Imaging of Rock Properties in Carbonate Reservoirs for Flow Unit
C. Ruppel, principal investigator; Fred P. Wang, Jeffrey A. Kane,
Hongliu Zeng, F.
Jerry Lucia, James W.
Jennings, Jr., Rebecca H.
Jones, Charles Kerans,
Mark H. Holtz, Dallas B.
Dunlap, and Joseph S. Yeh
of this research, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Energy,
are to develop and test new methodologies for improving imaging,
measuring, modeling, and predicting reservoir properties in carbonate
oil and gas reservoirs. The focus of these studies is the Permian-age
Fullerton Clear Fork reservoir in the Permian Basin of West Texas
and analogous outcrops in the Sierra Diablo Mountains of West Texas.
Primary focus in 2002 was (1) the interpretation and modeling of
3-D seismic attributes within a high-resolution, cycle-stratigraphic
reservoir framework on the basis of outcrop analogs; (2) the characterization,
correlation, and modeling of reservoir rock fabrics; and (3) the
construction of a 3-D reservoir model that incorporates, as critical
constraints, the sequence stratigraphic architecture of the field
and petrophysical relationships defined by rock fabric studies.
This model will serve as a foundation for renewed field exploitation
and recovery of the large volumes of oil remaining in the reservoir.
We expect that the results of the study will be tested by operator
deployment of appropriate exploitation strategies such as horizontal
wells, CO2 injection, profile modification, and infill drilling.
The ultimate goal of the project is to find new, more cost effective
ways to locate and recover the oil remaining in existing carbonate
reservoirs in the Permian Basin and in the United States.
more information, please contact Steve Ruppel, principal investigator.