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Oklahoma City Geological Society


The Shale Shaker
Vol. 48 (1997), No. 2. (September/October), Pages 44-44

Abstracts of Oral and Poster Presentations at the 1997 AAPG Mid-Continent Section Meeting, September 14-16, 1997, Hosted by the Oklahoma City Geological Society

Remote Sensing Search and Prediction of Undeveloped Oil Production in the Panhandle Previous HitFieldNext Hit, Texas [Abstract]

Bert A. Weimer1

The Panhandle Previous HitFieldNext Hit is a well-known major oil Previous HitfieldNext Hit with an extensive gas cap. The bottom of the oil Previous HitfieldNext Hit is not bound by a water contact, but by loss of reservoir quality strata. The ancient granite exposure of the buried Amarillo Uplift is generally considered to be the bottom of the Panhandle Previous HitFieldNext Hit.

Upon the eroded granite topography are pockets of oil-productive Granite Wash to be found and produced.

Remote sensing, surface studies, and subsurface geology can be combined to visualize the historical erosion surface. Ten plus separate remote or subsurface indicators were studied at all points of the Panhandle Previous HitFieldNext Hit to generate a map of structural features when eight or more indicators correlated a legitimate feature. Existing subsurface geology from wellbores confirms that Pennsylvanian age structural features did control reservoir creation in much of the Permian strata.

Once the controlling structural factors are understood and mapped, the probable reservoir deposition may be forecast. Many of these Granite Wash deposition sites, as found directly upon the ancient granite surface, were found during drilling the 75 year old Previous HitfieldNext Hit. It is through the use of multilayered remote sensing techniques that new productive strata may yet be developed.

An Previous HitexampleNext Hit of this type of new find was demonstrated in the late 1980's when newly drilled wells were demonstrating 100 BPD+ initial production rates. This discovery, when directly compared with the remote sensing Previous HitdataNext Hit, demonstrates the validity of the above research. This research would be usable to explore for additional undeveloped production in what would appear to be a fully mature oil Previous HitfieldTop.

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1 Weimer Consulting, Norman, OK

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