Longer legs, multilaterals under study in Arkoma Woodford shale gas play

The most experienced operator in the Arkoma basin Woodford shale gas play is demonstrating that longer horizontal lateral drilling will lead to higher estimated ultimate recoveries and improved rates of return just as in the Barnett shale.Newfield Exploration Co., Houston, said more drilling and recent 3D seismic will help determine where extended lateral completions can be used across its 165,000 net acres, said George Dunn, Midcontinent vice-president.Dunn also looks forward to trying multilateral drilling later in 2008.The company believes its Woodford acreage in southeastern Oklahoma could be as prolific as the Barnett shale has proven to be for other operators in North Texas.Newfield...

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