Petroleum Geochemistry for Explorationists


The course is primarily aimed at geologists and geophysicists with little previous knowledge of geochemistry, although it also includes advanced concepts of geochemistry including biomarker analysis.


- Fundamental concepts and basic applications
- Thermal/maturation modeling
- Relationship of geothermal gradients, thermal conductivities and heat flux; measured and calculated thermal maturity values; interpretation of thermal history; misapplications
- Interpretation of pyrolysis data/source rock productivity
- Effects of kerogen type, maturity kerogen composition; potential and hydrocarbon productivity
- Hydrocarbon composition/oils/biomarkers
- Control of hydrocarbons on physical properties of petroleum; source type, maturity, mixing and alteration processes reservoir geochemistry
- Source rock/basin modeling
- Source rock facies, palaeoenvironments and geochemical signatures; the geochemical approach to basin modeling; case histories
- Geochemical evaluation
- Range of geochemical analyzes; organization of analytical programs; combinations of analyzes to solve specific problems; case histories

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide geologists and geophysicists with an understanding of geochemistry and how it is applied in exploration. It will also touch on biomarker analysis and give a brief understanding that can be taken further in a more advanced course.



Number of Participants

Max 20



Software Used


Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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