Source Rocks in Space & through Time, Phase 2


$87k (USD) per Sponsor



Principal Investigator(s):

Rasoul Sorkhabi


Value to Sponsors

  • By better understanding the source rock horizons and characteristics of sedimentary basins equipped with a user-friendly database, explorationists can reduce the risk of charge factor and hydrocarbon generation as part of the overall petroleum system analysis.
  • A quick assessment tool for analysis of conventional as well as unconventional (self-sourced reservoir) plays based on source rock data and for assessing data-poor frontier and/or by-passed plays based on regionally correlatable source rocks.
  1. An ArcGIS database of source rocks in North & Central America and Eurasian basins (Central America, USA, Canada, Europe, Caucasus-Caspian region, Central Asia, Russia, China, and Southeast Asia) including basin tectonic, stratigraphy, lithology, depositional facies, and geochemical (TOC, Ro, RockEval, kerogen type, etc.) assembled and digitized from EGI’s proprietary data archive, DSDP-ODP-IODP sites as well as from other technical publications.
  2. ArcGIS geodatabase of source rocks in wells and outcrops and ArcGIS map layers depicting the distribution of source rocks in space and through the geologic history.
  1. Integrative data on source rocks and the geospatial and temporal distribution of source rocks assembled and analyzed in this study have practical implications for the risk/success evaluation of petroleum basins and identifying frontier or bypassed plays;
  2. Sponsoring companies can augment their internal database on source rocks with the EGI database provided for in this project;
  3. Previous studies have demonstrated that hydrocarbon source rocks and resources are distributed unevenly stratigraphically both on a global scale and in a given basin. Integrative data on source rocks including geology and geochemistry assembled in this study can be used in a holistic way to decipher the fundamental controls on source-rock e ectiveness resulting from tectonic, sedimentologic, geochemical, atmospheric, and biotic processes.
  4. Given the rise of unconventional shale plays and the industry’s trend to drill directly into the source rocks, this study will capture a knowledge-base for major shale horizons distributed globally and stratigraphically in a digital format. This tool will help the explorers to run a rst, quick test on the shale plays by way of their comparison and contrast.