Comparison of the Petrography and Petrophysical Parameters of Fontainebleau Sandstone: Measurements and Literature

Faisal Al Saadi, Karl-Heinz Wolf, C.K. Kruijsdijk

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Characterizing and understanding porous media is essential prior to standardized core-flow experiments, to investigate oil mobilization on a single-mineral porous medium with a limited permeability/porosity band width, and a homogenous pore- and grain-framework. Literature shows that one almost pure quartz horizon in the Fontainebleau sandstone meet these preconditions. Fresh samples were gathered from the “Gres de Fontainebleu and Cie” Quarry. Knowing the depositional environment and burial history, we measured and quantified spatial attributes of the matrix by CTS image analysis, associated stereological measurements, statistical 2D/3D reconstructions and petrophysical laboratory measurements. Permeability, porosity, capillarity, specific surface, pore framework and pore coordination number distribution were measured and compared with literature. This new database provides a comprehensive review on the Fontainebleau sandstone from micro-scale to meter scale for a porosity bandwidth of 0.05 – 0.11 and permeability bandwidth of 10 – 400 mD. The combined measurements, petrophysical and spatial properties support, are used for prediction, modeling and interpretation of comparative core-flow experiments meant for oil mobilization by chemical injections (surfactant & solvent), i.e. chemo-physical interaction of rock/fluids and multi-phase fluid/fluid adsorptions. Similarly, mapping the pore framework helps modelling the mobilization and transport of the oil from mm-scale to m-scale.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2016, Vienna, Austria
Number of pages5
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2016 - Messe Wien, Exhibition and Congress Center, Vienna, Austria
Duration: 30 May 20162 Jun 2016
Conference number: 78


Conference78th EAGE Conference and Exhibition 2016
Abbreviated titleEAGE 2016
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