Geochemical Evaluation and Characterization of the Shale Gas Resources

셰일 가스 자원의 지화학적 평가 및 특성화

  • Lee, Young-Joo (Petreolum and Marine Research Division, Korea Institute of Geoscience and Mineral resources)
  • 이영주 (한국지질자원연구원 석유해저연구부본)
  • Received : 2013.06.22
  • Accepted : 2013.08.02
  • Published : 2013.08.28


Shale is considered as a source rock for conventional oil and gas exploration and development because shale is fine-grained detrital sedimentary rock which can preserve the organic matter better. Shale has a good sealing capacity for the petroleum trap due to its low permeability. Commercial recoveries of gas from shale in the North America based on the development of technologies of horizontal drilling and hydraulic fracturing reveal that shale also function as a effective reservoir rock. Geochemical techniques to evaluate generation potential of the hydrocarbons from organic matter in the source rocks can be applied for the exploration of the shale gas resources. To evaluate shale gas resources, it is important to understand various geochemical processes and shale characteristics controlling generation, storage and estimation of shale gas reserves. In this paper, the generation mechanism of the oil and gas from organic matter is reviewed, and geochemical techniques which can be applied for the evaluation and characterization of shale gas are introduced.


shale gas;geochemical technique;shale characterization;organic matter;shale resource system


Supported by : 한국지질자원연구원


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