Carbonate Reservoir Geology


Petroleum geologists, explorationists, petrophysicists, geophysicists and engineers involved with exploration of carbonate plays and development of carbonate reservoirs. Previous knowledge of carbonate sedimentology is not required.


- Carbonate reservoirs: Basic principles; depositional concepts; grain types; textures and fabrics; environmental reconstruction.
- The reservoir model—depositional and diagenetic characteristics: Sabkha/tidal flat; lagoon; shelf; reef (rudist and coral/algal); barrier/shoal; slope and redeposited; aeolian and lacustrine; karst plays.
- Carbonate diagenesis: Primary and secondary porosity; compaction; pressure solution; cementation; dolomitization; porosity generation and destruction; fractures.
- Carbonate and evaporite sequence stratigraphy: Systems tracts; key surfaces; contrasting windward and leeward stacking patterns; carbonate—evaporite cycles; seismic stratigraphy.
- Log response in carbonate rocks: Gamma; sonic; neutron; density; FMS.
- Reservoir assessment: Fracture reservoirs; reservoir modeling; volumetric assessment in correlation and mapping; effects of capillary pressure; interface with engineering.

Learning Objectives

- Understand carbonate depositional systems and controls
- Recognize and model controls on reservoir quality and pore systems including diagenesis and fracturing
- Understand and apply carbonate and evaporate seismic stratigraphy



Number of Participants

Max 20



Software Used


Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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