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Analytical Fractured Reservoir Characterization by using Geological and Petrophysical Logs

Zohreh Movahed1 and Farzaneh Aghajari2
  • 1 Faculty of Petroleum and Renewable Energy Engineering, Springer, Karun Energy and Teleperformance, University Teknologi Malaysia - UTM, Malaysia
  • 2 Department of Geology, National Industrial Cluster Program, Iran


Due to structural complexities in some wells, higher than the expected thickness of the Asmari formation is found. Fracture intensity and deep-rooted fractures broadly increase the risk of unpredictable water production. The well-test analysis is not sufficient in describing fracture properties. Unfortunately, the core condition is poor in the fractured zones and cannot be used to provide reliable information. So, the objectives of this study are developing an accurate structural model for the Asmari reservoir, and fracture characterization in the borehole by interpreting image logs and comparing the log's image results with core data. Dip classification based on a geological log has the value of providing a direct demonstration of structural origin and detecting Asmari fault and fracture systems and their impact on production and answering structural issues. So, in this study, the borehole imaging tools were interpreted to find solutions for fracture systems and fracture attributes. Interpreting accurate structural dip determined the structural problem, thus bringing the precise location of the well within the Asmari reservoir. Fracture properties (open or closed), occurrence, orientation, spacing, and porosity were interpreted using an Image log. The high density of fractures seen on FMS image logs in the study well has been confirmed by inspection of the cores and the distinction between major and minor fracture types from the FMS image logs has been established following core review. As a result, this exercise has been confirmed to be very valuable, not only for indicating the value of the log data, but it has also emphasized some significant limitations of the core data. The amount of information extracted from the FMS image logs goes beyond that achieved from the core. This exercise has validated why image logs are the main source of fracture information in the oil fields of Iran.

Current Research in Geoscience
Volume 12 No. 1, 2022, 11-28


Submitted On: 18 July 2022 Published On: 3 December 2022

How to Cite: Movahed, Z. & Aghajari, F. (2022). Analytical Fractured Reservoir Characterization by using Geological and Petrophysical Logs. Current Research in Geoscience, 12(1), 11-28.

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  • Structural Complexity
  • Fractures
  • Fractured Reservoir
  • FMS
  • Cores