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The first oil field discovered in Mississippi, the Tinsley field, is located 27 miles to the southwest of the Pickens Field. The Pickens Field was discovered six months later.

The first oil field discovered in Mississippi, the Tinsley field, is located 27 miles to the southwest of the Pickens Field. The Pickens Field was discovered six months later.

The Pickens Field is located about 35 miles north of Jackson, Mississippi, in Madison and Yazoo Counties. The field was discovered by Kingwood Oil Company in March of 1940 with the drilling of the R. E. Wilburn No.1, which is located in Section 31 of T12N-R3E, Yazoo County. The R.E. Wilburn was completed open hole in the Eutaw Wilburn sand at a depth of 4878-4889 feet, and initially tested 1013 barrels per day of 40 gravity oil and eventually produced 356,489 barrels of oil over its life time.

Pickens Field was discovered six months after the discovery of the Tinsley Field in western Yazoo County, and was the fourth field discovered in Mississippi. Pickens Field has produced 20,441,487 barrels of oil from the Eutaw Wilburn sand, approximately 2,000,000 barrels of oil from the Selma Chalk, and approximately 100,000 barrels of oil from the Tuscaloosa and Lower Cretaceous.

The Pickens Field is a ten-mile long northwest-southeast trending fault line trap with up-thrown fault blocks and structural closer. The Selma Chalk and the Tuscaloosa reservoirs are also associated with the same type of trapping mechanisms. Pickens is located near the western end of the Pickens-Gilbertown fault system, which begins west of the Pickens Field, and extends to the southeast through the producing oil regions of Scott, Jasper, and Clarke counties Mississippi, and ending at the Gilbertown Field in Choctaw County, Alabama. This fault system is also located at the northern end of the Mississippi Interior Salt Basin, and has had many oil fields discovered along its trend.

The first oil field discovered in Mississippi, the Tinsley field, is located 27 miles to the southwest of the Pickens Field. Other producing oil fields in the region are the Bentonia and Flora oil fields, which are 21 miles to the southwest. It is believed that an upward movement in the Louann Salt caused a northwest-southeast trending salt ridge, creating an overlying high relief Smackover structure and severe faulting in the shallow reservoirs of the Eutaw and other Cretaceous reservoirs. The high-grade crude oil that has charged the shallower horizons, most likely migrated up the faults from the Smackover structure below. A summary of the Pickens Field is as follows:

Size/area:   1560 acres
     
Average net pay:   50 feet
     
Depth:   4,300 feet
     
Proven reserves:   600,000 BO
     
Probable/Possible reserves:   1,000,000 BO
     
Total reserves:   1,600,000 BO
     
Expected initial daily production per well:   100 BOPD
     

 

Working interest:

 

Net revenue interest:

 

 

50%*

 

37.5%

     

Expected drilling costs (5 wells @ $800,000):

 

*The company owns a 25% working interest in the Pickens Field and has an option to purchase an additional 25% subject to certain conditions.

 

$2,000,000 (50%)

 

 





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