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Modeling the Role of Microporosity in Flow in CarbonatesNormal access

Authors: S. Harland, R. Wood, A. Curtis, M.I.J. Van Dijke, Z. Jiang and K.S. Sorbie
Event name: 75th EAGE Conference & Exhibition incorporating SPE EUROPEC 2013
Session: Carbonate Depositional Environments & Diagenesis
Publication date: 10 June 2013
DOI: 10.3997/2214-4609.20130684
Organisations: EAGE
Language: English
Info: Extended abstract, PDF ( 3.52Mb )
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We present a new object-based methodology for the reconstruction of microporous carbonate rocks based on calcite crystal fabrics observed in SEM images. The impact of microporosity on fluid flow through a carbonate reservoir rock is not fully understood, even though it is very important for assessing reservoir quality. This method will allow investigation into the influence of micropores, macropores and their interaction on fluid flow within a carbonate reservoir rock by adjusting geological textural properties such as micrite crystal size and spatial distribution, macropore size and spatial distribution, and macropore occlusion. By reconstructing various microporous carbonate rock fabrics, and simulation of fluid flow, it will be possible to examine the geologically controlled 'tipping points' in multi-phase fluid flow properties. Preliminary results suggest that the model is capable of capturing the heterogeneous structure of microporous carbonates as well as the variation in connectivity between different fabrics.

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