ConocoPhillips Sees More Upside with Technology Post Concho Deal

ConocoPhillips continues to find ways to improve through the use of refracs, simul-fracs and other technologies, says Jack Harper, former Concho exec now leading Conoco’s Permian Basin team.

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Jack Harper, president of ConocoPhillips’ Permian Business Unit, speaks July 13 during Hart Energy's DUG Permian and Eagle Ford conference in Fort Worth, Texas. (Source: Joseph Markman/Hart Energy)

FORT WORTH, Texas—U.S. independent producer ConocoPhillips is taking its learnings from refracs in the Eagle Ford Shale to the Permian Basin, according to the executive leading its Permian business.

Jack Harper, president of ConocoPhillips’ Permian Business Unit, showed attendees of Hart Energy’s DUG Permian Basin and Eagle Ford conference this month how the initial rate of production from a group of 50 wells in the Eagle Ford soared after mechanical isolation refracs.

“In the Eagle Ford, there’s been over 300 additional wells identified and having drilled multiple thousand wells in the Permian—many of which have older vintage completions—I feel very confident that this application is going to have some scale in the Permian,” said Harper. “This is going to be one of those learnings that we put into practice this year. We will take what we’ve learned and immediately pursue it in both the Midland and Delaware basins, and we will have one of those completed in each basin before the end of the year.”

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Velda Addison

Velda Addison is the senior editor of digital media for Hart Energy’s editorial team. She covers energy with a focus on renewables.