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Cunningham Energy to drill horizontal wells in Clay County

By Bob Downing Published: November 7, 2013

From an industry press release:

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Cunningham Energy LLC has announced plans for three new shallow horizontal oil wells to be drilled in Clay County, West Virginia..

The newly planned horizontal program will be drilled from the "Rhino" pad, consisting of three wells surveyed with a specified measured depth ("MD") of 5200 plus feet and vertical depths ("TVD") of 2150 plus feet.

All three "Rhino" horizontal wells are targeting oil in the Big Injun Sand formation in Union District of Clay County.

Cunningham Energy also plans to utilize its Speedstar 185 top drive drilling rig in conjunction with these new wells. Each well bore on the Rhino Pad has been planned to be completed with multiple frac stages with varying spacing dependent on future wireline data.

 "Cunningham Energy is tremendously excited to be involved in horizontal oil development in West Virginia," said Ryan Cunningham, of Cunningham Energy. "We believe that the future of West Virginia shallow oil and gas development is horizontal drilling and completion." Cunningham Energy is currently completing a five well shallow vertical drilling program in the immediate area, and has completed main electrical along with natural gas takeaway infrastructure. Cunningham Energy anticipates spudding the first horizontal Rhino well in December 2013.

 

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