About this Training Course

This course focuses on methods and applications of petroleum geochemistry for source rock, maturity, and fluid (oils, oil seeps, oil shows, condensates, and gases) evaluation. It is designed for geochemists and petroleum systems analysts but could also benefit exploration geologists, project coordinators and managers in order to apply this branch of petroleum geology to prospect appraisal, exploration and field development.

The course provides guidelines for source rock evaluation to determine their richness, type and deposition environment, maturity, and predict the type and nature of hydrocarbons present in a well, block or basin. The course also provides guidelines on how to characterise subsurface fluids and surface oil seeps and predict oil quality.

The lectures and discussions are designed to improve basic understanding to characterise source rocks and fluids, using bulk, molecular and isotopic tools that facilitate that understanding. Some examples of topics include: source rock screening analysis, optical (microscopy) analysis, gas chromatography (GC), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) of oil and gas, compound-specific isotope analyses (CSIA), biomarkers and diamondoids and chemometrics to classify oil families, perform oil-oil and oil-source rock correlations. The exercises illustrate how geochemistry can be used to assist explorationists de-risking block and basin petroleum evaluation.

Participants should have knowledge of basic chemistry and geology. Experience in exploration will also be helpful.

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the fundamentals of source rock, oil, condensate, and gas geochemical analysis
  • Understand various geochemical techniques, e.g., sample preparation, TOC determination, Rock-Eval pyrolysis and microscopy, including interpretive pitfalls
  • Learn how to interpret source rock data, including source rock richness, potential and type and how to distinguish between the different types of source rocks, their kinetics and quality (oil versus gas prone)
  • Learn what type of hydrocarbons can be predicted from each type of source rock
  • Learn the different maturity tools used in geochemistry and how to interpret maturity data
  • Learn about the different geochemical techniques used for the fluids (oil, condensate, oil seeps, oil shows, and gas samples), e.g. GC, GC-MS, IR-MS, and GC-IR-MS (CSIA), including interpretive pitfalls
  • Learn how n-alkanes, isoprenoids, hydrocarbons, biomarkers, diamondoids and isotopes are used to evaluate fluids and source rocks
  • Learn how to perform oil-oil and oil-source rock correlations
  • Learn how to assess fluids thermal maturity, evaporative fractionation, biodegradation, and other reservoir processes
  • Learn how to evaluate gas samples

This course is designed for geochemists and petroleum systems analysts but could also benefit exploration geologists, project coordinators and managers.

Participants should have knowledge of basic chemistry and geology. Experience in exploration will also be helpful.

Your expert course leader is a Petroleum Geochemist with 30+ years of professional experience in oil and gas industry. His expertise covers petroleum geochemistry for exploration and production development strategies. He has very strong geochemical interpretation and integration skills of all type of geochemical data from source rocks and fluids (oil, condensate and gas).

During the last eight years, he worked for Fugro-Robertson and CGG UK Services (Robertson) as a Chief Geochemist and a Senior Geochemical Advisor. Prior to that, he worked as a Senior Geochemist with Fugro-Robertson for over five years. He worked extensively on a variety of single and multi-disciplinary projects, worldwide, including the North Sea UK and Norway, Gulf of Mexico, the North and South Atlantic margins, North and East Africa, the Middle East and the Far East (Pakistan, India, Thailand, Mongolia, Australia and New Zealand).

He started his career as petroleum geochemist, working for Sonatrach, focusing on the major Paleozoic basins (Berkine, Illizi, Oued Mya, Tindouf, Bechar), across the Saharan platform in Algeria.

He has developed and maintained top quality and competitive geochemistry business whilst working for Fugro-Robertson and CGG UK Services. He oversaw the petroleum geochemistry discipline, and was responsible for sustaining business development, project management. development of workflows, innovation, data quality control (QC), mentoring and training staff, project supervision, and technical/peer review for all the geochemical projects.

He holds MSc and PhD degrees in Petroleum Geochemistry and went to the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, United Kingdom. He has several publications and has made several oral presentations at internal and international meetings.