Liquids in the Anadarko

On a decades-old map of the southwestern Anadarko basin, the only sizable oil accumulation is the Elk City Hoxbar Sand Unit, discovered by Shell Oil Co. in Beckham and Washita counties, Okla., in the late 1940s. The Anadarko was a natural gas basin, and its liquids production consisted almost entirely of condensate from gas wells. These days, however, oil and condensate production is seeing enormous growth with horizontal drilling and multistage fracturing in the Cana Woodford play on the southeast side of the basin and the Granite Wash play farther west. The two plays support a considerable share of the nearly 200 rigs drilling in Oklahoma. OGJ figures show Oklahoma's crude and condensat...

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