Unavailability of core data in most Niger delta wells makes pertinent the need for a reliable permeability distribution.

This paper accounts for how permeability was modelled in a reservoir without core data in the Niger Delta by using five empirical approaches namely, Timur, Coates, Tixier, Udegbunam and also a correlation generated from core data of a nearby field. The five permeability results from the five approaches were used in building five different 3 D geological models.

Flow simulation was carried out for all the models to analyse their flow peformance. The permeability distribution from the correlation generated from the nearby field core data yielded a higher oil recovery.

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