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AAPG Bulletin


Volume: 69 (1985)

Issue: 2. (February)

First Page: 265

Last Page: 265

Title: Reservoir Characteristics of Lower Wilcox Sandstones, Lobo Trend, Webb and Zapata Counties, Texas: ABSTRACT

Author(s): Kim A. Henke

Article Type: Meeting abstract


To date, over 340 bcf of gas have been produced from the Lobo sandstones in the Laredo field area at depths of less than 10,000 ft (3,050 m). Gas accumulation is controlled by faulting and erosional truncation. The resulting structural complexity has made accurate prediction of reservoir sandstones difficult. Cored sections display repetitive ordered sequences of sedimentary structures and textural and compositional gradations indicative of turbidity-current deposits. The reservoir sandstones were deposited as constructional channels having vertical and lateral variation from channel-fill to channel-margin to overbank deposits. Channel-fill units are 2-10 ft (0.61-3.05 m) thick and composed of AB, AE, and ABE bedsets. Channel-margin units are 1-3 ft (0.31-0.92 m) thick an contain thinner, more complete ABC, ABE and ABCE sequences. Overbank deposits consist of highly bioturbated, thinly interbedded sandstones and shales. Sandstones are feldspathic litharenites that have 15% matrix and 15% calcite cement. Porosities average 16% and permeabilities range from 0.54 to 12 md, decreasing with increased matrix, cement, and bioturbation. The channel-fill sandstones are linear, dip-trending bodies less than 3,000 ft (915 m) wide, which bifurcate downdip into distributary channels. High-intensity, small-scale, soft-sediment deformation indicates the sandstones were deposited in an unstable outer-shelf to upper-slope environment. A slumped, dip-trending channel-fill interpretation for the Lobo sandstones provides a mechanism for sediment transport beyond the present downdip limits of the trend.

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