Longer laterals, more proppant and rising slickwater fracks are part of the formula driving production growth in the Permian Basin as operators, working with oilfield service companies, continue to tweak completion designs looking to add value.

Some notable trends have emerged, according to John Parker, technical advisor for Enverus, the data and energy analytics firm formerly called Drillinginfo. Speaking during a webinar Dec. 4, Parker focused on trends seen in the Eagle Ford and the Permian’s Delaware and Midland sub-basins.

“The average lateral lengths are getting longer,” Parker said, pointing out how they’ve grown to an average 7,838 ft in the Delaware and 7,227 ft in the Gulf Coast Basin, home of the Eagle Ford. “In the Midland Basin, we see some of the longest laterals out there in the Wolfcamp portion of it.”

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