Thematic Projects

Active Research Projects make up the Research Portfolio. These Projects are cost-shared studies designed collaboratively between sponsoring companies and EGI scientists, providing Sponsors with the unique opportunity to shape the project and gain independent insights, interpretations, and evaluations to company-specific questions. All active projects are open for sponsorship from their launch throughout the two-year period of confidentiality and include both Regional and Thematic studies.

Liquids from Shales, Phase 2

» Eagle Ford – Bakken – Niobrara
» Key variables for liquids production
» Mechanistic & reservoir dynamics
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Shale Gas Production Analysis, Phase 2

» New metric for productivity
» Determines main production drivers
» Clarifies role of natural fractures
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Central Utah Nevada Deep Plays

» Paleozoic-Jurassic petroleum systems modeling
» Geochemical analysis of source rock & oil samples
» ArcGIS mapping & data integration
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Petroleum Systems Atlas of Mexico

» A coherent view of the proven & speculative petroleum systems
» GIS framework for rapid evaluation of initial opportunities
» Preliminary risk assessment for each petroleum system
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South American Shales, Phase 2

» 27 Shales, 11 basins, 5 countries
» Reservoir characterization
» Independent review of resources – shale gas & shale oil
» Integrated ArcGIS
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Karoo Basin Unconventional Characterization

» Integrated reservoir characterization
» Evaluation & ranking of shale gas potential
» Key variables for gas viability
» Integrated ArcGIS
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UK Shales

» Geochemical & mineralogical analyses
» Carboniferous & Jurassic opportunities
» Independent review of resources – shale gas & shale oil
» Integrated ArcGIS
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Central Eurasia Shales

» Basin characterization
» Geochemical sample analysis
» Source rock variability
» Integrated ArcGIS
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China Shale, Phase 2

» 30 shales & 10 basins
» Regional to nano-scale reservoir characterization
» Predictive models & parameters for marine, lacustrine & transitional shales in ArcGIS
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South China Sea Petroleum Systems

» Tectono-stratigraphic figures & paleogeographic maps
» Petroleum systems & fairway analysis
» ArcGIS mapping & data integration for producing reservoirs & prospects
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Asia-Pacific Hybrid Unconventional Non-marine Plays

» Geologic, geochemical & mineralogical parameters for non-marine strata
» Basin evolution and the development of non-marine petroleum system elements
» Predictive models for play habitat of stratigraphically associated non-marine hybrid unconventional system
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Myanmar to Java – Basin Analysis & Petroleum Systems

» Regional tectonics and basin evolution
» Geology & petroleum systems of back-arc, fore-arc & fore-deep basins
» Recommended play opportunities
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Sheared Margins of Western Australia

» Structural architecture & basin development
» Thermal regimes
» Prioritization of margin segments
» Integrated ArcGIS
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Sheared Margins of Western Australia, Phase 2

» New thermal models
» The identification of pull-apart regions where source rocks reached an oil window without adequate burial, thermal transients controlled by transform fault-associated factors
» Identify the regions where the source rock kitchens may have reached the hydrocarbon expulsion stage under the burial that would not be sufficient in the case of rifted margins.
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Southern Papuan Basin Integrated Petroleum Systems

» Delineate and risk frontier potential of the Southern Papuan Basin
» Quantify source rock attributes using anhydrous and hydrous pyrolysis, GC & GC-MS and XRD
» Quantify reservoir properties using petrography, petrophysics and XRD data
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Large-Scale Geologic Controls on Hydraulic Stimulation

» Structural regimes & effective stimulation
» Stress contrast influence
» Simulations & diagnostics
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More Efficient Hydraulic Fracturing Systems – Ultra-tight

» Minimizing water requirements for hydraulic stimulation
» Impact of stimulation strategies & optimum fracturing parameters
» Characterizing fracture & leakoff mechanisms
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Rifts & Passive Margins

» Book Sponsorship Opportunity
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Improved Kinetic Models for Resource Play Assessment

» Fundamental understanding of resource play dynamics from a source rock centric standpoint
» Robust play fairway predictions for liquid and gas rich shale systems
» Applicability in play entry decisions as well as in cost savings through target high grading
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Source Rocks in Space & through Time

» Practical applications for conventional & unconventional plays
» Depositional & geochemical characterization
» World basin classification based on source rocks
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Source Rocks in Space & through Time, Phase 2

» A quick assessment tool for analysis of conventional as well as self-sourced reservoir plays
» Reduced the risk of charge factor and hydrocarbon generation
» Evaluating the geologic conditions favorable for the generation of oil and gas on a basinal scale
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Improved Liquid Recovery in Shales

» Geological integration – controls on imbibition
» Fracturing logistics & fracture spacing
» Operational parameters
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Flow in Nanoporous Rocks

» Multiple measurement & correlation methods of the porosity with characterization at the nanoscale
» Comparison of GRI permeability (crushed rock) with permeability measured in a core at reservoir
» Saturation pressure measurements in nano porous rocks conditions
» Water-oil & gas-oil relative permeability measurements
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Shale Liquids Production Analysis

» Improved understanding of the major factors that control well performance
» Assessment of the optimal production strategy to maximize either gas production or condensate production
» Prediction of future production characteristics
» Assessment of recovery factors and drainage area for multi-fractured horizontal well completions
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EGI Oceans – South Atlantic

» New age, paleoenvironment & geochemical analyses of ~200 core samples
» 20 key sites from the South Atlantic conjugate margin, including East Africa
» Source rock focused Cretaceous & Jurassic samples for HAWK™ geochemical analyses
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EGI Oceans – C&N Atlantic Petroleum Systems

» Recalibrating the stratigraphy & petroleum systems of the Central & North Atlantic conjugates
» A selected array of 35 COST, industry & DSDP-ODP-IODP sites
» Unique capability in high-res chronostrat & geochem studies
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