Abstract

Organic geochemical correlations between fluid inclusions and associated oils and oil-shows in Mesozoic reservoirs in the Sleipner area demonstrate generation from the same source rock organic facies (type II) for inclusions in wells 15/9-1 and 15/9-19. For well 15/9-9 the oil show is from a mixed type II/III source rock, whereas the fluid inclusion is from a type II source. All fluid inclusions are less thermally mature than the associated free oils and are thought to represent the earliest hydrocarbon yield from the source rocks. GC/MS/MS analyses of the fluid inclusions proved essential for resolving biomarker compounds and correlating them to reservoired fluids. Among the biomarkers, bisnorhopane contents in the fluid inclusions are consistently lower than in the associated reservoired oil. The expected dilution effect of bisnorhopane as progressively more hydrocarbons are generated from kerogen maturation is not observed. The difference in bisnorhopane amounts in fluid inclusions and oils is primarily due to varying relative hydrocarbon yields, through time, from different source rocks.

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