If the initial well is successful, how long will it be before multiple laterals are drilled from the well site? Are we still years away from the multiple lateral scenario?

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Pad drilling (multiple horizontal wells drilled sequentially from the same surface location) should be the predominate development model when operators have drilled to retain their leasehold.  Pad drilling produces a barrel or mcf at the lowest cost per unit.

I attended a Pre-Unitization Conference in Shreveport yesterday, May 29.

The conference was chaired by Onebane representatives on behalf of Chesapeake.

Their proposal projects an additional five well bores from the Briarwood 25H well pad situated in S25-T12n-R13W. This is only a permit application, so no time lines are concrete, but they currently anticipate beginning the new wells in the latter part of next year (2015).

The projected activity would see all five wells drilled sequentially, immediately upon completing drilling of the previous well. While drilling is proceeding on number 2, casing is being set in number 1, et cetera. They then expect to frac all five wells almost simultaneously.

Side Note: the southern laterals, running South through Section 25' will also extend and be perforated some distance into S36. Consequently, if all goes according to plan, royalty and mineral owners in S25 *and* S36 will be paid out of production.

Although these wells are being drilled in Haynesville and not TMS, I think the timeline here may be illustrative. Note that these wells were initially drilled several years ago.

Skip's explanation is dead on.  Because the oil companies with the most land have so much of it to drill, all with leases expiring at various points from a handful of days to 5 years, those companies are scrambling to get some operations underway to hold the leasehold by production and avoiding having to re-lease at with higher bonuses, bonuses and other concessions.  There are relatively few rigs available to drill in the TMS, so it may be that companies will begin increasing the size of units, at least for newly proposed units - the bigger the unit, the more acreage held by production.  In field drilling is probably a ways off.

Most of the pad drilling you are going to see in the TMS, for the next couple years, will be 2 wells drilling off the same pad, but one going North to hold a unit and one going South to hold a different unit.

We see it a lot in the Barnett Shale of Texas.  Our Radio Control flying field is up against a pad with six wells on it.   We RCers have a good relationship with the land owner and the drillers so admired us that they paved our parking area with pad stone.  The drillers are gone now, but the producers are still here and doing their thing.  These wells produce a lot of salt water so we constantly see trucks hauling water off to be deep sixed in SWDs.

Thanks all for the info.

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