Woodford Shale

Woodford Shale ImageLocated in southeastern Oklahoma, the Woodford shale play has been drilled for about 10 years. Only the Barnett shale in Texas has been producing natural gas longer than the Woodford shale. Devon Energy drilled the first well into the Woodford shale formation in 2005, and since then numerous petroleum companies have acquired acreage and launched their own drilling programs. Current estimates are that the Woodford shale holds approximately 4 tcf of natural gas.

Of the numerous companies drilling in the Woodford shale, Houston-based Newfield Exploration and Oklahoma City-based Devon are the largest producers. Both companies have sold off much of their offshore assets in the Gulf of Mexico and elsewhere in order to focus their attention on unconventional resources such as the Woodford and other shale plays

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Woodford Shale News

Area Drilling

Sep 8, 2003 Roc Oil Co. Ltd., Sydney, said it hopes to begin exploration on the 267,000-acre South Cabinda onshore block within 12-18 months.

Case-specific designs improve drill bit performance

Mar 17, 2003 Drilling performance can improve dramatically with the use of case-specific bit selection and optimized drilling parameters.

Three-lateral splitter allows individual zone access in Oklahoma well

May 21, 2001 Baker Oil Tools says its first-ever commercial application of a stackable splitter, Level 6, three-lateral completion in an Oklahoma gas field provided greater initial production rates than single borehole producers.

Industry Briefs

Apr 10, 2000 Overseas Private Investment Corp., a self-sustaining US federal government agency, agreed to finance $85 million via a credit facility for construction of a $170 million, 36,000 b/d refinery to be built at Napa Napa on Papua New Guinea's Port Moresby Harbor (OGJ, Jan. 17, 2000, Newsletter).

Waterfracs prove successful in some Texas basins

Mar 20, 2000 Several operators have found that waterfracs with minimal proppants effectively stimulate low-permeability gas formations in several Texas basins.

Core preservation

Mar 13, 2000 Mr. Scott Montgomery's article on oil well core preservation (OGJ, Nov. 15, 1999, p. 84) reminded me of my first oil field job: core analyst for Core Laboratories Inc. in Midland, Tex.


May 24, 1999 BHP Petroleum Pty. Ltd. unit BHP Petroleum (Trinidad) Ltd. made a natural gas discovery with the first exploration well on its Block 2c production-sharing contract area 40 km off northeastern Trinidad. Angostura-1, in 40 m of water, flowed 30 MMscfd of gas through a 56/64-in. choke during a cased-hole test. BHP plans a second exploration well, Kitchener-1, on neighboring Block 2ab, held by operator BHP 50% and Talisman (Trinidad) Holdings Ltd. Block 2c interest holders include operator BHP 45%,

Use resistivity as indicator of source rock maturity

May 10, 1999 The resistivity of various shale source rocks has been observed to increase with depth (Bakken, Barnett, Mowry, Niobrara, Woodford, etc.). This relationship can be explained by the retention of generated hydrocarbons in micropores. The generalized process requires: 1) a volume increase during conversion of kerogen to fluid hydrocarbons; 2) a rigid framework that provides a fixed volume of available pore space, and 3) micropores with micropermeability that retain hydrocarbon globules through

EXPLORATION New basins invigorate U.S. gas shales play

Jan 22, 1996 Scott R. Reeves Vello A. Kuuskraa Advanced Resources International Inc. Arlington, Va. David G. Hill Gas Research Institute Chicago While actually the first and oldest of unconventional gas plays, gas shales have lagged the other main unconventional gas resources-tight gas and coabed methane-in production and proved reserves. Recently, however, with active drilling of the Antrim shales in Michigan and promising results from the Barnett shales of North Texas, this gas play is growing in


Jun 5, 1995 Gerry G. Calhoun Consulting petroleum geologist Midland, Tex. The recent surge of activity involving self-sourcing reservoirs and horizontal drilling recognizes a little tapped niche in the domestic energy mix. Such prolific pays as the Cretaceous Bakken and Austin Chalk have drawn research interest and large amounts of investment capital. Fluorescence analysis can discern movable oil-as opposed to exhausted source rock-in such reservoirs with an inexpensive test.


May 22, 1995 Ali Said Trabelsi David K. Davies & Associates Inc. Houston A relatively deep Cambro-Ordovician Ellenburger gas prospect exists around JM gas field in Crockett County and Will-O gas field in Val Verde County of southern West Texas (Fig. 1) (31263 bytes) . These fields, discovered in 1965 and 1971, respectively, produce nonassociated gas from Ellenburger carbonates. Average porosity of the reservoir rocks is 4%, and permeability ranges between 0.1-10.0 md.


Apr 24, 1995 Gary L. Cartwright Marathon Oil Co. Oklahoma City The Cherokee tight gas sands of Oklahoma remain an attractive play because of improvements in drilling and completion practices and actions by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission (OCC) that allow separate allowables for new wells. The expired federal tax credits for tight gas wells, as highlighted in a recent article,1 have not been the only reason for increased activity.


Feb 27, 1995 Edward D. Minihan , Ray D. Buzzard Consulting petroleum geologists Fort Worth The New Albany shale of southwestern Indiana is a worthwhile exploration and exploitation objective. The technical ability to enhance natural fractures is available, the drilling depths are shallow, long term gas reserves are attractive, markets are available, drilling costs are reasonable, risks are very low, multiple drilling objectives are available, and the return on investment is good. Indiana Geological Survey


Sep 26, 1994 Ali Said Trabelsi David K. Davies & Associates Inc. Houston The Permian Basin of West Texas is a prolific 7 oil and gas province that has been extensively explored, but the Marathon Ouachita overthrust area of Pecos County, Tex., is not fully explored. Rocks of the Ouachita fold belt have been generally regarded by most petroleum geologists as metamorphosed and unsuitable for oil and gas accumulation.


May 9, 1994 The government of Russia's Sakiia republic has opened an international competitive bid round for licenses to explore for, produce, and/or process hydrocarbons in the republic.

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