Austin Chalk

All things about Austin Chalk in Louisiana: Horizontal drilling, improved seismic testing, and liner casing are offering hope for the deep minerals in the Austin Chalk which runs from Austin, Texas through parts of Louisiana to Biloxi Mississippi.

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Comment by Steve on July 12, 2012 at 9:03am

You are correct about the Tuscaloosa (Trend/Sands) wells being all vertical . I am talking about the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale in that area which is a different formation and which would have long horizontal laterals just like the Chalk wells. The only difference I know of would be the fracking. The Chalk wells are not usually fracked where the TMS wells are all fracked. It would not be a big leap for Anadarko to drill to the TMS and have their horizontal leg fracked - esp. since they hire out Halliburton or Bayou Well Services or someone else to do the fracking for them. Anadarko has plenty of money and expertise but it appears they were willing to try to get something for nothing by taking short cuts on their Chalk wells. More often than not you get what you pay for. Joe Aldridge may be correct in his assessment of their " bullheaded hot dog Texan approach". Hopefully they learned something.

Comment by William C. Morrison on July 12, 2012 at 8:39am

Mark, the drilling into the Tuscaloosa is a different kind of cat than drilling into the Austin Chalk.  Most of the Tuscaloosa Trend wells were all vertical while the Austin Chalk wells have long horizontal laterals into the chalk zone.  It is a totally different process.  And clearly Anadarko is suffering from ignorance.

Comment by Rock Man on July 11, 2012 at 6:29pm

Anadarko was a major player in the Tuscaloosa play in this area back in 80's. They should have a pretty good data set on logs, mudlogs, cuttings and maybe even core 

Comment by Steve on July 11, 2012 at 6:26pm

 I wonder why Anadarko never showed any interested in the TMS ?

Halcon appears to be leasing and ready to experiment in the TMS on that side of the River. Could they team up with Anadarko or Pryme or Indigo to drill the TMS - these have large lease holdings in parts of the Chalk/TMS. Anadarko even has leases above St. Francisville on the west side of the River.

Comment by Joe Aldridge on July 11, 2012 at 4:57pm

Steve and Chip,

I don't look for any of the past players to do any more in the trend. Pryme is actively looking for a farm out partner and so is Indigo. Of all of the companies Anadarko should have had the best engineering and knowledge of the Chalk. They obviously did not and can't even learn from their mistakes. In my estimation Anadarko has spent over 100 million in the trend and has little to nothing to show for it. They are just a bunch of "bull headed hot dog Texans" that came in here and were going to teach us something. It would be my hope that they would put their acreage up for farm out also and hopefully someone with the right techniques in drilling, completion and stimulation will start drilling wells that show the true capacity and capability of the Chalk. 

Comment by Steve on July 11, 2012 at 4:16pm

 I would not be surprised to see Anadarko and Halcon teaming up to give it another try in your area before leases expire. IMO

Comment by William C. Morrison on July 11, 2012 at 4:08pm

All quite in Pointe Coupee.  Had some activity regarding leasing in Avoyelles but me thinks Anadarko is hurting.  Looked at the financials and they have written off $140 million in drilling expenses.  Basically, they lost money in 2011.  Things may turn up for them in 2012 but they must also break the code on how to drill the "chalk."  Just have to wait.

Comment by Joe Aldridge on June 11, 2012 at 2:18am

david crocket,

That post was on Pryme's web site also. It means that they have lost their funding and are now looking to do a "farm out" to continue the E&P in the area. I don't look for anyone to jump up and do a quick deal. Between Anadarko and them they have ruined the play in Central Louisiana.

Comment by david crocket on May 29, 2012 at 8:00pm

The article below comes from Oil Online.

Comment by david crocket on May 29, 2012 at 7:58pm
Pryme shops Turner Bayou farm-out


Pryme Energy Limited and its partners in the Turner Bayou project have established arrangements for farming out of a portion of their project interests with the aim of raising capital and accelerating the continuing field appraisal and development of the project.

The arrangements provide an effective structure to attract a substantial industry exploration and production (E&P) company and/or industry financiers as partner(s) in the significant onshore oil resource development opportunity in the Austin Chalk, Tuscaloosa Marine Shale and Wilcox formations, which the Turner Bayou project represents. The arrangements agreed between Pryme and its Turner Bayou partners include:

  • The prospective farm-in partner will be offered the right to acquire a reasonable equity interest in the Turner Bayou project area in return for disproportionately funding new well drilling and completion operations. The work program, to be undertaken within a fixed time period, will include drilling and completing wells on prospects adjacent to the existing producing Deshotels 20H and 13H wells;
  • If the farm-in partner is an experienced operator with relevant applicable experience it will be offered operatorship of the project. Otherwise a suitably qualified and experienced commercial operator will be engaged;

A successful farm-out as proposed will result in the accelerated drilling and development of wells in Turner Bayou. A number of E&P companies, some with significant experience drilling horizontal Austin Chalk wells, have shown a strong interest in the project.

Should a farm-out not be completed in a timely manner, sufficient primary term on the mineral leases remains to allow for alternate arrangements to be made by Pryme.

"We consider the arrangements to provide a clear and effective strategy that offers the best possible chance for a successful outcome. Pryme is the largest equity owner in Turner Bayou and together with our project partners we control a large acreage position with demonstrated prospectivity for oil. The project area is surrounded by medium to large E&P companies whose focus is not only the prolific Austin Chalk formation but also on the emerging major oil resource play in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale which is also well represented in Pryme's acreage," said Justin Pettett, Pryme's Managing Director.

"Unlocking the significant value of the Turner Bayou Chalk project can be accomplished by drilling the next wells in this project, implementing a low risk completion technique and bringing the wells online without incident. Having confirmed the commercial production characteristics of wells drilled in Turner Bayou we will continue to drill and build a portfolio of producing oil wells."

Permitting of the next two wells, the Deshotels 24H and Rosewood Plantation 21H, is underway. The Deshotels 24H drill site location and the service road to the Rosewood Plantation 21H well site have already been built. The sites for both wells are adjacent to the initial Turner Bayou wells drilled by Pryme and its partners and are located in the area which recent re-interpretation of the project's 3D seismic survey has determined to have the highest fracture intensity, and hence oil prospectivity, of the Austin Chalk formation within the project area.


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