28 September, 2022 Manama Capital Governorate Bahrain

Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional?

26-28 September 2022
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Manama, Bahrain

With the recent shale oil boom in North America, source rocks became a subject of great interest and importance to oil and gas companies worldwide. There is a wealth of data available in the public domain to describe and characterise these prolific source rocks in the different American basins. For the Middle East, the unconventional resources are yet to prosper, hence the need to properly understand the hydrocarbon generators of this region.

The AAPG Geoscience Technology Workshop titled “Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional?” aims to focus on the geological aspects of the unconventional revolution which is vital to ensure successful Exploration, Appraisal and subsequently Development of the basins in the region. The technical program of the workshop aims to cover a wide range of topics, specifically relevant to the Middle East Region, from the basinal scale down to the cores level.

The titles of the sessions are as follows:

  • Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of Source Rocks in the Middle East Region
  • Existing Practices and Advances in Basin Modeling
  • Source Rocks Geochemistry
  • Source Rocks Geomechanics
  • Petrophysical Evaluation of Source Rocks

In addition to the aforementioned sessions, a dedicated and interactive core display session is offered. This session will link the ideas and concepts discussed during the oral presentations throughout the workshop to the core specimens on display, thus enhancing the knowledge and experience of the attendees.

One of the main distinguishers of this workshop is that it is based and focused on the geology of the source rocks more than hydraulic fracturing. Another key distinguisher is that it is dedicated to improving the understanding of regional source rocks rather than sharing the North American experience.

Workshop Objectives

The workshop aims to provide a comprehensive understanding of the source rocks in the Middle East. The technical program is developed in a way that coves the depositional environments and transport processes, basin modeling and detailed rock characterisation including geochemisty, geomechanics and petrophysics. The sessions are focused on the existing best practices and the recent advances in each domain.

 

Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional? - Call for Poster Abstracts Ends on 25 August, 2022

You are invited to prepare a poster display for presentation. If you are interested in participating, please send a short abstract to by 25 August 2022. All posters will be produced as pull-up banners and delivered by AAPG. There will not be any other format available for poster display.

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6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day 1

Monday 26 September

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day 1 Registration

Workshop Registration

8:30 AM - 8:40 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day 1 Welcome and Introduction

Workshop Chair's Welcome and Introduction

8:40 AM - 8:55 AM
Inaugural Keynote:

Omar Kharouf, Chief Explorationist, Unconventional Resources Exploration and Characterization, Saudi Aramco

8:55 AM - 9:25 AM
Technical Keynote: Source Rocks as Reservoirs: Lessons from Two Decades of North American Experience

Andrew Pepper, This is Petroleum Systems LLC

9:25 AM - 9:55 AM
Technical Keynote

Creties Jenkins, Rose & Associates Consultant

9:55 AM - 10:05 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day 1 Break 1

Coffee Break

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day 1 Session 1

Session 1: Stratigraphy and Sedimentology of Source Rocks in the Middle East Region

10:05 AM - 10:30 AM
Sedimentology, Chemostratigraphy, and Sequence Stratigraphy of Kimmeridgian Organic-Rich Carbonate Mudstone, Western Neo-Tethys

Septriandi Chan, KFUPM

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
Stable Carbon Isotope Geochemistry of Natural Gas and its Application for the Assessment of Organofacies in Petroleum Source Rocks

Mohammad Rowaie, Saudi Aramco

10:55 AM - 11:20 AM
Upper Cretaceous Source Rocks of the Offshore Levant Basin: Insights from Forward Stratigraphic Modeling

Samer Bou Daher, Beicip-Franlab

11:20 AM - 12:20 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day1 Breakout session 1

Breakout Session / Core Display

12:30 PM - 1:30 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day1 Lunch

Lunch

12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day1 Session 2

Session 2: Existing Practices and Advances in Basin Modeling

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM
Aspects of Modern Basin Modeling in Unconventional Play Assessments

Harald Karg, Saudi Aramco

1:55 PM - 2:20 PM
Using Petroleum System 1D Modeling to "Pre-Drill" Wells in an Unconventional Play

Thomas Levy, InRange Geology

2:20 PM - 2:45 PM
Practical Guide for Evaluating Petroleum Source Rocks in Shallow Marine Carbonate Settings

Bandar Ghassal, Saudi Aramco

2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional - Day 1 Break 3

Coffee Break & Posters

3:00 PM - 3:25 PM
Challenges in the Use of Basin Models for Unconventional "Shale Oil and Gas" in the UAE

Pierre van Laer, ADNOC

3:25 PM - 3:50 PM
Estimating the Unconventional Potential with Petroleum System Modelling Approach: Example of a Deformed Basin

Samer Bou Daher, Beicip-Franlab

3:50 PM - 4:50 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 1 Breakout session 2

Breakout Session / Core Display

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 2

Tuesday 27 September

7:15 AM - 8:15 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 2 Session 3A

Session 3A: Source Rocks Geochemistry

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM
Source Rock Characterization of Late Jurassic (Early Kimmeridgian) Carbonate Mudrocks in the Western Neo-Tethys: A Potential Resource or a Dilemma

Muhammad Usman, KAUST

9:25 AM - 9:50 AM
Raman-Based Thermal Maturity for Type II-S Kerogen – Developed and Validated on the Jurassic Najmah and Cretaceous Makhul Formations in Kuwait

Mubarak Al-Hajeri, KOC

9:50 AM - 10:15 AM
Source Rocks and Asphaltenes: What can we Learn?

Sabine Mehay, Schlumberger

10:15 AM - 10:30 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 2 Break 1

Coffee Break & Posters

10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 2 Breakout Session 1

Breakout Session / Core Display

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 2 Lunch

Lunch

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 2 Session 3B

Session 3B: Source Rocks Geochemistry

1:00 PM - 1:25 PM
Evidence of TSR-Enhanced Petroleum Fluid Alteration in the Diyab Unconventional Formation

Francois Gelin, TotalEnergies

1:25 PM - 1:50 PM
Potential Generation of Cretaceous Source Rock in the Middle Magdalena Valley Basin of Colombia: A Case of Study

Tatiana Milena Juliao Lemus, Ecopetrol

1:50 PM - 2:15 PM
Q Source Rocks in Oman: Their Geochemistry, Age and Stratigraphic Position

Mohamed Al Ghammari, Shell

2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 2 Break 2

Coffee Break & Posters

2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 2 Breakout Session 2

Breakout Session / Core Display

6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3

Wednesday 28 September

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Session 4

Session 4: Petrophysics and Geomechanics Evaluation of Source Rocks

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM
NMR Imaging of Spontaneous Oil Imbibition in Source Rocks: Insights into Fluids Flow Mechanisms and Hydrocarbon Recovery

Mohammed Boudjatit, Saudi Aramco

9:25 AM - 9:50 AM
Critical Aspects to Take into Account When Carrying out a Formation Evaluation in an Unconventional Reservoir. Vaca Muerta Formation Case Study

Alberto Ortiz, Net Zero Carbon Solutions

9:50 AM - 10:05 AM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Break 2

Coffee Break & Posters

10:05 AM - 10:30 AM
Managing Uncertainty and Complexity in Unconventional Geomechanics

Angelica Rios, Saudi Aramco

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
New Coupled Basin Geomechanics Modeling Applied to Unconventional Plays: An Example of the Vaca Muerta Source System, Argentina

Johannes Wendebourg, TotalEnergies

10:55 AM - 12:00 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Breakout Session 1

Breakout Session / Core Display

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Lunch

Lunch

12:10 PM - 1:10 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Session 5

Session 5: Unconventional Geophysics for Unconventional Plays

1:30 PM - 1:55 PM
Analysis of Seismic Weakness Zones

Abdulmohsen Ali, Saudi Aramco

1:55 PM - 2:20 PM
Maximizing the Value of Quantitative Seismic Interpretation Applications in Unconventional Resources: A New Workflow for Sweet Spotting

Yazeed K Altowairqi, Saudi Aramco

2:20 PM - 2:35 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Break 3

Coffee Break & Posters

2:35 PM - 3:00 PM
TBC
3:00 PM - 3:25 PM
TBC
3:25 PM - 3:35 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Break 4

Coffee Break & Posters

3:35 PM - 4:35 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Breakout Session 2

Breakout Session / Core Display

4:35 PM - 4:45 PM
Source Rocks of the Middle East: A World Class Resource for Unconventional Day 3 Breakout Session 2 Clone

Workshop Wrap Up & Adjournment

 

AAPG Event 25 September, 2022 Oil Shale, Petrophysics and Well Logs 8:30 AM 9:30 AM 17 November, 2021
 
25 September 2022

Date: 25 September 2022
Time: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Course Instructor: Alberto Ortiz, Net Zero Carbon Solutions
Registration Fee: $530
Registration Deadline: 25 August 2022

Short Course registration is included as part of the GTW registration process.

The petrophysical characterization of unconventional shale-type reservoirs has been one of the most approached and relevant issues in the oil and gas industry in the last 8 years. This is because after several years, the operating companies comprehended the impact that an appropriate characterization of the reservoir has on their project economics.

Another reason for this were the technical obstacles encountered in the measurement of petrophysical properties such as porosity, saturation and permeability due to the complexity of this type of reservoir. Obstacles and limitations not only relate to laboratory measurements but also to electrical logging tools.

As a consequence of this, nowadays, petrophysical evaluations in this type of reservoir do not have standardized workflows established and accepted worldwide as is the case for conventional reservoirs. This motivates the professionals involved in the study of this type of rocks to dedicate a lot of effort in the validation of the technologies used, and sometimes it is difficult for them to understand the results, the evaluation of uncertainties and the construction of petrophysical models with results and representative parameters of the subsurface conditions.

This course will focus on providing key knowledge for a better characterization of the rock both in the aspects related to the matrix represented by mineralogy and kerogen as well as the fluids present. The approach will be based on the convergence of different technologies that support and give robustness to the results.

The contents that will be provided will include laboratory testing techniques and petrophysical evaluation of electrical well logs for unconventional shale-type reservoirs. The contents provided will cover a variety of studies based on the most diverse physical principles that will include the latest advances and techniques used in the industry such as Nuclear Magnetic Resonance, Spectroscopy, Dielectric, Computed axial tomography and SEM images, among others. As a result of this, attendees will have tools that allow a more comprehensive understanding of this type of rocks, a better assessment of the uncertainty of the model used and the necessary steps to improve its precision, accelerating the learning curve. The contents provided will also allow knowing the critical parameters that must be taken into account for the definition of areas to be drilled.

Course Topics
  • Reservoir heterogeneity characterization from outcrops to lab data and electrical logging.
  • Most relevant unconventional plays of the world. Main characteristics.
  • The petrophysical model. Components and definitions, construction, uncertainties, strengths and weakness.
  • Lab studies: porosity, saturation, mineralogy, organic geochemistry and permeability.
  • Electrical logging response on unconventional shale plays: triple combo, NMR, NMR T1T2, nuclear spectroscopy, spectral GR, dielectric.
  • The effect of maturity on kerogen.
  • Challenges on water saturation calculation.
  • Data integration. Interpretation workflows and core calibration.
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Saad Al Shehri Co-Chair Saudi Aramco
Abdulkarim Alali Co-Chair Tatweer Petroleum Company
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