The Tampico-Misantla Basin, Mexico: New Neogene
Deepwater Plays in a Mature Basin
Bartolini, Claudio, IHS Energy, Houston, TX
The Tampico-Misantla Basin is located in eastern Mexico, between latitudes 20° and
25° North and longitudes 96º30’ and 99º West. The
basin lies along the central region of the Gulf of Mexico, and it is bounded by
the Sierra Madre Oriental fold-and-thrust belt to the west, by the Jalapa uplift to the south, and
by the Burgos Basin to the north. The Tampico-Misantla is a mature basin which has produced more
than 2Bbo, primarily from the Golden
Lane (Tuxpan Platform)
sub-province, and more particularly from the Tamabra
play, which accounts for approximately 68% of the basin’s oil production.
Secondary hydrocarbons production come from onshore fields in the Chicontepec and Magiscatzin
sub-basins, and from the offshore San Andres/Lobina
fields. New efforts by Pemex to re-assess the
petroleum potential of the basin made possible the discovery of Lankahuasa gas accumulation in 2002, the first known
offshore non-associated gas discovery in Miocene turbidite
sandstones deposited in canyon fills and submarine fans settings. Also, recent
3D and 2D seismic interpretation of the Faja de Oro, Sardina, Cañonero,
and Nayade blocks in the offshore Laguna Madre-Tuxpan continental shelf area, has permitted the definition
of a number of potential plays associated with episodes of lowstand-derived
submarine canyon and basin-floor fan development, where major volumes of siliclastic sediment were supplied to the basin floor.
Production from new Neogene deepwater plays will
rejuvenate the basin and enhance production of a 57,920 km2 area.