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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 65 (1981)

Issue: 5. (May)

First Page: 992

Last Page: 992

Title: Delta-Front Shelf Storm Deposits of Subsurface Woodbine-Eagle Ford Interval (Upper Cretaceous), Damascus Field, Northern Polk County, Texas: Success from Combined Development Geology and Sedimentologic Core Analysis: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Charles T. Siemers, P. Connie Hudson

Article Type: Meeting abstract


Gas production from several, 6 to 23 ft (2 to 7 m), single to multistory sandstone bodies of the Woodbine-Eagle Ford interval, 160 to 200 ft (49 to 61 m) thick at 9,000 to 9,600 ft (2,743 to 2,926 m) in the Damascas field has been developed since discovery in 1976. Subsequent offset drilling resulted in a few gas wells and several dry holes. In February 1979 the entire Woodbine-Eagle Ford interval was cored in the No. 7A Dorrance well. Sedimentologic core study generated a predictive depositional model which has guided field development of the subtle stratigraphic traps at a 5 to 1 well success ratio. Present gas reserves are 40 Bcf with 440,000 bbl of condensate.

The productive area is located slightly southwest of the Sabine uplift and just updip from the Lower Cretaceous continental shelf edge. Seismic sections and foraminiferal paleoecology establish a middle-shelf depositional setting. Bioturbated, silty, shelf shales comprise the upper and lower Woodbine-Eagle Ford interval. The middle is a complex of (1) graded, medium to very fine-grained, massive to laminated sandstone beds; (2) contorted, soft-sediment-deformed intervals; (3) swirled and sheared siltstone beds; and (4) thin diamict conglomerate beds. Genetic units indicate periodic rapid deposition by debris flows and low to high-concentration density currents. The several distinct productive sandstone bodies (porosities 9 to 14%; permeabilities 2 to 10 md) are northward-thickening, d p-oriented lobes.

The localized deposition in the shelf setting was controlled by delta development slightly to the north. Periodic major storms generated delta flooding which contributed high-energy reservoir-quality deposits to the shelf. Similar shelf sand buildups should occur throughout the area; however, recognition must rely on detailed sedimentologic study of core sequences.

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