Even though coring of rocks is the best way to characterize reservoir and source rocks geologically and petrophysically, this method is considered expensive, having a relatively high cost per foot. Alternatively, side-wall cores and cuttings are widely used in reservoir characterization at a relatively low cost. However, this method has limitations related to cuttings bad physical conditions, size, mixed lithological and mineralogical characteristics which make the commonly used conventional evaluation methods not applicable. This study introduces a robust combination of digital and conventional core analysis methods to overcome these limitations and characterize reservoir and shale cuttings derived from two hydrocarbon-bearing formations in New Zealand.
Initially, all cuttings from both formations were screened based on their cutting sizes and later based on the visually observed textures using the stereomicroscope. This helped in selecting representative cuttings for the main identified textures. These cuttings were CT imaged at a resolution ranging from 40 to 4 microns/voxel resolution in order to confirm their rock textures and sedimentary structures for better characterization results. Next, mercury injection capillary pressure (MICP), X-ray diffraction (XRD), and petrographical analysis were conducted on all selected cuttings with different rock textures in order to understand the pore types, textural variations, diagenetic overprints and mineralogy of the cuttings samples. Then, they were scanned at optimum resolutions using Micro CT and 3D FIB-SEM microscopies. Finally, all acquired images were segmented digitally and 3D rock volumes were created. These volumes were used in computing porosity, permeability, formation factor resistivity (FRF) and poroperm trends digitally using numerical simulation techniques.
Conventional and digital rock analysis showed that the cuttings derived from the reservoir interval are composed of an argillaceous sandstone with a very good computed porosity (18% up to 31%) and permeability (30 to 200 mD). On the other hand, the cuttings derived from the shale source rock interval, which were predominately composed of clay minerals, have a computed porosity of 12% to 13% (mainly inorganic pores) and an absolute permeability in the range of 0.5 to 4 Micro-Darcy. The digital poroperm trend analysis identified distinct poroperm trends for each formation which helped in understanding their petrophysical aspects.
This integration between conventional and digital methods provided better geological and petrophysical understanding of both formations using a limited number of cuttings, less cost and time.
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Africa (Sub-Sahara) Oil was discovered at the Ekales-1 wildcat well located in Block 13T in northern Kenya. The well has a potential net pay of between 197 and 322 ft in the Auwerwer and Upper Lokone sandstone formations. Tullow (50%) operates 13T with partner Africa Oil (50%). The Mzia-3 appraisal well in Block 1 off Tanzania encountered a combined total of 183 ft of net pay in the Lower and Middle sands and confirmed reservoir quality in line with that seen in the Mzia-1 and Mzia-2 wells. Asia Pacific The Luba-1 offshore well on Brunei Block L was spudded. The well will evaluate the hydrocarbon potential of the Triple Junction structure. Serinus has a 90% interest in Block L, through indirect wholly owned subsidiaries Kulczyk Oil Brunei (40%) and AED SEA (operator, 50%).
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Africa (Sub-Sahara) Vaalco Energy started oil production from the Etame 12-H development well offshore Gabon. The well was drilled to a measured depth of approximately 3450 m and was targeting the recently discovered lower lobe of the Gamba reservoir. It was brought on line at a rate of 2,000 BOPD with no indication of hydrogen sulfide. Vaalco (28.07%) is the operator with partners Addax Petroleum (31.63%), Sasol (27.75%), Asia Pacific KrisEnergy started drilling the Rossukon-2 exploration well on Block G6/48 in the Gulf of Thailand, using the Key Gibraltar jackup rig. The well will reach a total depth at 5,462 ft and will test Early Miocene stacked fluvial sandstones on a broad structural high. The well will also appraise the Rossukon-1 reservoir, which produced 850 BOPD during tests.
The Devonian-Mississippian STACK/SCOOP Play of the Oklahoma Anadarko Basin is a complex assemblage of tight carbonate and siliciclastic strata and an important oil and gas province. In the last decade, prolific drilling has demonstrated significant heterogeneity in the composition of oils produced from STACK/SCOOP reservoirs. This study discusses possible geoscientific explanations for the heterogeneity observed in produced oils and describes how source, maturation, and migration affect their composition.
Geochemical data from 136 produced oils across 12 counties from 4 producing reservoirs is reviewed. Calculated thermal maturity (Rc%) from alkylated polyaromatic compounds shows excellent agreement with oil thermal maturity increasing with increased depth. Oils produced from overpressured reservoirs exhibit a strong relationship between Rc% and Gas-Oil Ratio (GOR), while normal- to underpressured reservoirs exhibit GORs up to an order of magnitude higher at similar Rc%. Light hydrocarbons show that paraffinicity varies starkly with producing reservoir, suggesting compositional fractionation from diffusive migration through tight and argillaceous strata. Conversely, aromaticity varies geographically by Play Region, indicative of changing depositional environments and organic input across the basin. Isoprenoid and sesquiterpane biomarkers indicate all oils are generated by Type II or Type II/III mixed organic matter, but Springer Group reservoirs are charged by a highly argillaceous, non-Woodford source.
The Anadarko Basin is the deepest sedimentary basin in the cratonic interior of the North America with as much as 40,000 feet of Paleozoic sediments (Johnson, 1989). The Anadarko is an asymmetric basin with the deepest sediments bound against the Amarillo-Wichita Uplift to the southwest. The basin is elongated along its west-northwest axis and bound by the Nemaha Ridge to the east and the Anadarko shelf to the west and north.
In the last decade, drilling of Devonian-Mississippian strata along the margins of the basin have delineated one the continent's most successful petroleum resource plays. These areas are colloquially referred to as the