Asia-Pacific Hybrid Unconventional Non-marine PlaysIn Development

Investment:

$89k (USD) - Upon signing $86k (USD) - Start of Year 2

Status:

In Development

Principal Investigator(s):

John Conolly
61-4862-3311 (Australia)
john.conolly@bigpond.com

Value to Sponsors

  • An expanded understanding for basin-specific geologic, geochemical and mineralogical knowledge of non-marine strata in major producing Asia- Pacific onshore basins with producing or potential unconventional plays.
  • Define basin evolution and the development of non-marine petroleum system elements including prioritized geological controls related to unconventional accumulation and production.
  • Generate predictive non-marine models for play habitat of stratigraphically associated hybrid unconventional tight sand/carbonate, shale and CBM hydrocarbon systems.
  • Characterization of unconventional plays via data integration, interpretation, analysis of sample tests and comparisons U.S. analog unconventional plays.
  • An evaluation of unconventional non-marine play opportunities.
  1. ArcGIS based database including stratigraphic charts, structural and depositional evolution maps, atlas of oil/gas fields, maps of petroleum system elements and charts, petroleum system modeling, play fairways maps for hybrid unconventional non-marine plays, spreadsheets of sample tests, reservoir characterization of representative hybrid unconventional plays, and models for play concepts.
  2. Preliminary assessment of risk for each petroleum system including reservoir and source rock distribution.
  3. Data uploads, quarterly updates, meeting presentations, final project report text and figures.
  • Improve basin-specific geologic, geochemical and mineralogical knowledge of non-marine strata in major producing Asia-Pacific onshore basins with producing or potential unconventional plays.
  • Relate the basin evolution to development of non-marine petroleum system elements.
  • Characterize properties of unconventional plays through data integration, interpretation and analysis of sample tests.
  • Understand the similarities and differences in non-marine unconventional plays and on a regional basis determine analogs to typical U.S. unconventional plays.
  • Generate predictive non-marine models for play habitat of stratigraphically associated hybrid unconventional tight sand/carbonate, shale and CBM hydrocarbon systems.
  • Investigate and prioritize geological controls on unconventional accumulation and production.
  • Recommended unconventional play opportunities.
  1. Collect, compile, archive and interpret data of non-marine onshore Sichuan, Ordos, Bohai Bay and Tarim Basins in China, Cooper Basin in Australia, and Central Sumatra Basin, South Sumatra Basin, Kutei Basin and Tarakan Basin in Indonesia through collaborative and holistic approaches.
  2. Conduct basin analysis, tectono-sequence stratigraphic analysis, depositional study and petroleum system analysis.
  3. Identification of stratigraphically associated hybrid shales, tight carbonate and siliciclastic systems, and CBM plays in key onshore non-marine basins in Asia-Pacific.
  4. Geologically characterize the non-marine unconventional plays in terms of stratigraphic association, depositional facies, environment of deposition, rock types, and rock properties.
  5. Sample tests for geochemistry, mineralogy, rock fabrics, petrophysics.
  6. Map the regional trends for key properties (facies, reservoir thickness, mineralogy,geochemistry, etc.) for potential target zones of hybrid unconventional plays.
  7. Characterization and evaluation of hybrid unconventional plays in Asia-Pacific and comparison of key properties between these unconventional plays and typical unconventional plays in U.S.
  8. Basin wide petroleum system analysis for unconventional plays based on source-accumulated hydrocarbons correlation and petroleum system modeling integrating geology, geophysics, outcrop, wells and geochemistry.
  9. Characterize producing and emerging plays, and create a catalog of unconventional plays for each type of basin and reservoir, and integrate the analysis of a representative sample of recently drilled wells.
  10. Generate robust play concepts and predict new exploration opportunities (stacked plays and favorable areas) by play fairway techniques and mapping.
  11. Comparative study for unconventional plays different depositional settings and basins.
  12. Provide Arc-GIS database.