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dc.contributor.authorAlshakhs, M.
dc.contributor.authorRezaee, M. Reza
dc.identifier.citationAlshakhs, M. and Rezaee, M.R. 2018. Sweet-spot mapping through formation evaluation and property modelling using data from the Goldwyer Formation of the Barbwire Terrace, Canning Basin. Petroleum. 5 (1): pp. 13-29.

The Goldwyer Formation of the Canning Basin has been regarded as a highly prospective shale play. This study assesses the potential prospectivity of this source rock as an unconventional hydrocarbon resource. Considering the sparsity of wells penetrating the Middle Ordovician Goldwyer across the vast under-explored area of the Canning Basin, a basin-wide study of the source rock is not warranted. Goldwyer assessment of the Barbwire Terrace, a subdivision of the Canning Basin, is carried out instead. This assessment includes the estimation of key shale play properties, such as, total organic carbon, total porosity, water saturation, and brittleness index. Each property was estimated from available well data by testing multiple estimation methods. TOC values were derived from multiple regressions of different well data. A simplified Archie's equation was used to estimate water saturation. Density porosity method was primarily used for total porosity estimations. Sonic data along with density were utilized to estimate brittleness index. Each property was then modelled across the Goldwyer Formation within the terrace. This provided geostatistical estimates on the propagation of such properties. In order to generate sweet spot maps for the Barbwire Terrace, averaged maps of different properties were combined in a weighted manner. This approach attempts to simplify the complexity of unconventional resource assessment, which therefore has provided a single product evaluating the prospectivity of the Goldwyer as a hydrocarbon resource. Results have shown that TOC and porosity are mostly the deciding factors for the prospectivity of this source rock, given that their values can be too small where the Goldwyer is deemed non-prospective. Nonetheless, sweet-spot maps show that most prospective zone is the Upper Goldwyer (Goldwyer I), followed by the upper parts of the Lower Goldwyer (Goldwyer III). More specifically, southern flanks of north-western and middle regions of the Barbwire Terrace tend to be more prospective. A stricter approach where cut-off values were applied for each property showed that sweet-spot maps are only prospective in the southern flanks of the middle Barbwire Terrace of Goldwyer I.

dc.titleSweet-spot mapping through formation evaluation and property modelling using data from the Goldwyer Formation of the Barbwire Terrace, Canning Basin
dc.typeJournal Article
curtin.departmentWASM: Minerals, Energy and Chemical Engineering (WASM-MECE)
curtin.accessStatusOpen access

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