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Primary and Secondary Organic Matter Habit in Unconventional Reservoirs

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Lyn Canter
Lyn Canter
Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation, Denver, Colorado U.S.A. (e-mails: Lyn.Canter@whiting.com, Shawn.Zhang@whiting.com, Mark.Sonnenfeld@whiting.com, Cliff.Bugge@whiting.com, Mary.Guisinger@whiting.com, Kim.Jones@whiting.com)
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Shawn Zhang
Shawn Zhang
Also: DigiM Solution LLC, Burlington, Massachusetts U.S.A. (e-mail: shawn.zhang@digimsolution.com)
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Mark Sonnenfeld
Mark Sonnenfeld
Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation, Denver, Colorado U.S.A. (e-mails: Lyn.Canter@whiting.com, Shawn.Zhang@whiting.com, Mark.Sonnenfeld@whiting.com, Cliff.Bugge@whiting.com, Mary.Guisinger@whiting.com, Kim.Jones@whiting.com)
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Cliff Bugge
Cliff Bugge
Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation, Denver, Colorado U.S.A. (e-mails: Lyn.Canter@whiting.com, Shawn.Zhang@whiting.com, Mark.Sonnenfeld@whiting.com, Cliff.Bugge@whiting.com, Mary.Guisinger@whiting.com, Kim.Jones@whiting.com)
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Mary Guisinger
Mary Guisinger
Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation, Denver, Colorado U.S.A. (e-mails: Lyn.Canter@whiting.com, Shawn.Zhang@whiting.com, Mark.Sonnenfeld@whiting.com, Cliff.Bugge@whiting.com, Mary.Guisinger@whiting.com, Kim.Jones@whiting.com)
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Kim Jones
Kim Jones
Whiting Oil & Gas Corporation, Denver, Colorado U.S.A. (e-mails: Lyn.Canter@whiting.com, Shawn.Zhang@whiting.com, Mark.Sonnenfeld@whiting.com, Cliff.Bugge@whiting.com, Mary.Guisinger@whiting.com, Kim.Jones@whiting.com)
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Published:
January 01, 2016

Abstract

Using conventional core samples from the Upper Devonian–Mississippian Bakken Formation, Williston Basin, North Dakota, U.S.A., and the Upper Cretaceous Niobrara Formation, Denver Basin, Colorado, U.S.A., as examples, the pore systems and the associated organic matter habit common in these source rocks and associated unconventional tight oil reservoirs are characterized. A workflow that distinguishes primary organic matter (kerogen) and secondary organic matter (bitumen and oil) based on their morphology, paragenesis, and general thermal history as interpreted from high-resolution scanning electron microscopy-based technologies is described in this chapter. In the description of this workflow, the quantitative image processing challenges of discriminating and quantifying pores and organic matter types are reviewed.

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AAPG Memoir

Imaging Unconventional Reservoir Pore Systems

Terri Olson
Terri Olson
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American Association of Petroleum Geologists
Volume
112
ISBN electronic:
9781629812755
Publication date:
January 01, 2016

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