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Quantitative evaluation of free gas and adsorbed gas content of Wufeng-Longmaxi shales in the Jiaoshiba area, Sichuan Basin, China

Qiyang Gou, Shang Xu

(Published: 2019-06-16)

Corresponding Author and Email:Shang Xu,; ORCID:

Citation:Gou, Q., Xu, S. Quantitative evaluation of free gas and adsorbed gas content of Wufeng-Longmaxi shales in the Jiaoshiba area, Sichuan Basin, China. Advances in Geo-Energy Research, 2019, 3(3): 258-267, doi: 10.26804/ager.2019.03.04.

Article Type:Original article


Quantitative analysis of free gas and adsorbed gas contents in shale reservoirs are great significance for efficient exploration and development of shale gas. Based on the isothermal adsorption experiment of shale samples from Wufeng-Longmaxi Formation of JYA well in Jiaoshiba area and Langmuir volume model, the relationship between shale adsorption capacity and temperature, pressure, organic carbon content, quartz and clay mineral content is analyzed. Besides, the key parameters such as Langmuir volume and Langmuir pressure are dynamically calibrated by combining grey correlation method. A new model for calculating adsorbed gas and free gas is established, which takes fully into account the formation temperature, pressure, total organic carbon and shale mineral components. The results showed that the gas content of shale calculated by the new dynamic modified model is in good agreement with the actual gas content characteristics of shale reservoirs. The new model fully takes into account the vertical and horizontal heterogeneity of mineral components and its influence on shale adsorption capacity. That is not only suitable for the tectonic stability area but also for the gas content analysis in the area with strong tectonic movement. It is concluded that the modified calculation model can effectively predict the adsorbed gas, free gas and total gas content of shale reservoirs under formation conditions, which can be used as an indicator for the analysis and prediction of the exploration and development potential of shale gas wells.

Keywords:Shale gas, free gas, adsorbed gas, gas content, isothermal adsorption, Jiaoshiba area.


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