Unconventional Gas Exploration


Geologists, explorationists and reservoir engineers who want to improve their knowledge of Unconventional Gas exploration.


- Fundamentals of fluid behaviour in low permeability rocks
- What are Shale Gas, CBM, tight gas?

Petroleum System Fundamentals:
- Hydrocarbon source rock characterization
- Source richness, quality and maturity
- Shale Gas generation: process and habitat
- Shale Gas systems and classifications
- CBM generation process and habitat
- CBM systems and classifications
- Tight gas generation process and habitat
- Tight gas systems and classifications

Assessment Techniques:
- Definition of workflows
- Application of geochemistry in unconventional gas assessment
- Sample analytical techniques
- Overview of petrophysical techniques
- Evaluation of reservoir potential

- Petroleum system analysis as applied to unconventional gas
- Regional assessment of unconventional gas potential

Operational Issues:
- Overview of drilling and completion practice
- Production characteristics of unconventional gas reservoirs
- Commercial considerations

Exercises: Unconventional gas assessment in the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin.

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide geoscientists with the ability to assess sedimentary basins for unconventional gas exploration by examining regional models, defining unconventional play fairways and assessing the prospectivity.



Number of Participants

Max 20


Software Used


Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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