Elasticity and density of Paleozoic shales from Bornholm

Ida L. Fabricius, Christian Haugwitz, Pernille B. Larsen, Niels H. Schovsbo

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The Paleozoic shales exposed on the island of Bornholm contain intervals with more than 10% organic matter which is post mature with respect to the formation of hydrocarbons. Four shallow bore holes have been drilled through the 250 m thick shale interval and partly cored and logged with geophysical probes. We studied how the organic content and mineralogical composition influence mass density and elastic properties as measured from core analysis and logging data. The shales have porosity in the range of 1%-10% and modelled permeability (from porosity and BET) of generally less than 0.1 μDarcy. We found that solid density and elastic stiffness parameters only vary insignificantly with solid composition, when TOC is lower than 5%, but that mass density and TOC are correlated when TOC is higher than 5%. A similar correlation was not seen for TOC and Sonic logging data. A reason can be that the content of low-density kerogen and high-density pyrite is correlated. According to our data, the shales have weak to medium degree anisotropy of stiffness and compare well with other studied shales.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPoromechanics VI - Proceedings of the Sixth Biot Conference on Poromechanics
EditorsMatthieu Vandamme, Patrick Dangla, Jean-Michel Pereira, Siavash Ghabezloo
Place of PublicationReston, Virginia
PublisherAmerican Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-0-7844-8077-9
Publication statusPublished - 2017
Event6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics - Paris, France
Duration: 9 Jul 201713 Jul 2017
Conference number: 6


Conference6th Biot Conference on Poromechanics

Programme Area

  • Programme Area 3: Energy Resources


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