This thesis describes the advantages of investigating gas shales reservoir description on a nanoscale by using petrographic analysis and core plug petrophysics to characterize the Barnett, Marcellus and Mancos shale plays. The results from this analysis now indicate their effects on the reservoir quality. Helium porosity measurements at confining pressure were carried out on core plugs from this shale plays. SEM (Scanning Electron Microscopy) imaging was done on freshly fractured gold-coated surfaces to indicate pore structure and grain sizes. Electron Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy was done on freshly fractured carbon-coated surfaces to tell the mineralogy. Extra-thin sections were made to view pore spaces, natural fractures and grain distribution.
The results of this study show that confining pressure helium porosity values to be 9.6%, 5.3% and 1.7% in decreasing order for the samples from the Barnett, Mancos and Marcellus shale respectively. EDS X-ray spectroscopy indicates that the Barnett and Mancos have a high concentration of quartz (silica-content); while the Mancos and Marcellus contain calcite. Thin section analysis reveals obvious fractures in the Barnett, while Mancos and Marcellus have micro-fractures.
Based on porosity, petrographic analysis and mineralogy measurements on the all the samples, the Barnett shale seem to exhibit the best reservoir quality.
|Commitee:||Guo, Boyun, Salehi, Saeed|
|School:||University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
|School Location:||United States -- Louisiana|
|Source:||MAI 53/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Petroleum Geology, Petroleum engineering|
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