South American Shales, Phase 2

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$156k (USD) per Sponsor
Completed | Available For All Members
Principal Investigator(s):

David Thul


Peter D. Pahnke, M.S.

Chris Kesler


Richardson (Pitch) Allen

(801) 581-7574

Value to Sponsors:
  • Establish an unparalleled understanding of shale resources in South America,

enabling well informed exploration and exploitation decisions.

  • Evaluate facies, diagenetic history, microtectonics, fabric, texture, kerogen type and distribution, permeability, pore type and pore distribution at the core, thin section and SEM scales.

  • Expand detailed quantitative and qualitative comparisons between U.S. producing shales and South America’s most promising shales.

  • GIS map database that will include geographic information, topography,

shaded relief, satellite image, basin outlines, protected areas, surface

geologic map, well locations, oil and gas fields, petroleum infrastructure,

data and sample locations, interpretations, and location points derived from

this study

  • Digital hot-linked report with particular emphasis on aspects that impact shale gas/liquid potential, including structural/tectonic setting, burial history, petroleum system, geochemistry, heterogeneity, fractures/faults, petrology, petrography, and rock properties, including key maps, cross sections, diagrams and tabulations

  • A ranking of the potentiality of the basins studied, including a geostatistical analysis of the most salient characteristics required for shale gas/liquids play definition

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