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Bakken Strategy


Waveland’s investment activities in the Mid-Continent region of the United States have been made alongside some of the most experienced and respected operators in the industry. Waveland has participated in drilling thousands of wells in some of the most prolific basins in the U.S. Waveland’s operating-partners include Dallas-based Trail Ridge Energy Partners II, LLC, Three Peaks Resources, LLC, Denver-based DJR Energy, L.P. and Tulsa-based Orca Resources, LLC. Each of Waveland’s partners possess strong geologic assessment abilities, extensive engineering expertise in horizontal well design, drilling and completion, and state-of-the-art fluid management.

Bakken Shale, Williston Basin – North Dakota

Waveland and Three Peaks Resources, LLC, one of Waveland’s long-standing, technical energy management teams, initiated an acquisition strategy to capture minority non-op working interests and mineral interests alongside some of the largest oil and gas companies currently operating in in the core of the Bakken Shale and Three Forks plays in the Williston Basin in northwestern North Dakota. These operating companies include Continental Resources, ExxonMobil XTO, Whiting Petroleum, Hess Corporation, and EOG Resources, among others.

Waveland’s Bakken Non-Op Strategy is focused on the core area of the Bakken, which Waveland and Three Peaks believe has some of the best reservoir quality in the Williston Basin and full cycle drilling economics that are among the best in the United States. Waveland and Three Peaks believe minority non-op acquisition opportunities in the core of the Bakken can support over $100 million in annual investment opportunity for Waveland’s investment partnerships with attractive return profiles.

The fundamental positive advancements in the Bakken including low entry costs; increased takeaway capacity, which has reduced oil price differentials; low royalty rates; multi-well pad drilling; and enhanced frac technology, have led to an increase in development activity in the Williston Basin and an investment opportunity that Waveland and Three Peaks believe has significant economic potential.

San Juan Basin –  Northwestern New Mexico

Waveland, alongside its Colorado-based operating partner DJR Energy, LP,  entered the San Juan Basin in 2016 with the acquisition of over 5,000 acres in the oil window Gallup formation of the San Juan Basin in New Mexico.  Based on the analysis of over 35,000 electronic logs to form a regional geologic model in the San Juan Basin, DJR has concluded that the San Juan Basin is an economically viable basin even at today’s hydrocarbon pricing environment.  In addition, DJR believes that the San Juan Basin’s upside value potential will be comparable to that of the DJ Basin 6-8 years ago, and the San Juan Basin is expected to yield strong economic results in an environment of rising hydrocarbon pricing.  In addition to direct experience in the San Juan Basin, DJR has extensively analyzed and mapped other productive formations in the rocky Mountain region.

Permian Basin – West Texas

Waveland entered the Permian Basin in December 2012 with the acquisition of approximately 18,000 acres in Scurry County, Texas, targeting the emerging Cline Shale and Mississippian plays.  The Cline Shale formation within the Midland Permian Basin is an oil/liquids weighted play that includes several pay zones and may contain significant amounts of recoverable oil.  Waveland “leasebanked” this position on behalf of Trail Ridge, and Trail Ridge subsequently secured multi-million dollar commitments from Riverstone Holdings and Trilantic Capital Partners.  Then in 2014 and 2015, Trail Ridge acquired 7,000 acres in the “heart” of the Wolfcamp play in the Midland Basin, a project in which Waveland has 7.5% direct working interest.