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Volume 2017 (2017), Article ID 6265341, 13 pages
Research Article

Formation Pore Pressure Variation of the Neocomian Sedimentary Succession (the Fahliyan Formation) in the Abadan Plain Basin, SW of Iran

1Petroleum Geology, Shahid Chamran University of Ahvaz, Ahvaz, Iran
2National Iranian Oil Company, Exploration Directorate, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence should be addressed to Bahman Soleimani

Received 16 June 2016; Revised 20 August 2016; Accepted 12 October 2016; Published 9 January 2017

Academic Editor: Mark Tingay

Copyright © 2017 Bahman Soleimani 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.


The Neocomian Fahliyan Formation is one of the important oil reservoirs in the Abadan Plain Basin, SW of Iran. To evaluate the pore pressure regime of the Fahliyan reservoir, 164 in situ pressure data points (MDT, XPT, and RFT) were analyzed from seven wells belonging to six oilfields. The pressure versus depth plot revealed that the Fahliyan reservoir is highly overpressured in all fields. The formation was characterized as a multilayered stacked reservoir with different pore pressure decreasing downward in a step-wise manner. Also, there is a major pressure step in the middle part of the reservoir, suggesting the presence of a regional efficient seal dividing the reservoir into two stacked compartments, where the upper compartment is more overpressured than the lower one. The stepped pressure pattern of the Fahliyan Formation is a regional phenomenon controlled by a factor governed regionally, the depositional condition, and facies lateral changes during the deposition of shallowing upward sequence of the Fahliyan reservoir. In addition, direct relationship is observed between the reservoir pressure and burial depth. This matter could amplify the initially generated overpressure state more possible due to dewatering of sediments and by-pass product of oil migration from Garau source rock to the Fahliyan reservoir.