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The Wolfcamp Shale Resource - West Flank of the Delaware Basin

David A. Prose
Prose Petroleum, Inc., Fort Worth, Texas

The Wolfcamp shale play extends over a wide area of Reeves, Culberson counties, TX. , and Eddy county, New Mexico. This gas rich shale occurs at depth from 5,000-15,000’ and consists of black to dark gray shales with interbedded limestones that attain thickness up to 2,500 . This play is largely untested and known to only a few operators, in spite of the fact that shale gas shows are common, and flares have occurred while drilling the Wolfcamp section. The highlights of the Wolfcamp play are as follows:
   1. Frequent flares and mudgas shows.
   2. Bypassed pay in several wells.
   3. Is in the gas generation window, and thermally mature based on geochemical data.
   4. High gamma ray sections that cover wide areas are present.
   5. Largely untested.
   6. Adds significant value to the Barnett-Woodford play.
   7. Thickness between 500-2500 feet.
   The identification of the play concept from regional stratigraphic cross sections and mudlogs allows significant resource potential to mineral holdings on the western portion of the Delaware Basin.

 

AAPG Search and Discover Article #90065©2007 AAPG Southwest Section Meeting, Wichita Falls, Texas