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.
Advanced Geochemistry & Petroleum System Modelling
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 fingerprints 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
- Production Geoscientists
- Exploration and Development managers