Science in China Series D: Earth Sciences

, Volume 47, Issue 6, pp 507–513 | Cite as

Determination of paleo-pressure for a natural gas pool formation based on PVT characteristics of fluid inclusions in reservoir rocks

A case study of Upper-Paleozoic deep basin gas trap of the Ordos Basin
  • Jingkui Mi
  • Xianming Xiao
  • Dehan Liu
  • Jiagui Shen


It has been proved to be a difficult problem to determine directly trapping pressure of fluid inclusions. Recently, PVT simulation softwares have been applied to simulating the trapping pressure of petroleum inclusions in reservoir rocks, but the reported methods have many limita-tions in practice. In this paper, a method is suggested to calculating the trapping pressure and temperature of fluid inclusions by combining the isochore equations of a gas-bearing aqueous inclusion with its coeval petroleum inclusions. A case study was conducted by this method for fluid inclusions occurring in the Upper-Paleozoic Shanxi Formation reservoir sandstones from the Ordos Basin. The results show that the trapping pressure of these inclusions ranges from 21 to 32 MPa, which is 6–7 MPa higher than their minimum trapping pressure although the trapping temperature is only 2–3°C higher than the homogenization temperature. The trapping pressure and temperature of the fluid inclusions decrease from southern area to northern area of the basin. The trapping pressure is obviously lower than the state water pressures when the inclusions formed. These data are consistent with the regional geological and geochemical conditions of the basin when the deep basin gas trap formed.


Ordos Basin fluid inclusion PVTsim trapping pressure 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jingkui Mi
    • 1
    • 2
  • Xianming Xiao
    • 1
  • Dehan Liu
    • 1
  • Jiagui Shen
    • 1
  1. 1.State Key Laboratory of Organic GeochemistryGuangzhou Institute of Geochemistry, Chinese Academy of SciencesGuangzChina
  2. 2.Institute of Sedimentary Mineral and Resources, Department of Civil EngineeringXiangtan Polytechnic UniversityXiangtanChina

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