Kansas Geological Survey
Open-file Report 2003-31

Wellington West Equations

Wireline log response was able to to identify dolomite, limestone, and chert facies but could not distinguish lithofacies (mudstone-grainstone). Permeability-porosity (k-) trends for cores from eight wells in nearby fields were consistent with regional Mississippian trends. It was assumed that these trends were most representative of the Wellington West field. Permeability for the carbonates was predicted from porosity using:

Dolomite: ki = 0.746 e 0.189
Limestone: ki = 0.00198 e 0.569

Local cherts exhibit a k- trend (light blue line) that is subparallel to the regional chert trend (blue line). Because of limited local sampling the regional trend was considered more robust and was utilized for modeling.

Chert regional ki = 0.0309 e 0.166
Chert: ki = 0.000894 e 0.273

Permeability and Pore Throats

Though permeability is shown correlated with porosity, variables that control permeability in Mississippian rocks include pore throat size and distribution, grain size distribution, moldic pore size and packing, and moldic pore connectivity. Porosity is only one of the variables controlling permeability and bivariate correlation therefore relies on the correlation between porosity and the other controlling variables. A crossplot of permeability and principal pore throat diameter (PPTD) illustrates the control PPTD exerts on permeability.

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