Northside: Vista Grande Woodford Project-A Liquids-Rich Play in the Val Verde Basin, Texas (Event Sponsor: Oxiteno)

Speaker: John Van Fleet
Speaker John Van Fleet
 John Van Fleet was raised in New York and attended Muskingum College graduating with a BA majoring in Geology. Following receiving his Masters in Geology at the University of Arizona (Geomorphology thesis), John started his career with Amoco working development in the DJ and Anadarko basins. Subsequently at Tenneco, Anadarko, ...

 John Van Fleet was raised in New York and attended Muskingum College graduating with a BA majoring in Geology. Following receiving his Masters in Geology at the University of Arizona (Geomorphology thesis), John started his career with Amoco working development in the DJ and Anadarko basins. Subsequently at Tenneco, Anadarko, Mesa and BP, John worked exploration projects in the Anadarko, Arkoma and Sedgwick basins in the midcontinent, North Slope and Cook Inlet basins in Alaska, and international projects in Mexico and the North Sea. In 2007 John initiated his “unconventional” work joining Kerogen Resources working Fayetteville, Barnett and Three Forks projects. He worked the Bakken, Marcellus and Wolfberry at Mariner, Newfield and Forest. In 2013 John rejoined Kerogen Exploration where he has worked predominately Permian Woodford projects. John retired in February 2016 as Manager Permian Basin. The professional organizations of which he is a member include AAPG, HGS, RMAG and WTGS.

Full Description

The Vista Grande Upper Devonian Woodford project is located in the Val Verde Basin of the greater West Texas Permian Basin between the Central Basin Platform and the Marathon thrust front. The entire project recoverable resource is 1.4 BBOE gross/1.1 BBOE net and includes 4.14 TCF dry gas based on third-party evaluation.

Kerogen Exploration embarked on a project to explore the Woodford (black) Shale with the purpose of identifying and exploring for a commercial wet gas window. Studies included integrated technologies from geology, geophysics, petrophysics and engineering, and the SCOOP area in Oklahoma was identified as an analogy. Sweet spots were mapped based on overlapping, high-graded criteria.

The 90,000+ acre area of interest is characterized by thermal maturities ranging from black oil to the far north to dry gas to the south with a wet gas window identified between. The Woodford shale is Type II kerogen, organic-rich, porous, thick, over-pressured, and brittle. Fracture analysis indicates the optimum drilling direction for the laterals is SW-NE.

Kerogen has de-risked the play having drilled three wells two of which were tested in the Woodford in horizontal laterals. Data from the wells also demonstrated high-quality Barnett reservoir qualities which offer dual, stacked objectives of Woodford-Barnett; the Barnett is an attractive target to be tested going forward..

Organizer Angela Tse