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Kansas Geological Survey, Open File Report 97-14

Digital Petroleum Atlas Annual Report 1996

Oil production in the United States has steadily declined, while consumption and imports are steadily increasing. In September of 1985 the nation produced over 10,636,000 barrels of oil per day ( For the first 11 months of 1996, production dropped to 8,604,000 barrels per day. Imports have risen from 4,286,000 barrels of oil per day in 1985 (28% of demand) to 8,400,000 barrels of oil per day in 1996 ( By the end of 1996, import to demand ratio will probably exceed 50%. To help mitigate the decline in U.S. oil production, the United States Department of Energy (USDOE) has initiated programs that enable and encourage development of innovative technologies, and promote the transfer and application of technologies to petroleum operators of all sizes, but especially independent operators. Independent operators now dominate the domestic petroleum industry. Through these methods, the USDOE intends that significant additional production that otherwise would be produced.

One of the most effective methods to gain additional production from known reserves, to add new reserves and to prevent the premature abandonment of wells is to provide oil and gas producers with the access to up-to-date information and technology. The critical information and technology can vary among fields, reservoirs and operators. As an example, a key for one type of reservoir might be sophisticated, inexpensive ways to identify unswept compartments; and for another field type the key might be optional and optimal techniques for additional workover, completion, and production practices that have been successful in analog fields.

Short of conducting a full-scale reservoir analysis of each producing field, an efficient and effective method of communicating this type of key information to operators is by example. For each reservoir type in a producing region, a thoroughly studied and documented analog can illustrate which geologic and engineering procedures

are likely to be most successful in increasing ultimate recovery. An analog example provides operators with sufficient information and technology to apply their own producing properties, and increase production and ultimate recovery by copying, modifying and applying proven methods. One way to accomplish the goal of disseminating information by analog is to provide a geological and engineering based, state-of-the-art, petroleum atlas that contains not only historical data and descriptions, but technologically advanced syntheses and analyses of "why reservoirs produce" and "how ultimate production may be increased."

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Kansas Geological Survey, Open-File Report 97-14
Placed online February 1997
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