January 2011

HI A309 Late Field Development

James H. Crane and Don H. Sobba, Badger Oil

Abstract Summary

This technical presentation will describe the late field development of the HI A309 Field. As operator, Badger Oil led in the geophysical and geologic interpretation, reservoir engineering, and drilling of six successful wells supported by our partner LLOG. We will describe the identification of six class 3 amplitude supported prospects using the Centerline 3-D seismic data. The talk will detail the decision to place a new platform, the integration of technical disciplines, the importance of the timing of production with a favorable product price, the need to determine reservoir thickness, and the seismic reprocessing project that led to an additional successful prospect.

Biographical Sketch (Dr. James H. Crane)

James’ educational background includes a B.A. in Physics and Math at William Jewell College (Liberty, Missouri) where he graduated Summa Cum Laude with Honors in Physics. He was a McDonnell Astronaut Fellow at Washington University (St. Louis, Missouri) where he received his Ph.D. in Physics. Later he received a M.S. in Geology at the University of Houston. Work experience includes a variety of positions involving exploration and development geology and geophysics, mainly in the Gulf Coast. James spent time working for Gulf and then Chevron before starting his own geophysical consulting company, Gulf Coast 3-D. While at Chevron, he served a period of time as the Supervisor of Exploration Training. He has been an active member of SEG and AAPG and taught AVO interpretation techniques in the SEG Seismic Lithology School. He is a past president of SWLGS and currently works as a geophysicist for Badger Oil.