ECO-Pad® is a drilling technique whereby Continental drills four wells from a single drilling pad. The approach allows us to develop two separate formations on two separate spacing units simultaneously, increasing production efficiency. It also allows us to harvest more of a reservoir’s resources while reducing environmental impact on the surface of the land.
While other companies are using a single-pad technique for extracting natural gas, we are using the technology to drill for oil. We completed our first ECO-Pad project in 2010 in Dunn County, North Dakota from the Three Forks and Middle Bakken formations of the North Dakota Bakken.
The ECO-Pad technique provides an estimated 10% cost savings on the drilling and completion of each well. We plan to add approximately 40 ECO-Pad projects in 2011 and 2012, and to see continued cost savings on each well.
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