Hydrocarbon Research

The science to inspire new ideas to explore for and produce the Earth’s energy resources is the core mission of EGI. The institute provides high-quality, cost-shared, scientific research to 30+ member companies from over 20 nations with the goal of expanding geoscience and engineering knowledge to develop solutions for exploration and production questions crucial to the energy industry. EGI offers Corporate Associate members a competitive advantage in a highly competitive industry with our diverse staff of expert geoscientists, engineering researchers and innovative technical staff. The accumulated knowledge, insightful interpretation, and global experiences of our scientific staff complement and elevate the effectiveness of our technical competencies in the areas of hydrocarbon exploration and recovery.

EGI scientists collaborate with colleagues across academic, industry and government organizations around the world and have conducted research in over 70 countries to discover and improve scientific innovation and applied technologies. EGI’s Corporate Associate members gain access to over $850 million of regional and thematic research for only a fraction of their investment. Continuing education credits for training, field and short courses taught by EGI and affiliated scientists promotes integrated partnerships and narrows the technical and experience divide between mature industry staff and future industry leaders.

Ultimately, the cost-shared model of EGI research adds value and reduces risk for both conventional and unconventional hydrocarbon resources by providing a dynamic ecosystem for Corporate Associate members, EGI scientists, and industry specialists to engage, collaborate, and create solutions for current and future industry challenges/questions.


The combined expertise of EGI scientists collaborating with specialist from industry, governmental agencies, and academia creates a uniquely robust venue to solve questions from the global and basin exploration scales right into the nanoscale environments affecting production. The formation, in-filling, deformation, architecture, and tectonic setting of sedimentary basins have significant bearings on the formation, migration, entrapment, and preservation of hydrocarbons. With the growth of unconventional hydrocarbon resources in tight reservoirs as well as geothermal systems, the importance of fracture analysis has been amplified.


The EGI Geochemistry laboratory provides comprehensive analyses for petroleum systems evaluation, focusing on specialized analysis and integrated interpretation to understand hydrocarbon phase and charge history. We provide customized gas chromatography and mass spectrometry analysis as well as HAWK™ pyrolysis for source rock assessment. Our experts combine petroleum biomarker data and sequence stratigraphy to determine source rock facies and depositional environments. EGI has a library of oils and source rocks for major petroleum provinces in North America, South America, the Caspian region, and East Africa for comparative analysis.

Recognizing the interdependency of geologic and engineering disciplines, geomechanics bridges classical geoscience and petroleum engineering by acknowledging that all facets of reservoir exploitation, from exploration through abandonment can be improved by evaluating in-situ stresses and deformation and explicitly coupled fluid flow. EGI’s geomechanical expertise provides members with services and potential applications for exploration, well construction, and production and reservoir management.

The EGI VizLab is an immersive interpretation facility with full 3D stereo on a 14’ x 6’ screen with 288 GB RAM  and 12 CPUs capable of managing, displaying and interactively interpreting extremely large, fully integrated (well and seismic) datasets from basin scale to detailed prospect and reservoir analysis. EGI seismic experts will collaboratively work with your team in-house or use real time remote visualization via HP RGS.

Geospatial data is crucial for exploration and development success. EGI has the experience and expertise in geospatial data acquisition, data integration, geospatial database development, data analysis, and modeling to help you meet your exploration and development goals.


The foundation of EGI’s Chronostratigraphy capability is based on the use and integration of composite standards and graphic correlation. Our worldwide paleo-database developed over a span of 40 years, first by BP-Amoco and now by EGI biostratigraphers.

Over 32,000 stratigraphic datums (tops and bases) from thousands of well and outcrop sections are represented in the multi-million-dollar database. They are calibrated to the latest geologic time scale (GTS 2012) and provide EGI’s Corporate Associate members with global capabilities for absolute age dating. The absolute age calibration provides high-resolution stratigraphic correlations critical for successful integrative E&P studies, including sequence stratigraphy, depositional reconstructions, basin modeling and stratigraphic trap definition.

Research & Analytical Services

  • Integration of existing data from multiple biostratigraphic reports, often with disparate age conclusions, improving the value of existing data.
  • Numerical data such as rock accumulation rate and hiatus duration enhance basin modeling confidence.
  • Exporting chronostratigraphic interpretation of wells with the respective lines of correlation (LOC’s) to overlay on the seismic data allows for direction integration and trap definition.
Shale Characterization

The compositional variability and heterogeneity of shales represents substantial challenges in evaluating their potential to viably produce oil and gas. Assessment and understanding of the microtectonic/petrofabric (microstructural) history in combination with micro- to nano-scale porosity, permeability and mineralogical controls, is invaluable in improving our ability to locate, trace and supply shale gas and oil more effectively in the future.