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De-risking Carbonate Exploration

GeoLogica Limited
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24 hours
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De-risking Carbonate Exploration

This is a “what you really need to know about carbonates” course, in order to attempt to de-risk carbonate prospects. Carbonate rocks are complex; however, there are basic principles that provide a framework in which such complexity may be rendered understandable. The course focuses on large scale rules, risks, uncertainties, strategies and workflows, with a heavy emphasis on seismic facies. It does not focus on appraisal or development aspects.

Suitability - Who should attend?

This course is really aimed at explorationists with at least a basic knowledge of carbonates but will also prove useful to more experienced geoscientists by providing a synthesis of recent advances in understanding carbonate reservoirs, supported by potentially highly practical methodologies for framing uncertainties for reservoir presence.

Outcome / Qualification etc.

  • Frame likely carbonate plays in relation to a given stratigraphic age and basin type.
  • Identify the main types of carbonate platform as seen from seismic data, de-risk certain types of features and assess the likely presence of key seismic facies.
  • Evaluate for a given interval and platform type the likely reservoir facies (platform interior, carbonate sands, reefs, slope systems and chalks) and assess the likelihood of reservoir presence.
  • Understand how the development of primary and secondary porosity has varied through geologic time and how these changes impact upon reservoir quality.
  • Appreciate the principal modes of formation of dolomites and the predictive uses of different dolomite models.
  • Understand and identify the diverse origins of palaeokarstic macroporosity, associated risks and the different strategies for developing palaeokarstic reservoirs.

Training Course Content

  • A refresher on the basics of carbonate rock composition
  • Carbonate platform types and seismic expression
  • Plays, traps and reservoirs generalities
  • How carbonates change through time and how to predict likely reservoir-prone systems at different stratigraphic intervals
  • Source rocks, including intraplatformal basins
  • Isolated carbonate buildups de-risking targeting carbonate “bumps”
  • Platform margin plays: facies-controlled reservoirs and diagenetic controls (dolomite, fracturing, karst)
  • Platform interiors Late Paleozoic ice-house grainstone-to-build and fill systems, greenhouse systems and dolomite models
  • Carbonate sands tide, wave (barriers islands, infralittoral wedges) and internalites. Emphasizing how to determine possible sandbody geometries from regional to local data sets
  • Slope and basinal carbonate plays, including fan lobe systems and chalks
  • Dolomites especially HTDs and hydrothermal burial corrosion-related reservoirs
  • Paleokarst types, facies, identification, exploration strategies and risk

Course delivery details

  • 8am-11am CDT
  • Eight 3-hour interactive online sessions presented over 8 days (mornings in North America and afternoons in Europe). A digital manual and exercise materials will be distributed to participants before the course. Some reading and several exercises are to be completed by participants off-line.

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Providing world-class training for the energy industry, GeoLogica is an experienced team with an extensive network of tutors and instructors on their books. Their expertise spans both subsurface training for the oil and gas industry, as well as training aimed...


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Oxford Point, 19 Oxford Road
BH8 8GS Bournemouth Dorset

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