Abstract

Burrow-associated, selective dolomitization in the Yeoman Formation limestone (Ordovician, Williston basin) is characterized by distinct textural heterogeneity. Physical parameters such as permeability, porosity, tortuosity, and dispersivity are therefore difficult to assess. This study compares the relative dispersivities of three geologic media: homogeneous sandstone, fractured limestone, and burrowed dolomitic limestone. Results show that the flow paths present in burrow-associated dolomite are tortuous, and that the interaction between the flow paths and the matrix is extensive. Such rocks act as dual-permeability systems in the subsurface. Hydrocarbon production from such deposits will be strongly influenced by burrow-related heterogeneity, and its influence should be carefully considered before secondary recovery schemes are implemented.

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