Williams applies for 500 new wells
Williams announced Monday it will seek state approval to drill up to 500 gas wells on 16,000 acres of public land in western Garfield County.
The application, which the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission will consider in August, would allow the Tulsa-based energy company to increase downhole spacing to one well for every 10 acres.
“Our goal is to significantly improve our ability to extract the most natural gas from the Williams Reservoir with the least amount of disturbance,” said Steve Soychak, Williams’ district manager in Parachute.
Williams plans to use directional drilling from existing and pre-approved well sites.
“By drilling all the additional wells directionally, we only have to use one well pad to access multiple downhole well sites,” Soychack said. “This eliminates the need to build new roads and allows us to consolidate equipment in central locations and use our existing pipeline structure.”
The application applies to federal lands in Williams’ Rulison, Parachute and Grand Valley fields, located north of the Colorado River and Interstate 70.
“We believe this action benefits the community, as well as Williams,” Soychak said. “It is expected to generate additional jobs, and millions of dollars in federal tax royalties and tax revenues to Garfield County over the next 20 years.”
In April, the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission approved Williams’ request to drill 554 new gas wells on 10-acre spacing on 11,000 acres of private lands north of the Colorado River in western Garfield County.
Both applications are a result of extensive research and a pilot program that tested the production potential of the Williams Fork Reservoir, said company spokeswoman Susie Hereden.
“The study established that on 20-acre density, only 40 to 45 percent of the natural gas in the Williams Fork Reservoir is recovered,” Hereden said.
“By increasing the bottom hole density to an equivalent of 10-acre density, 80 percent of the natural gas in the Williams Fork Reservoir can be recovered,” she said.
Upon the application’s approval, Williams anticipates drilling to begin late this year or early in 2004.
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