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.

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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