Maria Mastalerz
Geological Research at the IGS

Characterization of organic matter in the Second White Specks Formation

Status Start Date End Date Locations
completed Aug 1, 2012 May 31, 2015 Outside Indiana
Director: Maria Mastalerz
Other Researchers: Schimmelmann, Brassell, Pedersen, Bish
Funding: Tight Oil Consortium, University of Calgary
Issue: The Tight Oil Consortium was created to solve multidisciplinary problems facing industry in the arena of low permeability (tight) oil reservoirs. To accomplish this goal, the consortium is composed of researchers from geoscience and the petroleum engineering disciplines and funds various research projects.
Objective: This study presents approaches for evaluating hybrid source rock/reservoirs within tight-rock petroleum systems. The emerging shale play in the Upper Cretaceous Second White Specks and Belle Fourche formations in central Alberta, Canada is used as an example to evaluate organic and inorganic compositions and their relationships to pore characteristics
Approach: Collected samples were characterize from point of view organic and mineral matter composition, maturity, porosity, organic geochemistry and Rock-Eval pyrolysis.
Products: This project was a Ph.D. research project of Agnieszka Furmann. Furmann, A., Mastalerz, M., Schimmelmann, A., Pedersen, P.K., Bish, D., 2014, Relationship between porosity, organic matter, and mineral matter in mature organic-rich marine mudstones of the Belle Fourche and Second White Specks formations in Alberta, Canada: Marine and Petroleum Geology 54, 65-81.
Benefits: This project provides better understanding of the factors that influence relationship between organic petrology and geochemistry Second White Specks Formation and its porosity

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