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The San Juan Basin: What You Need to Know

General Information
Why I should care: It’s a new horizontal play with some interesting production results.
Geographical location:  Northwest New Mexico.
Producing formations: Gallup, Mancos.
Main operators: Encana (ECA), WPX Energy (WPX).
Leasehold: ECA (176k net), WPX (31k net).
Average well cost: $4.5MM.
Average Royalty: 18%.

Average Peak Month Production by Formation
Gallup (27 wells): 275 BOPD and 406 Mcfpd (81% Oil).
Mancos (9 wells): 194 BOPD and 265 Mcfpd (71% Oil).

Source: www.thewellmap.com / New Mexico Oil Conservation Division.

Average Peak Month Production by Operator
ECA (27 wells): 215 BOPD and 409 Mcfpd (74% Oil).
WPX (6 wells): 391 BOPD and 318 Mcfpd (87% Oil).

Source: www.thewellmap.com / New Mexico Oil Conservation Division.

Average Peak Month Production by County
Rio Arriba (3 wells): 173 BOPD and 332 Mcfpd (56% Oil).
Sandoval (14 wells): 354 BOPD and 545 Mcfpd (79% Oil).
San Juan (16 wells): 175 BOPD and 271 Mcfpd (79% Oil).

Source: www.thewellmap.com / New Mexico Oil Conservation Division.

Largest Well by Cumulative Production
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Source: www.thewellmap.com.

Smallest Well by Cumulative Production
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Source: www.thewellmap.com.

Economics
Assuming $90 oil, $3.50 gas, 80% NRI and $4.5 well cost, a company needs to recover approximately 60 MBO (thousand barrels of oil) and 65 MMcf (million cubic feet of natural gas) to break even. Of the 10 wells that have been producing in the play for two years or longer, 3 have broken even. These three wells had peak production rates ranging from 275 BOPD and 718 Mcfpd to 535 BOPD and 854 Mcfpd. These ranges give us some parameters which will alow us to judge the ecoomics of new wells coming on.

The average peak month rates for wells spudded in 2013 are 329 BOPD and 400 Mcfpd, numbers that are similar to our early wells that have broken even. While it’s very early in this play, I think there’s reason to believe the average San Juan Basin well will pay back in two to three years which makes it competitive with current major plays from an economics standpoint. Will it be as big? Highly doubtful, but it could provide a nice production/earnings bump for the play’s early entrants.

The Well Map Update (12-3-13)

Testing is finished with The Well Map and we’re going to go live next week. Here’s what you need to know:

*There’s roughly 13k wells on the map and we’ll be adding more each week.
*The 13k wells include areas such as the Bakken, Eagle Ford, Miss Lime, Powder River Basin, DJ Basin, Piceance Basin, Permian Basin, Granite Wash, Marcelllus and Utica.
*We’ll be updating existing data and adding new data all the time. Wells from the San Juan Basin, SCOOP and Marmaton are coming soon.
*For quick analysis of the data we’ve installed several filters including operator, well name, formation, wellbore, spud date, state/county and production ranges.
*Once data is filtered, the filter summary averages the data filtered which allows the user to pull data points such as average production by operator, formation or state quickly.
*The map will be free, all you have to do is sign-up.
*If you want to stay up to date on the new wells we add each week and crunch raw data, we’ll be offering several newsletters containing just that, these start at $50/month.
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Thanks for your support,

The Well Map Team

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