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The Indonesia Poupon-Leveaux Water Saturation Equation


The Indonesia water saturation equation by Poupon-Leveaux (1971), is one of best models to estimate SW in shaly rocks (VSH > 0). It usually behaves better than the Simandoux equation on fresh formation waters with salinities of 20,000 NaCl PPM or less for clastic environments. The Indonesia model is a closed mathematical formula easy to apply, that uses the regular parameters, a tortuosity, m porosity cementation exponent, and n water saturation exponent (no Cation Exchange Capacity data CEC is needed):


The mathematical formula of the Indonesia Poupon-Leveaux water saturation equation



Besides correcting SW for higher matrix conductivities due to the clay minerals presence, (avoids too large water saturations like Archie, that may overlook pay zones), its closed mathematical expression has interesting properties:


  1. It reduces to the general Archie water saturation equation when VSH=0

  2. Its mathematically treatability allows to estimate an apparent formation water resistivity that incorporates a correction for shaliness (VSH > 0). If the cementation exponent m is approximately known, Rw = Rwapp solves to:

    Apparent water formation resistivity corrected for Vshale by the Indonesia Equation

    Notice that a solved, closed formula like this can not be found by using the Simandoux equation (it would require numerical analysis iterations). However, a similar closed expression is easily found by solving the Fertl water saturation on the same conditions. (See the last equation on the article of pay index.)

    The Rwapp equation is a powerful tool to estimate the formation water salinity from log data in a reservoir. Find a water zone, like an aquifer or even a water pocket, apply SW≅1 in the equation to find Rw=Rwapp, and convert it to an equivalent NaCl salinity using the borehole zone depth temperature.

  3. If the formation water salinity is approximately known, a Rw curve can be calculated for the borehole temperature. Then, an apparent cementation exponent m can be estimated in water zones (SW=1) by:

    Apparent m porosity cementation exponent corrected for Vshale by the Indonesia Equation

    Again, a closed mathematical equation like this can not be found using the Simandoux equation (but can be found using the Fertl equation).


The Indonesia equation may be tried as the default SW estimator for shaly reservoirs with fresh to brackish waters, and probably would benchmark better than the Simandoux equation when compared against reliable core laboratory data.



The figure below compares the results of Archie, Simandoux, Indonesia, and Fertl models, against core SW data.


Comparison of water saturation equations for Archie, Simandoux, Indonesia, and Fertl models




The figure below shows the GeolOil panel to compute water saturation using the Indonesia equation


GeolOil panel to compute the Indonesia Poupon-Leveaux water saturation equation




The figure below shows the GeolOil panel to estimate the apparent water resistivity from the Indonesia model, corrected for VSH


GeolOil panel to compute Apparent Water Resistivity Rwa corrected by Vshale by the Indonesia Equation




The figure below shows the GeolOil panel to estimate the apparent cementation exponent m from the Indonesia model, corrected for VSH


GeolOil panel to compute Apparent m porosity cementation exponent corrected by Vshale by the Indonesia Equation






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