Evaluation of Rudist Depositional Environment using X-ray CT Scan Late Cretaceous Cenomanian in Offshore Abu Dhabi
- Motoyoshi Yamanaka (INPEX Corporation) | Takashi Nanjo (Japan Oil, Gas and Metals National Corporation) | Takashi Taniwaki (INPEX Corporation)
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- Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition & Conference, 12-15 November, Abu Dhabi, UAE
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- 2018. Society of Petroleum Engineers
- Radiolitidae, Depositional environment, Cenomanian, Rudist, X-ray CT
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Rudists are a group of strange shaped marine bivalves lived in the Tethys Ocean from the Late Jurassic to the Late Cretaceous. The rudist-bearing carbonates form a lot of oil and gas reservoirs in the Middle East. Therefore, the taxonomy, morphology, paleo-ecology of rudists is important to understand the rudist-bearing carbonate reservoir features for oil exploration and development. However, it is difficult to understand these characters of rudists because we can't collect whole rudist samples from the underground oil and gas reservoirs through core sample. X-ray CT is a useful method to visualize three dimensional rudist images with non-destruction of the core. Hence, X-ray CT has a potential to obtain the information of the taxonomy, morphology and depositional environment of rudists from core information. We conducted the X-ray CT scan to the reservoir formation (Formation A) of the Cenomanian age using core slab samples of Well #A and Well #B in the Abu Dhabi oil field. The some rudist fossils were observed on the cutting surfaces of slab cores in the both wells. However, the three dimensional morphology of rudists were not identified inside of the slab core. On the CT images, some autochthonous rudists were identified and it made the colony in Well #A. This rudist is standing position and suggesting original position of depositional environment from Cestari and Sartorio (1995). We demonstrated to be able to obtain the morphology from the slab cores with non-destruction using X-ray CT scan in this paper. Now we are challenging to make the high resolution 3D image modeling of rudists based on this X-ray CT result. This paper is summarized that usage method of the X-ray CT result to understand taxonomy/morphology and depositional environment from three dimensional position of rudists In addition, in the future technique, this paper suggested that combined technique between X-ray CT of core and FMI may reveal more comprehensive depositional setting such as direction of paleo ocean current and paleo wind in the future.
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