Karoo Basin Unconventional Characterization

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Investment:
$80k (USD) per Sponsor
Status:
In Development
Principal Investigator(s):
Bryony Richards

801-585-3966

brichards@egi.utah.edu

Value to Sponsors:

Recent estimates of unconventional resources in the Karoo Basin, suggest recoverable shale gas in-place from ~30 Tcf to ~500 Tcf (i.e. Decker and Marot, 2012). Potentially large gas reserves; coupled with the present energy shortfall in South Africa, has led to shale gas becoming an attractive new energy prospect, with much of the renewed exploration focus falling on the Karoo Basin shales.

The project is designed to evaluate the gas potential of key carbonaceous shales within the Ecca and Dwyka Groups of the Karoo Basin; with integrated results used to define and evaluate the fundamental factors important to shale hydrocarbon potential in the Karoo Basin. A subsequent comparison of key parameters and results to analogous basins in North America will be used to identify areas with the greatest potential to viably host and produce shale gas within the Karoo.

Recent estimates of unconventional resources in the Karoo Basin,

suggest recoverable shale gas in-place from ~30 Tcf to ~500 Tcf (i.e. Decker

and Marot, 2012). Potentially large gas reserves; coupled with the present

energy shortfall in South Africa, has led to shale gas becoming an attractive

new energy prospect, with much of the renewed exploration focus falling on the

Karoo Basin shales.

The project is designed to evaluate the gas potential of key carbonaceous

shales within the Ecca and Dwyka Groups of the Karoo Basin; with integrated

results used to define and evaluate the fundamental factors important to shale

hydrocarbon potential in the Karoo Basin. A subsequent comparison of key

parameters and results to analogous basins in North America will be used to

identify areas with the greatest potential to viably host and produce shale

gas within the Karoo.

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