N.D. oil production up slightly in Feb, but still slowed by winter

WILLISTON, N.D. – North Dakota oil production increased 1.7 percent in February to 951,340 barrels per day, according to preliminary numbers released today by the Department of Mineral Resources.

Winter weather again slowed oil production, with 18 days during the month with temperatures five or more degrees below normal. The month also had four days with wind gusts too high for some crews to operate, Director Lynn Helms wrote in his monthly update.

In addition, more than 100 wells were shut down during the month to minimize natural gas flaring while the Hess Corp. gas processing plant at Tioga was converting to an expanded plant.

North Dakota produced nearly 1.1 billion cubic feet per day of natural gas in February, according to the preliminary figures.

The percent of natural gas flared remained at 36 percent, which ties the historical high set in September 2011. The Hess plant is now operating and should be at full capacity soon, Helms said.

Rail transportation of crude oil fell slightly in February to 67 percent, the North Dakota Pipeline Authority said.

North Dakota had 10,186 producing oil and gas wells in February, the preliminary figures show, which is a new all-time high for the state.

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