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Texas Tech prepares to go ‘wildcatting’

March 11, 2019

Texas Tech University’s Department of Petroleum Engineering is preparing to go “wildcatting” at the edge of Lubbock city limits.

The department is seeking permission from the Railroad Commission of Texas to drill a pair of exploratory test wells on its Red Raider lease, which was named after the school’s mascot. The vertical wells target the Wildcat field down to a depth of 1,500 feet.

Under Railroad Commission rules, wells that target a geological layer or fields with very little data are designated as targeting the Wildcat field. “Wildcatting” refers to drilling an exploratory well in an unproven field or geological layer.

Texas Tech last received a drilling permit for an exploratory test well on the same lease in October 2001. Department of Petroleum Engineering Chair Marshall Watson told the Houston Chronicle that the two new wells will be part of the university’s Oilfield Technology Center Campus, which features real-life oilfield equipment for research, undergraduate instruction and vocational training.

“We plan to place a functional drilling rig permanently over one well and a functional pulling unit permanently over the other drilled well,” Watson said. “We are in communication with community colleges regarding training of drilling and pulling unit hands.”

Permian Basin

Houston oil company Birch Resources is getting ready to do a heavy round of drilling in West Texas. The company filed for 13 drilling permits on its Captain Cane lease in Howard County, which is named after the University of Tulsa’s mascot. The horizontal wells target the Spraberry geological layer at total depths ranging from 8,200 to 8,400 feet.

Eagle Ford Shale

Norwegian oil giant Equinor is seeking permission to drill six new horizontal wells on its Escondido Creek lease in Karnes. The six wells target the sweet spot of the Eagle Ford — the Sugarkane field down to a depth of 16,000 feet.

Haynesville Shale

The British oil and gas company BP is seeking permission to drill a horizontal well on its Callisto Gas Unit lease in Nacogdoches County. The gas well target the Carthage field of the Haynesville geological layer down to a total depth of 19,500 feet.

Barnett Shale

Dallas oil company Legacy Exploration is preparing for its first new drilling project of 2019. The company is seeking permission to drill a horizontal well on its Alexander Omega Trust lease in Clay County. The horizontal oil and natural gas well targets the Dillard SW field of the Marble Falls geological layer.

Conventionals

McKinney oil company Headington Energy Resources company is seeking permission to drill a directional well on its KMF lease in Kenedy County in the East Texas brushland. Located nearly 17 miles southwest of Sarita, the well targets the Rita field.