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Carbonate Reservoirs

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Course overview

The course provides a detailed look at carbonate rocks and the sediments that make up these rocks, and examines concepts and models of diagenetic changes in carbonates.

The course is designed for:

Individuals in sedimentary geology and petroleum geology who are currently involved in development or exploration of carbonate reservoirs e.g. geologists, geophysicists, drilling engineers, reservoir engineers

Learning objectives

  • Recognition of the main sedimentary structures and processes and ability to relate them to the original depositional environment
  • Ability to recognize, from the available data of outcrops and well logs, the depositional architectures and to reconstruct the depositional scenarios in time and space
  • Ability to reconstruct and correlate at small and large scale the sedimentary sequences
  • Ability to extrapolate from the available data of outcrops (surficial analogous) the subsurface geology
  • To link the acquired knowledge to exploration petroleum geology

Course outline

Carbonate Diagenesis

Processes and products
Early and burial diagenesis
Cement recognition
Dolomitization processes
Main dolostone textures

Textures of carbonate rocks and their influence on reservoir quality

Primary and secondary Porosity in Carbonate rocks.
Fabric selective and not fabric selective porosity
Intercrystalline porosity (dolostone)

Carbonate sediments and rocks

Textural carbonate classification
Main constituents of carbonate rocks.

Carbonate factories

Carbonate production and origin of carbonate sediments;carbonate depositional settings and facies architecture

Facies distribution and facies assemblages and sequence stratigraphy

Sedimentary processes and deposits;
inner shelf, shelf margin, platform slope and basin depositional settings.
Ancient and modern examples: Carbonate Sequence Stratigraphy and Its Application to Hydrocarbon Exploration and Reservoir Development


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Upon request     £2,950 Professor Simonetta Cirilli Make enquiry

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