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Houston Geological Society Bulletin


Houston Geological Society Bulletin, Volume 33, No. 5, January 1991. Pages 12-12.

Abstract: The Maurice Field: New Gas Reserves from Buried Structure Along the Oligocene Trend of Southwestern Louisiana


Michael P. Prescott

Significant new gas reserves have recently been discovered in the Marginulina texana sands along the Oligocene trend at the Maurice Field. Detailed subsurface maps and seismic data are presented to exhibit the extent and nature of this local buried structure and to demonstrate future opportunities along the Oligocene trend.

Since discovery in 1988, the MARG. TEX. RESERVOIR C has extended the Maurice field one half mile south and has established 200 feet of Marginulina Texana pay. Estimated reserves are in the order of 160 billion cubic feet of gas with limits of the reservoir still undefined. This reserve addition would increase the estimates of the Maurice field by over 70 percent from 220 billion cubic feet of gas to 380 billion cubic feet of gas. Cross sections across the field depict the new reservoir trap as a buried upthrown Previous HitfaultNext Hit closure with an anticipated gas column of 720 feet.

Interpretation of the origin of this local structure is that of a buried rotated Previous HitfaultNext Hit block within an overall larger depositional structure. Detailed subsurface maps at the Marginulina texana and the overlying Miogypsinoides level are presented. These maps indicate that one common Previous HitfaultNext Hit block, Previous HitFAULTNext Hit BLOCK AB, is productive from two different levels. The deeper Marginulina texana sands are trapped on north dip upthrown to a southern boundary Previous HitfaultNext Hit, Previous HitFAULTNext Hit B. The overlying Miogypsinoides sands are trapped on south dip downthrown to a northern boundary Previous HitfaultNext Hit, Previous HitFAULTNext Hit A. The northern Previous HitfaultNext Hit, Previous HitFAULTNext Hit A, was the Marginulina texana expansion Previous HitfaultNext Hit and rotated that downthrown section to north dip. Because of the difference in dip between the two levels, the apex of the deeper Marginulina texana Previous HitfaultNext Hit closure is juxtaposed by one mile south relative to the apex of the overlying Miogypsinoides Previous HitfaultNext Hit closure.

Analysis indicates that important structural growth occurred during Marginulina texana deposition with a local unconformity covering the apex of the upthrown Previous HitfaultNext Hit closure. State-of-the-art reconnaissance seismic data clearly exhibit this buried rotated Previous HitfaultTop block. Similar buried structures are predicted to exist along the Oligocene trend. Such occurrences will open opportunities to explorationists for the discovery of significant gas reserves throughout the 1990's.

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