Pleistocene to Holocene architecture of Dolphin Island (Al Wajh, Red Sea)


Project Description

The objective of this project istoanalyse in detail the facies architecture and diagenetic history of dolphin island (Al Wajh lagoon, Red sea),andto establish a depositional and diageneticmodel.Toachievethisgoalsedimentcoresandthinsectionshavetobeanalysed by using standard methods. In addition seismic data has to be processed and interpreted via PETRELSoftware.​
Program - Earth Science and Engineering
Division - Physical Sciences and Engineering
Center Affiliation - Ali I. Al-Naimi Petroleum Engineering Research Center
Field of Study - ​Geology – Marine Geosciences, Carbonate Sedimentology

About the

Volker C. Vahrenkamp

Professor, Energy Resources and Petroleum Engineering

Volker C. Vahrenkamp
​Professor Vahrenkamp's research aims at securing future energy supply with three main thrusts:
  1. Refine the understanding of modern and ancient carbonate depositional environments and associated diagenesis for improved perception of reservoir heterogeneities on multiple scales,
  2. Advance the quantification of the complex pore networks of Arabian carbonate reservoirs and its impact on reservoir performance,
  3. Explore and develop geothermal energy in Arabian countries with special focus on desalination and cooling applications and suitable drilling techniques.

Desired Project Deliverables

​(1)The findings will improve the fundamental understanding of island developments within land-attached carbonate platforms. (2) In addition, results will give new insides in the paragenesis of carbonate islands and the effect of early exposure on reservoir properties (high-k streaks vs. flow baffles)​