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Structural Framework
Burgos Basin

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ASSESSING THE POTENTIAL OF THE BURGOS BASIN


Structural framework of the Super Burgos Basin
Correlation to production trends:
Tertiary Plays: Frio, Vicksburg & Wilcox
Cretaceous Play: Eagle Ford (Agua Nuevo & San Felipe)
Jurassic Play: La Casita (Pimienta)
Distinctions between South Texas Basin & Mexican Burgos
Basin
Current Shale Wells
Basement structure & depths
Why structure is important in the Burgos Basin

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Reduced-to-Pole Magnetic Intensity

Northeastern Mexico
Coahuila State

Data Map

Source: World Digital


Magnetic Anomaly
(WDMAM) grid file Sept
2007

Onshore area: 24,200sq mi.


South
Texas
Basin

Grid: 1 kilometer data


grid

Southern extension of the


Maverick Basin Texas
Western extension of the
South Texas Basin

Range: -186 to 413nT


RTP: IGC calculation
Unfortunately, the regional
data control of the World Map
data allows only for a
qualitative analysis.

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Reduced-to-Pole Magnetic Intensity

This aeromagnetic map


was selected to illustrate
complex relationship of
the sub-basins bounded
by significant structural
elements:
mega-shears,
basement structures
surface geology

Super Burgos :
name coined for the area
bounded by the megashears.

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Sub- Basins

Mexicos Shale

Sub Basins

-appears to be of
good quality.

- a complex of related
sub-basins bounded
by the significant
structural elements.

- geologic
structure of the
sedimentary
basins are
considerably
more complex.

South
Texas
Basin

-South Texas &


Burgos are outlined as
the one sub-basin
within the Super
Burgos area.

- compared to US
Coastal gently
dipping shale
belts, Mexicos
coastal shale
zone is narrower,
less continuous
and structurally
more disrupted.

-All other sub-basins


outlined lie within
Burgos Basin; all are
correlate to Border
Rift System.

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Frio, Vicksburg and Wilcox Trends


Frio 1948 -Reynosa
Vicksburg 1945 - Mision

Wilcox 1959 -Penalva

East-Central Mexico Stratigraphy


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Frio, Vicksburg and Wilcox Trends

Production

Conventional
exploration started
1911

Tertiary Plays

generally described as
South
Texas
Basin

growth fault related


plays.

Tertiary sequence rocks have


a regional dip toward the east
and are affected by a serious
of major normal faults roughly
parallel to the coastline and
with displacement downward
to the Gulf Coast.

Today - 3,500 active


natural gas wells

Source:

80% from
Upper Jurassic
(Tithonian) & Paleogene
Shales

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Miocene & Tertiary Growth Fault Plays

Conventional Sandstone Reservoirs


20 distinct plays

Source: Echanove, 1986

Growth faults are the dominant trap


which includes anticlines, tilted blocks,
and sedimentary wedges on the
downside of the fault.

Source: Hernandez-Mendoza, 2008

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Agua Nuevo (Eagle Ford) and La Casita (Haynesville) Trends


As of Sept 2013:
343 Tcf gas & 6.3bb
projected

Eagle Ford

Agua Nuevo (San Felipe)


Late 2010- 6 shale wells

Haynesville

La Casita (Pimienta)
March 2013 PEMEX
Anhelido-1 400b/d
of shale liquids

East-Central Mexico Stratigraphy


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Aqua Nuevo San Felipe


Shale plays - Cretaceous and
Upper Jurassic sequence contains
basinal, organic-rich and thermally
mature argillaceous rocks.
This includes the Aqua Nuevo and
La Casita including the Pimienta.

Anheldo-1
1st shale oil well
discovery:
La Casita formation
(dry gas)
March 2013

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Production Summary
As of Sept 2013

Modest gas flows


(>3 million cft/day)
Wells exhibit steep declines
Well cost: $20-25 million
per well
PEMEX plans to drill 75
Burgos shale wells thru
2015 & increase production
to 2B cft/day by 2025

To-date 7 shale related wells have


been drilled:
Emergente

dry gas

4,071m

13,358ft

Percutor-1

dry gas

3,436m

11,270ft

Habano-1

gas/con

3,770m

12,366ft

Montanes-1

gas/con

3,200m

10,496ft

Nomada-1

---

2,850m

9,348ft

4,007m

13,143ft

Arbolero-1

dry gas

Anhelido-1

oil & gas

3,945m

12,940ft

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Regional Cross-Section of Wells across the Six Basins

Note: the influence of the basement structure to the


success of deep Jurassic play: La Casita & Pimienta.

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Fault Composite & Regional RTP


Megashear (Jurassic)
Megashears & Transforms
have influence the
generation of the depocenters for oil & gas
generation (sub-basins) &
therefore the prospective
area for shale exploration.

Discontinuities parallel to
the direction of Atlantic
opening.

Transforms (Cretaceous)

Northern Burgos Basin is


related to the South Texas
Basin.

These features are


recognized by:
- linear block boundaries
- block offsets
- fold offsets
- stratgraphic changes.

Southern Burgos Basin is


best described as the
Border Rift System.

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Chittim Arch located in the Maverick Basin US


illustrates the structural complexity of the reservoir sands

Jurassic

Chittim Anticline is an interesting feature.


Located in center Maverick county runs NW-SE for 30 miles (18km) & is 2 miles (1.2km) wide
Source: Ewing 2012
Good example of possible systems that underlie other folds in the Burgos Basin.
The surface structure reflects the fold cover over a deep half-graben complex
Similar structures can be identified with regional gravity & magnetic data.
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Barrel of Oil Equivalent is high: 343 Tcf & 6.3bb gas & oil projected by
ARI June 2013.

Burgos Basin & South Texas Basin are related as bounded by Jurassic
mega tectonic shears

Basins have the same Miocene & Tertiary structures regional normal faults
roughly parallel to the coastline and with displacement downward to the Gulf
Coast.
Basins differ in their deep structural configurations.

Structural framework of Burgos is complicated by close-spaced


Cretaceous transfer systems.

Aqua Nuevo (San Felipe) will be impacted by these K transfer faults; unlike the
US Eagle Ford.
Jurassic Play: La Casita (Pimienta) will be governed by rift geometries.
Cross-trend structures, rift valleys, tilted blocks

Exploration strategy will have to be cost efficient & include state-of-theart technology and multiple data sources

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