Field Development and Renewed Reservoir Characterization for CO2 Flooding of the Hall-Gurney Field, Central Kansas

Kansas Geological Survey
Open-file Report 2001-38


Geology and Architecture

Lansing-Kansas City oolitic reservoirs exhibit geometries and architectures similar to modern oolites. Reservoirs usually contain multiple stacked, or en echelon shoals which formed in response to sea level fluctuations. It appears that two such lobes are stacked in the Plattsburg Limestone at the planned CO2 miscible flood site. Oomoldic reservoirs formed across the entire Kansas Pennsylvanian ramp, however, thicker, porous and permeable oolite deposits are commonly associated with the flanks or crests of small and large paleostructural highs. These structural highs, such as that underlying the Hall-Gurney Field, may have influenced the intensity of early diagenesis and may have been responsible for development of good reservoir properties. Grain size variation, location on oolite buildups and interbedded carbonate mud (aquitards) influenced the nature and extent of diagenetic overprinting.

Subaerial exposure and meteoric water percolation led to cementation around the aragonite ooids and often dissolution of the ooids and variable development of matrix and vuggy porosity. Resulting oomoldic grainstones, the principal reservoir lithofacies, underwent variable degrees of early or later fracturing and crushing, providing connection between otherwise isolated oomolds.

Petrophysics and Reservoir Properties

Porosities in these oomoldic limestones range up to 35% and permeabilities range from 0.01-400 md. Permeability is principally controlled by porosity, oomold connectivity, and connection created by matrix crushing and fracturing. Permeability is also influenced by oomold diameter, oomold packing, and matrix properties. Increasing bioclastic constituents within and bounding oolite beds are often associated with increasing mud matrix and decreasing porosity and permeability. Individual wells exhibit porosity-permeability trends with less variance than the overall trend exhibited by L-KC oomoldic limestones.

Within the L-KC 'C' zone in the Hall-Gurney field and the CO2 demonstration site permeability decreases from the top to the bottom of the LKC 'C' interval. Lower permeability with increasing depth in the reservoir interval is attributed to increased dense bioclastic limestone content.

Correlations of “irreducible” water saturations (measured at pressures equivalent to 60-120 feet above free water level) indicate that Swi increases with decreasing permeability follwing the trend: log Sw50 (%) = 0.22 log k(md)) - 0.43

Lansing-Kansas City oomoldic limestones exhibit a near log-linear trend between wetting phase saturation and oil-brine height above free water level with capillary pressures decreasing with increasing permeability at any given saturation and can be modeled using the relation: Pc = 10(A Sw + B) (rhowater-rhooil).

Residual oil saturation to waterflood (Sorw) is a critical variable for carbon dioxide miscible flooding since this represents the target resource. Most L-KC waterfloods in Kansas have only involved 1-5 pore volumes (PV) throughput before reaching their economic limit. At 5 pore volumes throughput Sorw averages near 30%. Though sampling is limited, Sorw may increase then decrease with increasing permeability (k).

Selected References

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Dubois, M.K., A.P. Byrnes, R.E. Pancake, G.P. Willhite, and L.G. Schoeling, 2000, Economics show CO2 EOR potential in central Kansas, Oil & Gas Journal, V. 98.23, pp. 37-41.

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Watney, W.L., French, J.A., and Guy, W.J., 1996, Modeling of Petroleum Reservoirs in Pennsylvanian Strata of the Midcontinent, USA, in, Forester, A., and Merriam, D.F., eds., Spatial Modeling of Geologic Systems, Plenum Press, p. 43-77. (reference to 3-D diagrams of Victory Field)

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