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Wolfcamp Shale Overview

What is the Wolfcamp Shale?

The Wolfcamp Shale is an oil and gas formation found throughout the Permian Basin.  (See Permian Basin Geologic Break down below.) Historically, development in the Permian has been mostly vertical. In the last few years, however, companies have shifted focus to horizontal development. Specifically in the Wolfcamp A, Wolfcamp B, Wolfcamp C, and Wolfcamp D and, more recently the Wolfcamp XY in the Delaware Basin.

Wolfcamp Shale data links below

  1. Drilling Permits : (Track new well permits by operator, permit date, well name, county, state, depth, basin, play, contact name, phone, and more)
  2. Rig Count/Locations (Track rigs by operator, county, well name, contractor, depth, formation and more. - updated weekly)
  3. Completions Activity (wells completed by E&P companies, including DUCs. : updated daily)
  4. Drilling Programs (Track number of wells each operator plan to drill, complete and put online in 2017)
  5. Capital Budgets & Expenditures (Track Capital budgets planned by type such as D&C, midstream, Land and more)
  6. Companies (E&P, Service and Midstream companies in the Delaware and Midland Wolfcamp Shale
  7. Map : Delaware Wolfcamp and Midland Wolfcamp(available in the following formats : PDF, GIS/Shapefiles, and wall maps)
  8. Latest News : Latest news in the Wolfcamp
  9. Acquisition and Divestiture : Track who is entering, leaving or adding more acreage in the Wolfcamp Play
  10. Well Results and Performance(Get an early look at individual well results; updated weekly)
  11. Frac & Well Designs (Long laterals, proppant per foot, fluids
  12. Proppant Trends (proppant lbs/ft, proppant per well, per stage)


It is important to note that the Wolfcamp Shale (Wolfcamp A, B, C, D) can be found in all three basins, the Midland, Delaware and Central basin platforms at varying depths.  The Cline shale was later renamed the the Wolfcamp D.

Permian Basin Geologic Breakdown



Wolfcamp Cross-Section


Wolfcamp Shale - ( Midland Basin )

USGS has confirmed that the Midland Basin Wolfcamp contains some 20 billion barrels of oil, 16 trillion cubic feet of associated natural gas, and 1.6 billion barrels of natural gas liquids. The estimate comes on the heels on a previous guidance provided by Pioneer Natural Resources CEO Scott Sheffield that the Wolfcamp/Spraberry shale could hold as much as 75 billion barrels (BBOE), which would rank it second only to Saudi Arabia’s Ghawar field.

Wolfcamp Operator/Company Acreage Map In The Midland Basin

 Wolfcamp Counties in the Midland Basin

 Top Companies/Operators in the Wolfcamp Shale

Acms Comapny

Pioneer Natural Resources Co. 55
Occidental Petroleum Corp 53
Anadarko Petroleum Corp 45
Apache Corp 43
EOG Resources, Inc. 43
XTO Energy Inc. 41
Energen Corp. 33
Encana Corp 26
Surge Operating, LLC 25
Chevron Corp 21
Parsley Energy Inc. 20
Reliance Energy Inc 19
Concho Resources, Inc. 18
Cimarex Energy Co. 18


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Wolfcamp Shale (Delaware Basin)

Delaware Wolfcamp Shale is a separate formation that lies beneath the Bone Spring, it is about 2,000' thick. (See image below.) The Wolfcamp Shale horizontal developments in the Delaware have been somewhat limited in the northern portions of the Basin with shallower objectives offering stout returns. The Delaware Wolfcamp is largely a horizontal oil play–with the exception of some combined Wolfbone verticals–with a median hydrocarbon mix similar to the Bone Spring at 60% crude, 20% wet gas and 20% dry gas. Most of the activity is currently focused on the Southern Portion (Texas) of the Dealware Basin Wolfcamp.

Wolfcamp Shale - Delaware Basin Map


Top Companies/Operators In Delaware Basin Wolfcamp Shale

Top Companies Well Count
Concho Resources 129 Wells
Anadarko Petroleum 96 Wells
EOG Resources 87 Wells
Cimarex Energy 55 Wells
Apache 53 Wells
Roytal Dutch Shell 47 Wells
Occidential Petroleum 44 Wells

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