Fluid Saturation

Fluid saturation is how much each fluid is present in pore spaces of a rock. This will affect the ability of each fluid flow through porous media. This is one of critical values for reservoir engineering since many engineering calculations need fluid saturation values.

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Fluid Saturation in Rock

Fluid saturation is expressed in terms of volume of fluid divided by total pore space.

Gas saturation (Sg) = Vg ÷ Vp

Oil saturation (So) = Vo ÷ Vp

Water saturation (Sw) = Vw ÷ Vp

Total saturation of fluid is equation to 1, therefore this can mathematically be expressed like this.

Sg + So + Sw = 1


Vg = volume of gas in pore space

Vo = volume of oil in pore space

Vw = volume of water in pore space

How To Measure Fluid Saturation

 Two methods to determine fluid saturation are 1) core sample and 2) wireline logging. Core sample is a direct method because it is a physical measurement. However, wireline logging is an indirect method because the values are derived from mathematical models.

Fluid Saturation Video by SPE


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L.P. Dake, 1983. Fundamentals of Reservoir Engineering, Volume 8 (Developments in Petroleum Science). New impression Edition. Elsevier Science.

Tarek Ahmed PhD PE, 2011. Advanced Reservoir Management and Engineering, Second Edition. 2 Edition. Gulf Professional Publishing.

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