Cunningham Energy LLC announced today that the company has begun drilling its first horizontal shallow oil well, the Cochran #6H well, of the Rhino Three Well Drilling Program. Planned measured depth of the new horizontal well is 5200’ with a vertical depth of 2100’. Cunningham Energy has chosen the Packers Plus Completion system for compartmentalization and completion of the reservoir during stimulation. All three ‘Rhino’ horizontal wells are targeting oil in the Big Injun Sand formation in Union District of Clay County.
Cunningham Energy also plans to utilize one of the company’s Speedstar 185 top drive drilling rigs in conjunction with these new wells. Each well bore on the Rhino Pad has been planned to be completed with multiple frac stages using varying spacing dependent on future wireline data. “Cunningham Energy is excited to be part of this new horizontal method of producing the Big Injun oil sand in the Appalachian Basin,” said Ryan Cunningham, of Cunningham Energy. “Shallow horizontal drilling represents what is likely to be a resurgence of the old oilfields our Grandfathers told us stories about in the past. The oil is still there, but a great deal of it has been inaccessible until now.” Cunningham Energy is currently completing a five well shallow vertical drilling program in the immediate area, and has completed main electrical along with natural gas takeaway infrastructure. Cunningham Energy anticipates spudding the second and third Rhino shallow horizontal wells during late February.