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2014 Rocky Mountain Section AAPG Annual Meeting

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Solutions for Difficult Reservoirs—Direct NMR Fluid Type and Permeability


Conventional reservoir calculations using resistivity and density/neutron porosity have been the industry standard for defining reservoir characteristics. The calculation of water saturation from these measurements is used in every reservoir situation. Many reservoirs are not easily analyzed; therefore, various and complicated analysis techniques have been developed. The great hope with the introduction of NMR tools to the industry was that reservoir parameters could be established and applied in an uncomplicated manner. Recent advances in technology of NMR responses have produced the ability to capture polarization time and relaxation time in a single pass through the reservoir. Nuclear magnetic polarization time has been demonstrated to have a relationship to the fluid type in the reservoir. The relaxation time (T2) gas has been used to characterize permeability with an excellent relationship to production. The Bray-Smith permeability equation was developed from this observation. This equation incorporates relaxation time and calculates permeability. No alteration to the equation for rock type or texture changes was needed. This paper presents examples of logs in three different and difficult-to-evaluate reservoirs. A reservoir with lenticular sand, another with a thinly-bedded sand and shale sequence, and a conglomerate/mudstone reservoir are each evaluated for fluid type and permeability. Effective porosity, fluid type, and permeability are all resolved accurately by the NMR. Comparisons to production results are presented.