Abstract

The earliest Westphalian B reservoir of the Caister C Field (informally named the Caister Sandstone Unit consists of erosive conglomeratic sandstones deposited in stacked low sinuosity fluvial channels. Channel types and architectural elements demonstrate an upward change to more sinuous forms. The Caister Sandstone Unit is believed to contain incised valley-fill sediments deposited as late lowstand and transgressive systems tracts when rising base level generated accommodation space. The dominant control on reservoir quality is primary depositional texture with the best permeability found in higher energy coarse sandstone and pebbly intervals associated with basal channel-fill units; crevasse channel and splay sandstones offer poor reservoir properties. The robust correlation framework, which is based upon laterally extensive coal seams, enables a sequence stratigraphic model of the field to be developed, thereby allowing a better understanding of reservoir extent and sandbody continuity. A 3D geocellular geological model is built with reservoir architecture elements controlled by the sedimentological model. This is used for volumetrics calculations, input to a reservoir simulator and in the locating and planning of in-fill wells.

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