JPT 'Enormous' Merge Play Resource Rivals Major World Gas Fields, Largest Discoveries

Joel Parshall 

Producers in the recently opened Merge play of Oklahoma’s Anadarko Basin are sitting atop a resource that rivals some of the world’s major gas fields and largest new discoveries, Geology CEO Greg Augsburger of Citizen Energy told the SPE Gulf Coast Section Business Development Group recently. Merge lies between the prolific STACK (Sooner Trend, Anadarko, and Canadian and Kingfisher [counties]) and SCOOP (South Central Oklahoma Oil Province) plays, effectively tying them together. Privately funded Citizen Energy, formed in 2012, drilled the Merge discovery well in September 2015 and 18 delineation wells before significant competitor interest emerged. The discovery, made by the Governor James B. Edwards well in the Sycamore formation, was Citizen’s first company well. Augsburger stressed the important role that Anadarko Basin geology has played in Oklahoma oil and gas development from the earliest activity in the Cherokee Platform of eastern Oklahoma during the 1890s.