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Applications of Petroleum Geochemistry in Reservoir Management and Production Development Strategies

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  • Houston

    16 September, 2024 - 20 September, 2024

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  • Online

    14 October, 2024 - 18 October, 2024

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  • London

    21 October, 2024 - 25 October, 2024

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  • Dubai

    4 November, 2024 - 8 November, 2024

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Course Information

Participants will learn about:
• The concepts of reservoir geochemistry, hydrocarbon generation, migration, and reservoir charging.
• Petroleum entrapment and accumulation, in-reservoir petroleum mixing, and production and development issues
• The chemistry of hydrocarbons.
• The reservoir hydrocarbon alteration processes
• Sampling and analytical methods
• The fundamentals of fluid distribution in reservoirs
• The assessment of reservoir compartmentalization and identification of fluid contacts
• The assessment of commingled production and contamination of oil samples.
• The fundamentals of formation water analysis.

Day 1
Introduction – Concepts
• Introduction
• Petroleum generation, expulsion, and migration
• Petroleum entrapment and accumulation
• In-reservoir petroleum mixing mechanisms
• Petroleum production and development issues
• Classification of petroleum
• Introduction to hydrocarbon chemistry

Day 2
Reservoir processes
• Water washing
• Biodegradation
• Gas stripping
• Formation of Tar Mat
• Phase Changes: Gravity segregation
• Phase Changes: Retrograde Condensation
• Cap rock leakage – Oil fractionation
• Thermochemical Sulphate Reduction
• Exercises

Day 3
Samples and analytical methods
• Samples and sampling
• Analytical methods

Day 4
• Introduction
• Characterizing and validation of tested oil
• Validation of migrant oil stain and characterizing non-tested oil
• Reservoir connectivity/compartmentalization
• Tracking oil quality variations
• Exercises

Day 5
• Identifying and characterizing tar mats
• Production allocation
• Formation water chemistry
• Exercises

Applications of Petroleum Geochemistry in Reservoir Management and Production Development Strategies Course

This course focuses on methods and applications of petroleum reservoir geochemistry in reservoir management and production development. It is designed for geoscientists, including geochemists, production and development geologists, reservoir engineers, but could also benefit exploration geologists and project managers.

The course provides guidelines for the collection of suitable samples required to achieve project objectives, how to characterise and validate tested fluid samples, how to assess reservoir continuity, identify reservoir compartments, track oil quality variations, and identify tar mat intervals in reservoir oil columns as well as de-convolute commingled petroleum (production allocation).

The course illustrates how reservoir geochemistry can be used to solve exploration, production and development strategy problems while minimizing cost. Reservoir geochemistry course shows how to optimise exploration, production, and development strategies and improve evaluation of hydrocarbon’s reserves, how to evaluate drainage areas and migration paths, understand compositional variations of oil and gas and their distribution in a field, and elucidate the character of oil and gas across a field, how to identify the presence of vertical and lateral barriers to migration (and production), and suggest the presence and character of untested accumulations.

This course is intended to develop skills to conduct projects on the petroleum geochemistry evaluation of reservoirs producing crude oils, condensate, and gas. The trainees will learn how to select appropriate reservoir rock and fluid samples for geochemical projects, the techniques to be used for analysis as well as how characterize fluids and residual oils to:
• Determine fluid quality.
• Determine various in-reservoir alteration processes of accumulated hydrocarbons.
• Assess reservoir compartmentalization/continuity.
• Assess commingled production and contamination of oil samples.
• Understand fundamentals of water formation analysis.

The course is designed for geochemists, reservoir and production geologists and reservoir engineers but could also benefit exploration geologists, project coordinators and managers. Participants should have knowledge of basic chemistry and geology. Experience in petroleum production and exploration will also be helpful.

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