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Petrophysical properties of fault rocks

Welcome to FAULTPROP

This website summarizes the results from the FAULTPROP (Petrophysical properties of fault rocks) project, which was a joint industry project (JIP) undertaken by the University of Leeds, and sponsored by BHP, ConocoPhilips, Shell, Statoil and Wintershall.

The key aim of the FAULTPROP project is to develop a database of high quality measurements of the single and multiphase (relative permeability and capillary pressure) properties of fault rocks to enhance the ability of industry to predict fault-related fluid flow in petroleum systems. Key work elements include:

  • Measuring the absolute permeability using gas and formation compatible brine under reservoir stress conditions to assess the accuracy of data currently used in industry.
  • Measuring the Hg-injection threshold pressures of fault rocks at reservoir stress conditions.
  • Developing methods to correct legacy fault rock property data so that current databases can continue to be used with some confidence.
  • Generating high quality experimental data on the relative permeability of fault rocks.
  • Assess the impact of wettability alteration on the capillary pressure and relative permeability of fault rocks.
  • Assess methods to model the relative permeability and capillary pressure of fault rocks using easy to derive measurements such as micro-CT scanning and Hg-injection analysis.


FAULTPROP is currently sponsored by BHP, ConocoPhilips, Shell, Statoil and Wintershall