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STARR New Venture Regional Studies

Project STARR regional studies are based on applying the latest methodologies for analyzing the stratigraphic architecture of a sedimentary basin. We are using sequence stratigraphic principles that have been developed in major oil company research centers over the past 20 years.

We are also applying methodologies developed by Project STARR for Gulf Coast stratigraphy (Trevino et al., 2003; Brown et al., 2004; Brown et al., 2005; Trevino et al., 2005; Hammes et al., 2005, 2006, 2007) (add links to papers). The studies emphasize potential exploration trends and the characteristics of the reservoirs within these trends within a sequence stratigraphic framework.

Deep to ultradeep reservoirs, such as those in the higher risk, deep-shelf gas play (offshore Tertiary sandstone reservoirs between the depths of 15,000 to 35,000 ft), are an example where new studies are needed to encourage exploration and subsequent drilling.

See animation: Origin and Development of Growth-Faulted Subbasins (3:04)

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