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Characterization of Fluvial & Aeolian Reservoirs

Product Code: SP073
Series: GSL Special Publications - print copy
Author/Editor: Edited by C P North & D J Prosser
Publication Date: 16 August 1993
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Sedimentological research has traditionally produced geological models primarily relevant to hydrocarbon exploration, focusing predominantly on location and external geometry of sediment bodies and underplaying the importance of the internal reservoir framework. This failure severly inhibits the application of new and sophisticated technologies to improve recovery efficiencies. It is reservoir architecture, the internal fabric and structure of a reservoir, that ultimately controls the paths of fluid migration during oil and gas emplacement and subsequent extraction. This architecture is, in turn, the product of the depositional and diagenetic processes that created the reservoir. If an understanding of the origin of the reservoir is developed, reservoir architecture, and hence fluid-flow paths, becomes predictable.


This volume assesses the current position of predictive geoscience for fluvial and Aeolian systems, documents recent advances in methods and understanding and highlights outstanding problems. The authors form a wide spectrum of geoscientists from industry and academia, with leaders in the science providing review papers in their field of specialization.


Type: Book
Ten Digit ISBN: 0-903317-90-7
Thirteen Digit ISBN: 978-0-903317-90-0
Publisher: GSL
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 450
Weight: 1.05 kg


Foreword • Characterization of fluvial and Aeolian reservoirs: problems and approaches, C.P. North & D.J. Prosser • Fluvial Reservoirs • Tectonic controls upon drainage basin development, river channel migration and alluvial architecture: implications for hydrocarbon reservoir development and characterization, M.R. Leeder • Palaeosols and sandbody prediction in alluvial sequences, M.J. Kraus & T.M. Bown • Fluvial scour and incision: models for their influence on the development of realistic reservoir geometries, T. Salter • Quantitative regime modeling of fluvial depositional sequences: application to Holocene stratigraphy of humid-glacial braid-plains (Icelandic sandurs), J.K. Maizels • Outcrop data-base for the geological characterization of fluvial reservoirs: an example from distal fluvial fan deposits in the Loranca Basin, Spain, M.C. Cuevas Gozalo & A.W. Martinius • Dimensions and quality of reservoirs originating in low and high sinuosity channel system, Lower Cretaceous Travis Peak Formation, East Texas, USA, D.K. Davies, B.P.J. Williams & R.K. Vessell • The complex nature of a Hurassic multistory, alluvial sandstone body, Whitby, North Yorkshire, J. Alexander & R.L. Gawthorpe. • Reservoir characteristics of a braid-plain depositional system: the Upper Carboniferous Pennant Sandstone of South Wales, J.A. Jones & A.J. Hartley. • Cyclical discharge variation recorded in alluvial sediments; an example from the Devonian of southwest Ireland, S.B. Kelly • Aeolian Reservoirs • A review of Aeolian bounding surfaces, with examples from the Permian Minnelusa Formation, USA, S.G. Fryberger • Contrasting styles of fluvial-aeolian interaction at a downwind erg margin: Jurassic Kayenta-Navajo transition, northeastern Arizona, USA, R.D. Herries • Mixed aeolian sandsheet and fluvial deposits in the Tumblagooda Sandstone, Western Australia, N.H. Trewin • Identification and significance of Aeolian deposits within the dominantly fluvial Sherwood Sandstone Group of the East Irish Sea Basin, UK, G. Cowan • Structural and climatic controls on facies distribution in a mixed fluvial and Aeolian reservoir: the Triassic Sherwood Sandstone in the Irish Sea, N.S. Meadows & A. Beach • The Rough Gas Field: distribution of Permian Aeolian and non-aeolian reservoir facies and their impact of field development D. Ellis • Diagenesis of Triassic Sherwood Sandstone Group rocks, Preston, Lancashire, UK: a possible evaporate cement precursor to secondary porosity? G.T. George & J.K. Berry • Production evidence for geological heterogeneities in the Anschutz Ranch East Field, western USA, H. Lewis & G.D. Couples • Comparmentalization of an Aeolian sandstone by structural heterogeneities: Permo-Triassic Hopeman Sandstone, Moray firth, Scotland, H.E. Edwards A.D. Becker & J.A. Howell • Methods • Modelling fluid flow through geologically realistic media L.W. Lake & M.A. Malik • Permeability variation within Aeolian sandstones: a case study using core cut sub-parallel to slipface bedding, The Auk Field, Central North Sea, UK, D.J. Prosser & R. Maskall • Palaeomagnetic study and magnetostratigraphy of the Triassic Skagerrak Formation, Crawford Field, UK North Sea, D. Rey, P., P. Turner & A Yaliz. • Ground penetrating radar: application to sandbody geometry and heterogeneity studies, R.L. Gawthorpe, R.E.Ll. Collier, J. Alexander, J.S. Bridge & M.R. Leeder • Quantification of variability in laminated sediments: a role for the probe permeameter in improved reservoir characterization, R.W.M. Corbett & J.L. Jensen •


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