A 3-Dimensional Approach to Hydrocarbon Mapping in Resource Plays

Surface Geochemical Surveys and Downhole Geochemical Imaging technologies | Estimated Length : 39 mins

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It is becoming increasingly obvious that shale plays are nonhomogeneous structures and all vertical sections within a zone are not created equal. A recent article about unconventional plays in the March 2012 issue of the AAPG Explorer stated, “A reservoir is a 3-dimensional section of earth” and “People are integrating 3-D with as much borehole data that are available at the start of the workflow and throughout the process”.

This e-symposium will focus on how surface geochemical surveys and Downhole Geochemical Imaging technologies can be utilized jointly to directly characterize the composition of hydrocarbons vertically through the prospect section. This methodology has the unique ability to look at a broad compound range from C2 to C20, which is significantly more expansive than the limited traditional ranges of C1-C5 or C1-C10 of most well gas logging techniques. The result is a broad characterization of petroleum phase contained in the stratigraphic intervals down the well.

This data may be used to:

Correlate with electronic and nuclear logging results to better define test intervals of interest

Identify preferred completion zones and petroleum phase (gas, condensate, oil)

Reduce testing/completion costs and time

Evaluate seal rock integrity

Better understand petroleum migration patterns and petroleum phase differences between source, migration, and reservoir rocks

Potentially understand vertical compartmentalization

Case studies will illustrate that Gore’s horizontal approach of Amplified Geochemical Imaging technology and Gore’s vertical approach of Downhole Geochemical Imaging provides a 3-Dimensional approach to evaluating resource plays.


Who Should Attend

Persons interested in learning how surface geochemical data and downhole imaging technology can work together to give a better understanding of hydrocarbon mapping.

Estimated Time

39 minutes of video lectures

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