Coordination of Geological and Engineering Research in Support of Gulf Coast Co-Production Program

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More than 150 gas fields were reviewed, and 25 fields were selected using modified specific selection criteria as outlined by Gregory and others (1983). Further evaluation of these fields is necessary to obtain a new ranking for Gregory's class A, B, and C divisions. A list of the 25 most favorable fields was sent to Eaton Operating Co., who were to approach likely companies to initiate joint ventures in co-production.

Four reservoirs containing dispersed gas were examined for their co-production potential. Reservoirs in Port Acres and Ellis fields produce from the Hackberry Member of the Oligocene Frio Formation, and two reservoirs in Esther field produce from the lower Miocene Planulina Zone. Log-pattern and lithofacies maps, together with stratigraphic position, suggest that the reservoirs are in ancient submarine-fan deposits. Dip-elongate, channel-fill sands are characteristic; reservoir sands pinch out along strike. Growth faults, common in the submarine slope setting, form updip and downdip boundaries, producing combination traps. In Ellis field, co-production accounts for 300 Mcf (8.5 x 106 m3) of gas per day. Port Acres field contains the largest remaining reserves, but other technical and economic factors limit co-production there. Recent drilling has extended primary production and delayed co-production in Esther field. The Gas Research Institute requested that further work on the selection and evaluation of potential co-production gas fields be terminated because funds were required for the Port Arthur project.


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