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Study Results from Research Institute Provide New Insights into Hydrocarbons

February 7, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Science Letter -- Current study results on Hydrocarbons have been published. According to news reporting originating from Beijing, People's Republic of China, by NewsRx correspondents, research stated, "Global petroleum exploration is currently undergoing a strategic shift from conventional to unconventional hydrocarbon resources. Unconventional hydrocarbons in tight reservoirs show characteristics distinct from those of conventional hydrocarbon sources hosted in structural and stratigraphic traps."

Our news editors obtained a quote from the research from Research Institute, "The characteristic features include the following: a hydrocarbon source and reservoir coexist; porosity and permeability are ultra-low; nano-pore throats are widely distributed; hydrocarbon-bearing reservoir bodies are continuously distributed; there is no obvious trap boundary; buoyancy and hydrodynamics have only a minor effect, and Darcy's law does not apply; phase separation is poor; there is no uniform oil-gas-water interface or pressure system; and oil or gas saturation varies. Examples of unconventional hydrocarbon accumulations are the Mesozoic tight sandstone oil province and the Upper Paleozoic tight sandstone gas province in the Ordos Basin, north-central China. Generally, continuous hydrocarbon accumulation over a large area is a distinguishing characteristic of unconventional hydrocarbon sources."

According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Because of the great potential of unconventional petroleum resources, it is believed that research on such resources will be at the forefront of the future development of petroleum geology."

For more information on this research see: Continuous hydrocarbon accumulation over a large area as a distinguishing characteristic of unconventional petroleum: The Ordos Basin, North-Central China. Earth-Science Reviews, 2013;126():358-369. Earth-Science Reviews can be contacted at: Elsevier Science Bv, PO Box 211, 1000 Ae Amsterdam, Netherlands. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Earth-Science Reviews - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/503329)

The news editors report that additional information may be obtained by contacting C.N. Zou, Petro China, Res Inst Petr Explorat & Dev, Beijing 100083, People's Republic of China. Additional authors for this research include Z. Yang, S.Z. Tao, X. Yuan, R.K. Zhu, L.H. Hou, S.T. Wu, L. Sun, G.S. Zhang, B. Bai, L. Wang, X.H. Gao and Z.L. Pang (see also Hydrocarbons).

Keywords for this news article include: Beijing, Hydrocarbons, Organic Chemicals, People's Republic of China

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