Reservoir geochemistry: A link between reservoir geology and engineering?

Steve R. Larter*, Andrew C. Aplin, Patrick Corbett, Neil Ementon

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Geochemistry provides a natural but poorly exploited link between reservoir geology and engineering. We summarize some current applications of geochemistry to reservoir description and stress that because of their strong interactions with mineral surfaces and water, nitrogen and oxygen compounds in petroleum may exert an important influence on the PVT properties of petroleum, viscosity and wettability. The distribution of these compounds in reservoirs is heterogenous on a sub-metre scale and is partly controlled by variations in reservoir quality. The implied variations in petroleum properties and wettability may account for some of the errors in reservoir simulations.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 1994
EventEuropean Petroleum Conference 1994 - London, United Kingdom
Duration: 25 Oct 199427 Oct 1994


ConferenceEuropean Petroleum Conference 1994
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Engineering(all)


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