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Industry Leading Operating Performance

Hess has earned a reputation for top-quartile performance in unconventional oil and gas production in the U.S. Our Onshore team is recognized as an industry-leading operator in two key U.S. shale plays — the North Dakota Bakken and Three Forks formations, where we produce shale oil and gas, and the Ohio Utica Basin, where we primarily produce natural gas and natural gas liquids (NGLs).  The culture in our Onshore operations is driven by Lean manufacturing principles and the search for continual improvement and efficiency.

  • Hess Bakken Operations

    Driving Value in the Bakken

    With its industry-leading acreage position, Hess’ Bakken operations in North Dakota are competitive with the best shale-oil plays in the world.  Through the application of Lean manufacturing techniques, our wells continue to be among the lowest cost and most productive in the Bakken. We have more drilling spacing units in the core of the play than any other operators and our initial production rates continue to increase as we have increased our standard well design to a 50-stage completion from the previous 35-stage completion. We have also successfully tested tighter well spacing which has allowed us to increase our net estimated ultimate recovery from the Bakken to 1.6 billion barrels of oil equivalent from our previous estimate of 1.4 billion barrels of oil equivalent.


  • Hess Creating Jobs

    Creating Jobs and Business Value

    We have made significant investments in our shale oil and gas business in the U.S. since 2009, particularly in North Dakota and Ohio. These investments are key engines of our company's growth and are having a positive economic impact on communities by creating jobs and increasing state and local tax revenues.

  • Hess Utica Shale

    Well Positioned in Utica

    Hess is well positioned for future growth in the Utica shale play in eastern Ohio, where our acreage is in the heart of the wet gas window. Hess has 45,000 core net acres in Ohio and operates in Jefferson, Belmont, Harrison and Guernsey counties as part of a 50/50 joint venture with CONSOL Energy Inc. Hess benefits from a high net revenue interest and our wells are highly productive with significant liquids content. Drilling and completion costs have been reduced by 30 percent by applying the same Lean manufacturing techniques used at our Bakken asset in North Dakota.

  • Hess Bakken Midstream Operations

    Advantaged Bakken Midstream Infrastructure

    In 2015, Hess sold a 50 percent interest in our Bakken midstream assets and formed a joint venture with Global Infrastructure Partners, which resulted in total cash proceeds to Hess of $3 billion. The midstream joint venture assets include the Tioga Gas Plant, the Tioga Rail Terminal, a crude oil truck and pipeline terminal and the crude oil and natural gas gathering systems in North Dakota.  Hess retains operational control of the venture, which makes the joint venture one of the largest midstream operators in the Bakken.

Hess Trusted Energy Partner

Owner Relations

We work hard to be a trusted energy partner to the communities where we do business and to the leaseholders who make our operations possible.

Gaining and holding the trust of our neighbors and partners is essential to our success. That is why we are committed to maintaining an open and honest dialogue with our leaseholders and landowners about what we do and how we do it.