Horizontal wells show promise in Barnett shale

The largest operator in the Barnett shale play, Devon Energy Corp., Oklahoma City, in the past year launched a horizontal drilling program in both its Barnett core and non-core areas with encouraging results.Brad Foster, vice-president and general manager, central division, and Jeff Hall, exploration and exploitation manager for Devon, provided the following update to OGJ on Devon's success in the Barnett shale.Devon now operates about 1,500 wells in the Barnett core area that encompasses Denton, Wise, and a portion of Tarrant counties in the Fort Worth basin of Texas. This represents about 60-70% of the producing wells in the total Barnett play, which now produces about 800 MMcfd.De...

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