Encana Corp. reported Wednesday that it has three Tuscaloosa Marine Shale wells in production and two others are expected to be completed by the end of the month.
The update was part of Encana’s first-quarter earnings report. Encana said it has about 310,000 acres in the Tuscaloosa, straddling the Mississippi and Louisiana border.
The first well was drilled by another company and Encana completed it. The two wells that Encana drilled had initial production rates — the first 30 days of production — equivalent to 740 barrels per day and 656 barrels per day. The Weyerhaeuser well in St. Helena Parish had a horizontal length of around 5,000 feet. The second well, known as Horseshoe Hill, was drilled 5,300 feet horizontally and had 18 hydraulic fracturing stages.
The two other wells drilled during the first quarter had horizontal sections of 7,500 feet and 8,800 feet and are expected to be completed by the end of April. No production figures were available for the wells, but longer horizontal sections, or laterals, are expected to increase a well’s production.