Course Scope

This course provides the basic knowledge required for practical applications in petroleum exploration. It is aimed at developing the relevant skills necessary for basin screening and participating effectively in multidisciplinary teams for E&P projects.


 

LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Upon completion of the course, participants are expected to be able:

  1. To understand the standard exploration workflow and strategy
  2. To understand the lifecycle of E&P projects and the common exploration techniques
  3. To understand and explain the key multidisciplinary data integration approaches required for successful exploration
  4. To acquire the requisite skills needed for analyzing petroleum basins, assessing hydrocarbon potential and identifying potential prospects

COURSE CONTENT

  BASIN EXPLORATION WORKFLOW AND STRATEGY (1 DAY)

  • Basin screening and basin potential evaluation, play assessment and prospect generation
  • Risk assessment, chance of adequacy and probability of success
  • Prospect evaluation and ranking and decision-making process
  • Discussion on real life examples

EXPLORATION METHODS, TOOLS AND DATA INTEGRATION (3 DAYS)

  • Basin analysis and screening

Tectonics and basin evolution: deformation of the earth, common basin types, tectonic controls on basin distribution and distribution of petroleum system elements.

Sedimentary basins: depositional environments, sediment transport and deposition, sediment infill and related traps.

  • Petroleum system analysis

Petroleum system elements: source rocks, reservoir rocks, seal rocks, traps, migration and timing.

Source rock potential and maturity: kerogen types, vitrinite reflectance and hydrocarbon generation.

Structural controls: expulsion, migration and migration pathways and entrapment.

Development of petroleum system chart.

Hands on practice on real-life examples.

  • Seismic data acquisition and interpretation

Overview of acquisition methods

Seismic interpretation: objectives, methods and applications.

Structural and stratigraphic interpretations, basin fill, trap identification and direct hydrocarbon indicators (bright spot, flat spot etc.).

Hands on practice on real-life examples.

  • Well log and wireline analysis

Types of logging tools, operating principles and uses.

Data acquisition and well log analysis.

Quick-look interpretation using real-life examples.

 

BASIN PETROLEUM POTENTIAL EVALUATION (1 DAY)

  • Basin screening and tectono-stratigraphic framework.
  • Play definition, play assessment and delineation.
  • Prospect definition and evaluation, prospect ranging and geological risk assessment.
  • Hands on practice on real-life examples.