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Volume 2017, Article ID 1020648, 13 pages
Research Article

The Distribution and Origin of Carbonate Cements in Deep-Buried Sandstones in the Central Junggar Basin, Northwest China

1Key Laboratory of Tectonics and Petroleum Resources, China University of Geosciences, Ministry of Education, Wuhan 430074, China
2Department of Earth & Atmospheric Sciences, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Canada T6G 2E3
3SINOPEC Petroleum Exploration and Production Research Institute, Beijing 100083, China

Correspondence should be addressed to Hou Yuguang; moc.621@gyhtrops

Received 4 March 2017; Revised 19 May 2017; Accepted 4 June 2017; Published 14 September 2017

Academic Editor: Xiaorong Luo

Copyright © 2017 Wang Furong et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Extremely high porosities and permeabilities are commonly discovered in the sandstones of the Xishanyao Formation in the central Junggar Basin with the burial depth greater than 5500 m, from which hydrocarbons are currently being produced. High content of carbonate cements (up to 20%) is also observed in a similar depth range. Our study aimed to improve our understanding on the origin of carbonate cements in the Xishanyao Formation, in order to provide insights into the existence of high porosity sandstones at greater depths. Integrated analyses including petrographic analysis, isotopic analysis, fluid-inclusion, and core analysis were applied to investigate the distribution and origin of carbonate cements and the influence of high fluid pressure on reservoir quality. Textural evidences demonstrate that there are two generations of carbonate cements, precipitated at the temperature of 90°C and 120°C, respectively. The carbonate cements with low ranging from −19.07 to dominantly occurred near the overpressure surface and especially accumulated at approximately 100 m below the surface. Our interpretation is that high content of carbonate cements is significantly influenced by early carbonate cements dissolution and migration under overpressure. Dissolution of plagioclase resulted in the development of internal pores and porosities of as much as 10% at 6500 m depth presumably.