High Pressure Sorption in organic-rich rocks

Nicolas Espinoza

Tight rocks host hydrocarbons in different pore habits, including fluid in bulk conditions, in adsorbed state, as a solute in fluid phases, or a mixture of these three. Organic rocks show a high potential for adsorption. In fact, sometimes more fluid can be stored in adsorbed state than in bulk conditions in these types of rocks.

The objective of this project is to conduct laboratory experiments that measure amount of sorption as a function of key petrophysical parameters. Understanding sorption in nanosized pores can help calculate reserves in place and estimate production rates.