During the quarter, the Company converted five additional Viewfield Bakken producing wells to water injection wells for a total of 46 water injection wells in the play. Production performance from water injection patterns in the Viewfield Bakken resource play continues to exceed Crescent Point's expectations and we believe has demonstrated the field-wide applicability of waterflood to the play. Discussions with the Saskatchewan government to implement the first of four proposed units for water flooding are advancing.
In the Saskatchewan Bakken, Crescent Point has re-entered existing wells that were originally completed with 8-stage and 16- stage cemented liners and increased them to 25-stage and 30-stage cemented liner completions. The Company is encouraged by results to date and has identified 90 wells in the play as candidates for this process. Crescent Point drilled a fourth 2-mile horizontal well in fourth quarter 2012 in the Flat Lake area. Based on the initial success of these wells, the Company plans to drill six additional 2-mile horizontal wells in 2013. We expect that these wells will be drilled at considerable savings to similar wells drilled across the border in North Dakota, where demand has driven well costs up.
Crescent Point continues to increase deliveries of crude oil through its Stoughton rail facility, allowing the Company to diversify its markets for Bakken crude oil, to more effectively manage pipeline disruptions and to increase netbacks. On average, more than 19,000 bbl/d of Bakken production was delivered through the facility during fourth quarter. The Stoughton rail facility has been expanded to increase shipping capacity to more than 45,000 bbl/d and first quarter 2013 deliveries are expected to be approximately 30,000 bbl/d.
During fourth quarter, the Company participated in the drilling of 33 (31.6 net) oil wells in southwest Saskatchewan, achieving a 100 percent success rate. Of these wells, 30 (30.0 net) were drilled in the Shaunavon area. In total in 2012, the Company drilled 73 (66.6 net) wells in the Shaunavon formation. The Company plans to drill up to 89 net wells in the Shaunavon area in 2013, including 19 Lower Shaunavon wells spaced at 8 wells per section and two at 16 wells per section. Four Upper Shaunavon wells are also planned at 8 wells per section. In 2013, Crescent Point expects to spend approximately $283 million in the area, including expenditures on land, seismic and facilities.
Water is currently being injected into 30 converted wells in both the Lower and Upper Shaunavon unconventional zones. The Company has submitted applications to the Saskatchewan government to establish the first Lower Shaunavon unit for the purpose of implementing a unit-wide water injection scheme.
Crescent Point completed its rail-loading facility in the Dollard area and delivered its first loads in October. During the quarter, the Company railed approximately 2,000 bbl/d. Current capacity is approximately 5,000 bbl/d and the Company plans to expand the facility during the first half of 2013 to accommodate 8,000 bbl/d.
During the quarter, Crescent Point also completed construction of the third of three new batteries planned for 2012. The battery was commissioned in January 2013.
South/Central Alberta and West Central Saskatchewan
During fourth quarter, Crescent Point participated in the drilling of 24 (19.6 net) oil wells in this area, achieving a 95 percent success rate. Of these, 7 (3.5 net) were drilled in the Beaverhill Lake light oil resource play and 9 (8.1 net) were drilled in the Viking area. The Company's plans for its first waterflood pilot in the Beaverhill Lake play are well underway and the first pilot is expected to be operational in early 2013. In 2013, the Company plans to reduce its capital expenditures in the area to $77 million and to drill 11 net wells to take advantage of expected declines in future capital costs in the play.
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