Anadarko Basin Crude Production, Frac Sand & the SCOOP-STACK
In 2017, the Energy Information Administration recognized the Mid-Continent’s Anadarko Basin among the top U.S. shale plays––mainly driven by production gains enjoyed in the SCOOP and STACK production areas.
Anadarko Basin Map (Courtesy of USGS)
SCOOP and STACK Definition
SCOOP stands for South-Central Oklahoma Oil Province. STACK gets its name from an abbreviated reference to its geographic boundaries – Sooner Trend, Anadarko (basin), Canadian and Kingfisher (counties) and includes the birthplace of horizontal drilling in the region, the Cana-Woodford Shale. Both the SCOOP and STACK feature multiple stacked geologic horizons with significant liquids potential.
SCOOP/STACK Frac Sand Demand
Market intelligence firm McKinsey Energy Insights notes an approximate 70 percent increase in initial production in wells drilled in the basin, mainly driven by horizontal drilling and completion efficiency gains since 2013. As oil prices continue to top the $50 per barrel mark, the area is expected to see a continued upswing in drilling and completion activities. With that upswing comes a rise in frac sand demand. According to the energy investment and merchant banking firm Tudor Pickering & Holt, frac sand demand in the basin will total over 8.4 mm total tons in 2018, rising to 10 mm total tons in 2019.
Record Setting Crude Production in Oklahoma
According to data from the U.S. Energy Information Administration, Oklahoma produced a record 16.8 million barrels of crude in March 2018, besting its previous high of about 16.4 million set in January.
Anadarko Basin Crude Production
The Anadarko Basin has also been on a roll throughout 2018, showing increasing in crude production every month in 2018 except for August when the basin kept pace with July’s production. According to the EIA, December’s Anadarko crude production is expected to reach 589 thousand barrels per day.
Anadarko Basin Fun Facts and Statistics
- In 2017, the EIA recognized the Anadarko Basin as one of the top shale plays in the U.S.
- In 2010, the USGS estimated that the Anadarko Basin held 495 million barrels of oil.
- The Anadarko Basin covers approximately 50,000 square miles.
- In 2010, the USGS estimated that the Anadarko Basin held 5 trillion cubic feet of natural gas.
- In 2010, the USGS estimated that the Anadarko Basin held 410 million barrels of natural gas liquids.
- In 1972, the Baden No. 1 well near Elk City, Oklahoma set a new world-record depth of a well at 30,500 feet. (That record has since been broken.)
- On April 13, 1974, Bertha Rogers No. 1 in the Anadarko Basin reached a total depth of 31,441 feet. (A world record until 2004.)
- The Parker Drilling Rig 114 in Elk City, Oklahoma was originally designed for drilling wells to test atomic bombs. The Parker Rig stands at 180 feet.
Looking for Frac Sand Companies in Oklahoma?
If you are looking for frac sand companies in Oklahoma, look no further. Black Mountain Sand is opening a new facility on State Highway 58 in Fay, Oklahoma. This Mid-Continent frac sand facility will serve oilfield service companies and operators throughout the SCOOP/STACK shale plays in Oklahoma’s Anadarko Basin.
On August 28, 2018, Natural Gas Intel published an article about Black Mountain Sand’s expansion into the Anadarko Basin. NGI’s Shale Daily stated:
“Fracture sand provider Black Mountain Sand is expanding into the Anadarko Basin with construction underway on its sixth mine, the first outside Texas.
Once fully commissioned, the 1,290-acre Blaine County facility in western Oklahoma is expected to employ 75 people and produce 3 million tons/year of sand. Delivery of the first commercial tons is anticipated in January.
The Fort Worth, TX-based operator, which now has in-basin operations in the Permian Basin and Eagle Ford Shale, expects to have annual combined sand production capacity of 19 million-plus tons from six mining facilities once the new facility starts up.”
Black Mountain Sand CEO Rhett Bennett said of the expansion, “this means we can now deliver our product’s cost-savings benefit to our customers with operations in Oklahoma, helping strengthen their bottom line across multiple projects in multiple basins.”
About Black Mountain Sand
Black Mountain Sand is an in-basin frac sand provider delivering superior products and solutions to the E&P industry with both 40/70 and 100 mesh frac sand mining capabilities.