Petroleum Systems Atlas of MexicoIn Progress

Investment:

$50k (USD) per Sponsor

Status:

In Progress

Principal Investigator(s):

Value to Sponsors

  • A fundamental understanding of the petroleum systems in five of Mexico’s producing, onshore and shallow-water basins: Sureste Basin, Tampico- Misantla Basin, Burgos Basin, Veracruz Basin, Sabinas Basin
  • A compilation and organized presentation of information and data from the over 25 years of research by Mexico experts, Mexican and USA universities, geotechnical literature, and governmental sources.
  • A coherent description and characterization of proven and speculative petroleum systems.
  • An evaluation of conventional petroleum systems as well as unconventional petroleum opportunities.
  • Unparalleled geochemistry database including biomaker data, pyrolysis analyses, GC data and Isotope analyses, maturity, sulphur and gravity data.
  1. Digital, hot-linked report with an emphasis on describing petroleum system components and analog petroleum systems
  2. GIS map database that will include geographic information, topography, shaded relief, satellite image, basin outline, protected areas, surface geologic map, well locations, oil and gas fields, petroleum infrastructure, key information from data sources, data and sample locations as well as interpretations derived from the Atlas generation
  3. Preliminary assessment of risk for each petroleum system

Recent amendments to Mexico’s constitution have changed the structure of the petroleum industry in Mexico, setting the stage for significant opportunities in wildcatting, exploration, field development, and EOR. Successful ventures in each of these categories are predicated on a fundamental understanding of the petroleum systems in each basin. This Petroleum Systems Atlas aims to provide that understanding by assembling information and data from the literature, universities, and government sources into a coherent view of the proven and speculative petroleum systems. The project will cover five of Mexico’s producing, onshore and shallow-water basins. The atlas will evaluate conventional petroleum systems as well as unconventional petroleum opportunities.

The timing of this project is set to deliver the Atlas prior to bid round 1 in mid-2015. The delivery date will provide CAs with a report and GIS framework for rapid evaluation of initial opportunities. The project will also position EGI for subsequent, in-depth projects focused on specific areas of interest to future bid rounds. As in EGI’s South American Shales project, we aim to create close collaboration with organizations inside Mexico to provide new samples for analysis and integration into the GIS during future stages. A coherent description and characterization of proven and speculative petroleum systems in the following Mexican Basins will be created:

  • Sureste Basin
  • Tampico-Misantla Basin
  • Burgos Basin
  • Veracruz Basin
  • Sabinas Basin

Build on EGI’s experience in petroleum system evaluation to:

  1. Identify proven petroleum systems and their attributes for each basin
  2. Identify speculative petroleum systems and their attributes for each basin
  3. Perform a risk analysis of proven and speculative systems in each basin given available data and analog systems
  4. Gather and interpret published data in each basin including: geochemistry, petrology and seismic data where available
  5. Create basin summary charts including stratigraphic columns and petroleum systems event charts
  6. Digitize and create an ArcGIS project including more than 20 years of published maps, data, and interpreted seismic lines where available.