Abstract

An unconsolidated clastic reservoir of Middle Miocene age is under full field development plan in the State of Kuwait. Underlying the shale cap rock, main hydrocarbon bearing reservoir consists of two sand bodies separated by predominantly shale interval present throughout the field. To determine the role of facies and depositional environment in controlling the orientation and quality of the reservoir, an integrated analysis of borehole images, open hole logs and core data from wells spread across the field was successfully attempted.

Fifteen identified generic image facies principally based on lithology and reservoir quality with core data validation were grouped into six genetically related associations. Facies recognition used criteria of image textural variations, dip patterns, direct recognition of features and relationships of cementation, bioturbation and sediment deformation. Statistical analysis of the identified sandy facies of upper reservoir unit indicated high abundance ratio and preferred distribution trend while no significant distribution trend observed for the lower reservoir unit.

Observations from the image and core data helped to define depositional environment and sub-environments. Results indicate that depositional setting was created by succession of several depositional environments such as shore face, coastal plain of fluvial & distributary channels and lagoon. The high angle cross-bed features distinctly noticed are interpreted to be deposited in confined depositional environment of channel sand bodies, suggesting a major paleo sediment transport orientation. The marine shale deposited during a major flooding event on top part of the hydrocarbon bearing reservoir acts as cap rock. Tight carbonate cemented sandstone intervals also identified at various levels within the reservoir. In general, the formations exhibit distinct episodes of regression and transgression events marked by erosive and flooding surfaces.

The identified rock facies relationship and depositional environment provided significant lead in formulation of full field geological model.

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