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Nine Energy completes 124-stage well in Utica shale

Nine Energy Service has completed 124 perforated stages in an 18,544-ft lateral well (27,034-ft TMD) in Guernsey County, Ohio, for Eclipse Resources.

Nine’s Wireline Division worked directly with Eclipse to design the plug and perf system through National Oilwell Varco‘s Cerebus Well Modeling software, enabling more effective planning and deployment of cable-conveyed tools. Nine completed all 124 stages in 23.5 days without any nonproductive time.

“In the current low commodity environment, operators like Eclipse are targeting their core acreage and remain focused on optimizing development with longer laterals and shorter spacing,” Nick Pottmeyer, VP of Completions Technology, North America for Nine, said. “Longer laterals are proving to be a more effective way to develop acreage. Increased well costs to drill further can be justified by the improved production ranges and return on revenue.”

Kyle Bradford, Completions Manager for Eclipse Resources, added, “Nine was the only wireline company that we considered. We knew with such a technical well, there would be a number of challenges, and we needed a partner that we could rely on to execute at the wellsite and who could quickly address any problems.”

Ann Fox, Nine’s President and CEO, stated, “In a difficult market, the team at Nine continues to prove they can complete the longest laterals with conventional plug and perf, as well as recently designing and stimulating a 50-stage open hole Divert-A-Frac sleeve system in the Williston Basin. We are extremely proud of combining our best-in-class technology with excellent service for the benefit of our customers.”

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