Study of reservoir properties can yield exploration clues

Frederick R. Haeberle Consulting Geologist Delaware, Ohio Past exploration methods have been primarily concerned with, and concentrated on, the search for structural and stratigraphic traps by seismic or subsurface mapping. As many of these traps have contained only small amounts of oil or have been dry, this approach obviously does not answer all the questions about where to find oil reserves. The study of reservoir properties, their relationship to oil reserves, and the distribution of reservoir properties in a basin is just as important as the location of potential traps. Studies involving porosity and permeability have been undertaken, but detailed studies of o...

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