The Tithonian (Upper Jurassic) Edzna Formation, An Important Hydrocarbon Reservoir of the Campeche Shelf, Gulf of Mexico
Abelardo Cantú-Chapa, Enrique Ortuño-Maldonado, 2003. "The Tithonian (Upper Jurassic) Edzna Formation, An Important Hydrocarbon Reservoir of the Campeche Shelf, Gulf of Mexico", The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean: Hydrocarbon Habitats, Basin Formation and Plate Tectonics, Claudio Bartolini, Richard T. Buffler, Jon F. Blickwede
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The Upper Jurassic (Tithonian) Edzna Formation is considered to be the most important source rock in the southeastern Mexico Campeche shelf, Gulf of Mexico. The formation is penetrated by a number of wells, in which cumulative and test production show that the Edzna Formation also is an important hydrocarbon reservoir. The formation is composed of a condensed section of mudstone and bentonitic shale. Thicknesses vary between 62 m and 120 m in the northeastern area, thickening to 393 m in the central marine area. The structural top commonly reaches depths of 6100 m in the southwestern and western areas, with a minimum depth of 1600 m in the northeast. There is a distance of approximately 120 km between deepest and shallowest burial areas. There are three important structures in the Campeche shelf: the Ceeh-Cantarell anticlinorium in the northeast, the Sinan-Mison syncline in the central area, and the May-Oktan anticlinorium in the southern area of the marine region. The northeast-southwest-trending Edzna Formation reservoir is about 150 km long by 50 km wide. To date, cumulative oil production is about 45 million barrels.
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The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean: Hydrocarbon Habitats, Basin Formation and Plate Tectonics
The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean has long been one of the world's most important petroleum provinces, as well as one of the world's most geologically complex regions. These two characteristics have resulted in an extensive amount of ongoing research by both industry and academia. AAPG Memoir 79, The Circum-Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean, is the first volume in more than a decade to document such a wide range of research on the geology of this vast area. Of the total 44 papers, roughly two-thirds pertain to the Gulf of Mexico, with an emphasis on the Mexican portion of the basin, and to the petroliferous areas of the southern Caribbean, including Colombia, Venezuela, Cuba, and Trinidad and Tobago. The remaining papers relate to the Antilles and Central America, as well as a series of papers that address region-wide topics such as plate tectonic evolution. A significant number of papers were contributed by authors from national oil companies and universities from within the region.