Accurate Petrophysical Interpretation of Carbonate using the Elemental Capture Spectroscopy (ECS)


  • Usama Alameedy Petroleum Engineering Department, College of Engineering, University of Baghdad, Baghdad, Iraq



Elemental capture spectroscopy, geochemical logging, carbonate rocks, and mineralogy determination


Elemental capture spectroscopy (ECS) is an important tool in the petroleum industry for determining the composition and properties of rock formations in a reservoir. Knowledge of the types and abundance of different minerals in the reservoir is crucial for accurate petrophysical interpretation, reservoir engineering practices, and stratigraphic correlation. ECS measures the elemental content of the rock, which directly impacts several physical properties that are essential for reservoir characterization, such as porosity, fluid saturation, permeability, and matrix density. The ability to accurately determine these properties leads to better reservoir mapping, improved production, and more effective resource management. Accurately determining the mineralogy and porosity of carbonate rocks and other materials is the aim of this paper. Calcite, dolomite, quartz, clay (illite), anhydrite, and pyrite, in addition to water as a fluid, are taken into account in the computation. The formation's lithology and porosity can be ascertained from this data. When compared to the core descriptions in the geological report, the results demonstrated a distinct zone of unique lithology with good prediction accuracy.


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How to Cite

Alameedy, U. (2023). Accurate Petrophysical Interpretation of Carbonate using the Elemental Capture Spectroscopy (ECS). Iraqi Journal of Chemical and Petroleum Engineering, 24(3), 125–131.