Unconventional reservoir characterization and formation evaluation: a case study of a tight sandstone reservoir in West Africa

Amir Gharavi*, Karrar A. Abbas, Mohamed G. Hassan, Malik Haddad, Hesam Ghoochaninejad, Reham Alasmar, Salam Al-Saegh, Paria Yousefi, Ihab Shigidi*

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Unconventional reservoirs, including gas shales and tight gas sands, have gained prominence in the energy sector due to technological advancements and escalating energy demands. The oil industry is eagerly refining techniques to decipher these reservoirs, aiming to reduce data collection costs and uncertainties in reserve estimations. Characteristically, tight reservoirs exhibit low matrix porosity and ultra-low permeability, necessitating artificial stimulation for enhanced production. The efficacy of the stimulation hinges on the organic material distribution, the rock’s mechanical attributes, and the prevailing stress field. Comprehensive petrophysical analysis, integrating standard and specialized logs, core analyses, and dynamic data, is pivotal for a nuanced understanding of these reservoirs. This ensures a reduction in prediction uncertainties, with parameters like shale volume, porosity, and permeability being vital. This article delves into an intricate petrophysical evaluation of the Nene field, a West African unconventional reservoir. It underscores the geological intricacies of the field, the pivotal role of data acquisition, and introduces avant-garde methodologies for depth matching, rock typing, and the estimation of permeability. This research highlights the significance of unconventional reservoir exploration in today’s energy milieu, offering a granular understanding of the Nene field’s geological challenges and proffering a blueprint for analogous future endeavours in unconventional reservoirs.

Original languageEnglish
Article number7572
Number of pages26
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2023


  • effective porosity
  • formation evaluation
  • permeability
  • reservoir characteristics
  • unconventional reservoirs
  • well logging

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