As Pioneer Natural Resources Co. dives deep into the Permian Basin’s Wolfcamp D, the company says it’s no secret that the task at hand is more expensive and challenging.

But results of the shale players’ efforts so far in the formation appear promising. The company on Nov. 4 said its Wolfcamp D appraisal program had “strong results” with 12 wells put on production since December 2017 outperforming the average of 33 Wolfcamp D wells placed online before then by about 100%.

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