Fidelity Exploration and Production (Fidelity), a subsidiary of Bismarck, N.D.–based MDU Resources Group, has completed a horizontal Cane Creek producer in the Paradox Basin 14 miles west of Moab, Utah. According to a company announcement, the Cane Creek Unit #28-3, ne-se 28-25s-19e, Grand County, has slowly brought production up to approximately 600 bopd, which held relatively constant for the month of January 2015. Plans for the well specified a Cane Creek lateral extending northwestward to a proposed total measured depth of 9,848’ and a bottom-hole location in the ne-nw 28-25s-19e. True vertical depth was expected to reach 6,263’. According to Utah’s oil and gas state website, for 13 days in December the Cane Creek Unit #28-3 produced 4.0 mmcfg and 6.4 k bo, an average of 313 mcfgpd and 493 bopd.
The new producer was drilled from the same pad as Fidelity’s Cane Creek Unit #28-2, ne-se 28-25s-19e. This test initially flowed 93 mcfgpd and 225 bopd from the horizontal Cane Creek between 9,595’ and 10,392’. Going on-line in December of 2012, the Cane Creek Unit #28-2 cumulated 16.5 mmcfg and 42 k bo through October 2014, when it was shut-in. Bottom-hole location for this well is in the ne-nw 28-25s-19e.
Also in section 28 is Columbia Gas Development’s (Columbia) Kane Springs #28-1, nw-se 28-25s-19e, a 7,253’ Cane Creek test drilled in 1991. The Cutler formation in this venture was perforated between 2,137’ and 2,385’ and produced only water. Columbia subsequently deepened the attempt to a total vertical depth of 7,368’ and cored the Cane Creek at 7,697’–7,728’. No details were revealed regarding the core sample, but the following year the operator drilled a 1,779’ lateral in the Cane Creek that achieved a total measured depth of 9,012’ with a bottom-hole location in the sw-ne 28-25s-19e. Perforations in the formation from 7,673’ to 9,012’ recovered only water, and the Kane Springs #28-1 was shut-in until 1993, when it was plugged and abandoned.
Approximately a mile east of Fidelity’s Cane Creek Unit #28-3 is the discovery well for the Bartlett Flat/Big Flat field complex. Drilled by Columbia in 1990, the Kane Springs Federal #27-1, nw-se 27-25s-19e, initially flowed 914 bopd and 290 mcfgpd from the Cane Creek between 7,510’ and 8,244’. After several operator changes, Fidelity assumed control of the Kane Springs #27-1 in 2008. Through November 2014, the well had produced 564 mmcfg and 516.1 k bo.
Located on the northwestern flank of the Paradox Basin, Bartlett Flat/Big Flat field complex draws from a series of faulted anticlines and reservoir fractures. The pool hosts 13 wells producing from the horizontal and vertical Cane Creek with smaller payouts from the vertical Hermosa and Leadville. Through November 2014, the field had cumulated 3.5 mmbo, 2.4 bcfg, and 243.4 k bw.
Fidelity started exploration activities in and around Bartlett Flat/Big Flat Field in 2012. In 2014, the firm reported it owns approximately 140,000 net acres of leaseholds in the Paradox Basin and expects to spend approximately $111 million in 2015. Fidelity currently has no rigs drilling on its operated properties but expects that will change the second half of the year. Through December 2014, the company had cumulated more than 2.3 bcfg and 3.4 mmbo from the Bartlett Flat/Big Flat reservoirs.