It can take anywhere from six to nine months from well spud (start of site prep) to actual receipt of the first revenue check by the well owners of a typical 12,000 ft. MVD (Mean Vertical Depth) well. Deeper wells and wells that run into difficulties usually will take even longer.

Here is a timeline breakdown for the revenue path for a conventional 12,000 ft. well:

Site prep, drilling, logging & testing: 2 – 4 months, occasionally more if complications are encountered
Completion & sales line hookup: 1 – 2 months, occasionally more if problems arise
          Production flow is measured:           1 month
Product is marketed & revenue processed: 2 months

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