High-resolution ultrasonic measurements as proxies to resolve clastic reservoir heterogeneity in a salt-cemented gas reservoir

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Publication Details

Author(s): Filomena C, Stollhofen H, van Ojik K
Journal: Aapg Bulletin
Publisher: American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Publication year: 2012
Volume: 96
Pages range: 1197-1209
ISSN: 0149-1423
Language: English


Abstract


Petrophysical properties and their heterogeneity within sandstone bodies are key parameters in the evaluation of hydrocarbon and geothermal reservoirs. However, common tools applied to constrain the porosity distribution pattern in borehole cores are commonly time consuming and destructive, or suffer from a resolution limited to the meter to decimeter scale. We examine the applicability of nondestructive high-resolution sonic (HRS) logging of well core sections in the ultrasonic frequency range as a method providing porosity proxy data at the centimeter scale in a clastic sedimentary sequence. The middle Soiling Sandstone Member, a gas-bearing reservoir offshore from the Netherlands, is used as a test sample. It consists almost entirely of clean, cross-bedded to massive eo-lian dune and dry sand-flat deposits that are salt plugged to variable degrees. Plots of HRS logging data versus core-plug porosity values show a positive linear relationship that develops the highest coefficient of determination (R = 0.86) in structureless eolian dune sands, most probably caused by the lack of bedding-related anisotropics there. Once calibrated for a particular facies type, this correlation enables the calculation of porosity proxy data from sonic transit time values, acquired at centimetric steps. High-resolution sonic logging thus contributes a reliable and time-efficient, highly spatially resolving quantification of reservoir heterogeneities at centimeter scale and turns out to be a suitable tool for the nondestructive in-situ detection of high-porosity zones in otherwise uniform sandstone successions. Moreover, plots of closely spaced HRS logging-derived porosity proxy data significantly improve interpolation between single, wider spaced core-plug porosity data points. Copyright © 2012. The American Association of Petroleum Geologists. All rights reserved.



FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Filomena, Claudio Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geologie (Exogene Dynamik)
Stollhofen, Harald Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Geologie (Exogene Dynamik)


External institutions
Shell Global Solutions International B.V.


How to cite

APA:
Filomena, C., Stollhofen, H., & van Ojik, K. (2012). High-resolution ultrasonic measurements as proxies to resolve clastic reservoir heterogeneity in a salt-cemented gas reservoir. Aapg Bulletin, 96, 1197-1209. https://dx.doi.org/10.1306/01021211100

MLA:
Filomena, Claudio, Harald Stollhofen, and Kees van Ojik. "High-resolution ultrasonic measurements as proxies to resolve clastic reservoir heterogeneity in a salt-cemented gas reservoir." Aapg Bulletin 96 (2012): 1197-1209.

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