Document Type : Research Paper


Assistant Professor, Department of Geology, Addis Ababa Science and Technology University


The lithofacies and environments of deposition interpretations of the Calub-Hilala field towards central trough of Ogaden Basin have been carried out. Geophysical well logs from three deep exploration wells; Calub-1, Bodle-1 and Hilala-2 were used. A methodology was piloted in establishing the sedimentary facies, their successions and environments of deposition. Gamma ray, neutron, sonic and resistivity logs were used for lithologic and depositional environment identification respectively. An attempt were also made to identify formation tops and well to well lithostratigraphic correlation basing gamma ray log trends and correlating with cored interval of the wells for Lithological comparisons. Lithofacies interpretation was carried out with Schlumberger’s Petrel 2009TMsoftware. Correlation techniques were conducted to delineate the subsurface trends of these facies with electrafacies to compare facies interpretation results that were implied using the wire line log signatures.

Ten (10) formations; Calub, Bokh, Gumburo, Adigrat, Transition, Hamanlei (Lower, Middle and Upper), Urandab, Gebredare, Gorrahei, Mustahil and Five (5) log facies; a cylindrical-shaped log trends representing aeolian, braded fluvial; a funnel-shaped facies representing a crevasse splay; a carbonate shallowing upward sequence and shallow marine sheet sand; bell-shaped facies representing transgressive marine shelf; a symmetrical- shaped facies representing sandy offshore and an irregular shaped facies representing fluvial floodplain were recognized. The environments of deposition delineated for the study area are alluvial and transgressive – regressive marine.


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