Hazra, Bodhisatwa and Singh, Deependra Pratap and Chakraborty, Prasenjeet and Singh, Pradeep K and Sahu, Santi Gopal and Adak, Ashis K. (2021) Using Rock-Eval S4Tpeak as thermal maturity proxy for shales. Marine and Petroleum Geology, 127.

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The Rock-Eval pyrolysis-stage derived parameters such as free hydrocarbons (S1), heavier pyrolysis-hydrocarbons (S2), pyrolyzable carbon (PC) and pyrolysis Tmax (from S2 curve) have received considerable interest for source-rock screening and thermal maturity assessment. On the other hand, the Rock-Eval oxidation-stage S4CO2 curve, which gives the amount of residual carbon (RC), only recently has received some interest. While the pyrolysis-stage S2 temperature-peak (Tmax) is conventionally used as a maturity proxy, in this work we show that the temperature-peak of S4CO2 curve (S4Tmax) can also be used as a thermal maturity proxy for shales. For overmature and low-TOC shale samples, showing asymmetric S2 shape and concomitantly producing doubtful Tmax, the S4 curves showed symmetric nature and consequently the S4Tmax was observed to be a reliable thermal maturity estimate. While the S4Tmax clearly resolved immature and overmature shales, for the early mature and peak mature shales the S4Tmax showed overlapping values. S4Tmax of pre-pyrolyzed and pyrolyzed masses showed good positive correlation with differential scanning calorimetry temperature-peak (DSCTpeak), and consequently indicated its applicability as a thermal maturity proxy. When early mature pre-pyrolyzed samples were directly analyzed using the Rock-Eval oxidation stage, the S4 curves showed formation of two sub-peaks, and consequently the Tmax was observed to decrease. It is recommended that analysts and interpreters should thoroughly cross-check S2 curves before reporting data, and in case of asymmetric or unreliable S2 curves, the S4Tmax can be used as a maturity proxy.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Rock-eval Shale maturity Pyrolysis Oxidation DSC
Subjects: Rock Testing
Depositing User: Mr. B. R. Panduranga
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2021 07:08
Last Modified: 30 Aug 2021 07:08
URI: http://cimfr.csircentral.net/id/eprint/2389

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