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SandRidge trying new drilling techniques to boost production

SandRidge Energy Inc. is testing new drilling methods to reach multiple zones capable of producing oil and natural gas across its acreage in Oklahoma and Kansas.
By Jay F. Marks, Business Writer Modified: May 23, 2014 at 4:00 pm •  Published: May 22, 2014
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SandRidge Energy Inc. is trying new drilling techniques, including three lateral sections from one well bore, to boost production and cut costs. The company also drills stacked laterals to access multiple producing zones.
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SandRidge Energy Inc.
SandRidge Energy Inc. is trying new drilling techniques, including three lateral sections from one well bore, to boost production and cut costs. The company also drills stacked laterals to access multiple producing zones. - SandRidge Energy Inc.

SandRidge Energy Inc. is changing the way it talks about its asset base.

The company staked its future on its position in the Mississippian formation that spans northern Oklahoma and southern Kansas when it sold assets in the Gulf of Mexico and the Permian Basin in west Texas.

SandRidge officials now refer to the company’s operations in the Mid-Continent, stressing efforts to drill into other oil- and natural gas-producing zones.

“We say we want to be the premier, high-return, growth-oriented, resource conversion company focused in the Mid-Continent,” CEO James Bennett said March 4.

David Lawler, the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, said there are four to six producing zones in the Anadarko Shelf, including the Mississippian, Chester, Marmaton and Woodford.

“We’re starting to test all of those formations,” Lawler said. “There’s a significant amount of oil in place that we have yet to recover.”

He said SandRidge has had a fair amount of success in those other zones so far, particularly in the Chester. It was the first company to drill a horizontal oil well into the sandstone formation.

Lawler said SandRidge has come up with some new well designs to develop those zones, drilling multiple laterals from the same well. That allows the company to take advantage of its existing infrastructure, while minimizing surface disruption. It can also help SandRidge produce oil and gas from sections that may not have been economical otherwise.

“This is novel well technology,” he said. “It’s cutting edge.”

SandRidge is testing three prototype multilateral well designs to find “more oil for less money,” he said. The first was drilled in September in Harper County, Kansas.

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