 bopd
500 bnglpd

More good stuff from the Hogshooter formation.


RTDukes June 18, 2012 at 7:32 am

Impressive results. There is no doubt there is a lot of potential for the few that are in the area where all of these stacked plays overlap. Pretty amazing potential to be honest!

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