Geochemical fingerprinting of reservoir fluids represents a widely adopted methodology to address questions related to reservoir geochemistry, such as the assessment of continuity through the hydrocaron pool. This technique is based on the general assumption that disconnected reservoirs will produce oils with significantly different molecular fingerprints; therefore, the assessment of such differences can be used to infer the presence of compartmentalization. Currently, one of the main limitations of this technique resides in the need of representative reservoir fluids to test, which are often unavailable. The present work deals with the develompment of a GC-fingerprinting approach aimed to the analysis of residual oil in cuttings, wich allows to overcome the limitation related to the lack of proper reservoir oil samples. The main challenges, possible solutions and current limitations of this approach will be presented, along with a representative case history showing the successful application of this methodology and its potential.


Article metrics loading...

Loading full text...

Full text loading...



  1. Kaufman, R. L., Ahmed, A. S., & Hempkins, W. B.
    (1987). A new technique for the analysis of commingled oils and its application to production allocation calculations.
    [Google Scholar]
  2. Mohamed, M. S.
    (2000). Obaiyed field fluid Geochemical analysis. In Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference. Society of Petroleum Engineers.
    [Google Scholar]
This is a required field
Please enter a valid email address
Approval was a Success
Invalid data
An Error Occurred
Approval was partially successful, following selected items could not be processed due to error