Special Issue "Characterization of Unconventional Petroleum Reservoirs"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 20 February 2022.
Interests: geochemistry; geomechanics and petrophysics of unconventional reservoirs
Interests: mineralogy; sedimentary processes; diagenesis; electron micrcopy; geochemistry; permeability; pore development; unconventional petroleum resources; sustainability
Unconventional petroleum resources, shale gas/oil, coal seam gas and tight gas have become significant contributors to global hydrocarbon production in the past two decades and are projected to continue to grow in importance for at least the next 30 years. Unconventional hydrocarbon production is complex due to the myriad of geological processes that control reservoir characteristics. These processes include primary depositional environment, diagenesis (mineral and organic matter), and fluid migration and hydrocarbon retention, all of which are, in turn, impacted by the structural and tectonic evolution of the reservoir and its associated strata. Impact questions related to reservoir characterization include varied topics such as the role of organic matter type and maturation in determining sweet spots with respect to hydrocarbons in place and over pressuring, wellbore stability, fracture propagation/containment, proppant embedment related to mineralogy as controls on reservoir permeability, and fluid flow behavior to name a few. To gain a better understanding of how to economically exploit unconventional petroleum resources, a multidisciplinary approach to reservoir characterization and exploitation is needed. This includes understanding the reservoir characteristics at the pore scale, including pore development within the organic matter of shale and coal reservoirs as well as understanding diagenetic processes that enhance the porosity of tight gas reservoirs. Characterization of these unique reservoirs is also needed to understand how they behave and respond to hydraulic fracturing and how the completion fluids and reservoir rocks mutually impact each other during completion and production. Additionally, the economic and real and perceived environmental risks involved in unconventional reservoir development are ongoing challenges in the development of unconventional reservoirs.
Our goal for this Special Issue is to compile a collection of papers that explore the importance of reservoir characterisation on the development of unconventional resources including shale gas/shale oil, coal seam gas, and tight gas plays. Research that applies cutting-edge technologies and novel techniques to investigate unconventional reservoir properties, detailed case studies, and holistic overviews are of interest.
Dr. R. Marc Bustin
Dr. Gareth Chalmers
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- mineral composition
- diagenetic processes
- depositional environments
- fracture stimulation
- rock-fluid interactions
- enhanced hydrocarbon recovery