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Investigate Hydrocarbon Charge History Using X-ray Micro CT, FM-SEM and Fluid Inclusion Techniques, an Example from the Kela-2 Giant Gas Field, Tarim Basin, China

Liu, Shaobo *1; Liu, Keyu 2; Zhuo, Qingong 1; Fang, Shihu 1; Lu, Xuesong 1; Guo, Xiaowen 1
(1) CNPC Key Laboratory for Basin Structure and Hydrocarbon Accumulation, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, PetroChina, Beijing, China.
(2) Earth Science and Resource Engineering, CSIRO, Bentley, WA, Australia.

A core plug sample from the Kela-2 Giant Gas Field with a proven reserve of 10 TCF in the northern Tarim Basin, western China was characterised in great details using X-ray micro CT, Field Emission SEM (FE-SEM) and fluid inclusion spectroscopic techniques. This enables the detection of hitherto unattainable fine features at nm to micro scales in 3D including the spatial distribution of mineral assemblages, microfractures, hydrocarbon inclusions, bitumen and nano sized oil films or drops filled in pores and fractures within a largely dolomitised tight reservoir rock.

Cross calibration among the techniques enable the identification of the spatial distribution of the first oil charge principally along the margins of the calcite remnant during the initial domotisation. A second oil charge was recorded by bitumen within fractures filled with calcite veins that cut through the domotised rock, suggesting a relatively rapid and concomitant charge relating to a regional tectonic or structural event. Both oil charges were subsequently flushed by large quantities of gas generation, which was probably migrated through the deep faults and fractures in the thrust and fold belt of the Kuche Foreland Basin after the reservoir cementation. Although the reservoir depth at the time of oil charge was modelled to be around 6000 m deep, there is no evidence indicating that the oil in the reservoir was thermally pyrolysed as movable nano oil films or drops were observed to be pervasive within the reservoir rock. The early oil was likely altered by the subsequent gas flushing at a relatively rapid rate resulting in dissolution of the oil in the gas completely and leaving the bitumen residues in the isolated pores or fractures. This interpretation is consistent with the residual oil saturation profile in the gas-water transitional zone of the Kela-2 well.


AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90142 © 2012 AAPG Annual Convention and Exhibition, April 22-25, 2012, Long Beach, California