University of Texas at Austin

State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery (STARR)

STARR
The STARR Mission
STARR Report 2016

STARR Progress Report 2016

Texas has produced more oil and natural gas than any other state and remains the largest daily producer, with 2.0 MMbbl/d (million barrels per day) of oil and 21.9 Bcf/d (billion cubic feet per day) of gas in 2013. No other state, or other region worldwide, has been as heavily explored or drilled for oil and natural gas as Texas.

The State of Texas Advanced Resource Recovery program (STARR) has been successful in its major objective to increase severance tax income for the State of Texas by means of research projects that promote the drilling of profitable oil and gas wells in the State. The Bureau of Economic Geology (BEG) currently receives funds from the State to conduct research that assists oil and gas operators in adding new or increasing existing production throughout the State of Texas. STARR is required to be revenue neutral—that is, revenue associated with STARR projects must equal or exceed the amount appropriated to the program by the Legislature.

A variety of oil and gas companies request reservoir characterization and exploration assistance from STARR. BEG, with STARR funding from the State of Texas, provides technical support, identifying opportunities for increased production and associated reserves; these areas are then drilled by cooperating companies. STARR personnel provide assistance and advice to numerous operators on optimal development strategies, appropriate well-log suites, styles of reservoir heterogeneity and their effects on oil and gas recovery, and evaluation of exploration targets as well as regional geology and unconventional resources.

To date, the STARR program has completed or is currently working on more than 60 field (reservoir characterization) and more than 15 regional studies. More than 50 Texas oil and gas operators have been, or are currently, involved in the STARR program over the project’s 22-year duration. During the 2014-2016 biennium, the STARR program conducted more than 20 field studies and eight regional studies including the prolific Wolfcamp and Spraberry Formations in the Permian Basin.


STARR Reservoir Characterization Studies
STARR Regional Studies

The STARR Philosophy

The philosophy of the STARR program is to work with oil and gas operators in the state of Texas to:

  1. Deploy advanced recovery strategies and newly developed technologies on a field-by-field basis to ensure maximum recovery efficiency;
  2. Encourage exploration in under-developed areas or new plays;
  3. Exploit unconventional hydrocarbon resources.

STARR provides technical support, identifying opportunities for increased production and associated reserves. These areas are then drilled by cooperating companies. STARR personnel provide assistance and advice to numerous operators on optimal development strategies, appropriate well-log suites, styles of reservoir heterogeneity and their effects on oil and gas recovery.

STARR works with oil and gas operators in the state of Texas. The most volumetrically significant oil and gas resources in Texas are in the Gulf Coast and the Permian Basin (see figure below), although STARR’s area of operations encompasses the entire state. 

Oil & Gas Map of Texas