The Eocene carbonate rocks are commercially very significant in the geological history of Pakistan.
The central Pakistan was unaffected by the collisional tectonics, being effective in the Northern
Pakistan. The Khairpur-Jacobabad High is formed during the Mesozoic when the adjoining areas were
rifted apart. They were essentially sub-aqueous islands in an otherwise stable carbonate platform
environment (Kadri, 1995). The Eocene rocks are distributed in such a way that it starts from offshore
Karachi in the south to the Attock-Cherat Range in the north (Kadri, 1995). The Kharnhak-1 well lies
in the Jacobabad Block, Middle Indus Basin (MIB), Pakistan (Figure 1). Geographically, the block is
near to the Jacobabad town which is ~375 kilometers north-east-north (NEN) of Karachi, Pakistan.
Besides SML, the block consists of Cretaceous Pab and Goru/Sembar sandstones as prospective
hydrocarbon horizons (Sheikh, 2003).
Tectonic map of Pakistan (after Kazmi and Rana, 1982); the inset shows the Khairpur-Jacobabad High having
Kharnhak-1 well represented by black dot.
The SML is an ascertained reservoir in the MIB, Pakistan. The name Sui Main Limestone (SML) is
given to this prolific gas producing carbonate unit by Pakistan Petroleum Limited (PPL) (Kadri,
1995). More than 20 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of natural gas reserves with minor condensate has been
discovered in SML in the 14 gas fields in the region. This amounts to ~50% of the 42 TCF of gas
discovered in the last 50 years. It is a big gas reservoir in central Pakistan contributing alone to about
55% of country’s annual gas production of 0.924 TCF at an average of 2.53 billion cubic feet (BCF)
per day during 2001-2002 (Sheikh, 2003). This research is focused on the petrophysical evaluation to
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work out the hydrocarbon potential of SML in Kharnhak-1 well. The lithology of SML is derived
from logs. In addition, the relationship between three vital parameters, including formation resistivity
factor (F), compressional wave velocity (Vp), and porosity (x) involved in formation evaluation is
validated. Such inter-relationships help to analyze and draw interpretations about the geological
processes based on geophysical logs.
2. Geological setting
The Himalayan orogeny, which has been active since Tertiary, represents collision between the Indian
and Eurasian plates (Molnar and Tapponnier, 1977). This collision resulted in the formation of
Karakoram thrust zone to the north and Chaman transcurrent fault system to the west ultimately
forming MIB. The MIB is situated at latitude of 29º-27º N and longitude of 67º-70º 30/ E in the
central portion of Indus basin, Pakistan (Sheikh, 2003). It is surrounded by Sulaiman Fold belt and
southern part of Punjab Platform in the north, Indian Shield in the east, Indian Plate marginal zone in
the west, and Mari-Kandhkot High in the south. The MIB consists of Mesozoic and Cenozoic rocks.
They are encountered in the subsurface during drilling and discerned in outcrop only at the eastern
edge of the basin (Iqbal and Shah, 1980; Shah, 1977). Towards the north, the Sargodha High and Pezu
uplift separates the MIB from Upper Indus Basin, while Sukkur rift is the division between MIB and
southern Indus basin towards the south (Raza et al., 1989).
3. Literature review
In 2005, the Eocene SML is discovered as a gas reservoir due to the discovery through Haseeb well 1.
The NNW-SSE oriented anticlinal fold hosts the SML. The limestone having the gas is highly porous
with more than 20% matrix and fracture porosity (IPC and GSM, 2007). The SML consists of
different facies such as mudstone, wackestone, packstone-grainstone, and dolomitic limestone (Kadri,
1995). The SML overlies Paleocene Ranikot formation and is underlain by Eocene Ghazij shale. The
source rock for the gas generation is organic rich Cretaceous shales of Sembar/Goru formations and
Ghazij shales are the seal rocks for the SML reservoir (Tainsh et al., 1959; Siddiqui, 2004)). In the
northern part of the Khairpur-Jacobabad High, the Ghazij shale is ineffective as a seal above SML due
to an increased calcareous content (Siddiqui, 2004). At Sui, this carbonate unit is well developed
representing subsurface type-locality (Kadri, 1995). The SML is a closed-system reservoir that is
separated in all dimensions by shales or poor reservoir facies and structural barriers (Siddiqui, 2004).
The SML has no outcrop exposure in Pakistan (Kadri, 1995). According to Shah (1977), the measured
surface sections by the Geological Survey of Pakistan do not evince the presence of any Eocene
limestone between Ghazij shales and the underlying Dungan formation. In subsurface, the SML
reservoir-quality facies is restricted within latitude of 29 º-27º N and longitude of 67º-70º E, covering
an area of ~50,690 km2 (Siddiqui, 2004). The SML depositional cycle has a shallow upward trend
(Siddiqui, 2004). The SML has good porosity and consists of different pore types such as mouldic,
vuggy, intragranular, intercrystalline, and fracture (minor contributor to porosity). In the Haseeb field,
more than 20% porosity is recorded in the reservoir zones of SML (IPC and GSM, 2007). In the Sui
gas field, the SML is uniform in composition, i.e. limestone with shale intercalations at the top. The
porosity varies from 6.7 to 28.4% and the permeability varies from 0.1 to 12.9 millidarcy (md)
(Tainsh et al., 1959).
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4. Stratigraphy of the Kharnhak-1 well
The general stratigraphy of the MIB starts from Jurassic Chiltan Limestone and reaches Siwaliks of
Miocene-Pliocene age, as shown in Figure 2 (Kadri, 1995). Similarly, the stratigraphy of the
Kharnhak-1 well starts from the Jurassic Chiltan Limestone. Above the Chiltan Limestone are rocks
of Cretaceous age including Sembar formation, Goru formation, Parh Limestone, Mughal Kot
formation, and Pab formation. Lying above the Cretaceous sequence are Paleocene Ranikot group and
Dungan formation. The Eocene succession is comprised of SML, Sui shale, Sui upper Limestone,
Ghazij group, and Kirthar formation. The Eocene rocks are followed unconformably by Siwalik group
and alluvium of Miocene-Pliocene and Recent age respectively. The stratigraphic column of the
Kharnhak-1 well is shown in Figure 3 (lithology from Shah, 2009).
Generalized stratigraphic column of the MIB (after Kadri, 1995).
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Stratigraphic column of the Kharnhak-1 well (lithology from Shah, 2009).
5. Materials and methods
The petrophysical analyses were performed using well log data. The x is determined by using porosity
logs, i.e. density, neutron, sonic, and combination of neutron and density logs; permeability (K) is
calculated from an equation comprised of gamma ray (GR), bulk density (RHOB), deep laterolog
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(LLD), acoustic travel time (DT), and neutron porosity (NPHI). The GR log scale is 0-150 API;
RHOB ranges from 1.95 to 2.95 g/cc; NPHI ranges from -0.15 to 0.50 (v/v_decimal) porosity unit;
spontaneous potential (SP) scale ranges from -70 to -100 mV; the resistivity log scale used is 0.2-2000
ohm.m, and caliper log scale is in the range of 6-16 inches. F is defined as the ratio of rock resistivity
filled with water (Ro) to the water resistivity (Rw). F is inversely related to porosity as mentioned in
Equation 1 (Archie, 1942). Vp is the inverse of interval transit time shown in Equation 2 (Peters,
2011). The porosity is the ratio of total vacant spaces to total rock volume shown in Equation 3
F = Ro / Rw = a / xm (1)
Vp = 106 / Δt (2)
x = Vp / Vb (3)
where, F is formation resistivity factor (dimensionless); x stands for porosity (%) and a represents
tortuosity factor; m is cementation factor, and V denotes compressional wave velocity (ft/s); Δt is
interval transit time (μsec/ft); Vp stands for pore volume and Vb represents bulk rock volume.
6. Results and discussion
6.1. Petrophysical evaluation
The petrophysical analyses through wireline logs (GR, RHOB, NPHI, DT, SP, and LLD) for the SML
in Kharnhak-1 well were conducted. The analyses were made to calculate the volume of shale (Vsh), x,
K, water saturation (Sw), and hydrocarbon saturation (Shc). The GR log is used to measure the amount
of shale as a function of depth. The lithologies like shale have high GR reading (>75 API) and clean
carbonates have fairly low values, i.e. < 45 API (Rider, 1996). At the depth interval of 1175-1295 m,
GR log shows the deflection of varying API as shown in Table 1 (GR maximum used is 95API and
minimum is 35API). Vsh is calculated from the GR log for the SML interval in Kharnhak-1 well using
the following equation (Rider, 1996);
where, Vsh is the volume of shale; GRlog stands for GR log reading; GRmax and GRmin represent
maximumGR log and minimumGR log respectively.
The density log is a continuous record of formation RHOB. The density porosity (xD) is calculated
from the density log using the equation given below (Rider, 1996).
where, ɸ D, ρb, ρma, and ρf are density porosity, density from log, matrix density, and fluid density
respectively. The lithology is assumed to be pure limestone, so matrix density (ρma) is equal to 2.71
g/cc and the fluid density (ρf) equals to 1.14 g/cc (Rider, 1996). The density porosity is also calculated
by using a Schlumberger standard chart as shown in Figure 4 (Schlumberger, 2009). The NPHI (xN)
measures the hydrogen ion in the formation and is read directly from tool (Rider, 1996). The apparent
neutron porosity, xN (p.u.), in limestone is calculated from true porosity, x (p.u.), for an indicated
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matrix (limestone) material by using a chart as shown in Figure 5 (Schlumberger, 2009). The
combined neutron-density logs were used to calculate the average neutron-density porosity (ɸ
using the given equation (Rider, 1996):
is combined neutron-density porosity and ɸrepresents neutron porosity; ɸdenotes
density porosity. The sonic log is a porosity log (ɸthat measures the interval transit time ‘delta t’
(Δt) of a compressional sound wave traveling through the formation along the axis of borehole in real
time and convert it to velocity for lithology, seismic, and geotechnical purposes (Thomas, 1978 and
Purdy, 1982). The interval transit time depends upon both lithology and x (Rider, 1996).
Density porosity determination from bulk density (ρb) (Schlumberger, 2009).
The following Wyllie-time average equation is used to calculate sonic porosity with the matrix and
fluid interval transit time (Δtma and Δtf) of 47.6 μsec/ft and 189 μsec/ft for limestone respectively
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where, xs is sonic porosity; Δtlog andtma are interval transit time from log and interval transit time of
matrix respectively, andtf denotes interval transit time of fluids.
K is calculated using the modified equation of Mohaghegh et al. (1995) for reservoir permeability
calculation on the basis of log data reading, with the addition of neutron porosity effect and acoustic
travel time to the equation.
!38 ∗ %&
'.)* + ,-
'.''.. ∗ /-'.* ∗ -01'.''2 ∗ 3'..3.' (8)
where, K (mD), GR (API), BD (gr/cc),, and LD (ohm.m), are permeability, gamma ray, bulk density,
and deep laterolog respectively; DHT (μ.s/ft) and N (p.u.) stand for acoustic travel time and neutron
Determination of apparent neutron porosity, xN (p.u.) in limestone (calcite) (Schlumberger, 2009).
The tomography of the porosity and permeability in the Kharnhak-1 well is shown in Figures 6a and
b. The porosity displays a positive correlation coefficient (r = 0.55) with permeability, indicating that
permeability rises with an increase in porosity. A linear regression equation of y = 0.014x - 0.2 is also
computed for the porosity and permeability values in the reservoir units of the SML respectively and
is utilized to fit a linear regression line to the set of points (Figure 6c). All the petrophysical
parameters together with their respective calculated values are given in Table 1.
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Petrophysical characteristics of the SML in Kharnhak-1 well: (a) and (b) x and K tomography of the SML; (c)
the relationship between x and K of the SML in Kharnhak-1 well.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Porosity (ɸ), %
No. of data points
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Permeability (K), mD
No. of data points
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Permeability (K), mD
Porosity (ɸ), %
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Values of petrophysical parameters utilized and calculated during petrophysical analysis in Kharnhak-1 well.
1175 43 13 2.3 26 21 23.5 80 22 1.35 81 19 0.3
1185 43.5 14 2.3 26 22 24 76 20 1.47 76 24 0.13
1195 53 30 2.1 39 33 36 90 29 1.43 51 49 0.6
1205 45 17 2.3 26 23 24.5 116 48 1.85 67 33 0.004
1215 38.5 6 2.4 20 24 22 103 39 1.53 82 18 0.24
1225 43.5 14 2.35 23 21 22 80 22 1.75 76 24 0.06
1235 47.5 21 2.3 26 24 25 79 22 1.69 68 32 0.023
1245 44 15 2.35 23 18 20.5 78 21 1.81 81 19 0.174
1255 43 13 2.3 26 24 25 77 21 1.62 70 30 0.02
1265 47 20 2.3 26 23 24.5 80 22 1.49 74 26 0.008
1275 46.5 19 2.3 26 27 26.5 104 40 1.38 71 29 0.004
1285 47.5 21 2.5 14 14 14 72 17 2.67 97 3 0.04
1295 53 30 2.6 7 17 12 68 14 3.9 94 6 0.004
Average 18 - 24 22 23 - 26 - 77 23 0.124
The SP log is used to determine the resistivity of formation water (Rw) by applying the following
equation (Rider, 1996):
where, K is a constant that depends on formation temperature [K = 65 + (0.24 × formation
temperature in ºC)]; Rmfe stands for the resistivity of mud filtrate at reservoir temperature, and Rwe is
the equivalent resistivity of water; SSP denotes static SP. Thus, for SML, one may obtain:
65 + 0.24 @ 6179.6 °E (10)
The temperature details (surface, maximum bottomhole temperature (BHT), SML top-bottom, and
average temperatures are given in Table 2 (Schlumberger, 1974; Wyllie and Rose, 1950). The
equivalent mud filtrate resistivity (Rmfe) at 61 ºC (average SML temperature) is determined from the
chart, as shown in Figure 7, using the value of Rmf at the formation temperature (Tf) (Schlumberger,
2009). The Rmf at Tf is calculated using the following equation (Schlumberger, 2009):
&FG HI 1G&FG
where Rmf at Tf is the resistivity of mud filtrate at Tf; Rmf is the resistivity of mud filtrate at surface
temperature; T2 is the formation temperature and T1 is the mean surface temperature. The resistivity is
in ohm-m and the temperature is given in degrees centigrade. The Rmf at Tf is converted to Rmfe using a
chart (Schlumberger, 2009). The values of Rmf at Tf and Rmfe in ohm-m are 0.07 and 0.07 respectively
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Chart used for converting Rmf at Tf to Rmfe and Rwe to Rw (Schlumberger, 2009).
Similarly equivalent water resistivity (Rwe) can also be calculated from the equation as follows:
&OP&FGP @ 10
where, Tf is formation temperature in degrees Fahrenheit.
The Rwe value is converted to Rw at Tf using a chart as shown in Figure 7 (Schlumberger, 2009). The
values of Rwe and Rw are 0.04 and 0.05 respectively (Figure 7). The Sw is calculated through Archie
equation as follows (Rider, 1996):
where, Sw is water saturation and x is porosity; Rw and Rt represent formation water resistivity and true
resistivity respectively as read from the deep resistivity log; a stands for tortuosity factor (taken as 1),
and m is cementation factor (taken as 2); n is saturation exponent (taken as 2). m values vary from 1.8-
3.0 for compacted limestones (Salem and Chilingarian, 1999b). However, Tabibi and Emadi (2003)
mentioned that the most applicable values of m for carbonate ranges from 1.8 to 2.0. The value of a
varies from 0.91 to 1.05 and the value of n ranges from 2.40 to 4.24 (Elias and Steagall, 1996). Shc is
calculated by the given equation (Rider, 1996):
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4]1 ! 4O (14)
Estimated formation (SML) temperature in Kharnhak-1 well.
Well Name Surface (ºC) Maximum BHT (ºC) Top (ºC) Bottom (ºC) Average SML
Kharnhak-1 35 89 59.5 62.3 61
The cut-offs used for petrophysical interpretation are as follows: Vsh cut-off is 30%; x cut-off is 15%
and Sw cut-off is 60%. The gross, net, net reservoir, and net pay thickness is 126 m, 110 m, 100 m,
and 10 m respectively (Figure 8). The net pay has x and Sw of 36% and 51% respectively. The net to
gross ratio (N/G) is 0.8 representing the presence of clean lithology (limestone).
Log signature of SML derived using conventional open hole logs.
The quantitative interpretation is conducted using empirical formulae as given above. In Kharnhak-1
well, SML carbonates have good porosity and poor permeability with higher water saturation (77%).
The SML has sufficient porosity to hold hydrocarbons. However, the hydrocarbon saturation is less
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(23%) due to ineffective cap rock according to Siddiqui (2004). Therefore, the Kharnhak-1 well is not
developed due to insufficient hydrocarbons at SML interval.
6.2. Log Signature of SML
The log signature of SML is derived using conventional open hole logs. This target is achieved by
using GR, SP, neutron-density combo, and resistivity logs. In case of GR log, the interpretation is
carried out following the work of Adeoye et al. (2013). The GR scale ranges from 0-150 API. A line
is drawn at 75 API, above which are the shale intervals and below which are non-shale intervals. In
case of SML, the GR log is below 75 API. According to Lucia (2007), the neutron-density
combination log is usually utilized to identify limestone and dolostone. The neutron-density logs
overlap for limestone, while, for dolostone, there is some gap with a high neutron value to the left
relative to the density provided GR curve, which is below shale baseline (Lucia, 2007). Similar
technique (combined neutron-density logs) is also used by Hakimi et al. (2015) to interpret the
lithology of Sharyoof-1, Sharyoof-2, and Sharyoof-4 wells in Sharyoof oilfield, Masila Basin, Eastern
Yemen. In SML, neutron-density combo log signature implies the dominant presence of limestone
and minor dolomite. The negative values of SP correspond to the presence of carbonates (limestone).
The low resistivity denotes limestone with a high porosity (Figure 8).
Besides Kharnhak-1, there are also two exploratory wells, i.e. Yasin well # 1 and Haseeb well # 1, in
Jacobabad block. The distance between Kharnhak-1 and Yasin well # 1 is about 8.5 km, while the
distance between Yasin well # 1 and Haseeb well # 1 is about 21 km. The SML of Yasin well # 1
consists of limestone, marl, and shale (Hycarbex Inc., 2008), whereas, in Haseeb well # 1, the SML is
composed of limestone (slightly dolomitic), marl, and shale. The thickness of SML in Kharnhak-1,
Yasin well # 1, and Haseeb well # 1 is 126 m, 200 m, and 244 m respectively (Figure 9).
Correlation of SML lithology among Kharnhak-1, Yasin well # 1, and Haseeb well # 1 (Yasin well # 1 and
Haseeb well # 1 lithology is taken from IPC and GSM, 2007; Hycarbex Inc., 2008).
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Pore types from Sonic Log Response
In carbonates, the pore spaces can be determined by sonic logs. The quantitative porosity analysis can
be done in petrographic studies; however, the qualitative studies can be conducted from the sonic log
response. Such studies are based on the comparison of the observed response and on the one predicted
by the Wyllie equation as shown in Equation 4. As a result, three basic qualitative interpretations can
be made: (1) microporous rocks, such as mudstone, plot above the Wyllie line; (2) rocks having
intergranular and intercrystalline porosity (sucrosic dolomites) plot on or near the Wyllie line; and (3)
rocks with vuggy porosity plot below the Wyllie line (Sadeq and Yusoff, 2015). Sadeq and Yusoff
(2015) used the sonic and core porosity cross-plot to infer about the porosity types in carbonates in
Bai Hassan oil field, Northern Iraq (Figure 10). However, in this study, the sonic and combined
neutron-density crossplot is constructed evincing the presence of micropores, intercrystalline, and
vuggy porosity in SML carbonates (Figure 10).
Interpretation of porosity type using sonic versus combined neutron-density porosity (modified from Bai
Hassan, sonic versus core porosity of Sadeq and Yusoff, 2015).
Following Hakimi et al. (2015), the pore types within the SML carbonates are interpreted to be
dominantly secondary porosity using the cross-plot of the combined neutron-density porosity and
sonic porosity (Figure 11). This is also confirmed by the petrographic studies indicating the presence
of mouldic, vuggy, and fracture porosity (IPC and GSM, 2007). The qualitative interpretation
describes that the SML is predominantly carbonate (limestone) sequence at Kharnhak-1. Similarly,
there is secondary porosity as derived from conventional open hole logs.
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Porosity type identification using the crossplot of combined neutron-density porosity and sonic porosity in SML
carbonates (adapted from Hakimi et al., 2015).
7. Relationships between F, Vp, and x for the SML
There are three significant parameters in formation evaluation including F, Vp, and x. F and Vp are
very important parameters in order to work out the electric and elastic behavior of porous media. This
leads to interpret the type of fluids present in the pore spaces. F and Vp are controlled by pore and
matrix nature, saturation, salinity, water viscosity, formation and pore water resistivity, clay content,
cation exchange capacity, bulk density (grains and fluids), fluids type in pores, and different elastic
moduli such as pore, fluid, and grain compressibility. Both parameters (F and Vp) are affected by
changes in x, pressure, and temperature (Salem, 2001).
In this research work, the relationships between F, Vp, and x are determined for the SML by utilizing
various wireline logs in the Kharnhak-1 well at sampling depth intervals (ΔZ) of 10.0 m. The x is
calculated from combined neutron-density log and F is determined as a ratio of deep laterolog and
water resistivity. The Vp is derived using sonic logs. Table 3 lists the calculated values of the three
parameters (F, Vp, and x) with a ΔZ of 10.0 m. The relationships that link F, Vp, and x are shown in
Figures 12a-c. The values of correlation coefficient (r) and the equation of the straight line (y) are
given in the mentioned figures. The relationship between these parameters (F, Vp, and x) is established
by using 13 readings of the reservoir units of the SML for Kharnhak-1 well.
The x and F are plotted for the Kharnhak-1 in the reservoir intervals within depth ranging from 1175
to 1295 m. The cross-plot indicates that there is an inverse relationship between the x and F. r is -0.78
and y = 80 – 1.93x is computed for the relationship between x and F (Figure 12a). Vp is also inversely
related to x having an r value of -0.53 (Figure 12b; y = 4998 – 58x). F and Vp are directly proportional
to each other with an r value equal to 0.53 (Figure 12c; y = 20x + 2922). An increase in x results in a
decrease in F and Vp. In contrast, an increase in F consequently enhances Vp.
0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 40
Sonic Porosity (%)
Combined Neutron-Density Porosity (%)
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F (dimensionless), Vp (in m/s), and x (%) for the SML of Kharnhak-1 well (1174-1300m) at a ΔZ of 10.0 m.
Sui Main Limestone (1174-1300 m; 126 m)
Z (m) F Vp (m/s) ɸN-D (%)
1175 27 3810.976 23.5
1185 29.4 4011.553 24
1195 28.6 3387.534 36
1205 37 2628.259 24.5
1215 30.6 2959.981 22
1225 35 3810.976 22
1235 33.8 3859.216 25
1245 36.2 3908.693 20.5
1255 32.4 3959.455 25
1265 29.8 3810.976 24.5
1275 27.6 2931.52 26.5
1285 53.4 4234.417 14
1295 78 4483.501 12
x decreases relatively regularly with depth, while F increases with depth; these trends are common
irrespective of sediment composition and geographic locality (O’Brien, 1990). The clay content can
affect F and Vp. The increase in x can be due to the presence of shale (clay) and in turn a decrease in F
and Vp occurs. Within a reservoir rock, shale can be of three types, namely such as structural shale,
laminar shale and dispersed shale (Tiab and Donaldson, 2004). In structural shale, x is preserved,
while the laminar and dispersed shale affects x values (Tiab and Donaldson, 2004). Therefore, an
increase in shale content implies a decrease in F and Vp. In Kharnhak-1 well, the SML dominantly
consists of carbonates with a Vsh of 18%. There is the presence of argillaceous (clay) and dolomitic
lithologies at the interval of SML in Haseeb-1 well (IPC and GSM, 2007). In Yasin well # 1, there is
also marl (argillaceous limestone), and shale ultimately raises x values but diminishes F and Vp
(Hycarbex Inc., 2008).
Similarly, in carbonates the x variation in relationship to a change in F and Vp are related to
diagenesis. The diagenetic processes influencing x include cementation, neomorphism, dissolution,
dolomitization, and fracturing (mechanical compaction) (Flügel, 2010). The cementation and
neomorphism can reduce x, while dissolution, dolomitization, and fracturing are the main causes of x
generation and enhancement in carbonates. According to IPC and GSM (2007) mouldic, vuggy,
intragranular, intercrystalline, and fracture porosities are noted. This demonstrates that SML
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carbonates are modified by diagenetic processes. Hence such diagenetic processes are responsible for
the relationship between x, F, and Vp.
(a) F (dimensionless) versus x (%); (b) Vp (m/s) versus x (%); and (c) Vp (m/s) versus F (dimensionless); 13
readings representing SML of Kharnhak-1 at a ΔZ of 10.0 m.
0 10 20 30 40
Formation Resistivity Factor
Porosity (ɸ), %
0 10 20 30 40
Compressional wave velocity
Porosity (ɸ), %
0 20 40 60 80 100 Compressional wave velocity
Formation Resistivity Factor (F), dimensionless
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The cemented carbonates will have high F and Vp in combination with the inverse correlation with x
as compared to non-cemented carbonates. Similarly, x enhancement processes like dissolution,
dolomitization, diagenetic fractures (open) cause a decrease in F and Vp within the carbonates. The
carbonates have high depositional x, but as diagenesis begins, it starts diminishing the x by early
compaction, and later on cement occupies the pore spaces. This results in an increase in F and Vp with
reducing x. The tectonically fractured carbonates will have low F and Vp as compared to undeformed
carbonates provided that the fractures are open. In other words, open fractures raises x, while sealed
fractures reduces x by increasing F and Vp. Hence the elastic and electric character of the carbonate
rocks is controlled by x enhancement and reducing processes.
The reservoir properties of the Eocene SML are evaluated in Kharnhak-1 well located in the
Khairpur-Jacobabad High in the MIB, Pakistan. The average Vsh is estimated to be 18%. The
calculated average xD, xN, xN-D, xs, and K are 24%, 22%, 23%, 26%, and 0.124 mD respectively. The x
shows a positive correlation coefficient (r = 0.55) with K. The higher values of porosities imply
higher secondary porosity in carbonates of the SML. In Kharnhak-1, the SML is water-wet with an Sw
value of 77.0%, reflecting that SML do not hold hydrocarbon in commercial quantity, and thus should
not be developed. The net reservoir and net pay thickness is 100 m and 10 m respectively based on
Vsh, x, and Sw cutoff used. The log signature of SML derived from GR, SP, neutron-density combo,
and resistivity logs shows that it is predominantly composed of carbonate (limestone) sequence. The
inverse relationship of x with F and Vp and the direct relation between the latter two parameters are
evidenced in this study. These relationships lead to the interpretation that the electric and elastic
characteristics of the carbonate rocks depend upon type of shale, diagenesis, and tectonic processes. It
is suggested that an integrated approach should be employed to determine these petrophysical
parameters, whereby the results obtained from well logs, core data, and seismic attributes are
correlated to get far more vital results.
The authors are thankful to the Land Mark Resources (LMKR) and Directorate General of Petroleum
Concession of Pakistan, who provided the well data for this research.
SML : Sui Main Limestone
MIB : Middle Indus Basin
PPL : Pakistan Petroleum Limited
TCF : Trillion cubic feet
BCF : Billion cubic feet
x : Porosity (%)
F : Formation resistivity factor (dimensionless)
Vp : Compressional wave velocity (ft/s)
K : Permeability (millidarcy)
GR : Gamma ray (API)
SP : Spontaneous potential (mV)
SSP : Static spontaneous potential (mV)
RHOB : Bulk density (g/cc)
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LLD : Deep laterolog (ohm.m)
DT : Acoustic travel time (microseconds/ft)
NPHI : Neutron porosity (p.u.)
API : American Petroleum Institute
a : Tortuosity factor
m : Cementation factor
n : Saturation exponent
ρ : Density (g/cc)
r : Correlation coefficient
y : Linear regression equation
p.u. : Porosity unit
N/G : Net to gross ratio
BHT : Bottom hole temperature (°C)
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