Petroleum Geosciences > Petroleum Fluids and Source Rocks in E&P Projects

About this Training Course 

The course “Petroleum Fluids and Source Rocks in E&P Projects” enables participants to interpret fluids and source rock data to add value to E&P projects from exploration to environmental remediation. Examples and case studies come from both conventional and unconventional petroleum systems around the world. The learning objectives are achieved through well-illustrated lectures, numerous hands-on exercises and active class discussions.

Course Description

In this course participants learn how to sample, analyze and interpret petroleum fluids and source rocks to add value to various projects across the E&P value chain. We will cover the following topics:

  • Fundamentals of petroleum composition and properties.
  • Sampling of rocks and fluids.
  • Analytical techniques used to evaluate potential of source rocks and composition of petroleum fluids.
  • Characterization and risking of source rocks and prediction of fluid properties in exploration prospects.
  • Interpretation of data from drilled exploration wells to assess the value of the discovery.
  • Use of geochemical data to assess reservoir compartmentalization during appraisal and development.
  • Geochemical surveillance of oil & gas production.
  • Use of geochemical data to locate producing intervals and allocate petroleum production.
  • Identification of oil sources for petroleum spills and leaks.


By the end of the course participants will be able to:

  • Identify and propose geochemical solutions for E&P business problems.
  • Design cost-effective fit-for-purpose sampling/analysis programs for source rocks and petroleum fluids.
  • Construct expulsion profiles for different types of source rocks.
  • Predict fluid properties and product value in exploration and production wells.
  • Correlate oils to source rocks.
  • Interpret the origin of hydrocarbon and non-hydrocarbon natural gases.
  • Integrate geochemical interpretations into holistic petroleum systems analysis.

This course is intended for geoscientists and geoscience managers who work on exploration, appraisal, development, production and environmental project and require competency in petroleum fluids and source rocks.

Learning, Methods and Tools

At the end of the course the participants will understand the critical elements of hydrocarbon raps and how they affect the trap risk and volume of trapped hydrocarbons. This should result enable participants to focus on realistic traps and in technically sound and realistic pre-drill estimates of prospect volumes. It should also result in a more focused search for alternative trap types (deeper, stratigraphic and unusual) in mature basins.

Each topic is introduced by a lecture, and learning is re-enforced by practical exercises and discussions. Hand-out material in paper and/or electronic format will be provided.

To further optimise your learning experience from our courses, we also offer individualized “One to One” coaching support for 2 hours post training. We can help improve your competence in your chosen area of interest, based on your learning needs and available hours. This is a great opportunity to improve your capability and confidence in a particular area of expertise. It will be delivered over a secure video conference call by one of our senior trainers. They will work with you to create a tailor-made coaching program that will help you achieve your goals faster.
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