Petroleum Generation and Migration

This is course is intended to provide the fundamental knowledge on the application of the formation of petroleum source rocks & petroleum generation migration to exploration activities. Knowing the various types of petroleum source rocks, their depositional environments and how they are distributed in any basin is a very important skill for explorationists, in order to define the location and type of petroleum prospects in a region. This course will cover all the geological elements of petroleum source rocks. Delegates will learn how to predict the existence and type of petroleum source rocks in any geographical location and at any geological time, using paleogeographic maps and basic elements of oceanography and climatology. They will learn how to evaluate source rocks using simple geochemical data, with an easy method. The second-half of the training will focus on petroleum generation and migration and its application to exploration activities, such as the prediction of the location and type of petroleum. This will also be related to how this can be applied to shale-gas & shale-oil formation and exploration. By the end of the course, the students will be able to recognize, analyze and evaluate petroleum source rocks, as well as predict their location. They will also possess all the knowledge related to petroleum generation-expulsion-migration and they will be able to evaluate any petroleum systems.

Top Learning Objectives

  • Examine source rocks for their kerogen type and petroleum generating potential using basic laboratory measurements and a knowledge of depositional environments
  • Analyse the generation process via the effects of temperature, time and organic facies and its relationship to generation kinetics, and be aware of the principles and limitations of geochemical basin modelling
  • Determine level of maturity through optical and molecular measurements as constraints on the thermal models
  • Interpret subsurface pressure regimes and migration behaviour by analysing overpressure development and transmission, migration routes, phase effects and seal integrity
  • Determine petroleum properties, such as gas/oil ratio (GOR), API gravity, wax, sulphur content etc. for petroleum in the reservoir
  • Correlate oil and gas to source rocks using bulk properties, molecular geochemistry and stable isotope methods

Who Should Attend?

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

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

Event Details

1st – 3rd July 2019
Cape Town, South Africa