One of the most prolific source rocks in the Gulf Coast Basin area is the Lower Smackover "Brown Dense" section. It is the source rock for the overlying Upper Smackover carbonate-shoal conventional reservoirs. This organically-laminated, carbonate mudstone section rims the Gulf Coast Basin from Florida to East Texas. It may contain liquid hydrocarbons that might be economically produced with horizontal drilling and fracture stimulation. Several companies are currently evaluating the potential of the Lower Smackover looking to become a first mover in the play.
The Integrated Reservoir Solutions Division of Core Laboratories is proposing to interested companies participation in a reconnaissance project involving the screening of reservoir properties from legacy cores. This project consists of the reservoir characterization of several cores that Core Lab has obtained from the public domain. The area of interest is the Arkansas-Louisiana State Line Trend.
The primary objective of this project is to provide operators with geological, petrographic, geochemical, and pore space properties of the Lower Smackover section by the analysis of conventional cores. Specifically, the analytical program will consist of the following: