Formation evaluation

Production Logging, Openhole-Log Interpretation Help Discover New Oil Reserves

The authors examine a theory that low resistivity in a Chinese reservoir is caused by bound water trapped in clay minerals and develop an improved model for production prediction of offset wells.

Port of Tianjin, China.
Getty Images

In this paper, the authors examine the evaluation of a low-resistivity-pay siliciclastic reservoir in Bohai Bay, China. A significant amount of irreducible water is bound to the rock surface, dramatically lowering the resistivity of the pay zone. The authors explore a theory that the low resistivity is caused by bound water trapped in clay minerals, using production logging to provide the ground truth of reservoir fluids in the low-resistivity pay and improve the petrophysics model. With the improved model, production predictions were made for offset wells based on their openhole logs.

Continue Reading with SPE Membership
SPE Members: Please sign in at the top of the page for access to this member-exclusive content. If you are not a member and you find JPT content valuable, we encourage you to become a part of the SPE member community to gain full access.