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Currently, the question of whether or not the presence of oil in sandstone inhibits quartz cementation and preserves porosity is still debated. Data from a number of Cambrian sandstone oil fields and dry fields have been studied to determine the effects of oil emplacement on quartz cementation. The data show that the porosity distribution is not affected by the presence of oil in sandstones from oil fields and dry fields with similar porosity distribution. From this, it can be concluded that oil emplacement does not lead to preservation of primary porosity, and silica supply for quartz cementation is derived from internal sources. Rather, in spite of large variation in porosity and quartz cement content, a regular pattern of porosity decrease is related to increasing temperature or depth. The observed heterogeneity is due to local factors that influence the precipitation of quartz cement, including sandstone architecture, i.e., distribution of shales within the sandstone bodies, and sandstone thickness. Heterogeneity is inherent to sandstone architecture and to the fact that silica for quartz cementation is derived from heterogeneously distributed local pressure solution. Models predicting reservoir properties should encompass facies and architecture as important independent factors.
Original languageEnglish
JournalGeological Society of America Bulletin
Issue number9-10
Pages (from-to)1280-1295
StatePublished - 2008
CitationsWeb of Science® Times Cited: 14


  • quartz cement, reservoir properties, heterogeneity, Cambrian, oil inhibition, quartzarenite
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