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Permian Basin Consortium

The Permian Basin is a vast oil and gas-producing region covering parts of West Texas and New Mexico. With burgeoning activity focused on unconventional reservoirs, there is an increased need to understand the influence of Permian Basin geology on exploration and production.

Southwest Research Institute geoscientists formed the Permian Basin Consortium to help the oil and gas industry make informed decisions around Permian Basin geology and geomechanics, including the tectonic, structural, stress, and mechanical stratigraphic context.

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Permian Basin Geology in Depth

Formed in 2017 as a joint industry project, the consortium builds upon our outcrop investigations of deformation and Permian Basin stratigraphy. We focus on mechanical stratigraphy in strata exposed in and around the region with analysis characterizing the distribution, mechanisms, and orientations of small-scale deformation related to the Ancestral Rockies, Ouachita, Laramide, and Basin and Range tectonic events and the associated paleostress conditions. Investigations continue into the subsurface, relating deformation to tectonic setting, structural position, and mechanical stratigraphy, with prioritization of subsurface focus areas guided by consortium member companies.

Geological Data, Insights & Training

The consortium includes seven companies focused on exploration and production in the Permian Basin, with particular emphasis on the Wolfcamp and Bone Spring Formations, and other unconventional reservoirs in the Delaware Basin and Midland Basin and surrounding region. Participants draw upon SwRI’s expertise to address complications related to fracture permeability, mud loss, water production, drilling azimuth, landing zone selection, and other factors. Benefits of joining include:

  • Access to project data and technical reports arising from consortium project
  • Participation in annual program review meetings and field trips
  • Membership on the Consortium Advisory Committee
  • Setting priorities for membership-fee funded research
  • Networking opportunities with researchers and colleagues
  • Early access to the latest research from consortium
  • Eligibility to initiate and participate in separate training and technical projects that leverage consortium results

Become a Member

Membership is offered over two-year phases. Contact David Ferrill for more information or click the link below for pricing information.