Bakken Shale in the United States of America (USA), 2021 – Oil and Gas Shale Market Analysis and Outlook to 2025

Bakken Shale in the United States of America (USA), 2021 – Oil and Gas Shale Market Analysis and Outlook to 2025


The Bakken shale play is the second largest oil producing region in the United States behind the Permian Basin. In 2019, it averaged over 1.4 million barrels of oil per day (mmbd), which was followed by Eagle Ford play at 1.37 mmbd. The play is located in North and South Dakotas and Montana states in the United States and southern part of Saskatchewan province in Canada. However, more than 90% of the hydrocarbon output comes from the portion of play located in the United States and accounted for almost 11% of oil and 3% of natural gas production in the United States Lower 48 for 2020.

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The play peaked in production in November 2019, with 1,525 thousand barrels of oil per day (mbd) and 3.1 billion cubic feet per day (bcfd) of natural gas. Crude oil production in Bakken peaked in November 2019, and since then was declining at 6% rate on an annual basis. However, muted energy demand and crashed oil price brought by Covid-19 pandemic, caused crude oil production in the play to drop by around 40% compared to the beginning of the year. The lowest levels of production since the end of 2019 was in May 2020 with 890 mbd and 1.9 bcfd, which is a 41% drop in oil and 39% drop in natural gas production. Production in the play is expected to slowly grow as oil prices recover, however, it is not expected to reach pre-pandemic levels in the next five years.


The report analyses the crude oil and natural gas appraisal and production activities in the Bakken shale in US. The scope of the report includes –

– Comprehensive analysis of crude oil and natural gas historical production and outlook during 2018-25

– Detailed information of impact on well development, permits and deals against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic

– In-depth information of well productivity and well completion parameters across Bakken shale in the US

– Analysis of top companies? net acreage, planned capital expenditure in 2021, as well as crude oil and natural gas reserves and production stats as of 2020

– Up-to-date information on major mergers and acquisitions across the Bakken shale play between 2019 and 2021

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Table of content

Table of Contents
1. Overview
1.1 Bakken Shale, Recent Developments and Trends
2. Bakken Shale, Introduction
2.1 Bakken Shale, Formation Overview
3. Bakken, Production and Activity Overview
3.1 Bakken Shale, Production Analysis, 2018-2020
3.2 Bakken Shale, COVID-19 Impact on Production
3.3 Bakken Shale, Production Outlook, 2021-2025
3.4 Bakken Shale, Drilling Activity
3.5 Well profile
4. Bakken Shale, Competitive Benchmarking
4.1 Bakken Shale, Major Companies with Prominent Presence, 2021
4.2 Bakken Shale, Major Companies? Financial Standings
4.3 Bakken Shale, Operational Performance of Leading Operators
4.4 Bakken Shale, Completion Parameters, 2019-21
4.5 Bakken Shale, Future Plans of Major Companies
4.6 Bakken Shale, Cost Trends, March 2021
5. Bakken Shale, Analysis of Bankrupt Companies
5.1 Bruin E&P
5.2 Whiting Petroleum Corp.
6. Bakken Shale, Associated Infrastructure
6.1 Pipelines
7. Mergers and Acquisition Activity in the Bakken Shale, 2019-2021
7.1 Overview of M&A Activity
7.2 Major Acquisitions
8. Bakken Shale, Analysis of Major Companies
8.1 Hess Corporation
8.2 Marathon Oil Corporation
8.3 Whiting Petroleum Corporation
8.4 ExxonMobil Corporation
8.5 ConocoPhillips
8.6 Oasis Petroleum Inc.
8.7 Petro-Hunt, LLC
8.8 Enerplus Resources Corporation
8.9 Northern Oil & Gas Inc.
8.10 Kraken Operating, LLC
8.11 Ovintiv Inc
8.12 EOG Resources
8.13 Nine Point Energy LLC
9. Appendix
9.1 Abbreviations
9.2 Methodology
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