World Oilfield Forum
Feb. 6th, 2013
US independents, particularly Devon Energy Corp. and Apache Corp., are examining the potential of the Cline shale oil play in the Midland basin.
Operators drilling the Wolfcamp and Wolfberry trends see the Cline as offering another pay zone among numerous formations in the Permian basin. The Pennsylvanian-aged Cline shale underlies the Permian-aged Wolfcamp shale.
The Cline yields 40-45° gravity crude. The namesake formation of the emerging unconventional play is 9,250 ft below the surface of 10 West Texas counties with Mitchell County being in the center of the play (see map). The Cline reservoir is believed to be 200-550 ft thick.
Devon, Apache, and others are optimistic about the formation's potential.
Meanwhile, government leaders in various West Texas counties are trying to prepare for a potential oil boom. Mitchell County economic development officers visited the Eagle Ford shale play area in South Texas to discuss the logistics and needs, such as hotels and restaurants, to support a growing industry presence.
Water supply and other logistics were discussed during a recent meeting in Snyder, which is in Scurry County. Another Cline shale meeting is scheduled for Feb. 8 in Colorado City, which is in Mitchell County. The Sweetwater Enterprise for Economic Development in Nolan County also is participating in regional meetings about the Cline shale.
Centurion Pipeline LP, a subsidiary of Occidental Petroleum Corp., said it plans to reactivate and expand its existing pipeline system in the Cline shale. The crude oil pipeline will have the capacity to transport as much as 75,000 b/d and can be expanded. It's scheduled to be brought into service in multiple phases starting in the second quarter.
The Cline shale pipeline system will transport crude oil from the Texas counties of Irion, Tom Green, Sterling, Coke, and Mitchell to Centurion's terminal in Colorado City. From Colorado City, shippers could transport oil to Cushing, Okla., via the Centurion Pipeline and to Gulf Coast refiners via the BridgeTex Pipeline, expected to be in service in July 2014.