North Dakota oil output posted a record drop in April and is projected to keep falling over the coming months.

According to Reuters, North Dakota production fell by just over 70,000 barrels per day month-over-month to 1.04 million bpd in April, the largest monthly decline on record.

The production drop was tied to low oil prices, although windy weather that prevented fracking was also to blame.

Head of North Dakota Department of Mineral Resources (DMR) Lynn Helms told Reuters that production is expected to continue sliding throughout the summer.

Helms added that the state’s production level could drop below 1 million bpd by the end of the year.

The number of inactive wells in North Dakota jumped by 67 wells month-over-month to 1,590 wells in April, Reuters said.

North Dakota’s rig count climbed by two rigs last week to 24 rigs, down from 76 rigs a year ago, according to Baker Hughes.

According to the DMR, there were 28 active rigs in the state as of June 16, down significantly from 78 rigs a year ago.

The rig count in the Williston basin, home of the Bakken shale play, climbed by two rigs to 24 rigs last week.

A survey published by Hart Energy earlier this month found that demand for well servicing in the Williston Basin has “stalled” year-to-date.

Of the four oil and gas operators and four well service company managers surveyed by Hart no respondents were hired for any completion work in the basin during the first quarter.

The area’s inventory of drilled but uncompleted well inventory climbed to 920 wells in March and fewer than 60 wells were completed, according to Hart Energy.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration expects shale oil and gas production to drop across all seven major regions in July.

Oil production in the Bakken region is projected to fall by 32,000 bpd to 1.01 million bpd in July.

Gas production in the play is expected to decline by 26 million cubic feet per day to 1.63 billion cubic feet per day.


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