University of Texas at Austin

Permian Basin Play Analysis

Application and Transfer of Advanced Geological and Engineering Technologies for Incremental Production Opportunities

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Permian Basin oil well.

Shirley P. Dutton and Eugene M. Kim, co-principal investigators; Caroline L. Breton

Researchers at the Bureau of Economic Geology and the New Mexico Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources have completed a Department of Energy (DOE) research initiative titled "Play Analysis and Digital Portfolio of Major Oil Reservoirs in the Permian Basin: Application and Transfer of Advanced Geological and Engineering Technologies for Incremental Production Opportunities," which was designed to increase reserves and improve recovery of oil from existing reservoirs in the basin. This project was part of DOE's Identification and Demonstration of Preferred Upstream Management Practices (PUMP II) for the Oil Industry program.

The target of this study was the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeast New Mexico, which, containing 29% of estimated future oil reserve growth (Root and others, 1995), has the biggest potential for additional oil production in the country. Workers on the project (1) developed an up-to-date portfolio of oil plays in the Permian Basin of West Texas and southeast New Mexico, (2) studied key reservoirs from some of the largest or most active plays to incorporate information on improved practices in reservoir development in the portfolio, and (3) submitted a Final report to DOE.

Workers on the play portfolio grouped into plays all 1,339 reservoirs in the Permian Basin having a cumulative oil production greater than 1 million barrels and summarized key reservoir characteristics and preferred management practices of each play.

The project updates and expands the information in the pioneering volume Atlas of Major Texas Oil Reservoirs (Galloway and others, 1983), which included only reservoirs in the Texas part of the Permian Basin that had produced more than 10 million barrels of oil.

The Final report (pdf format) to DOE has been posted on this web page, as well as the reservoir database (Excel format) and PDF versions of the play maps in the completed study below. The report will be published as a BEG Report of Investigations on a CD-ROM containing the database of reservoirs within each play, maps in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) format showing play outlines and reservoir locations, and summary information on reservoir heterogeneity and development practices.

References
Galloway, W. E., Ewing, T. E., Garrett, C. M., Jr., Tyler, Noel, and Bebout, D. G., 1983, Atlas of major Texas oil reservoirs: The University of Texas at Austin, Bureau of Economic Geology Special Publication, 139 p.

Root, D. H., Attanasi, E. D., Mast, R. F., and Gautier, D. L., 1995, Estimates of inferred reserves for the 1995 USGS National Oil and Gas Resource Assessment, U.S. Geological Survey Open-File Report 95-75L, 29 p.

Contact Dr. Shirley P. Dutton at 512-471-0329 or e-mail her at 
shirley.dutton@beg.utexas.edu for information

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Completed Study

Play Analysis and Digital Portfolio of Major Oil Reservoirs in the Permian Basin: Application and Transfer of Advanced Geological and Engineering Technologies for Incremental Production Opportunities

Play Maps in PDF Format

Ellenburger Selectively Dolomitized Ramp Carbonate

Ellenburger Karst-Modified Restricted Ramp Carbonate

Simpson Cratonic Sandstone

Fusselman Shallow Platform Carbonate

Wristen Buildups and Platform Carbonate Devonian Thirtyone Deepwater Chert

Devonian Thirtyone Ramp Carbonate

Mississippian Platform Carbonate

Northwest Shelf Strawn Patch Reef

Northwest Shelf Upper Pennsylvanian Carbonate

Pennsylvanian Platform Carbonate

Pennsylvanian and Lower Permian Horseshoe Atoll Carbonate

Upper Pennsylvanian and Lower Permian Slope and Basinal Sandstone

Wolfcamp Platform Carbonate

Wolfcamp/Leonard Slope and Basinal Carbonate

Abo Platform Carbonate

Leonard Restricted Platform Carbonate

Leonard Restricted Platform Carbonate, Drinkard subplay

Leonard Restricted Platform Carbonate, Blinebry subplay

Leonard Restricted Platform Carbonate, Tubb subplay

Leonard Restricted Platform Carbonate, Upper Yeso subplay

Bone Spring Basinal Sandstone and Carbonate

Spraberry/Dean Submarine-Fan Sandstone

Northwest Shelf San Andres Platform Carbonate

Eastern Shelf San Andres Platform Carbonate

San Andres Karst-Modified Platform Carbonate

San Andres Platform Carbonate

Upper San Andres & Grayburg Platform Mixed--Central Basin Platform Trend

Upper San Andres & Grayburg Platform Mixed--Artesia Vacuum Trend

San Andres/Grayburg Lowstand Carbonate

Grayburg Platform Mixed Clastic/Carbonate

Grayburg Platform Carbonate

Grayburg High-Energy Platform Carbonate--Ozona Arch

Delaware Mountain Group Basinal Sandstone

Queen Tidal-Flat Sandstone Artesia Platform Sandstone