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Gulfport gets 3D images of Utica shale geology

By Bob Downing Published: November 8, 2012

Gulfport Energy Corp. has contracted with a Texas-based company to prepare a 3D digital image of the geology in Ohio's Utica shale.

That work was done by Ingrain Inc., based in Houston. It is a digital rock physics lab.

Ingrain conducted a focused Ion Beam Scanned Electron Microscopy to produce a 3D image of the rock, said Gulfport CEO James D. Palm.

The company learned a number of things from the Ingrain analysis, he said in a third-quarter earnings call.

The rocks show porosity and permeability similar to the Eagle Ford shale in Texas, he said.

In addition, core samples show evidence of explosion fractures created at hydrocarbon generation, he said.

That is evidence of an overpressurized reservoir, he said.

Also, there are no shallow wellfields in the Point Pleasant play, he said.

That is evidence of an effective seal that keeps the hydrocarbons trapped in the source rock.

Palm and Ingrain will go into more detail next week at a conference in Pittsburgh, Pa.



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