Quantitative Mineralogic Analysis of Wolfcamp Shale in Crockett County, Texas through X-Ray Diffraction
Horizontal drilling in conjunction with hydraulic fracturing have exposed Upper Wolfcampian to Lower Leonardian Wolfcamp Shale in the southern Midland Basin in Crockett County, Texas, as an exploration target. With the high investment costs per-well in Wolfcamp plays, detailed analysis of mudrocks must be made in order to maximize exploration success. This study utilizes core samples from six wells to define lithofacies, examine their capacity for hydrocarbon production, and explore mineralogic controls. Gamma ray, neutron density, and resistivity well logs allow the correlation of the lithologic units and the lithofacies present. To determine the suitable locations for production, x-ray diffraction analysis of the clay fractions and bulk mineralogy were conducted and compared to analysis of organic content to characterize the most productive zones and their spatial distribution throughout the study area.
AAPG Datapages/Search and Discovery Article #90219 © 2015 GCAGS, Houston, Texas, September 20-22, 2015