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Baker Hughes is publishing a book titled Unconventional Resources: Exploitation and Development covering a wide variety of topics central to optimizing recovery and profitability of these reservoirs. This blog entry includes extracts from the book which will be available at http://www.shopbakerhughes.com/ In our last blog post we looked at the various flow mechanisms potentially associated with ultra-low […]

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Geochemistry Many tools are used to analyze and study shales. The TOC (total organic carbon) is typically determined as the difference between total organic carbon and the carbonate carbon concentration. While both of the latter measurements are generally made with cuttings or core samples, petrophysical estimates of TOC can provide excellent and continuous estimates of […]

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Shale as reservoirs? Shales are known to be the principal sources for conventional hydrocarbon plays. They also often function as reservoir seals because of their low permeabilities.  They can also be the reservoir and trap under certain circumstances. Most of the gas created in such reservoirs would be thermogenic in origin although some shales (e.g. the Antrim) have […]

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