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January 15, 2004, The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) Center for Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED), Midland, Texas

Using New Methods to Recover Existing and Undiscovered Petroleum Resources in the Permian Basin

Stephen C. Ruppel

On January 15, 2004, the Bureau and Petroleum Technology Transfer Council (PTTC) Texas Region hosted a meeting at The University of Texas Permian Basin (UTPB) Center for Energy and Economic Diversification (CEED) in Midland. Almost 60 Permian Basin operators attended to hear about the Bureau’s plan for a new initiative to create an integrated depositional and stratigraphic synthesis of the Permian Basin. (Click here for PowerPoint presentation.) This synthesis will result in an integrated data base of geological, geophysical, and petrophysical information that will provide fundamental data and information to guide future exploration and development of the remaining hydrocarbon resources in the Permian Basin.

Funding for the program is expected to come from a mixture of federal, public, and private industry sources. The key deliverable will be a comprehensive GIS (ARC/INFOc) database of regional structure maps, depositional systems maps, facies maps, cross sections, core descriptions and data, outcrop descriptions and sections, reservoir data, and an extensive bibliographic database. This will be supported by a written synthesis of depositional history, stratigraphy, facies, structural history, and reservoir development in the Permian Basin. Seismic sections will also be included to illustrate major geologic features and depositional relationships.

The Bureau is currently soliciting the involvement of industry groups who desire to benefit from this program. Please feel free to complete the attached questionnaire and forward it to Dr. Steve Ruppel at