Oil production in North Dakota drops 1% in November


Above graph shows the average daily production in North Dakota statewide and in the Bakken field. Output in November dropped to 1,033,693 bopd from October production of 1,043,318 (revised), a change of 9,625, or down 0.92%.

Mr. Lynn Helms has some observations, reported by Amy Dalrymple, ND Oil Production Stays Above 1 Million Barrels in November.

He thinks the production level could drop below 1M bopd in December due to weather. If not December, then January.

He indicated companies have started plowing roads to legacy wells to shut them down until the spring thaw. He thinks there may be hundreds of wells shut for the next several months.

He also thinks there will be 50 rigs operating in the state by July 1, 2017.

Here is some more info on North Dakota oil production, extracted from the  monthly “Director’s Report” and historical production data.  Average sweet crude prices for North Dakota oil. This reflects a discount from the West Texas Intermediate due to transportation costs.


Here is the value of monthly production based on actual output multiplied by the average sweet crude price, which is combining the preceding graphs:


The fracklog, which is backlog of wells waiting to be fracked, looks to be quite stable:


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