Keywords: Sargelu Formation, Oil window, Mature stage, Atrush-3, Warte


This study indicates the source rock evaluation and reservoir properties of the Middle-Jurassic Sargelu Formation in two selected sections (well Atrush-3 and Warte outcrop) northern Iraq. The well log data display that the shale includes 30% of the upper part of the Sargelu Formation. This extraordinary ratio of shale content has negative impacts on the reservoir properties in this part of the formation. The lower part of the formation has a good porosity ratio that reaches 15% as calculated from the log data. The porosity is obtained from analyzed core samples support the same conclusion that obtained in the log data analysis and it is measured at 9-17.5% for interval 1282-1301 m in Atrush-3 well and 5-7.9% in the interval 54-75 m Warte section. The formation has very good organic matter quality for black shales as the average total organic carbon (TOC) measured from the pyrolysis assessments is about 2.61 wt% in both the well and the section. The low oxygen index (average 26 mg CO2/g TOC) and high hydrogen index (average 423 mg HC/g TOC) indicate the variation of the kerogen class from type II in the Atrush-3 to type II-III in the Warte section. These two forms of kerogen can produce oil and condensate gas in a suitable state. Pristine/phytane (Pr/Ph) ratios are less than one (0.67-0.83) and this reveals the anoxic condition for the formation. The colors of the palynomorphs in the examined samples under the microscope changes from yellowish brown to brown (TAI=+2, -3), and the average Tmax and vitrinite reflectance are 444 oC and 0.80, respectively. Sargelu Formation is located within the mature and oil window. This is also supported by the carbon preference index which is around one (average 0.98).