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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 55 (1971)

Issue: 9. (September)

First Page: 1691

Last Page: 1692

Title: Quantifying Multiple Working Geologic Hypotheses--Geology and Competitive Offshore Lease Bidding: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Richard W. Boebel

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Federal waters in the Gulf of Mexico, south of Louisiana, constitute, through the competitive bidding effort, an excellent case study of state of the art exploratory technology.

In order of increasing variability, the judgment-controlling parameters are: (1) cost of drilling and production, (2) revenue per marketable quantity, (3) reservoir

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recovery efficiency, (4) entrapment history and area of accumulation, (5) functional reservoir thicknesses, and (6) the individual and group credibility of assigned values.

A precise combination of these parameters would establish an in situ reserve of hydrocarbons and its worth. Computers can minimize effectively the options for the involved disciplines excepting geology. The assignment of probabilities and values to multiple working geologic hypotheses continues to govern the assumed reserve and competitive bid. Expansion of measurement capability is probable, and its increased definition power will accentuate the role of conceptual geology.

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