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1. The Petroleum System-From Source to Trap
A petroleum system encompasses a pod of active source rock and all genetically related oil and gas accumulations.
It includes all the geologic elements and processes that are essential
if an oil and gas accumulation is to exist.
2. LEVELS OF PETROLEUM INVESTIGATIONS Sedimentary Basin Investigations
Petroleum System Investigations
Play and Prospect Investigations
3. Petroleum System Investigations
Petroleumpetroleum geochemical correlation
Petroleumsource rock geochemical correlation
Burial history chart
Petroleum system map
Petroleum system cross section
Table of hydrocarbon accumulations
Determination of generationaccumulation efficiency
4. Identifying a Petroleum System
5. Naming a Petroleum System The name of a petroleum system contains several parts that name the hydrocarbon fluid system:
1. The source rock in the pod of active source rock
2. The name of the reservoir rock that contains the largest volume of in-place petroleum
3. The symbol expressing the level of certainty
7. the level of certainty
8. A petroleum system has three important temporal aspects
9. age The age of a system is the time required for the process of generationmigrationaccumulation of hydrocarbons.
10. critical moment The critical moment is the time that best depicts the generationmigrationaccumulation
of hydrocarbons in a petroleum system. A map and cross section drawn at the critical moment best show the geographic and stratigraphic extent of the system. The burial history chart below shows the critical moment and the essential elements for the fictitious Deer-Boar(.) petroleum system.
11. critical moment
12. preservation time The preservation time of the petroleum system begins immediately after the generationmigrationaccumulation process occurs and extends to the present day. It encompasses any changes to the petroleum accumulations during this period. During the preservation time, remigration, physical or biological degradation, or complete destruction of the petroleum may take place. During the preservation time, remigrated (tertiary migration) petroleum can accumulate in reservoir rocks deposited after the petroleumsystem formed.
13. preservation time
14. Mapping a Petroleum System
A petroleum system is mapped by showing the geographic, stratigraphic, and temporal extent of the system.
15. Examples of Two Petroleum Systems The MandalEkofisk(!) petroleum system in the Central Graben of the North Sea contains 21.4 billion bbl of oil and 39.4 trillion ft3 of gas in 39 fields (Cornford, 1994). The age of the reservoir rock ranges from Devonian to Tertiary age with about 85% of the petroleum in rock adjacent to the CretaceousTertiary boundary, specifically the Ekofisk Formation of Late Cretaceous age. Based on geochemical evidence, the Upper Jurassic (Kimmeridgian) to Lower Cretaceous source rock is the Mandal Formation. A positive oilsource rock correlation indicates a known system.
16. Geologic setting
17. Geologic setting
18. Burial history chart
19. Petroleum system cross section
20. Oilsource rock correlation
21. Petroleum system events chart
22. Petroleum Systems- Elements
23. Petroleum System Summary Source (Material and Rocks)
24. Source Material
Type I Algal (oil prone) sapropelic
Type II Mixed
Type III Woody (gas prone) humic
25. Petroleum System Summary Source (Material and Rocks)
26. Primary Migration Solution:
Micelles:are molecules that behave like soap, attaching themselves to a hydrocarbon molecule on one end and to an OH- at the other end.
Diffusion:of most hydrocarbons through rocks is also exceedingly slow.
Gas phase migration- Compressed gas can dissolve liquid hydrocarbons. Migration of hydrocarbons dissolved in the gas phase can facilitate the movement of hydrocarbons through the source rock, as the gas phase migrates into shallower regions where temperature is lower, the liquid hydrocarbons come out of solution.
Oil Phase Migration- The expulsion of the oil out of the source rock is a dynamic process driven by the oil generation itself.
27. Secondary Migration Driving forces for migration:
Buoyancy: (This force acts vertically and is proportional to the density difference between water and the hydrocarbon so it is stronger for gas than heavier oil)
Hydrodynamic flow: (water potential deflect the direction of oil migration, the effect is usually minor except in over pressured zones (primary migration))
28. Resisting forces:
Capillary pressure (opposes movement of fluid from coarse-grain to fine- grain rock, also the capillary pressure of the water in the reservoir resists the movement of oil)
29. Petroleum System Summary Source (Material and Rocks)
30. Entrapment Style High-impedance entrapment style is characterized by( laterally continuous seals coupled with a moderate to high degree of structural deformation.
LOW-impedance entrapment style is characterized by either a high degree of regional seal continuity and a low degree of structural deformation, or a low degree of regional seal effectiveness coupled with a high or low degree of structural deformation.
31. Sedimentological traps Point bar sands surrounded by flood-plain clays in a fluvial system.
Distributary channels within deltaic muds.
Reefs within lagoonal and marine shales
Barrier island sands also within lagoonal and marine shales
32. Petroleum System Summary Source (Material and Rocks)
33. seal Regional seal (determines migration pathway)
Local seal (seals the trap)
Best seals: gas hydrates, evaporites (salt), organic rich shales, clay rich shales, tight carbonates
Important characteristics of seal rocks:
Ductility (otherwise they are easily fractured during deformation)