Oil and Gas
Business Impact: Attendance on this course will primarily aid in exploration but will also add value during appraisal, development and production of reservoirs and oil fields in extensional settings.
The course describes the sedimentology and stratigraphic evolution of rift-fill and post-rift successions in non-marine and marine settings, as a product of structural evolution, climate variation, and sea level change. These principles are applied to the acquisition and evaluation of exploration acreage and illustrated by worldwide case studies.
Duration and Training Method
This is a classroom or virtual classroom course, comprising lectures, discussion, and practical exercises.
Participants will learn to:
- Characterise rift basin types and tectonic regimes under which rift basins form and assess their probable structural evolution through pre-, syn- and post-rift stages of development.
- Compare models of rift basin evolution and contrast these with a range of real rifts.
- Assess sedimentary and stratigraphic features of rift basin fill.
- Assess the role of both climatic and tectonic controls in determining rift basin fill, especially as it relates to the deposition of likely source, reservoir and seal formations.
- Reconstruct likely sediment fairways based on the structural architecture of a given rift system and predict possible locations for source and reservoir facies.
- Apply sequence stratigraphic principles and models to both marine and non-marine rift basins.
- Appraise the petroleum systems in rifts and characterise both common and under-explored play concepts.
- Format, content, aims and objectives of the course
Rift Tectonics and Structure
- Basin evolution
- Extension and trans-tension
- Syn-rift, post-rift and passive margin stratigraphic geometries
- Non-marine syn-rift successions
- Marine and mixed syn-rift successions
Controls on Sedimentation
- Tectonics versus climate
- Sediment sources and rift topography
- External versus internal drainage
- Local and basin-wide sediment sources and deposition
- Sedimentation versus subsidence rate
Sedimentary Processes and Facies Distribution
- Processes controlling the character of fluvial, alluvial fan, paludal, aeolian, shallow/evaporitic lake, deltaic, lacustrine, shoreline, turbidite, fan delta and carbonate sediments
- Application to marine and non-marine rifts
- Lake level/sediment supply linkage
Syn-Rift Stratigraphic Development
- Facies distribution
- Tectonic and climatic influences
- Sea level and sediment supply
- Facies distribution and stratigraphic evolution
- Marine, nonmarine and mixed sag basins
- Tectonic and sea level controls
- Facies and stratigraphic development
- Exercise: facies distribution and stratigraphy
Source Rocks, Reservoirs and Seals
- Deposition of source, reservoir and seal facies
- Spatial distribution in rift basin successions
- Source rocks and migration
- Reservoirs and seals
- Trap types
- Reserve distribution in rift basins
Play Concepts and Exploration Strategy
- Proven plays: case studies worldwide
- Prospecting in rift basins
- Under-explored plays
- Exercise: acreage evaluation
Who Should Attend and Prerequisites
Geologists, sedimentologists, geophysicists, petrophysicists, petroleum engineers involved with exploration in rift basins or looking to broaden and deepen their knowledge of rift systems.
Joe is a Clastic Sedimentologist with nearly 15 years of experience as an international explorationist with Marathon Oil Company and Amerada Hess Ltd. He also was the Brunei Shell Professor of Petroleum Geoscience and Head of the Petroleum Geoscience Department at Universiti Brunei Darussalam for 13 years and the Director of the Petroleum Geoscience Program at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok for 8 years. Since 2017, Joe has been the Director of Lambiase Geoscience, a Florida-based Petroleum Geology consultancy. He has published nearly 100 scientific papers and is a Past-President of the AAPG Asia-Pacific Region.
Affiliations and Accreditation
PhD McMaster University - Sedimentology
MSc University of Rhode Island - Geology
A.B. Brown Univeristy - Geology
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