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How do you interpret resistivity logs?

How do you interpret resistivity logs?

Resistivity is usually recorded in ohm meters (Ωm) and is displayed on track 4 of a well log. Three depths of resistivity can be logged (shallow, medium, and deep) that record the resistivity of the formation with increasing distance away from the borehole….Definition.

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What is the unit of log of resistivity?

The resistivity log. Resistivity logs measure the ability of rocks to conduct electrical current and are scaled in units of ohm-meters.

How do you calculate true resistivity?

The true resistivity (Rt) of a formation is its resistivity when not contaminated by drilling fluids. It may contain formation water only (water saturation [Sw] = 100%) or formation water and hydrocarbons (Sw < 100%)….True resistivity determination.

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What is resistivity in oil and gas?

1. n. [Formation Evaluation] The ability of a material to resist electrical conduction. It is the inverse of conductivity and is measured in ohm-m. The resistivity is a property of the material, whereas the resistance also depends on the volume measured.

What does high resistivity mean?

A high resistivity means that a material does not conduct electric charge well. Electrical resistivity is defined as the relation between the electric field inside a material, and the electric current through it as a consequence: ρ=EJ.

What does low resistivity mean?

Low resistivity is a material intrinsic property which readily allows the movement of electrons. Conversely, a high-resistivity material has a high electrical resistance and impedes the flow of electrons. Elements such as copper and aluminum are known for their low levels of resistivity.

What is the difference between true and apparent resistivity?

Apparent resistivity is equal the earth’s true resistivity only when the earth is a uniform halfspace. When the earth is more complicated, the measured apparent resistivity will lie between the maximum and the minimum of the true resistivities.

What is resistivity log used for?

Resistivity logging is used in mineral exploration (for example for exploration for iron and copper ore bodies), geological exploration (deep geological disposal, geothermal wells), and water-well drilling. It is an indispensable tool for formation evaluation in oil- and gas-well drilling.

Is high resistivity good?

A high-resistivity material means it has high resistance and can resist electron flow. A low resistivity material means it has low resistance and therefore the electrons pass through the material smoothly. Copper and aluminium, for example, have low resistivity. Less resistivity has good conductors.

Does low resistivity mean high conductivity?

The extremely low resistivity (high conductivity) of silver is characteristic of metals. An insulator like glass has low conductivity and a high resistivity.

What is a laterolog?

Laterolog resistivity tool injects electric currents into geological formations and records the potential drop across a specific length along the open hole well. Laterolog measurements are related to the electrical resistivity of the formation. Laterolog tools are reliable in boreholes drilled with water-based muds.

What is Groningen effect?

The Groningen effect was named after the large Dutch gas field where the anomaly was first identified. The effect is an anomalously high resistivity reading that occurs for approximately 100 ft [30 m] below a thick, highly resistive bed such as the thick evaporitic Zechstein caprock at the Groningen field.

What are the types of resistivity?

The three main methods of electric resistivity surveys are vertical electric sounding (VES), electric profiling, and electric imaging. Each of these utilize one of the array configurations mentioned above.

What is meant by apparent resistivity?

Apparent resistivity is defined as the resistivity of an electrically homogeneous and isotropic half-space that would yield the measured relationship between the applied current and the potential difference for a particular arrangement and spacing of electrodes.

How useful is the electrical resistivity log in determining reservoir characteristics?

The usefulness of the electrical resistivity log in determining reservoir characteristics is governed largely by: (i) the accuracy with which the true resistivity of the formation can be determined; (2) the scope of detailed data concerning the relation…

What is the difference between resistivity and porosity logs?

Assuming that resistivity logs respond to fluids, while porosity logs (sonic, density, or neutron) respond to kerogen/matrix and fluids, the Passey (1990) method combines these two type of logs to estimate TOC in organic-rich rocks.

What does the cross-over between resistivity and gamma-ray readings indicate?

The cross-over between resistivity and gamma-ray readings (in yellow) is indicative of high TOC content. (Modified from author’s research results ). Total organic carbon (TOC) is an important parameter in the evaluation of kerogen-rich unconventional reservoirs.