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.
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.