Characterizing Pandanallur Fractured Basement Reservoir: A G and G Enigma

  • S. K. Mukherjee
  • J. SarkarEmail author
  • S. B. Chitnis
Conference paper
Part of the Advances in Science, Technology & Innovation book series (ASTI)


Fractured basement reservoirs are challenging to model due to the complexity of processes involved in the generation and preservation of the fracture network as well as the heterogeneity of the host rock. The Pandanallur basement, a predominantly granite gneiss fractured reservoir, exhibits wide scale vertical and lateral heterogeneity of fracture patterns and stress parameters, which has a bearing on migration and the accumulation of hydrocarbons and fluid flow potential. The best way to characterize such unconventional reservoirs is through an integrated approach combining fracture intensity and network modeling with inputs from petrophysical, kinematic and geo-mechanical analyses. The synergetic integration adapted for the Pandanallur basement reservoir has been able to characterize the potential flow contributing fractures and reduced economic risks by optimizing new well targets.


Drilling induced tensile fractures Borehole breakout Ant track Fracture intensity 



Authors express their sincere gratitude to ONGC for kind permission to publish this paper. Views expressed in the paper are those of authors only and not of ONGC.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited, Centre of Delivery—Basement ExplorationMumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Oil and Natural Gas Corporation LimitedChennaiIndia

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