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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 63 (1979)

Issue: 3. (March)

First Page: 528

Last Page: 529

Title: Description and Sedimentology of Submarine-Fan Gas Reservoir in Woodbine-Eagle Ford Interval (Upper Cretaceous), Sugar Creek Field, Tyler County, Texas: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Charles T. Siemers

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Abundant gas and some condensate are being produced from fractured sandstones of the Upper Cretaceous Woodbine-Eagle Ford interval at depths of 10,800 to 11,350 ft (3,240 to 3,405 m) in the Sugar Creek field area of Tyler County, Texas. The reservoir sandstone units are complex, single to multiple bodies 15 to 40 ft (4.5 to 12 m) thick and less than a few thousand feet wide within a mud-dominated clastic wedge. The wedge thickens from about 50 ft (15 m) near the Lower Cretaceous shelf edge to more than 1,500 ft (450 m) within 15 mi (24 km) downdip to the south. Subsurface correlation and mapping of the discontinuous, lenticular sandstone bodies indicate that they are best delineated as a series of coalescing, dip-oriented lobes. Deposition appears most likely to have been as prograding submarine-fan lobes, with sediment being channeled from updip delta and nearshore deposits across a narrow shelf and through shelf-edge breaks and then dumped downslope.

Within the major sandstone units, individual beds commonly are 1 to 3 ft (0.3 to 1 m) thick and display sharp contacts with interbedded, thin (1 to 2 in.; 2.5 to 5 cm) shale layers. As viewed in polished core slabs, the sandstones are mostly massive; however, radiography reveals abundant lamination and cross-stratification and some ripple-bedding and soft-sediment-deformation structures. A detailed analysis of sedimentary features and sandstone fabric suggests periodic rapid

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deposition of sand by low-concentration to high-concentration, submarine density currents and associated tractive currents.

The fine to very fine-grained sandstones are well-cemented quartz arenites with porosities commonly 10 to 15% and permeabilities commonly around 0.1 to 1.0 md. Abundant fractures in the brittle sandstone provide the necessary reservoir permeability to allow commercial gas production.

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