Petroleum Systems: Hydrocarbons from Source Rock to ReservoirsMETH/GEOCHIM

Who should attend?

  • 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.
Audience :
  • Geologists, geophysicists or geochemists involved in petroleum potential evaluation or in reservoir management.

Level : Foundation

Course Content

  • INTRODUCTION TO PETROLEUM SYSTEMS

  • SOURCE ROCKS: FORMATION & 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

  • WORKSHOP ON A PETROLEUM SYSTEM

  • SUMMARY, SYNTHESIS & WRAP-UP

      • The petroleum system of South Atlantic Ocean.

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.

Ways & Means

  • Lectures and hands-on activities: several exercises and case studies.