Journal of Earth Science

, Volume 28, Issue 2, pp 381–390 | Cite as

Tight rock wettability and its relationship to other petrophysical properties: A Montney case study

  • Ali Javaheri
  • Hassan Dehghanpour
  • James M. Wood
Engineering Geology


Understanding and modelling the wettability of tight rocks is essential for designing fracturing and treatment fluids. In this paper, we measure and analyze spontaneous imbibition of water and oil into five twin core plugs drilled from the cores of a well drilled in the Montney Formation, an unconventional oil and gas play in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. We characterize the samples by measuring the mineralogy using XRD (x-ray diffraction), total organic carbon content, porosity, and permeability. Interestingly, the equilibrated water uptake of the five samples is similar, while, their oil uptake increases by increasing the core porosity and permeability. We define two wetta-bility indices for the oil phase based on the slope and equilibrium values of water and oil imbibition curves. Both indices increase by increasing porosity and permeability, with the slope affinity index showing a stronger correlation. This observation suggests that part of the pore network has a stronger affinity to oil than to water. We also observe that the two indices decrease by increasing neutron porosity and gamma ray parameters measured by wireline logging tools. The samples with higher gamma ray and neutron porosity are expected to have greater clay content, and thus less effective porosity and permeability.

Key Words

spontaneous imbibition wettability petrophysics gamma ray log 


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We thank Encana Corporation for providing the rock samples and petrophysical data, and NSERC (Natural Science and Engineering Research Council of Canada) for supporting this work. The final publication is available at Springer via

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ali Javaheri
    • 1
  • Hassan Dehghanpour
    • 1
  • James M. Wood
    • 2
  1. 1.University of AlbertaEdmontonCanada
  2. 2.Encana CorporationCalgaryCanada

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