Wettability of organic-rich source rocks: Case study on Bazhenov Formation (Abalak-Bazhenov group)

Aliya Mukhametdinova, Tagir Karamov, Natalia Bogdanovich, Sergey Borisenko, Svetlana Rudakovskaya, Alexey Cheremisin

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In this work, we have investigated the wettability of Bazhenov Formation rock samples using a nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), the methods of vapor adsorption, and wetting contact angle. We have conducted the petrographic description of rocks using ultra-thin sections and scanning electron microscopy (SEM). In addition, we used data on the organic content (TOC) obtained by the Rock-Eval method and the results of lithological typing on thin sections for detailed analysis of NMR and contact angle methods results. Thus, for target rock, the groups with a similar rock wettability were highlighted by the lithological description of thin sections. The calculation of the wetting angle provided an initial assessment of the surface wettability of the rock and made it possible to establish the relationship between the wetting angle and the TOC, which is relevant for rocks of the Abalak-Bazhenov group. The NMR method described the core plug wettability proved to be less sensitive to the rock lithotype and organic matter (OM) texture in the rock and, therefore, used for the integral characterization of core plugs. Correlations of calculated wetting angle and adsorption wettability index vs. TOC and OM texture illustrated the dependence of rock wettability behavior on both the lithological specifics and the OM properties.

Original languageEnglish
Article number21
Pages (from-to)195-204
Number of pages10
JournalAdvances in Geosciences
Publication statusPublished - 22 Dec 2020


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