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E-152 - Hydrocarbons in Unconventional Settings

3 days GEO/UNCON
  • Geologists, geophysicists, engineers, managers, E&P professionals in charge of basin exploration and prospect evaluation.
  • E&P professionals involved in production of unconventional hydrocarbons.
  • This course provides a general introduction to various non-conventional hydrocarbons, focused solely on a consistent geological rationale to the different potentially producing objectives, through a “petroleum system” approach.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • understand the geological rationale of unconventional resources as an extension of the petroleum system concept,
  • acquire a general knowledge of all unconventional resources,
  • understand what is at stake in this recent domain and future potential impacts.
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • Examples from all over the world commented by an expert.
  • Interactive discussions.
Kindly refer to complementary courses which might be of interest: “Unconventional Resources - Shale Gas Fundamentals” (E-356), “Unconventional Reservoirs Completion and Stimulation” (E-468).

Petroleum system concept (a reminder) 0.5 day
Unconventional resources (Part I) 1 day
  • Oil shales.
  • Heavy oils, extra heavy oils, tar sands.
  • Geological biogenic gases (ex-early diagenesis, ex-oil biodegradation).
  • Gas hydrates.
  • “Clean Coal” (coal bed methane, coal mine methane, underground coal gasification).
Unconventional resources (Part II) 1 day
  • Shale plays (shale gas, shale oil).
  • Tight gas in basin centered gas system.
Unconventional resources from an extended petroleum perspective 0.5 day
  • Burial & thermal history - Source rock maturation.
  • Kinetic parameter determination, kerogen expulsion and cracking.
  • Migration of hydrocarbons & pressure regime.