Monday, April 7, 2008

MDU Resources getting 800 barrels per day from each of two new Bakken oil wells

MDU Resources Group, Inc. (NYSE:MDU) has announced that its indirect wholly owned subsidiary, Fidelity Exploration & Production Company, recently completed its first two operated wells in the middle Bakken formation in Mountrail County, N.D.

After the fracture stimulation treatment, the Annala 11-36H well’s average production over the past five days was 838 barrels of oil per day. The well is flowing up 7-inch casing on a 22/64-inch choke. Fidelity has a 65 percent working interest in this well.

The Fladeland 11-21H well has been fracture stimulated and began flowing to production facilities on April 4. Over the two-day period, the well has produced a total of nearly 1,800 barrels of oil up 7-inch casing on a 24/64-inch choke. Fidelity has a 32 percent working interest in this well.

“We are pleased with the initial results and are still recovering load fluid from the fracture stimulation treatment, but the initial rates from these wells are strong,” said Terry D. Hildestad, president and CEO of MDU Resources Group, Inc. “Based on this early success, we have added a third rig and are presently looking at opportunities to further accelerate our drilling of the Bakken acreage for the remainder of the year.”

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