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High Resolution Seismic Data

With bandwidth extensions applied to high-resolution 3D seismic data, we are more capable of accurately imaging reflected seismic waves and locating potential oil and gas reservoirs. This high resolution data is four times greater than the original. Even with this new data, drilling into rock is the only way to make certain whether our geological data was correct.

Echo Pad

The latest in drilling technology, the ECO-Pad, is designed to be efficient, economical and ecological. It is currently being used in the Bakken formation in North Dakota.

Efficient: mobilizing equipment to four different drilling locations at once. The drilling rig walks on hydraulic feet from one hole to the next.

Economical: allows a company to save up to 10% of drilling costs

Ecological: produces less land disturbance and reduces surface impact by up to 75%

Reef has participated in the drilling of more than 10 wells with Continental Resources in the Bakken some of which utilizes this new drilling technology.


Fracturing the Rock

Sending frac fluids down the casing at the right amount of high pressure can create fine cracks in the rock. This process increases permeability, allowing the natural gas and oil to flow more freely.

Injecting CO2 Into the Wells

CO2 enhanced oil recovery process attempts to recover oil left behind by conventional primary and secondary recovery methods. This method is designed to overcome the capillary forces which trap the oil during waterflooding. Carbon dioxide flooding may offer the largest potential for additional oil recovery.

Horizontal Drilling and Hydraulic Fracturing

Reef partners with major operators to utilize the latest in drilling technology to reduce dry hole risk and increase the likelihood of drilling productive wells. Many of Reef’s wells today utilize horizontal drilling technology and are currently being drilled with 12-38 fracture stages.

Click here to watch a video about horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing.