Petroleum Geochemistry applied to Exploration and Production Problems

  • 6 - 10 November 2017, Kuala Lumpur
  • 12 - 16 November 2017, Dubai

This course will provide an introduction to petroleum geochemistry and applications to exploration and production of conventional and unconventional resources.

The course will cover basic concepts of petroleum geochemistry, how it evolved and how it is applied to exploration, reservoir and production problems for both conventional and unconventional resources. The integration of geochemical data with basic geological concepts and sequence stratigraphic models will also be discussed. We will start with a basic introduction to petroleum geochemistry and then discuss how these concepts are applied to characterization of source rocks and oils and how this information can be used to improve exploration success rates. This will then be extended to unconventional resources and how geochemistry is applied to those prospects in a somewhat different fashion than used for conventional resources.
Some basic knowledge of organic chemistry is useful but not essential since a basic introduction to the concepts used in the course will be given at the beginning of the course. Since the course focuses on the geochemical concepts and applications to exploration a basic understanding of sequence stratigraphy will also be useful but not essential.
Some exercises and examples will be provided for interpretation and discussion during the course and a short test will be given towards the end of the course to determine whether the major concepts have been understood.

Who Should Attend:

  • Geochemists
  • Geologists
  • Petroleum Engineers
  • Geophysicists
  • Laboratory workers involved in geochemical analyses and interpretation
  • Prof. R. Paul Philp



    Prof. R. Paul Philp is a Emeritus Professor in the School of Geology & Geophysics, University of Oklahoma. His research interests are petroleum, environmental and forensic geochemistry with the emphasis on molecular and isotopic characterization of oils, gases, rock extracts and contaminants for the purposes of source determination, characterization of depositional environments, maturity, bio degradation and for correlation purposes. He has published a lot of peer-reviewed papers and has taught a number of petroleum and environmental geochemistry courses in many countries and companies. Some of the reputed companies for which he has conducted trainings are: Petrobras, Saudi Aramco, Petronas, Shengli Oil Field China, Petrovietnam and ONGC

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