D523 Sandstone Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality
D523 Sandstone Diagenesis and Reservoir Quality
It is not good enough simply to explore for sandstone in the subsurface; Reservoir quality, in terms of both porosity and permeability, must be above threshold values for the reservoir to be economic both in terms of storage and deliverability.
Reservoir quality is a complex function of the clastic factory that supplied the sand, the environment of deposition, the processes that occur soon after deposition, compactional processes, both mechanical and chemical that occur during burial, and the suite of thermally-controlled diagenetic cements including quartz, clay mineral and carbonates. While there is a typical and broadly predictable suite of reservoir quality-degrading processes that remorselessly occur from the time of deposition to the time of exploitation of the reservoir, there are some fortunate circumstances that lead to anomalously elevated reservoir quality, including microquartz and chlorite grain coats and early oil emplacement or overpressure development.
The course will examine fundamentals but will extensively use case studies and worked examples. At the conclusion of the course you should feel confident about commissioning reservoir quality studies and interpreting reservoir quality-related data. You will also have an improved understanding of the relationship between reservoir quality and other sub-surface disciplines.
A virtual classroom course divided into 6 webinar sessions (equivalent to a three-day classroom course), comprising lectures, discussion, case studies, and practical exercises to be completed by participants during and between sessions.
The course is aimed at all geoscientists, petrophysicists and reservoir engineers who wish to broaden and deepen their knowledge of clastic reservoir quality from all sandstone types, from all depositional environments and from all types of burial and thermal history. The course will provide an effective working knowledge of reservoir quality for all subsurface scientists and engineers and provides further insights to those who require a more detailed application of this subject matter while leading or managing subsurface projects.
While there are no formal prerequesties for this course, a basic knowledge of the fundamental sedimentological processes and petroleum systems is expected.
Complementary courses include D342 (Compartmentalization and Connectivity in Sandstone Reservoirs (Distance Learning)), D427 (Reservoir Model Design (Distance Learning)), (N011 (High Resolution Sequence Stratigraphy: Reservoir Applications (Utah, USA)), and N012 (Reservoir Modelling Field Class (Utah, USA)).
Professor Richard Worden is leader of the Diagenesis Research Group and programme director of the MSc on Petroleum Reservoir Geoscience at Liverpool University. He has more than 30 years of industry and research experience.
Prof. Worden undertook a BSc in Geology and Geochemistry at the University of Manchester, completing it with a 1st class honours degree in 1984. Following a PhD at Manchester University in 1988, he worked for BP Research and BP Exploration in Sunbury, UK, for 6 years. This was followed by a lectureship at Queen’s University in Belfast until 2000 and then a professorship at Liverpool University.
Richard has worked on a number of areas of research, almost all related to oil and gas geoscience, with focus on high quality reservoir-scale data (including quantitative mineral and textural data, and the integration of petrophysical, petrographic, geomechanical, geochemical, and sedimentological data) to help with oil and gas exploration, appraisal and asset management. He has worked extensively on sandstone reservoir quality throughout his career, with focus on the causes of anomalous porosity-preservation in deeply buried sandstone reservoirs. His research is now extending into reservoir property-related issues involved in the energy transition (CCS, hydrogen generation and storage). He has published seminal papers on the role of microquartz coatings and on the effects of early oil emplacement on quartz cementation, with a key paper on chlorite-inhibition of quartz currently in press with the Bulletin of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists.
Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD University of Manchester - Geology, Mechanisms of Mineral Reactions
BSc University of Manchester - Geology and Geochemistry
PESGB - Member
Geological Society - Fellow
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