Basin Analysis and Petroleum System Characterization and Modeling, Interior Salt Basins, Central and Eastern Gulf of Mexico

Don Goddard and Ron Zimmerman in conjunction with Ernest A. Mancini and the University of Alabama. Funded by the U.S. Department of Energy. Project funding: $1,359,053. (Five Years).

Three years of this five year project have been completed. To date, employing state-of-the-art computing facilities, researchers have modeled and characterized the petroleum-rich formations in two of the most important provinces in North America for oil and gas accumulations: the North Louisiana Salt Basin (which covers portions of Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas) and the Mississippi Interior Salt Basin in the northeastern Gulf of Mexico region. Information from the research has provided an advanced approach for targeting geologic "traps" where oil and natural gas may have collected. The models will be directed at aiding future exploration efforts for petroleum buried below 15,000 feet, well below the depth of most ongoing operations today. During the next two years, research will concentrate on Jurassic and Lower Cretaceous source rocks and reservoirs.