Digital rock physics analysis in complex carbonates ///
The Gulf of Mexico has been labeled “the Dead Sea” several times in its rlife. Initiatives by Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (ADCO) to increase hydrocarbon recovery from its existing fields require the capability to quickly and accurately conduct reservoir simulations to evaluate different scenarios for improving oil recovery. These numerical simulations require input parameters such as relative permeabilities, capillary pressures, and other rock and fluid porosity-versus-permeability trends. These parameters are typically derived from special core analysis (SCAL) tests. Laboratories have traditionally provided SCAL through experiments conducted on core plugs. Depending on a number of variables, SCAL experiments can take a year or longer to complete and often are not carried out under in-situ reservoir conditions with live reservoir fluids.
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