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DJ Basin: Working Together and Living Up to Our Name

DJBasinEricThrough three decades of operating in the Denver-Julesburg (DJ) Basin we’ve built a shared philosophy with our Colorado neighbors – together, we can enhance the state’s economy through energy development while protecting the air, water and land we all cherish.

The DJ Basin is a large formation in northwestern Colorado and southeastern Wyoming. Our operations are focused in the liquids-rich area within Weld County. In this highly productive area, we continue to apply new technology and develop acreage sustainably and responsibly.

We are active in the local communities where we operate, and support key environmental, education and community health initiatives across the state. 


UPDATE: We assembled a multi-disciplinary team to review our operations in the DJ Basin to implement the COGCC’s May 2, 2017  Notice to Operators. Learn more about these activities here.


Learn more about our Colorado operations here.
For the latest financial information on our DJ Basin operations, please see our latest presentation.
For information on employment with Noble Energy in Colorado, click here.

OPERATIONAL FACTS: DJ Basin
Net Acreage (YE 2016) 350,000
Production (YE 2016) 114 MBoe/d
Total Proved Reserves (YE 2016) 421 MMboe
Wells drilled or participated in (gross, 2016) 134
Productive wells (gross, YE 2016) 6,961

Making Oil Transfers Safer, Cleaner, Simpler

In the DJ Basin, many refiners purchase our products by offloading from our oil storage tanks to their oil trucks. It’s a bit more complex than pumping gasoline at the neighborhood station.  Crude oil properties vary, so quantity, temperature and grade all need to be measured during the transfer. 

Typically, that process requires someone to climb onto the storage tank and lift a hatch to conduct sampling. A new process we partnered in developing eliminates that requirement, reducing both safety risks to workers and vapor emissions from the opened hatch. The process, called ATLAS (for Alternative Truck-loading Anson System), is now in place at 60 percent of our DJ Basin locations – all those at which automation is available.

Emissions control was the primary intent when we began researching alternative transfer methods in connection with an enforcement action by the U.S. Government and State of Colorado. But worker safety has emerged as an equally strong benefit with the ATLAS system, which keeps workers at ground level.  In-tank measures are now automated and a separate gauge measures oil properties within the transfer piping.

The new system has been tested and verified to be at least as accurate as existing approved methods, and has now been adopted as an official measurement standard by the API standards committee. API standards, set by the American Petroleum Institute, govern many elements of industry operations.

Hear more about our commitment to the environment:

Fighting Hunger and Supporting Education

We share a commitment to support the energy we need, the economy we want, and the environment we value with our Colorado neighbors. This drives our support  of community health and education efforts throughout the DJ Basin - especially in Greeley and Weld County, where our operations are based - and on the Front Range.

WELD Program

In 2015, Noble Energy helped the Weld Food Bank purchase a new 12-pallet truck with a compressed natural gas engine. The larger truck, using lower-cost clean fuel, serves all 4,000 square miles of Weld County and during harvest season allows the food bank to pick up and share greater quantities of fresh produce and dairy products with its partner food banks in Denver, Boulder, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs. Our employees also supported Weld Food Bank by donating nearly 200 hours of volunteer time to mobile food pantry distribution efforts.

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