New insights on petroleum migration from the application of 4D basin modelling in oil and gas exploration

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doi: 10.1016/S0375-6742(00)00039-X
Authors:Burley, S. D.; Clarke, S.; Dodds, Andrew; Frielingsdorf, J.; Huggins, P.; Richards, A.; Warburton, I. C.; Williams, G.
Author Affiliations:Primary:
BG Technology, Basin Modelling Group, Loughborough, United Kingdom
Other:
University of Keele, United Kingdom
Volume Title:Proceedings of Geofluids III; third international conference on Fluid evolution, migration and interaction in sedimentary basins and orogenic belts
Volume Authors:Pueyo, J. J., editor; Cardellach, E.; Bitzer, K.; Taberner, C.
Source:Journal of Geochemical Exploration, Vol.69-70, p.465-470; Geofluids III; third international conference on Fluid evolution, migration and interaction in sedimentary basins and orogenic belts, Barcelona, Spain, July 12-14, 2000, edited by J. J. Pueyo, E. Cardellach, K. Bitzer and C. Taberner. Publisher: Elsevier, Amsterdam-New York, International. ISSN: 0375-6742
Publication Date:2000
Note:In English. 5 refs.; illus.
Summary:Basin modelling is a valuable tool for investigating the hydrocarbon system in the sub-surface, and is widely used as an aid in reducing exploration risk. Application of the technology in oil and gas exploration imposes a rigorous, systematic approach to prospect evaluation and provides new insights on the processes of hydrocarbon migration, including flow rates, migration distances and charging histories. The ability to build models quickly and run multiple simulations, particularly where data are scarce, allows the explorationist to pose "What if?" questions to investigate the sensitivity of the petroleum system to critical parameters, such as source rock properties. Reconstruction of 3D burial history, structural restoration, dynamic fault properties and seamless integration with seismic data are defined as some of the important unknown factors in basin modelling and the main limitations to its more routine application in petroleum exploration. New developments should provide a balance between geological sophistication of the model and the time required to run simulations. Abstract Copyright (2000) Elsevier, B.V.
Sections:Geochemistry
Subsections:Hydrogeochemistry
Subjects:Basins; Burial; Computer animation; Four-dimensional models; Migration; Natural gas; Numerical models; Petroleum; Petroleum exploration; Prediction; Simulation; Three-dimensional models
Abstract Numbers:03M/4269
Record ID:2000061383
Copyright Information:GeoRef, Copyright 2019 American Geosciences Institute. Reference includes data from CAPCAS, Elsevier Scientific Publishers, Amsterdam, Netherlands
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