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Abstract: Discovery and Early Development History of Bravo Dome CO2 Field

J. Wayland Roberts

American Producing Corporation drilled a small surface structure with their 1 Bueyeros well (Sec. 32, T31N, R31E, Harding County, New Mexico) in 1916. The Tubb sandstone (Permian, Leonardian) contained CO2, but the well was never completed.

Southern Dry Ice and Kummbach Oil and Gas tested another small structure nearby in 1931. This well, the 1 Kerun, discovered CO2 in the Triassic Santa Rosa Sandstone and was completed as the initial CO2 well in northeastern New Mexico.

Bueyeros field supplied the CO2 necessary for a dry ice business during the following several decades.

Although the above facts relate to discovery of the first CO2 in northeastern New Mexico, the dry ice industry, and Bueyeros field, this history played a minor role as regards Bravo Dome CO2 field.

The economic need for CO2 in the petroleum industry realized initially in the late 1960s, and Amoco's reaction to their needs in this regard, led to the discovery and development of Bravo Dome CO2 field. Using original documentation, this report traces Amoco's discovery, acreage acquisition, unitization and early development of Bravo Dome CO2 field.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90980©1994 AAPG Southwest Section Meeting, Ruidoso, New Mexico, April 24-26, 1994