University of Colorado at Boulder
BMP of Oil and Gas Development

Spotlight:Encana’s Piceance Gas Factory
has 52 wells on a single pad

Encana’s Piceance Gas Factory is a prime example of multi-well pad drilling in Colorado’s Piceance Basin. Encana used “fit-for-purpose” rigs to drill 52 wells on a single pad that covers 4.2 acres of land.

Benefits of consolidation

  • Multi-well pad drilling reduces production costs, reduces cycle times, and optimizes production. The current design of the Piceance Gas Factory has succeeded in reducing truck trips by over 50,000/year, reducing pad-to-pad rig moves, recycling more than 90% of produced water, reducing drilling and completion time, optimizing frac efficiency, and optimizing production via gas lift.
  • Between 2005 and 2009, total well costs at the Piceance Gas Factory decreased from 2.53 to 1.90 DC&T/Well$MM, drilling cycle time decreased from 26 to 8 days from spud to RR, and initial production (30 day IP) increased from 1,250 to 1,850 Mcfe/d.