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Brad Bauer

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Exploration Manager

Merit Energy Company

Dallas, TX

Expertise in asset exploitation, including Enhanced Oil Recovery


phone: 972-628-1479



Brad Bauer is Exploitation Manager for Merit Energy Company, a private firm committed to generating value for its Partners through the acquisition, operation, & development of oil & gas assets.  Brad joined Merit in 2005 as an Operations Engineer, after graduating from Texas A&M University with a degree in Petroleum Engineering.  Since that time, he has worked assets across Merit’s portfolio.  His experience covers an array of producing oil & gas reservoirs, across many of the most prominent producing basins in the continental United States.  Brad has worked fields in the Permian & mid-continent regions, the Rockies (Colorado, Wyoming, & North Dakota), & Michigan.  For the past 10 years, Brad has focused on reservoir engineering & exploitation, specializing in the improvement of producing properties through development drilling, waterflooding, & other EOR techniques.  In his current position, Brad oversees the multi-disciplinary team responsible for providing geologic & reservoir engineering support throughout Merit’s organization.  Brad is a licensed professional engineer in the state of Texas.



B.S. in Petroleum Engineering, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX

Professional Experience

Merit Energy Company
2014 – Present Senior Exploitation Manager
Responsible for leading Merit’s reorganized Corporate Exploitation consisting of separately-managed reservoir engineering & geology/geophysics teams.  The continued focus of our business unit is on providing technical support to ongoing capital programs, as well as developing new upside opportunities.  Also involved in the annual budgeting & reserves audit process, & in providing assistance to Merit’s Acquisitions & Divestiture groups.  In addition to management duties, responsible for providing reservoir engineering support to key capital programs & specific projects across the company.  Highlights include the prolific Hugoton Drilling Program, enhancement programs in the Purdy/Bradley CO2 floods, & new waterfloods in the mid-continent & Rockies regions.
2012 – 2014    Exploitation Manager
Tasked with leading the multi-disciplinary group responsible for providing geologic & reservoir engineering support throughout the organization.  Focused on adding value by providing ongoing support to Operations & active capital programs, by optimizing production through detailed geologic & reservoir evaluations, & through the identification & justification of upside opportunities. Heavily involved in the company’s annual capital planning & reserves audit process, & in providing technical support to the business development group. Highlights include the development programs at Lost Soldier/Wertz fields in Wyoming, active drilling programs (Wolfberry, Michigan NRT, Powder River Basin), waterflood reviews in the Permian Basin, & EOR projects in the Mid-continent & Rockies regions.
2010 – 2011    Senior Exploitation Engineer
Key member of the team that provides exploitation support (engineering, geology) throughout the organization.  Involved in EOR development (project design, long-term planning, & project supervision), prospect evaluations, reservoir engineering studies, & other special projects.  Assisted with annual reserves audit, focusing on booked un-developed reserves.  Highlights include continued support for the Niagaran Reef Trend drilling program in Michigan, waterflood projects in the Mid-continent, Permian Basin & Powder River Basin, & providing CO2 flood support to the Lost Soldier / Wertz fields in Wyoming.
2007 – 2010    Exploitation Engineer
Provided reservoir engineering support to assets in the North & South Divisions.  Performed field studies to identify upside projects & develop reservoir management plans.  Worked closely with Operations staff to design capital programs & justify booked reserves.  Directed special projects in Michigan, including the Manistee 23 acid gas disposal project & regional (EOR & gas storage) scoping / feasibility studies.  Other highlights include the Niagaran Reef Trend drilling program in Michigan, supporting waterfloods in the Sundown office (TX), & evaluating opportunities in the Overthrust Belt (WY).
2006 – 2007    Operations Engineer
Responsible for assets in the Niagaran Reef Trend of northern Michigan. Identified upside opportunities & implemented subsequent work (capital, drilling, expense, & facilities).  Performed field studies, designed well work (including drill wells), & monitored operations.  Worked closely with field personnel & technical staff.  Involved in day-to-day business operations & in charge of annual budget & reserves forecasting / justification for these assets.
2005 – 2006    Operations Engineer
Responsible for Permian assets in TX & southeast NM.  Gained experience in waterflood operations, surveillance, & reservoir studies.  Identified capital & expense workover opportunities; designed subsequent work & monitored operations.  Daily activities involved close cooperation with field personnel & operations managers.  Responsible for developing the annual budget & reserves forecasts for given assets.

Achievements, Accreditations, Affiliations

  • Member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers (‘00 – Present)

  • Engineer-in-Training, Texas Board of Professional Engineers (‘04 – ‘10)

  • Professional Engineer (No. 107140), Texas Board of Professional Engineers (‘10 – Present)

  • Member of the Technical Advisory Board to the Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute (‘12 – Present)

  • Invited Speaker, Presented “Bairoil Complex Overview, Lost Soldier / Wertz Tensleep” at the Introduction to Waterflooding in Tensleep Reservoirs Workshop presented by the Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute in Cody, WY (‘12)

  • Invited Speaker, Presented “Timber Creek Field: A Case Study in Successful  Exploitation of a Producing Minnelusa Oil Field” at the Minnelusa Waterflooding and Enhanced Oil Recovery Workshop presented by the Wyoming Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute in Gillette, WY (‘13)

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