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Chapter 8 of "The Log Analysis Handbook" by E. R. Crain, P.Eng., published by Pennwell Books 1986 Updated 2004.
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Invaded Zone Water Saturation From
Calculate invaded zone water saturation (Sxo) using the same method
as used to calculate water saturation in the un-invaded zone (Sw).
To do this, replace the following terms in any water saturation
equation given earlier in this Chapter:
RESD by RESS
RW@FT by RMF@FT
RSH by RSHS
Sw by Sxo
RESD = deep resistivity (ohm-m)
RESS = shallow resistivity (ohm-m)
RMF@FT = mud filtrate at form temperature (ohm-m)
RSH = resistivity of shale on deep log (ohm-m)
RSHS = resistivity of shale on shallow log (ohm-m)
RW@FT = water resistivity at form temperature (ohm-m)
Sw = water saturation in the invaded zone (fractional)
Sxo = water saturation in the invaded zone (fractional)
Most analysts assume RSHS = RSH.
zone water saturation is used to find the amount of hydrocarbon
flushed by the invasion process. The hydrocarbon thus moved is
called the moveable hydrocarbon saturation, and that left behind
is the residual hydrocarbon saturation. A simple empirical formula
relating water saturation and invaded zone water saturation is:
1: Sxo = Sw ^ (1/5)
is a traditional relationship and local knowledge may provide
Zone Water Saturation from Electromagnetic Logs
electromagnetic propagation log measures the travel time and attenuation of
microwaves propagated along the borehole wall. The analysis concept is
similar to a sonic log, but the frequencies involved are microwave
(electromagnetic) in the gigahertz range instead of acoustic in
the kilohertz range. The travel time is largely influenced by
the amount of water in the formation and does not depend too greatly
on other components, such as hydrocarbon or matrix rock. Because
of its shallow investigation, the log measures the water volume
of the flushed zones.
response equation for the electromagnetic propagation log follows
the classical form:
TP = PHIe * Sxo * TPw (water term)
+ PHIe * (1 - Sxo) * TPh (hydrocarbon term)
+ Vsh * TPsh (shale term)
+ (1 - Vsh - PHIe) * Sum (Vi * TPi) (matrix term)
TPh = log reading in 100% hydrocarbon
TPi = log reading in 100% of the ith component of matrix rock
TP = log reading
TPsh = log reading in 100% shale
TPw = log reading in 100% water
PHIe = effective porosity (fractional)
Sxo = water saturation in invaded zone (fractional)
Vi = volume of ith component of matrix rock
Vsh = volume of shale (fractional)
hydrocarbon does not contribute any signal, so the equation is
solved directly for water filled porosity, assuming Vsh = 0.0.
This is then compared to the total porosity, after shale volume
corrections, based on data derived from the dual water method
described in Section 8.11.
SXOept - Water Satuation from EPT Method
loss free propagation time from measured propagation time.
1: Tpo = (TPL ^ 2 - ((ATTN - 50)) ^ 2 / 3604) ^ 0.5
value of Tpw varies with temperature and is given by:
2: FT1 = SUFT + (BHT - SUFT) / BHTDEP * DEPTH)
3: IF LOGUNITS$ = "METRIC"
4: THEN FT1 = 9 / 5 * FT1 + 32
5: Tpw = 20 * (710 - FT1 / 3) / (444 - FT1 / 3)
water filled porosity from propagation time.
6: PHIept = (Tpo - TPM) / (Tpw - TPM)
water saturation of invaded zone.
7: IF Vsh < 1.0
8: THEN SWept = (PHIept - BVWSH * Vsh) / (PHIt - BVWSH * Vsh)
9: OTHERWISE SWept = 1.0
ATTN = measured attenuation time of formation (db/m)
BHT = bottom hole temperature (degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius)
BHTDEP = depth at which BHT was measured (feet or meters)
BVWsh = bulk volume water in 100% shale (fractional)
FT1 = formation temperature (degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius)
PHIept = total porosity from electromagnetic log (fractional)
PHIt = total porosity from any total porosity (fractional)
SUFT = surface temperature (degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius)
SXPept = invaded zone saturation (fractional)
TPL = measured propagation time of formation (nsec/m)
TPM = loss free propagation time of matrix (nsec/m)
Tpo = loss free propagation time of formation (nsec/m)
Tpw = loss free propagation time of water (nsec/m)
Vsh = volume of shale (fractional)
sands and heavy oil, SXOept will equal SW since there is no
invasion in these reservoirs. This is also true in oil
reservoirs drilled with genuine oil base mud. There may be a bit
of invasion, but it does not change SW very much.
Note that this value of
SXOept does not depend on any knowledge
of resistivity log data or assumed fluid resistivities.
is a thin bed tool as it sees zones of 3-4 inches in thickness
volume can be calculated from the EPT attenuation curve in a fashion
similar to the gamma ray. This helps to resolve laminated shaly
graphical solution exists but is more complicated to use than
these simple formulae.
Loss-Free Propagation Time ns/m
value for water varies with temperature - see Step 5 for more
1. Given a zone with:
ATTN = 200 db/m
FT = 43 degrees C = 109 degrees F
TPL = 15 nsec/m
TPM = 7.2 nsec/m (sandstone)
BVWSH = 0.30
Vsh = 0.33
PHIe = 0.11
Tpo = (15 ^ 2 - ((200 - 50) ^ 2) / 3604) ^ 0.5 = 11.9
Tpw = 20 * ( 710 - 109 / 3) / (444 - 109 / 3) = 33.0
PHIept = (11.9 - 7.2) / (33.0 - 7.2) = 0.182
SWept = (0.182 - 0.30 * 0.33) / (0.11) = 0.75
is a reasonable number for Sxo in a sand such as Sand D.