Geosciences Congressional Visits Day, September 29-30, 2015.

29-30 September 2015
Washington, District of Columbia, United States

This three day workshop aims to provide a forum for professionals from industry, academia and government agencies, who are actively involved in the study of Middle Eastern Source Rocks, to share their advances in source rock related fields, present their experiences and challenges, and demonstrate relevant technologies and solutions.  

For either conventional or unconventional resources, oil and gas exploration in Middle Eastern basins strongly relies on the recognition and characterization of source rocks. Besides the long recognized major source rocks, new ones have been identified in the Middle East over the past 20 years.  The contribution of each of these source rocks to the various petroleum systems is not always easy to quantify and is still a matter of debate.  For proper kinetic study, the access to immature source rocks is quite restricted and imposes heavy limitations on the proper characterization of source rock.  Up until recently, stratigraphers mainly focused on reservoir rocks, they are only now taking a closer look at source rocks and understanding their complexity. Finally the multitude of stratigraphic nomenclatures in the Middle East has hindered the integration of cross-border information about the distributions of source rocks.

The following themes are planned for inclusion into the workshop:

  • Source Rock recognition; from direct outcrop/core/cutting/log analysis to geochemical inversion 
  • Source Rock maturity; from direct Vitrinite, graptolite, Tmax, geochemical  indicator measurements to basin modeling predictions
  • Source rock pyrolysis: applications, limitations, open vs. closed system
  • Source Rock kinetics; from simple bulk to oil/gas to multicomponent kinetics with applications into the GOR and API prediction
  • Source Rock depositional environments; from SEM, petrography, geochemistry, sedimentology, seismic attributes  to stratigraphic models
  • Source Rock related Play Elements: from charge type, charge vs structural timing to migration risks
  • Source Rocks studies in conventional vs unconventional settings
  • New and revised old technologies, tips and tricks to best address Source Rock characteristics
Benefits of attending

The workshop is an opportunity for attendees to receive up-to-date knowledge about the recognition and characterization of source rock, along with new and revised technologies and regional case studies. It is an opportunity to network and share experiences and participants will receive a summary of all breakout sessions and discussions, lessons learned and a USB with abstracts for papers presented in the workshop.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop targets geochemists, basin modelers, sequence stratigraphers and exploration geologists who have a working interest and knowledge of the characterization and recognition of Middle East source rocks, and who are working in national operating and service companies, as well as academic institutions.

Session 1: Source Rock Characterization

This session will focus on the nature of the source rocks in the Arabian Gulf countries. Source rocks in this basin range in age from Palaeozoic to Tertiary age. The quantitative and qualitative characterization of a source rock is based on the amount and nature of its organic matter. These two factors are related to the richness of the depositional environment of the source rock. The third important factor in source characterization is its maturity. The characterization of source rocks in the Arabian Basin reflects the amount and type of oil and gas produced in the world’s richest hydrocarbon reserves.

Session 2: Source Rock Kinetics

This session will cover multiple aspects of source rocks kinetics, including the different methods in acquiring analytical laboratory data, the numerical approaches and assumptions to derive kinetic parameters, expulsion methods and their parameterization, calibration and fine-tuning of kinetics/expulsion with analyzed  oil/gas samples, how to collect kinetics data without an access to immature source rock samples including success/pitfalls of using analogues, usage of kinetics derived from maceral typing, kinetics from asphaltenes etc…

Session 3: Source Rock Regional Plays

The presence and extent of mature source rocks is the foundation of a petroleum play assessment. 
This session covers studies on the stratigraphy, paleoenvironment and structural setting of 
source rock accumulations accompanied by analysis on the burial history of these strata. 
Studies will focus on examples from the Middle East but analogue cases from related areas 
will add to the understanding of the deposition, maturation and expulsion of hydrocarbons 
in the the context of a play.

Session 4: Conventional vs. Unconventional Techniques

The session highlights the science involved with organic shale exploration and development. It covers the key techniques in acquiring, analyzing and interpreting data at scales ranging from seismic to microscopic, and integrating the results to build a coherent understanding of the reservoir potential of the source rock. It will illustrate how unconventional resources demand an exceptionally integrated and collaborative approach, with data integration at multiple scales, multidisciplinary communication and coordination.

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REGISTRATION FEE: includes workshop admission, program booklet (schedule, abstracts, presenter bios), workshop participant contact list, icebreaker cocktail reception, 2 lunches, 4 coffee breaks, 2 continental breakfast, sanitized PDFs of talks (with company permissions).


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