SEDIMENTOLOGICAL AND SCANNING ELECTRON MISCROSCOPIC DESCRIPTIONS OF AFOWO OIL SAND DEPOSITS, SOUTH WESTERN NIGERIA.

Adewale Akinmosin

Abstract


Sedimentological and scanning electron microscopic analyses of some shallow reservoir tar sand samples in parts of Southwestern Nigeria were carried out with the aim of characterizing the reservoir properties in relation to bitumen saturation and recovery efficiency. A total of thirty samples were collected at different localities within the tar sand belt (ten out these samples were selected for analyses based their textural homogeneity). The result of particle size distribution study showed that bulk of the sands is medium - coarse grained and moderately sorted. The grain morphologies are of low to high sphericity with shapes generally sub angular to sub rounded, implying that the sands have undergone a fairly long transportation history with depositional energy having a moderate to high velocity. Quartz content was made up about 96% of the total mineralogical components; the sediments of the Afowo Formation can be described to be mineralogically and texturally stable. The result of the scanning electron microscopy (SEM) analysis revealed that the oil sands contained minerals which had been precipitated and are occurring as pore filling cement; these minerals include sheet kaolinite, block kaolinite, vermiform kaolinite, pyrite crystals and quartz. The SEM images also showed micropores ranging from 0.057µm to 0.446µm and fractures. The study showed that the clay minerals contained in the Afowo reservoir rocks were mainly kaolinite and is not expected to have any negative effects on reservoir quality, especially during enhanced oil recovery operations.

From overall results of the reservoir quality assessment, Oso J4 and Gbegude sands should be expected to have better reservoirs with good oil recovery efficiency due to their low content of fines and better sorting characteristics when compared to sediments of other areas.


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