ABSTRACT

The Laramie Energy Technology Center (LETC), Department of Energy, completed a seven-corehole drilling program in 1980 at the PR Spring tar sand deposit, southeastern Uinta Basin, Utah. The core data from these locations were integrated with data from 70 other locations to update the following deposit characteristics: vertical and aerial extent, stratigraphy, and rock properties. Oil-impregnated sandstones are found as surface outcrops and to depths of 475 ft (145 m). Three main tar sand zones in the Douglas Creek Member of the Eocene Green River Formation were correlated across the deposit. Up to 27 separate tar sand beds were identified across the deposit, ranging from 1-35 ft (0.5-11 m) thick. These saturated zones and beds are lenticular and discontinuous, both vertically and horizontally. Analytical results from 6 of the LETC cores and 32 other cores were interpreted to further evaluate the deposit. Computer-generated isopleth maps identified the following general trends: the thickest zones are found in the south-central portion of the deposit; extracted permeability and extracted porosity decrease downdip (northwest); oil saturation decreases to the west-southwest; and water saturation decreases to the east.

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