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Petroleum Systems Assessment: Applications in Organic Geochemistry and Thermal Modelling

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Course overview

The course explains the organic geochemistry concepts, analytical techniques, interpretation and thermal modelling to understand the potential and possible petroleum charge and distribution in a basin. This course covers the concepts of source rock evolution, petroleum generation, migration, entrapment and the techniques to identify and quantity hydrocarbon distribution in a basin. In addition, all hydrocarbon occurrences in a basin, either in reservoirs, in drilled wells and/or on the surface can be detected, characterized and quantified to define the stratigraphic and geographic extent of a petroleum system. Petroleum charge is then explained in the framework of a petroleum system analysis, play and prospect evaluation. Further applications such as reservoir geochemistry and unconventional resource assessment will be further explained in this course.

The course is designed for

  • Geologists
  • Geophysicists
  • Petrophysicists
  • Reservoir engineers
  • Postgraduate students considering joining the petroleum industry 

Learning objectives

  • To understand how organic geochemical data of source rocks, oil and gas and thermal maturity modeling are used to build a charge model within a petroleum system analysis
  • To identify source rock depositional environments, kerogen types, kinetics and generative potential (oil and/or gas) in the stratigraphic framework of a sedimentary basin
  • To understand chemical techniques and develop cost effective analytical programs for source rock, oil and gas bulk and molecular (e.g., biomarkers, d13C-carbon isotopic composition) characterization.
  • To understand biogenic gas generation, migration and preservation in commercial accumulations
  • To understand how organic geochemistry helps defining reservoir fluid distribution and compartmentalization.
  • To understand the studies, parameters and interpretation required for unconventional resource assessment

Course outline

  • Applied geochemistry.
  • Surface geochemistry
  • Drilled well geochemistry
  • Reservoir geochemistry
  • Unconventional petroleum resource assessment
    •  shale gas
    •  coal bed methane
    •  tight oil
    •  heavy oil
  • Organic geochemistry history & petroleum system analysis concepts
  • Oil chemistry and analysis
  • Source rock characterization
  • Thermal modeling
  • Oil geochemical characterization & interpretation
  • Oil-oil-source rock correlation 
  • Gas characterization
    •  natural gas
    •  biogenic gas


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Upon request     £2,950 Dr Alejandro Morelos Make enquiry

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