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Visualizing North Dakota Oil & Gas Production (Through June 2021)

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This article contains still images from the interactive dashboards available in the original blog post. To follow the instructions in this article, please use the interactive dashboards. Furthermore, they allow you to uncover other insights as well.


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These interactive presentations contain the latest oil & gas production data from all 16,521 horizontal wells in North Dakota that started production from 2005 onward, through June.

Total production

Oil production in North Dakota from horizontal wells came in at 1.09 million bo/d in June, unchanged from the month before. Natural gas production was also steady at 2.9 Bcf/d. In the first half of this year, 271 horizontal wells were completed, versus 396 in 2020 (and 575 in 2019).

Supply projection

The horizontal rig count has doubled in North Dakota, as it did in the Lower 48, since the bottom last year. However, drilling activity had fallen steeper in North Dakota, and the current count (18 rigs according to Baker Hughes) may not be sufficient yet to keep production from dropping later this year:


Tight oil outlook in North Dakota, based on the current rig count and well/rig productivity.

This image was taken from our Supply Projection dashboard.

Well productivity

In the 3rd tab (Well quality), you can find how average well productivity has changed over time in North Dakota. You can easily filter on particular operators or counties. The bottom chart reveals that performance appears to have reached a kind of peak in the last few years.

Permit activity

The following chart displays the number of approved permits for new horizontal wells in North Dakota, by quarter and permit status, through August 12th.


Number of approved permits for new horizontal drills in North Dakota, by quarter and permit status, through August 12th

Note that permit activity recovered from the low in Q2 last year through Q1 this year, but has fallen again since. With almost half of Q3 behind us, the 30 permits approved so far this quarter are not an indication that operators plan to ramp up operations in the near term.

Top operators

The final tab shows the production history and location of the top 10 operators in North Dakota. Slawson and Enerplus are the only operators on this list that set new output records in June.


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For these presentations, I used data gathered from the following sources:

  • DMR of North Dakota. These presentations only show the production from horizontal wells; a small amount (about 40 kbo/d) is produced from conventional vertical wells.

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