Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Use of 3D Seismic Azimuthal Iso-Frequency Volumes for the Detection and Characterization of High Porosity/Permeability Zones in Carbonate Reservoirs
by Toelle, Brian E., Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2012, 196; 3538201
Abstract (Summary)

Among the most important properties controlling the production from conventional oil and gas reservoirs is the distribution of porosity and permeability within the producing geologic formation. The geometry of the pore space within these reservoirs, and the permeability associated with this pore space geometry, impacts not only where production can occur and at what flow rates but can also have significant influence on many other rock properties. Zones of high matrix porosity can result in an isotropic response for certain reservoir properties whereas aligned porosity/permeability, such as open, natural fracture trends, have been shown to result in reservoirs being anisotropic in many properties.

The ability to identify zones within a subsurface reservoir where porosity/permeability is significantly higher and to characterize them according to their geometries would be of great significance when planning where new boreholes, particularly horizontal boreholes, should be drilled. The detection and characterization of these high porosity/permeability zones using their isotropic and anisotropic responses may be possible through the analysis of azimuthal (also referred to as azimuth-limited) 3D seismic volumes.

During this study the porosity/permeability systems of a carbonate, pinnacle reef within the northern Michigan Basin undergoing enhanced oil recovery were investigated using selected seismic attributes extracted from azimuthal 3D seismic volumes. Based on the response of these seismic attributes an interpretation of the geometry of the porosity/permeability system within the reef was made. This interpretation was supported by well data that had been obtained during the primary production phase of the field. Additionally, 4D seismic data, obtained as part of the CO2 based EOR project, supported reservoir simulation results that were based on the porosity/permeability interpretation.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Wilson, Thomas
Commitee: Carr, Tim, Gao, Dengliang, Grammer, Michael, Toro, Jaime
School: West Virginia University
Department: Geology and Geography
School Location: United States -- West Virginia
Source: DAI-B 74/07(E), Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Geology, Geophysics, Petroleum Geology
Keywords: Carbonate reservoirs, Iso-frequency volumes, Permeability, Seismic volumes
Publication Number: 3538201
ISBN: 9781303004711