The Permian Basin is unique in its size, vast infrastructure, thickness of strata, and multiple producing horizons/benches, providing a variety of exploration opportunities to develop oil and gas reserves. As a result, the Permian Basin is the top producing basin in North America.
The Permian Basin produces approximately 2.6 million Bopd, or about 27%, of the U.S. daily production of approximately 9.6 million Bopd (EIA October 2017).
Over the years it’s been said that “good Permian Basin deals don’t make it out of Midland”. Although this statement isn’t completely accurate, it’s probably truer than not, and as a result, management strategically located REI’s headquarters in Midland, Texas. With the clear majority of REI’s management team being from the Permian Basin area, and having built other successful companies here, our relationships run deep and continue to positively impact its ability to acquire assets and build its infrastructure.
On the Central Basin Platform (CBP) REI is targeting the San Andres formation which is a “conventional shallow non-contiguous carbonate reservoir” at approximately 5,000’ and is primarily an oil barring formation (approximately 95% oil) drilled and produced for over 90 years. Of the over 30 billion barrels produced from the Permian Basin approximately 40%, or 12 billion barrels, came from the San Andres reservoir. Although traditionally produced vertically, REI has focused on drilling the San Andres horizontally resulting in enhanced rate-of-return (IRR’s), and exceptional return on investments (ROI’s).
REI’s leasehold position in Andrews and Gaines Counties as of 3Q’2017 totals 102,747 gross / 70,604 net acres of which 70,000 net acres is within its horizontal footprint. This gives REI an approximate inventory of 840 gross / 620 net locations equaling an approximate 10-year drilling inventory running two rigs.
After drilling and completing three successful horizontal San Andres pilot wells at the end of 2016, REI initiated a horizontal drilling program within its core development area of Andrews and Gaines Counties. With the success and production growth experienced with one rig, a second was added in 3Q’2017, and a dedicated frack crew was secured to ensure drilled wells were timely completed and put on production (see November 8, 2017, Financial and Operational Report under News herein). As of 4Q’2017 Ring has drilled 50 total gross horizontal wells and added 10 salt water disposal wells (SWDs).
Top Tier Returns
The benefits of horizontal drilling, versus vertical, enables San Andres reserves to be economically accessed beyond traditional field boundaries at reduced development costs, have increased ultimate oil recoveries, and generate some of the top tier rate-of-return in the Permian Basin. See page 12 of REI’s Corporate Presentation for the single well economics on a horizontal San Andres well.
REI’s other core asset is located in northern Culberson and Reeves Counties of the Delaware Basin with production primarily from the “conventional” Delaware Mountain Group which includes the Bell Canyon, Cherry Canyon, and Brushy Canyon formations ranging in depth from 2,000’ – 6,000’ respectively. Since acquiring the asset in June 2015, REI has drilled 10 successful vertical Cherry Canyon wells, recompleted 9, revamped the existing disposal infrastructure and continues to enhance product takeaway capacity. REI believes the asset also has horizontal potential in both the Cherry and the deeper Brushy Canyon Formations as evidenced by the log and core analysis from recently drilled wells.
REI’s leasehold position in Culberson and Reeves Counties as of 3Q’2017 totals 20,794 gross / 20,490 net acres, providing a potential inventory of 538 vertical gross locations. Also noteworthy is all the acreage is held-by-production (no obligation to drill).