HOUSTON, Sept 8 A shale formation in the U.S.
Permian basin will likely be a significant producer of crude
oil, Mark Papa, the chief executive officer of oil and gas
company EOG Resources Inc (EOG.N) told investors on Thursday.
"This play is truly in the first inning," Papa told
Barclays CEO Energy-Power Conference in New York, adding that
the Wolfcamp formation eventually could be one of the largest
oilfields in U.S. history.
"We've seen enough of the data from our drilling out
there," he said in remarks broadcast over the Internet.
The Wolfcamp spans parts of West Texas and southern New
Mexico and is estimated to have gross oil reserves of 2.1
billion barrels oil equivalent but shale oil recovery rates are
Crude oil prices would need to drop below $60 per barrel
for companies to cut back on oil shale exploration, Papa said.
(Reporting by Anna Driver in Houston, editing by Matthew