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Geophysical case history of the Anderson Ranch field, Lea County, New Mexico

Glen H. Swenumson
Geophysical case history of the Anderson Ranch field, Lea County, New Mexico
Geophysics (October 1957) 22 (4): 870-886

Abstract

The Northwest Shelf area of Southwest New Mexico has had an exceptionally rapid growth as an oil producing province. The Anderson Ranch field, discovered by the Continental Oil Company in 1953, is one of the typically prolific oil fields in this Northwest Shelf area. This field (Figure 1) is the most southwesterly of a series of Devonian oil fields in the Northwest Shelf area of New Mexico. It is located 22 miles west of Lovington, New Mexico in sections 2 and 11, T. 16 S.-R. 32 E., Lea County, New Mexico.The Anderson Ranch area was first found to be anomalous by a shallow oil well drilled in 1927 which found the Rustler Anhydrite unusually high. Core drilling carried out in 1940 developed an Anhydrite nose over the area. A reflection seismograph survey was carried out in the period from 1950 to 1951 which succeeded in mapping a closed anticline in the face of many difficulties in obtaining usable seismograms. It is believed that the seismic map prepared for the deepest horizon was caused by multiple reflections. The anticline so revealed was drilled in a unitized drilling program and a well was completed in the Devonian for an initial potential of 1,968 barrels of oil per day. This was the discovery well.


ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 22
Serial Issue: 4
Title: Geophysical case history of the Anderson Ranch field, Lea County, New Mexico
Author(s): Swenumson, Glen H.
Pages: 870-886
Published: 195710
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Accession Number: 1959-030136
Categories: Economic geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus.
N31°30'00" - N37°00'00", W109°04'60" - W103°00'00"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2017, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from Bibliography and Index of North American Geology, U. S. Geological Survey, Reston, VA, United States. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 1959
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