Basin-Leading ResultsBakken, North Dakota

About the PlayBakken

Oil was first discovered on Henry Bakken’s land in 1951, but it wasn’t until the past decade that technology advances turned the basin into one of the country’s largest oil production regions. With more than ten years of experience in the Bakken, we’re focused on the high-return Myrmidon area, building on the successes from our enhanced completion designs, as well as delineating our position in Hector.

We've been operating in North Dakota since 2006. Our acreage is located primarily within the established Williston Basin in Dunn, Hettinger, McKenzie, McLean, Mountrail, Slope and Williams counties in North Dakota.


Latest Activity2Q 2018

Our production in the Bakken in North Dakota averaged 82,000 net boed in 2Q, compared to 74,000 net boed in the prior quarter. We brought 21 gross Company-operated wells to sales in 2Q, 12 of which were in core Hector with average 30-day initial production rates of 2,285 boed (79% oil). In West Myrmidon, two Three Forks wells set new basin records. As we continue our efforts to uplift performance outside the Myrmidon and Hector core, enhanced completion techniques were applied for the first time in Elk Creek. Marathon Oil remains in full compliance with state gas capture requirements, and anticipates no impact to forward development plans.

Regional Office: Dickinson, ND

150 Employees based in North Dakota at Yearend 2016

82,000 Net BOED average production in 2Q 2018


Expected gross operated wells to sales in 2018

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