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Crew efficiency and experience boosting shale performance

November 15, 2019
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The US shale industry keeps showing impressive efficiency gains coming from multiple sources. The western portion of the Permian Basin, Delaware, has lately been particularly exposed to the steep learning curve. According to Rystad Energy’s latest research, while the number of active frac spreads in the sub-basin slowed down from the peak level of 89 crews seen in the third quarter of 2018, the number of fracked wells per active crew per quarter increased by 50% between the first quarter of 2017 and the second quarter of 2019. As of today, the average frac crew in Delaware is able to finalize more than 10 wells per quarter, thanks to zipper frac penetration and a substantial reduction in non-productive time. As completions are still getting more intensive, the average pumping speed exhibits even larger growth.


Permian Delaware horizontal wells fracked per active frac crew spread count versus well count The above figures represent the average per day on a well-by-well basis, normalized for zipper fracks Rystad Energy ShaleWellCube November 2019




Artem Abramov
Head of Shale Research
Phone: +47 22 00 42 00

Morten Bertelsen
Media Relations
Phone: +47 951 98 742


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