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1000 E. University Ave.
Laramie, WY 82071
Phone: (307) 766-2791
Fax: (307) 766-2737
1020 East Lewis Street
Energy Innovation Center 300
One approach that EORI takes to collaboratively identify, understand and address problems that operators in Wyoming face is to form a consortium. This approach brings together a selection of operators who are active in a certain reservoir play (e.g., a formation play such as the Minnelusa) and gets them to work together to identify common problems they face in that play. Then EORI coordinates research to find ways to overcome those problems and optimize or enhance production.
An underlying principle of each EORI consortium is to provide a positive, productive experience for the operators. EORI limits the size of each consortium and there are no pre-set obligations or cost to join other than a commitment to share data and ideas.
Up Close: The Minnelusa Consortium
In 2008, EORI developed the Minnelusa Consortium. This consortium continues today with the participation of three Wyoming operators that focus on the Minnelusa formation, Wyoming’s second-largest reservoir in terms of annual production.
EORI has worked hand-in-hand with the consortium members on the gathering of data, geologic modeling and reservoir simulation, while stimulating and encouraging critical, open dialogue throughout the process. The members have had complete control of the direction of the consortium. From the onset, operators understood that the success of the consortium would require each of them to keep an open mind and be willing to share, and that ultimately EORI would use the work and results of this collective group to assist other operators. However, it is the “everyone wins” mindset that has made this consortium experience huge success.
Three major benefits result from the formation of the consortium:
- The State of Wyoming will receive additional tax revenue from incremental production generated by the consortium.
- In due time, all producers in the state will have the data and case histories generated to use on analogous fields.
- The risk and uncertainty of many projects will be greatly mitigated, making them conceptually and economically viable where they otherwise might not be.
To inquire about the consortia system, contact Glen Murrell or David Mohrbacher.