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19 October, 2016 Santa Fe New Mexico United States

Mudstone Diagenesis

An AAPG/SEPM Hedberg Research Conference

16-19 October 2016
  |  
Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

 

Conference Description

This conference will promote the exchange of new ideas among the leading experts from industry, academia, and government on the controls and impacts of inorganic and organic diagenesis on mudstone hydrocarbon generation, reservoir properties and seal quality.

Background

The petroleum industry, academia, and government agencies are currently performing many studies to better understand the geologic processes involved during burial of mudstones and their evolution to form petroleum reservoirs, seals, and source rocks. Until recently, most researchers investigating shales concentrated their research efforts towards understanding: (a) hydrocarbon generation and expulsion, (b) seal capacity and (c) overpressure generation. Most data used to support these investigations were derived from organic geochemistry, relatively low magnification optical petrography, and bulk rock characterizations. Notably lacking from these studies is the characterization and evaluation of the potential impact of mudstone diagenesis.

New analytical techniques in scanning electron microscopy (SEM) have allowed investigating mudstone properties down to the nanometer scale. New SEM observations of mudstone micro-texture have revealed the presence of authigenic cements, and have captured various stages of the transformation of organic matter during petroleum generation. An improved understanding of mudstone organic and inorganic diagenesis is required to advance the ability to better predict shale reservoir quality and heterogeneity.

Purpose

This conference aims to promote the exchange of new ideas among the leading experts from industry, academia, and government on the controls and impacts of inorganic and organic diagenesis on mudstone hydrocarbon generation, reservoir properties and seal quality.

Goals

The desired goal is to identify potential new research and techniques that can be applied to improve unconventional shale reservoir exploration and development, and to ensure that learnings and best practices from other areas of shale science are utilized effectively.

Technical Themes
  • Starting Materials: recent sediments and thermally immature rocks
  • Organic Diagenesis: organic matter-rock interactions during petroleum generation
  • Mechanical Diagenesis: compaction, fluid expulsion and fracturing
  • Tools and Techniques: new advances and limitations
  • Inorganic Chemical Diagenesis: porosity and mechanical property evolution
  • Organic Matter: bridging the gap between optical & electron microscopic observations

 

 

Three days of presentations from industry, international universities and government organizations.

Santa Fe Hilton Historic Plaza
100 Sandoval St
Santa Fe New Mexico 87501
United States
505-988-2811
Santa Fe Hilton Historic Plaza Santa Fe Hilton Historic Plaza 24320

 

 

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