South China Sea Petroleum SystemsIn Development

Investment:

$90k (USD) per Sponsor

Status:

In Development

Principal Investigator(s):

Value to Sponsors

  • An expanded understanding for the regional geology and petroleum systems including yet to find resources of the South China Sea.
  • Catalog the parameters of producing reservoirs including porosity, permeability, net/gross, reservoir type, depositional facies, hydrocarbon type, trap type, and size.
  • Quantify the key parameters for discovered fields and a re-examination of previously failed exploration areas.
  • Develop the petroleum system models across parts of SCS using Chinese and English literature, theses, dissertations, research of multi-national institutes, and our original studies.
  • Assess potential and predict future hydrocarbon resources based on an integrated study including a comprehensive play fairway analysis.

Compared to the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, West Africa margins, and the South Atlantic margin, the South China Sea (SCS) is an frontier exploration region. Based on Energy Information Administration (EIA) and U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) estimates, the SCS contains proven or probable reserves of approximately 11 billion barrels of oil (bbl) and 190 trillion cubic feet (Tcf ) of gas and may have an additional, undiscovered 12 bbl of oil and 160 Tcf of gas resources.

Recent discoveries in Yinggehai Basin and Pearl River Mouth Basin located in the northern continental margin, Cuu Long in western SCS, and Reed Bank in southeastern SCS have spurred exploration efforts in the region. The current exploration status differs from basin to basin due to the variety of geologic settings, and a lack of regional studies to characterize the differences in those basins. The study objectives are to understand the regional tectonic and depositional evolution and petroleum systems in SCS.

  1. Evaluate regional geology of the SCS hydrocarbon bearing and potential basins (yet to find). Compile regional depositional, structural, and thickness maps to address the reservoir and source rock distribution by synthesizing the diverse studies in different basins, depressions, and regions.
  2. Analyze the discovered fields and re-examine failed exploration areas.
  3. Catalog the parameters of producing reservoirs including porosity, permeability, net/gross, reservoir type, depositional facies, hydrocarbon type, trap type, and size.
  4. Develop the petroleum system models across parts of SCS using Chinese and English literature, theses, dissertations, research of multi-national institutes, and our original studies.
  5. Predict future hydrocarbon potentials based on this integrated study and play fairway analysis.
  1. Digital and ArcGIS based reports and PDFs
    • Stratigraphic charts, structural and depositional evolution maps
    • Atlas of oil/gas fields
    • Petroleum system elements and play fairway maps (e.g., source rock, reservoir, caprock)
  2. The detailed deliverables include but not limited to:
    • Potential prospects in time and space
    • Catalog the parameters of producing reservoirs including porosity, permeability, net/gross, reservoir type, depositional facies, hydrocarbon type, trap type, and size
    • Petroleum system models across different regions of the South China Sea

Results

Project results are made available to sponsors in a Final Project Report as well as ArcGIS.  Project Sponsor update meetings will be held as needed.