EXECUTIVE PROFILE: JOHN T. KULHA
BS in Petroleum Engineering, University of Pittsburgh (Magna Cum Laude), MS in Petroleum Engineering, University of Houston (Magna Cum Laude).
Over 28 years experience in petrophysical and petroleum engineering studies related to exploration, development, reserve determination and property acquisition. Specialties include multi-well exploration, evaluation and development studies in complex lithologies and in shaly sands, log-seismic interrelationships, and the integration of rock data, production performance and log interpretation. Mr. Kulha is a recognized authority in the identification and evaluation of low resistivity, low contrast (LRLC) pay zones and has presented seminars worldwide. John has also provided expert witness testimony at the Texas Railroad Commission and for other judicial boards.
1998 - Present John T. Kulha, Petrophysical/Petroleum Engineering Consultant, Houston, Texas. Petrophysical consulting support for development, exploration and acquisition projects worldwide.
1980 - 1998 Loren and Associates, Inc. Houston, Texas. Senior consultant specializing in petrophysics, petroleum engineering and log/seismic calibration.
1973 1980 Shell Oil Companies, Houston, Texas. Senior Petrophysical Engineer with on-site engineering responsibility/authority, developed overpressure prediction methodology related abnormal borehole stress field and coordinated the California operations development program (100+ wells with eight rigs) with a staff of ten.
SUMMARY OF PROJECTS
Onshore, Various Fields: Evaluations of multiple underdeveloped fields for potential joint
venture exploration and development project.
Algeria, Onshore, Various Fields: Evaluations of multiple underdeveloped fields for potential joint venture exploration and development project.
Argentina, Catriel Oeste Field: Evaluation and log/seismic calibration as part of a multi-discipline field study for recompletion and extension opportunities incorporating new 3D survey.
Argentina, Centenario Field: Log/seismic calibration as part of a multi-discipline field study for recompletion and extension opportunities incorporating new 3D survey.
Argentina, Neuquen Basin: Evaluation of onshore exploration/production blocks to determine the potential for a joint venture opportunity. Commercial discoveries made.
Argentina, Neuquen Basin: Evaluation of producing field with the incorporation of core data. Provided ongoing petrophysical support during development drilling and coring.
Australia, Canning Basin: Evaluation of exploration drilling program that included core analysis and analogue field and wildcat analysis.
Brazil, Offshore, Ceara State: Evaluation of offshore fields to determine the potential for a joint venture opportunity. Commercial production established and new discoveries made.
Brunei, Offshore: Multi-field log/seismic calibration study for exploration opportunities incorporating new 3D surveys.
Canada, Alberta Basin, Nisku Reef Trend: Field evaluation of existing and development wells for implementation of water flood.
Chile, Magallanes Basin: Reservoir characterization study of mature field (200 wells) to define reservoir attributes for input into prototype mechanistic simulation for tertiary miscible flood by integrating diverse log database with extensive core database and production performance.
Colombia, Exploratory Field: Evaluation of initial four appraisal wells leading to major discovery.
Ecuador, Oriente Basin: Coordination of data acquisition and integration, evaluation and log/seismic calibration on a 190-well project (eight producing fields with regional wildcats) under a three-month time constraint. Provided ongoing petrophysical support during exploration drilling.
FSU, Stavropol Region: Coordinated data acquisition and the integration of log, core and test data for 46 wells to help client assess potential for field redevelopment joint venture. Expanded study to representative wells in five adjacent fields. Presented project results to potential partner.
Gabon, Offshore, Exploratory Wells: Evaluation of existing wells and new exploratory drilling.
Ghana, Offshore, North and South Tano Fields: Evaluation and audit of existing wells for potential joint venture opportunity.
Ivory Coast, Offshore, Various Fields: Evaluations of several fields with ongoing petrophysical support and evaluation of exploration wells.
Jordan, Rift Valley: Evaluation of bypassed pay in abandoned wells to develop major field opportunity prospect in clients 6950 km2 P.S.A. Presented results to world-wide investors.
Korea, Offshore: Evaluation of existing and exploratory offshore wells in conjunction with a multi-discipline team study. Identified bypassed pay opportunities that lead to subsequent discovery.
Mexico, Macuspana Basin: Evaluation of multiple wells for potential bypassed gas pays.
Mexico, Offshore: Evaluation of fractured carbonates for potential bypassed pay opportunities.
Mexico, Reynosa, Burgos Basin: Petrophysical mentor to PEMEX staff in the Burgos Basin, Reynosa office. Evaluation of exploration wells, prospect development and mentoring in petrophysical and petroleum engineering technical concepts and methods. Teamed with four other geoscience / engineering companies on the project.
Mexico, Tampico, Burgos Basin: Petrophysical mentor to PEMEX staff in the Burgos Basin, Tampico office.
Namibia, Offshore, Kudu Field: Multi-well log/seismic calibration study to support 3D interpretation and new well locations. Evaluation of low resistivity reservoir.
Nigeria, Offshore: Multi-well log/seismic calibration study to support 3D new well locations.
Republic of South Africa, Offshore: Evaluation of three exploration blocks to determine the potential for a joint venture opportunity. Project was successfully completed.
Switzerland, Molasse Basin: Evaluation and log/seismic calibration through a team effort to review and assess the hydrocarbon potential of the Molasse Basin. Presented opportunity assessment to world-wide investors.
Syria, Various Fields: Evaluation of key wells in various underdeveloped fields for potential exploitation.
Thailand, Onshore, Sirikit Extension: Evaluation of exploration discovery and appraisal wells
Trinidad, Offshore, Dolphin Field: Evaluation of appraisal wells and initial development wells. Conducted log/seismic calibration study to assist 3D interpretation.
Turkey, Exploratory Wells: Evaluation of various fractured carbonate reservoirs for reentry candidates.
USA, California, Elk Hills: Petrophysical audit of field sales package for potential buyer of multi-billon dollar asset.
USA, California, Tulare Lake Field: Petrophysical audit and expert witness testimony for royalty owners claim in Federal Court.
USA, Mid Continent, Hugoton Field: Evaluation of 120 wells in multi-lithology, multi-reservoir gas field. Incorporated routine and special core analysis into a resistivity-independent evaluation model. Coordinated mapping phase of project with results input into clients volumetric and material-balance simulation model for infill feasibility analysis.
USA, Mississippi, Tallahalla Creek Field: Evaluation and reservoir characterization of 35 wells for recompletion and extension opportunities tied to new 3D survey.
USA, Texas, Austin Chalk Trend: Petrophysical audit royalty interest valuation for royalty owner claim.
USA, Texas, Encinitas and Kelsey Fields: Log seismic calibration and petrophysical evaluation to support 3D new well locations. New discoveries made in mature fields.
USA, Texas Gulf Coast: Evaluation and log/seismic calibration support for Tertiary exploration potential in areas with three recent 3D surveys.
USA, Texas, Limes Field: Evaluation of all field wells for incorporation into complete reservoir characterization, mapping and reserve report. Expert witness presentation at Texas Railroad Commission hearing related to field rules.
USA, Texas Offshore, Boomvang Field: Evaluation of exploration and appraisal well in deep-water project for development. Prepared final petrophysical evaluation and report for successful asset sale.
USA, Texas Offshore, High Island Block 339/340 Field, Block 563/644 Field: Evaluation as part of a multi-discipline field study for recompletion and extension opportunities.
USA, Texas/Louisiana: Evaluation and integration of conventional and special core analysis for key wells in regional (East Texas and Northern Louisiana) Cotton Valley study for major service company.
USA, Texas/Louisiana: Consultant to Greenhill Petroleum from inception, through full staffing to asset sale. Developed prospects, acquired land positions, planned exploration and development programs and prepared reserve reports.
USA, Louisiana Offshore, East Cameron Block 334/335 Field: Evaluation as part of a multi-discipline field study for recompletion and extension opportunities.
USA, Louisiana, Orange Grove and Humphreys Fields: Petrophysical evaluation and support for field-extension drilling program incorporating new 3D survey. New discoveries made in mature fields.
Venezuela, Maracaibo, Lagullinas Eocene C Field: Evaluation as part of a multi-discipline field study for recompletion and extension opportunities.
Venezuela, North Monogas: Reservoir characterization of the Los Jabillos reservoir (500 MMBO) in conjunction with another consulting company to evaluate enhanced oil recovery alternatives. Incorporated five cored wells to provide a log/rock calibration for permeability prediction (tied to well performance) and capillary pressure water saturation. Provided training to PDVSA staff and liaison with in-country staff.
Venezuela, Orinico, Hamaca Bare Field: Evaluation and reservoir characterization for tertiary stimulation pilot. Initiated core study to develop empirical permeability relationship for heavy oil reservoir.
Miscellaneous Well/Field Evaluations: Bolivia, Cameroon, Canada (Nova Scotia), Egypt, Greece, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar (Burma), New Zealand, Peru, Poland and USA (various states).
Society of Petroleum Engineers
American Petroleum Institute (API)
American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Houston Geological Society
Society of Professional Well Log Analysts
Rejuvenating a Mature Supergiant Field, VLC-363, Block III Field, Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela, 1998 AAPG Annual Convention Poster Session, Salt Lake City, May 17-20, 1998.
Low Resistivity/Low Contrast Pays and the Potential for Bypassed Pays, 1997 AAPG Annual Convention Poster Session, Dallas, Texas, April 6-9, 1997.
Impact of Archie m on Evaluating Conventional and Low Resistivity Pay, 1996 AAPG Annual Convention Poster Session, Houston, Texas, March 5-8, 1995.
Low Resistivity, Low Contrast Pays, Part I, Concepts and Methodology for Identification and Evaluation AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 21-24, 1994.
Low Resistivity, Low Contrast Pays, Part II, Comparison of Examples from Southeast Asia and the Gulf of Mexico, AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, August 21-24, 1994.
Bibliography: Productive Low Resistivity Well Logs of the Offshore Gulf of Mexico, 1993 HGS and NOGS Publication, Houston, Texas, pp c1-c20.
Reservoir Properties Inferred from Seismic Response in Areas with Minimal Log Control, Archie Research Conference, Houston, Texas, October 22-25, 1990.
Exploration Petrophysics and the Desktop Computer, AAPG/HGS Conference on Microcomputer Applications in Petroleum Geology, Houston, Texas, September 22-24, 1985.
Low Resistivity, Low Contrast Pays, Course Notes and Presentation, Thirty-Two Worldwide Presentations, 1990-2000