McAndrew Rudisill, Emerald's Chief Executive Officer, stated, "2013 was a transformational year for Emerald. We successfully drilled and completed multiple Middle Bakken and Three Forks wells, tripled our operated acreage position and monetized the majority of our non-operated assets. In 2014, our production will continue to grow as we add a third rig to our drilling program. The third rig is currently moving to location in our Easy Rider focus area and will soon begin drilling, earlier than originally anticipated. Due to the strong performance of our Low Rider Middle Bakken wells and positive indications from our Low Rider Three Forks wells, we are actively reviewing increased downspacing assumptions and raising our stated Low Rider type curve. We are very focused in 2014 on lowering operating expenses and driving greater drilling and completion cost effenciencies."
For 2013, Emerald's total production volumes on a BOE basis increased 80% as compared to 2012. Production increased due to the addition of 10.58 net productive operated Bakken/Three Forks wells in 2013. During 2013, Emerald realized an $87.16 average price per Bbl of oil (including settled derivatives) compared to an $85.05 average price per Bbl of oil during 2012.
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