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Emmons County gas well uncompleted

An exploratory well in Emmons County to produce natural gas is no longer on confidential status, but its owner has not yet completed the well so no production numbers are available.

Strata-X Inc. has drilled one of its four permitted wells in what it calls the Sleeping Giant Gas Project area in Emmons and McIntosh counties.

The drilled well, the Rohweder #1-11, was spudded in June and came off confidential status Dec. 23. Drill records submitted to the Oil and Gas Division show the well was drilled to 1,450 feet.

The company has said it plans a hydraulic fracture completion method, a common process in which millions of gallons of water, sand and chemicals are pumped underground to break apart the rock and release the gas.

The report says gas was encountered over an 80-foot interval in the Niobrara formation. The Sleeping Giant Gas Project area is served by two interstate natural gas pipelines.

The company has another six months to complete the Rohweder well under state drilling rules, according to Oil and Gas Division spokeswoman Alison Ritter, who said there's no indication when the company plans to drill the remaining three gas wells under permits issued a year ago.

Spudding a well

In the oil and gas industry, spudding a well is the process of beginning to drill a well. Initially, a larger drill bit is used to drill a surface hole, which is lined with casing and cement to protect groundwater. After the surface hole is completed, the main drill bit is inserted, and the well is drilled to the total depth.

Reach reporter Lauren Donovan at 701-220-5511 or lauren@westriv.com.

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