This course covers the fundamentals of petroleum system analysis (PSA) with an emphasis on deepwater applications. PSA, a relatively new specialization in the field of petroleum geology, is an investigation into in the generation of hydrocarbons in the subsurface and reconstructing the filling history of existing oil and gas accumulations, aiming to quantify the charge risk of underlined prospects. Deepwater environments present the petroleum system analyst with a number of specific challenges because source rocks are typically beyond the reach of the drill bit and oil-to-source rock correlations are complicated by oil transformation processes such as remigration and biodegradation. Following a 3-day introduction to the PSA fundamentals, case histories from the Gulf of Mexico, offshore West Africa and the Mediterranean are presented. Special attention is given to geochemical well evaluations, which form an essential part of PSA, not only in deepwater environments but also for the evaluation of unconventional hydrocarbons such as shale gas and basin-center gas.
Who should attend the training
Geoscientists working in deepwater exploration and their direct supervisors, in addition to reservoir engineers, petrophysicists, and prospect portfolio analysts.
The training time: (5 days)
Basic geology and chemistry understanding, but not essential.
• Source rocks
• Burial, temperature, and maturity
• Petroleum geochemistry
• Deepwater well evaluations
• Deepwater Oil Transformations, Operational Geochemistry
• Dry Hole Analysis, Case History III, Course review, Closeout and Evaluation.
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