About Us

Storm Energy Ltd is a Texas-based independent oil company established in 1997. Its principal exploration and production focus is in the U.S. Gulf Coast, and in the Permian Basin of West Texas and Southeast New Mexico.

Storm Energy also provides worldwide geological consulting services to the oil and gas industry.

Clients/Partners have included Marathon Oil Company, iReservoir, XTO Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Anadarko Petroleum, Apache Corporation, Forest Oil, Greenpark Energy, Ellora Energy, Concho Resources, ARCO, Vecta Oil and Gas, Mariner Energy, and Patterson Petroleum.

Kurt Cox, President

A 29-year industry veteran, Mr. Cox earned degrees in Geology and Petroleum Engineering from the University of Alabama.  Mr. Cox began his career with Gulf Oil in Houston, TX, working most areas of the Gulf Coast from South Texas to Alabama, with a concentration on Gulf Oil’s large inventory of salt dome fields.  He continued his career with Chevron Corporation in Houston and Midland, TX after the merger with Gulf Oil.  At Chevron, Mr. Cox expanded his expertise into the Permian Basin, bringing his knowledge of deep structures and clastics to bear. It was at this time that he also earned an in-house degree in Geophysics. After 16 rewarding years Mr. Cox left Chevron in 1997 to start Storm Energy.  Storm Energy was established with the acquisition of interests in Texas and Louisiana salt domes and subsequent successful drilling programs. Mr. Cox continues to evaluate acquisition and exploration projects to maintain a robust production portfolio for Storm Energy. 

His areas of technical expertise include:

    - Structural interpretation of complexly-faulted salt domes
    - Clastic stratigraphy of the Gulf Coast Basin and Permian Basin
    - Identification and quantification of bypassed pay with a specialty in mud log and DST analysis.
    - Field research in high-altitude and high-latitude environments (Himalayas, Antarctica)

Mr. Cox is currently a member of SIPES, AAPG, the AAPG Foundation, WTGS, WTGS Foundation, and the Geological Sciences Advisory Board of the University of Alabama.

Denise M. Cox, Senior Technical Advisor

Ms. Cox is currently responsible for generating and evaluating new projects for the company’s oil and gas portfolio.  Her expertise is in carbonate exploration and development projects and unconventional reservoir assessment.  Ms. Cox most recently added to Storm Energy’s portfolio with a Permian Basin multi-prospect exploration project.

Ms. Cox began her petroleum career as a geologist with Marathon Oil Company at the Denver Research Center in 1985.  During her 20-year career with Marathon she specialized in the application of technology to the petroleum business, working projects in the Permian Basin, East Texas, and the Powder River Basin.  While at Marathon, Ms. Cox diversified her technical background into unconventional reservoirs.  She has worked coalbed methane (CBM) and shale projects in the US, the United Kingdom, and continental Europe.  

Ms. Cox is a professional certified geologist in Texas and Wyoming.  She is a member of AAPG, the AAPG Divisions DPA and DEG, and the AAPG Foundation.  She has served in leadership positions on many of AAPG’s committees and is best known for her activities with student outreach and Professional Women in Earth Science.  Ms. Cox is also a member of AWG, HGS, PBS-SEPM, RMS-SEPM, and WTGS. She is most active with the WTGS where she enjoys serving as or advising Technical Chairmen for the WTGS Fall Symposium.   Ms. Cox has received WTGS and PBS-SEPM distinguished service awards, and AAPG Certificates of Merit.

Academic Degrees

- 1985 M.S., geology, University of Colorado, Boulder

- 1980 B.S. (Honors), geology, State University of New York, Binghamton


- 2006-present Storm Energy, Senior Technical Advisor

- 2004-06, senior technical adviser

- 1988-2004 Marathon Oil, advanced senior geologist

- 1985-88 Marathon Oil, Denver Research Center, geologist

- 1980-84 U.S. Geological Survey, physical science technician


- Co-author: multiple publications on Permian and Pennsylvanian geology and reservoirs in the Permian Basin.  

- Co-editor: four publications for the West Texas Geological Society and Permian basin Section-SEPM.


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