The goal of this project is to investigate and characterize the resource potential for multi-play production of emerging unconventional reservoirs in the Nora Gas Field of southwest Virginia and evaluate and quantify the benefits of novel completion strategies for lateral wells in the unconventional Lower Huron Shale. A major research objective of the project is to characterize the geology and potential deep pay zones of Cambrian-age formations in Central Appalachia by drilling, logging, and coring a deep vertical test well up to 15,000 feet. A second major research objective is to evaluate and quantify the potential benefits of novel well completion strategies by monitoring the drilling and completion of at least one multi-stage lateral well in the emerging (and technologically accessible) Lower Huron Shale.
This research will improve understanding of the geology and resource potential of the Cambrian Rogersville Shale and produce research-driven and industry-proven best practices to prudently develop these resources. The geology and extent of the Rogersville shale south of the Rome Trough is poorly understood and requires a characterization effort that is best accomplished through a deep vertical stratigraphic test in southwest Virginia. This research well of opportunity will provide a wealth of insight into the geologic history of the Central Appalachian region and particularly the ESUPs that comprise the Nora and Big Sandy fields of Virginia, Kentucky, and West Virginia.