Advanced Geochemistry & Petroleum System Modelling

The course teaches how to use geochemistry to evaluate exploration plays and prospects. The key elements to be discussed are the recognition and evaluation of source rocks, 1D and 3D thermal modelling, prediction of petroleum properties, correlation of oils and gases and genesis of biogenic gas deposits.

Top Learning Objectives

  • Examine all relevant data required for constructing a 1D or 3D computer-based basin model, including a sound chronostratigraphic framework, thermal profiles, the impact of unconformities and maturity measurements to calibrate the model
  • Determine the limitations and uncertainties inherent in such models
  • Analyse source rocks and their petroleum generating potential using the following types of geochemical data: total organic carbon, vitrinite reflectance, Rock-Eval pyrolysis and pyrolysis gas chromatography
  • Employ carbon isotopic data, gas chromatographic fi ngerprints and basic biological markers (GCMS) to undertake basic correlation of oil to oil and oil to source rock and to infer depositional environment of source rocks
  • Distinguish the types and origins of natural gas and be able to determine their origin using carbon isotope signatures
  • Differentiate the various types of biogenic gas accumulation and be aware of the challenges in modelling their formation

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for engineers, managers, service providers that are about to be using Petroleum System Modelling techniques and are trying to better understand the associated complexities.

  • Exploration Engineers
  • Geoscientists
  • Geochemist
  • Production Geoscientists
  • Exploration and Development Managers

Trainer's Background

The trainer was born in the UK more years ago than he cares to remember. Following a first degree in Geology at Imperial College, University of London he completed a PhD in silica diagenesis and chert formation jointly at King’s College London and the Institute of Geological Sciences Isotope Geology Unit.

He joined the BP Research Centre in 1982 where he somehow became an organic geochemist. During this time he researched among other things, isotopic behavior in the petroleum system, kerogen formation processes, biogenic gas generation and controls of petroleum seepage.

He left BP at the end of 1992 and has since worked as an independent consultant in geochemistry and basin modelling to the petroleum, minerals and groundwater industries. He now lives in the middle of nowhere in the heart of the English countryside near Worcester.

Since 1992 until present, he is an independent Geochemistry Consultant for his own company, which is an international business, based in UK with projects underway in West Africa, North Sea, USA, Southeast Asia, Middle East and Tunisia. Principally working in petroleum exploration/production with subsidiary groundwater chemistry and mineral exploration projects. Most work is centred around solving specific advanced exploration/field development problems and/or collaborative research with client. Also present technical training courses in house and general for industry, e.g. Norsk Hydro, Indonesian Petroleum Association, AAPG.

Some of the organizations that have benefited from his courses include:

  • Norsk Hydro
  • Nexen
  • BHP
  • Shell
  • JNOC
  • Hunt Oil
  • Gaz De France
  • Pan Africa Energy
  • BP

Event Details

22nd – 26th July 2019
Makati, Philippines