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Rock property and seismic attribute analysis of a chert reservoir in the Devonian Thirtyone Formation, West Texas, U.S.A.

Dongjun Fu, E. Charlotte Sullivan and Kurt J. Marfurt
Rock property and seismic attribute analysis of a chert reservoir in the Devonian Thirtyone Formation, West Texas, U.S.A.
Geophysics (September 2006) 71 (5): B151-B158

Abstract

In west Texas, fractured-chert reservoirs of Devonian age have produced more than 700 million barrels of oil. About the same amount of mobile petroleum remains in place. These reservoirs are characterized by microporosity; they are heterogeneous and compartmented, which results in recovery of less than 30% of the oil in place. In this case study the objective was to use cores, petrophysical logs, rock physics, and seismic attributes to characterize porosity and field-scale fractures. The relations among porosity, velocity, and impedance were explored and also reactions among production, impedance, and lineaments observed in 3D attribute volumes. Laboratory core data show that Gassmann's fluid-substitution equation works well for microporous tripolitic chert. Also, laboratory measurements show excellent linear correlation between P-wave impedance and porosity. Volumetric calculations of reflector curvature and seismic inversion of acoustic impedance were combined to infer distribution of lithofacies and fractures and to predict porosity. Statistical relations were established between P-wave velocity and porosity measured from cores, between P-wave impedance and producing zones, and between initial production rates and seismic "fracture lineaments". The strong quantitative correlation between thick-bedded chert lithofacies and seismic impedance was used to map the reservoir. A qualitative inverse relation between the first 12 months of production and curvature lineaments was documented.


ISSN: 0016-8033
EISSN: 1942-2156
Coden: GPYSA7
Serial Title: Geophysics
Serial Volume: 71
Serial Issue: 5
Title: Rock property and seismic attribute analysis of a chert reservoir in the Devonian Thirtyone Formation, West Texas, U.S.A.
Affiliation: University of Houston, Allied Geophysical Laboratories, Houston, TX, United States
Pages: B151-B158
Published: 200609
Text Language: English
Publisher: Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
References: 23
Accession Number: 2007-034968
Categories: Applied geophysicsEconomic geology, geology of energy sources
Document Type: Serial
Bibliographic Level: Analytic
Illustration Description: illus. incl. sketch map
N31°00'00" - N31°40'00", W102°46'00" - W102°16'60"
Country of Publication: United States
Secondary Affiliation: GeoRef, Copyright 2018, American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data supplied by Society of Exploration Geophysicists, Tulsa, OK, United States
Update Code: 200710
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