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TitleShale oil and gas resources in organic pores of the Devonian Duvernay Shale, Western Canada Sedimentary Basin based on petroleum system modeling
AuthorWang, P; Chen, Z; Jin, Z; Jiang, C; Sun, M; Guo, Y; Chen, X; Jia, Z
SourceJournal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering 2017 p. 33-42, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jngse.2017.10.027
Year2017
Alt SeriesNatural Resources Canada, Contribution Series 20180138
PublisherElsevier
Documentserial
Lang.English
Mediapaper; on-line; digital
File formatpdf; html
ProvinceAlberta
NTS72E; 72L; 72M; 73D; 73E; 73L; 73M; 82G; 82H; 82I; 82J; 82N; 82O; 82P; 83; 84A; 84B; 84C; 84D
Lat/Long WENS-120.0000 -110.0000 56.7500 49.0000
Subjectsfossil fuels; geochemistry; petroleum resources; hydrocarbon potential; hydrocarbons; oil; gas; bedrock geology; lithology; sedimentary rocks; shales; source rocks; reservoir rocks; organic materials; modelling; hydrocarbon generation; organic geochemistry; pore pressures; pore size; free gas; kerogen; thermal history; vitrinite reflectance; Western Canada Sedimentary Basin; Duvernay Formation; Duvernay Shale; unconventional energy resources; organic porosity; thermal maturity; expulsion; gas storage capacity; Phanerozoic; Paleozoic; Devonian
Illustrationslocation maps; geoscientific sketch maps; photomicrographs; plots; profiles; histograms; graphs; time series; models; tables
ProgramShale-hosted petroleum resource assesment, Geoscience for New Energy Supply (GNES)
Released2017 12 02
AbstractShale-hosted hydrocarbons is regarded as an important unconventional resource around the world. So far, huge emphasis has been put on the contribution of organic pores to self-source and self-reservoir hydrocarbon systems. This study systemically reveals the contribution of organic pores to hydrocarbon potential in the Duvernay Shale through restoring thermal maturity evolution, modeling hydrocarbon generation and expulsion in the Duvernay Formation, analyzing absorption capacity variation with TOC and modeled pore pressure, determining free-gas storage capacity with calculated organic porosity and correction of adsorbed gas, and calculating in-place shale oil and gas volumes with volumetric method. The Duvernay Shale reached "oil window" and "gas window" about 70-80 Ma and 50 Ma ago, respectively. Significant hydrocarbon generation (20% TR) began and terminated (95% TR) at Ro of 0.65% and 1.85%, respectively. Gas generation rates increased dramatically from Ro of 1.1%, while the instantaneous HC1-4 expulsion reached peak at Ro of 1.66%, the difference between which indicates considerable retained gas resource in Duvernay Shale. The gas storage capacity, including absorption capacity and free gas capacity, varies significantly in the Duvernay Shale, specifically, the former ranges from 8 to 30 scf/ton, and the latter from 40 to 140scf/ton. The estimated median value of total in-place natural gas (GIP) and in-place oil resource (OIP) in organic pores of Duvernay shale are 404.8 TCF and 81420 MMbbl, respectively. Thus, the organic porosity is one of the keys to make the Duvernay Shale a successful play.
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This study systemically reveals the contribution of organic matter pores to hydrocarbon potential in the Duvernay Shale. The Duvernay Shale was found to have reached ¿oil window¿ and ¿gas window¿ about 70¿80 Ma and 50 Ma ago, respectively. Significant hydrocarbon generation (20% TR) began and terminated (95% TR) at Ro of 0.65% and 1.85%, respectively. Gas generation rates increased dramatically from Ro of 1.1%, while the instantaneous HC1-4 expulsion reached peak at Ro of 1.66%, the difference between which indicates considerable retained gas resource in Duvernay Shale. The gas storage capacity, including absorption capacity and free gas capacity, varies significantly in the Duvernay Shale. The estimated median value of total in-place natural gas (GIP) and in-place oil resource (OIP) in the organic pores of Duvernay shale are 404.8 TCF and 81420 MMbbl, respectively.
GEOSCAN ID308437