Petroleum Geosciences >  Reservoir Geochemistry

About this training

This course focuses on methods and applications of petroleum reservoir geochemistry. 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 characterize and validate tested fluid samples, how to assess reservoir continuity, identify reservoir compartments, track oil quality variations (in carbonate reservoirs) and identify tar mat intervals in reservoir oil columns as well as de-convolute commingled petroleum (production allocation).

Case studies and exercises illustrate how geochemistry can be used to solve production and development problems. The lectures and discussions are designed to improve understanding of the processes that control petroleum quality in reservoir rocks and the bulk, molecular and isotopic tools that facilitate that understanding. Some examples of topics include water analysis, gas chromatography (GC), gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS) of oil and gas, compound-specific isotope analyses (CSIA) of light hydrocarbons, n-alkanes and biomarkers and chemometrics to classify oil families, identify compartments and de-convolute mixed oils.

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

  • Understand the fundamentals of fluid distribution in reservoirs
  • Understand various geochemical measurements, e.g., GC, GC-MS, and CSIA, including interpretive pitfalls
  • Understand the fundamentals of water analysis
  • Learn how downhole formation testing can provide in situ measures of fluid properties
  • Learn about sampling and evaluate data quality
  • Learn how light hydrocarbons, biomarkers, and isotopes are used to correlate oils and assess thermal maturity, evaporative fractionation, water washing, biodegradation and other reservoir processes
  • Learn how to assess reservoir compartmentalization; identify gas, oil, and water contacts
  • Learn how to assess commingled production and contamination of oil samples
  • Learn how to predict oil properties rapidly and inexpensively from reservoir cuttings and core samples
  • Learn various chemometric (multivariate statistics) methods to interpret large volumes of reservoir geochemistry data
  • Gain geochemical expertise based on case studies and exercises.

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.

Your Expert Course Instructor is a Petroleum Geochemist with 31+ 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 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, Your Expert Course Instructor 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).

Your Expert Course Instructor started his career as petroleum geochemist, working for Sonatrach, focusing on the major Paleozoic basins 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 internal and external 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.

Currently, he is a Principal Consultant with Pangaea Geochemistry Services Ltd.

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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