Thematic Projects

Active Research Projects make up the Project 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.

Source Rocks of the North & Central American Basins

» An ArcGIS database of source rocks of North & Central American basins (USA, Canada, Mexico and Cuba and certain relevant countries) including basinal, stratigraphic, sedimentological, and geochemical attributes (e.g. TOC, Ro, kerogen type, pyrolysis, HC type, etc.) compiled from EGI’s proprietary data archive, DSDP-ODP sites as well as from other technical publications.
» ArcGIS maps highlighting distribution of source rocks in space and through geologic history.
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Southern Caribbean Sediment Sources & Sinks

» Finding evidences of thermogenic hydrocarbons in individual South Caribbean provinces
» Determining factors controlling the thermogenic hydrocarbon systems with focus on tectonic factors
» Developing the catalog of the individual hydrocarbon provinces of the South Caribbean
» Developing the catalog of individual hydrocarbon kitchens and regional hydrocarbon migration destinations inside of these provinces with main focus on thermogenic hydrocarbons
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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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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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Liquids from Shales, Phase 2

» Eagle Ford – Bakken – Niobrara
» Key variables for liquids production
» Mechanistic & reservoir dynamics
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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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Petroleum Migration History – Columbian Foreland

» Arc GIS project including all data, profiles and maps addressing problems
to be solved, which are listed in the Task list.
» Written report with accompanying graphic documentation on the
results of the tasks focused on individual open problems listed in the
Task list.
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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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East African Basisn & Petroleum Systems

» Detailed integrated stratigraphic charts
» Structural cross-sections, wellcontrolled paleogeographic facies reconstructions (Carboniferous-Recent)
» Play Fairway Maps
» Basin Modeling
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Circum-Adriatic Petroleum Systems

» Determination of crustal types, architecture and plate configuration for robust thrustbelt/basin models
» Development of stratigraphic relationships for key areas for basin modeling
» Characterization of all major source rocks, reservoir rocks, seals and trap retention
» Inventory of oils, gases, and potential source rocks from the region from all available sources
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Enhanced Oil Recovery in Shales

» Provide sound injection strategies for enhanced oil recovery in shales based on phase behavior and flow capacities.
» Provide optimized injection – production well configurations for field application.
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Beyond Digital Rock Physics

» Developing new constitutive transport laws for shales by performing flow through experiments on Rock on Chip at nano-scale
» Understanding the effect of wettability by tailoring the wettability of Rock on Chip
» Understanding the effect of channel shape and dimensions on relative permeability
» Understanding the effect of confinement on PVT properties of hydrocarbon fluids
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Heterogeneity of Fine-grained Reservoirs

» Conceptual models of depositional patterns, architecture, and regional to nano-scale qualitative and quantitative characterization approaches and heterogenous features of extent, thickness, geomorphology, stratigraphic occurrence, lithofacies, facies architecture, geochemistry, mineralogy, structure, natural fractures, porosity, permeability, pores and pore structure, pressure, rock mechanical properties, and other properties of representative fine-grained tight to shale reservoirs.
» Thorough understanding of the relationship between geologic variables and their heterogeneity, reservoir quality, hydrocarbon accumulation and production of unconventional plays.
» Predictable models of heterogeneity to help companies understand the guidelines of exploration and production for marine, transitional, and lacustrine settings in different tectonic settings in the U.S., Canada, Argentina, and China at multiple scales.
» Access to an atlas of typical fine-grained reservoirs and interdisciplinary database.
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Production & Economic Analysis of Tight Reservoirs

» Provide insight to multiphase flow behavior in hydraulically fractured reservoirs using analytical and numerical tools.
» Develop diagnosis tools to help determine the impact of reservoir rock, fluid, completion, and operational practices on liquid recovery.
» Apply acquired knowledge to increase liquid recovery through optimization of completion practices such as fracture and well spacing.
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Source Rocks of Gondwana Continents and Margins: ArcGIS Database and Maps Version 2020

» ArcGIS database of source rocks across Gondwana’s Continents and Margins (South America, African, Arabian Peninsula, India and Australia) including basinal, stratigraphic, sedimentological, and geochemical attributes (e.g. TOC, Ro, kerogen type, pyrolysis, HC type, etc.) compiled from EGI’s proprietary data archive, DSDP-ODP sites as well as from other technical publications.
» ArcGIS maps highlighting distribution of source rocks in space and through geologic history.
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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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Thermal History of Transform Margins

» Determination of thermal histories of different transform margins
» Determination of how the rapid local pull-apart thinning influences such thermal history
» Determination of mechanisms and factors controlling the source rock maturation history with an attempt to develop a predictive tool
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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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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 – South Atlantic Source Rock Reclassification

» Source rock characterization for richness, maturity, organofacies type and kinetics
» Source (kerogen) type integrated with depositional environment
» Multi-disciplinary paleoenvironmental interpretation (foraminifera, nannofossils, organic-walled microfossils and siliceous microfossils)
» Integrated paleoenvironmental and organofacies maps for identified source rock intervals
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