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E-121 - Petroleum Systems: Hydrocarbons from Source Rock to Reservoirs

  • Geologists, geophysicists or geochemists involved in petroleum potential evaluation or in reservoir management.
  • To gain a greater understanding of important geological processes in a petroleum basin.
  • This course provides an understanding of various geochemical techniques, leading to sedimentary basins’ hydrocarbon potential evaluation and to the identification of hydrocarbon migration pathways.
Learning Objectives
  • Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
  • review the petroleum system concept and associated processes,
  • get practical insights of basic analysis of geochemical data and reports,
  • assess and analyze geochemical data in order to evaluate source rock potential and maturity.
  • No prerequisites for this course.
Ways and means
  • Lectures and hands-on activities: several exercises and case studies.

Introduction to petroleum systems 1 day
Source rocks: formation & distribution 1 day
  • Formation of source rocks:
  • Type of organic matter.
  • Distribution of source rocks in space & time.
From source rock to accumulation 1 day
  • Formation of oil and gas:
  • Methods for evaluation of the source rocks.
  • Modeling of hydrocarbon formation.
  • Migration.
Molecular fossils, biomarkers 1 day
  • Concept of “biomarker”:
  • Analytical methods.
  • Markers of origin and environments.
  • Oil/source rock correlation.
  • Maturity parameters.
  • Oil spill survey.
Alteration in reservoirs 0.5 day
Workshop on a petroleum system 0.5 day
Summary, synthesis & wrap-up
  • The petroleum system of South Atlantic Ocean.