G. Tari1*, A. Vrsic2, T. Gumpenberger2, E. Mekonnen2, W. Hujer2, W. Hujer2, M. Fallah3, N. Tevzadze4, A. Janiashvili4, P. Pace5, A. Ricciato5, V. Alania6, and O. Enukidze6

1 OMV E&P, Vienna, Austria.

2 OMV E&P, TECH Center &. Lab., Gänserndorf, Austria.

3 OMV Petrom, Bucharest, Romania.

4 Georgia Oil & Gas Limited, Tbilisi, Georgia.

5 G.E. Plan Consulting, Petroleum Geosciences, Ferrara, Italy.

6 Javakhishvili Tbilisi State University, Tbilisi, Georgia.

* corresponding author: gabor.tari@omv.com

Key words: volcaniclastics, zeolites, Caucasus, Georgia, Samgori, Kartli Basin, fractured reservoir, Eocene.

In the broader Caucasus region, multiple extrusive volcanic units are present within the Jurassic, Cretaceous, Eocene and Miocene sedimentary successions. Partial reworking of volcanic material from various provenance areas into Eocene, Oligocene and Miocene reservoir units is commonly observed in the Eastern Black Sea and in the Rioni, Kartli and Kura Basins of onshore Georgia. Reservoir quality has in general been negatively affected by volcanic rock fragments which may have undergone complex diagenetic alteration. However, despite concerns regarding reservoir quality, oil at the Samgori field, the largest field in Georgia (~200 MM brl recovered), is hosted in altered Middle Eocene volcaniclastic sandstones interbedded with deep-water turbidites. Previous studies of core material from numerous wells in this field showed that most of the oil is contained in altered, microfractured, laumontite-rich tuffs which have fracture and cavernous net porosities averaging 12% and average permeability of 15 mD. The laumontite tuffs comprise only up to 20% of a tuffaceous sandstone section and occur as isolated lenses or pods on a sub-seismic scale (i.e. 5-10 m thick), causing highly variable oil productivity from one well to another.

The petrographic analysis of samples of Middle Eocene volcaniclastic sandstones from outcrops in the central part of the Kartli Basin around Tbilisi broadly confirms the main conclusions of studies completed some 30 years ago which were based on the analysis of subsurface samples. However, the surface samples analysed show that zeolitization events typically did not improve, but actually reduced, reservoir quality due to extensive zeolite cementation. The poor reservoir properties of the plug samples, which are age-equivalent to the proven subsurface Middle Eocene reservoir interval, highlight fracturing as a key factor controlling the presence of exceptional producers (up to 9000 b/d) in the Samgori field complex. The study therefore underlines the critical role of fracturing of the Middle Eocene volcaniclastic reservoir sequence in the Kartli Basin.

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