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E-213 - Petroleum Systems: from Source Rock to Reservoir

  • Geologists, geophysicists or geochemists involved in petroleum potential evaluation or in reservoir management
  • The main objective is to gain a greater understanding of important geological processes in a petroleum basin
  • To provide an understanding of various geochemical techniques, leading to sedimentary basins’ hydrocarbon potential evaluation and to the identification of hydrocarbon migration pathways
Learning Objectives
  • To review the petroleum system concept and associated processes
  • To get practical insights of basic analysis of geochemical data and reports
  • To assess and analyze geochemical data in order to evaluate source rock potential and maturity
Ways and means
  • Several exercises and case studies

Introduction to petroleum systems
Source rocks: formation and distribution
  • Formation of source rocks
  • Type of organic matter
  • Distribution of source rocks in space & time
From source rock to accumulation
  • Formation of oil and gas
  • Methods for evaluation of the source rocks
  • Modeling of hydrocarbon formation
  • Migration
Molecular fossils, biomarkers
  • Concept of “biomarker”
  • Analytical methods
  • Markers of origin and environments
  • Oil / source rock correlation
  • Maturity parameters
  • Oil spill survey
Alteration in reservoirs
The petroleum system of South Atlantic
Workshop on a petroleum system
Conclusion – Synthesis