Geochemical trends reflecting hydrocarbon generation, migration and accumulation in unconventional reservoirs based on pyrolysis data (On the example of the bazhenov formation)

Mikhail Spasennykh, Polina Maglevannaia, Elena Kozlova, Timur Bulatov, Evgeniya Leushina, Nikita Morozov

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Abstract

The current study is devoted to the determination and interpretation of geochemical trends reflecting hydrocarbon generation, migration and accumulation in unconventional reservoirs; the study is performed on the Bazhenov shale rock formation (Western Siberia, Russia). Results are based on more than 3000 Rock-Eval analyses of the samples from 34 wells drilled in the central part of the West Siberian petroleum basin, which is characterized by common marine sedimentation environments. Pyrolysis studies were carried out before and after the extraction of rocks by organic solvent. As a result, we have improved the accuracy of kerogen content and maturity determination and complemented the standard set of pyrolysis parameters with the content of heavy fraction of hydrocarbons. The data obtained for the wells from areas of different organic matter maturity was summarized in the form of cross-plots and diagrams reflecting geochemical evolution of the source rocks from the beginning to the end of the oil window. Interpretation of the obtained results revealed quantitative trends in the changes of generation potential, amount, and composition of generated hydrocarbons in rocks at different stages of oil generation process. The analysis of geochemical trends allowed us to improve approaches for the productivity evaluation of the formation and study the effect of organic matter maturity on distribution of productive intervals of different types.

Original languageEnglish
Article number307
JournalGeosciences (Switzerland)
Volume11
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021

Keywords

  • Generative organic carbon
  • Hydrocarbons
  • Maturity
  • Oil generation potential
  • Rock-eval pyrolysis
  • the Bazhenov Formation
  • Unconventional formation

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