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“Perspectives on Montana’s Petroleum Industry” MREA-MPA-MONTAX “Bridges to the Future” Conference October 15, 2009 Dave Ballard President Ballard Petroleum Holdings LLC Billings, Montana. Presentation Overview. Industry Overview and Economic Contribution Meet the Producers

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“Perspectives on Montana’s Petroleum Industry”MREA-MPA-MONTAX“Bridges to the Future” ConferenceOctober 15, 2009 Dave BallardPresidentBallard Petroleum Holdings LLCBillings, Montana


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Presentation Overview

  • Industry Overview and Economic Contribution

  • Meet the Producers

  • Producing Areas and Trends

  • Geologic Elements of an Oil Field

  • Field Examples and the Technology of Discovery and Production

  • Have We Reached Peak Production?


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Geologic Elements of an Oil Field

  • Source Rock

  • Burial and Conversion to Petroleum

  • Reservoir Rock

  • Seal

  • Trap


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Petroleum System Elements

(Impermeable)

(Porous/Permeable)

Potential

Migration Route

Good Reservoir 10 to 25% Porosity

0.5 to 12% Organic

Material

From: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Slide Series, “Quest for Energy”


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The Origin of Petroleum

Organic-rich

Source Rock

Thermally Matured

Organic Matter

Oil

From: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Slide Series, “Quest for Energy”


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Reservoir Sandstone

Good Porosity = Lots of Space for Petroleum

Pores

(blue)

From: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Slide Series, “Quest for Energy”


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Lower Quality “Unconventional” Reservoirs Require Advanced Technology ….. At a Higher Price

From: American Association of Petroleum Geologists Slide Series, “Quest for Energy”


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