WPX gauges Piceance horizontal Niobrara gas find

02/11/2013
WPX Energy Inc., Tulsa, has revealed a horizontal Niobrara shale gas discovery in the Piceance basin of Colorado that the company said has the potential to ultimately more than double its current 18 tcf equivalent of proved, probable, and possible reserves. The company initially gauged the Garfield County well at 16 MMcfd at 7,300 psi flowing pressure. Choked substantially to optimize reservoir performance and ensure maximum recovery, it has averaged 12 MMcfd the past 30 days. WPX will drill at least two more horizontal Niobrara wells in the basin this year, pending permits, starting within a 6-mile radius of the first well. Other operators are delineating the resource on the basin's east...
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