Full Name

2011 Unconventional Resources

Petrophysics and Tight Rock Characterization for the Application of Improved Stimulation and Production Technology in Shale

Subcontractor: Oklahoma State University

Principal Investigator: Jim Puckette
Project Number Project Status
11122-63 Completed
RPSEA Project Manager: Skip Pratt
Oklahoma State University; Geological Survey of Alabama; University of Alabama Birmingham
Period of Performance
Start Date End Date
June 27, 2013 June 26, 2016
Total Project Cost RPSEA Share Cost Share
$1,952,083.00 $1,509,645.00 $422,917.00
Project Objectives

The goals of project are to improve understanding of rock-fluid interactions in shale, to improve petrophysical characterization methods and propose standards for shale analysis, and to develop methodology for the selection of fracturing fluids and additives. Specific objectives include (1) developing techniques, workflows, and best practices for the petrologic and petrophysical characterization of shale; (2) proposing analytical standards for porosity and permeability measurement in shale similar to those that exist for conventional reservoirs; (3) explore techniques to characterize shale microstructure; (4) characterizing interactions among rock, reservoir fluid, stimulation fluid, and additives; and (5) developing techniques to rapidly evaluate stimulation fluids and additives.


File Name File Type Date
Petrophysics and Tight Rock Characterization Tech. Status Assesment 07/13