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New Rock-Eval Method for Characterization of Unconventional Shale Resource Systems

Abstract : Unconventional resources such as tight, fractured and hybrid shale gas and oil plays as well as oil or kerogen shale systems, are considered exploitable self-contained source and reservoir rocks. A better understanding of the thermal cracking of sedimentary organic matter, hydrocarbons generation, expulsion, storage and retention mechanisms constitutes a key point, estimating the oil and gas in-place, free or adsorbed, for their exploration and exploitation. Herein, we introduce a new " ready to use " method of analysis and interpretation for the Rock-Eval 6 device for better assessment of free or sorbed hydrocarbons in unconventional shale plays. This method was developed at IFP Energies nouvelles (France) and was tested on 15 actual or potential unconventional shale samples from Silurian Shale (Algeria), Mississippian Barnett Shale (USA), Early Jurassic Shale (France), Late Jurassic Bazhenov Shale (Russia) and Eocene Green River Shale at different thermal maturity stages. Results indicate a better quantification of free and/or sorbed hydrocarbons (Sh0 and Sh1 peaks) as well as a more accurate determination of the Rock-Eval T max maturity parameter.
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Maria-Fernanda Romero-Sarmiento, Daniel Pillot, Géremie Letort, Violaine Lamoureux-Var, Valérie Beaumont, et al.. New Rock-Eval Method for Characterization of Unconventional Shale Resource Systems. Oil & Gas Science and Technology - Revue d'IFP Energies nouvelles, Institut Français du Pétrole, 2016, 71 (3), pp.37. ⟨10.2516/ogst/2015007⟩. ⟨hal-01395102⟩



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