Rifts represent part of an evolutionary sequence of crustal and upper mantle stretching that leads to normal faulting resulting from extension. Rift basins, as a distinct geological category, account for only about 5% of the area of basins of the world, however understanding rift systems helps to unravel a very large portion of the earth’s geology. Rift basins also occur throughout the geological record with examples from the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and the Cenozoic.
In addition to rift basins being the foundation of much of the geological history of the earth, they are additionally extremely attractive areas for hydrocarbon accumulations. Despite their relatively small geographical distribution they are known to account for 12% of the known oil reserves.
This GLOMACS Seismic Interpretation & Basin Analysis of Rift Basin Systems online training seminar will establish the tectonic setting, the structural style the stratigraphy and the characteristic hydrocarbon production of a typical rift basin. A number of basins have been chosen to illustrate the rift development and they will provide study examples for workshop sessions. These include the classic Gulf of Suez rift representing a Cenozoic rift while the Sirt Basin, Libya represents a Mesozoic rift. Additionally, the Gulf of Thailand will be discussed as representing a mainly non marine (lacustrine) rift section.
This GLOMACS online training seminar will feature:
- An Introduction to Rift Basins
- Sedimentary Basin Types
- Tectonic Evolution and the Structural Setting of Rift Basins
- Identification of Rift Phases and the Stratigraphy of Rift Basins
- The Development of Petroleum Systems in Rift Basins
- Case Studies of Rift Basins including the Gulf of Suez, The Sirt Basin and the Gulf of Thailand
By the end of this GLOMACS online training seminar, participants will be able:
- To understand the earth processes that form rift basins
- To identify and interpret on seismic the main structural features characteristic of rift basins
- To interpret the main stratigraphical phases characteristic of a rift basin
- To have an understanding of how petroleum systems develop in rift basins and also the geographical distribution of the main hydrocarbon plays
- To develop a good sense of where to go looking for hydrocarbon traps in rift basins
This online training course will utilize a variety of proven online learning techniques to ensure maximum understanding, comprehension, retention of the information presented. The training course is conducted Online via an Advanced Virtual Learning Platform in the comfort of any location of your choice.
An expert understanding of the typical characteristics of rift basin systems, where reservoirs are typically developed, the main hydrocarbon trap styles and the characteristic development of source rocks aids in optimizing exploration efforts for a company and obtaining the most from seismic and well data that has already been acquired at huge expense. For the organisation, the benefits will include:
- Getting the most out of expensively acquired seismic and well data
- Prediction of play trends for new acreage acquisition
- More accurate assessments of geological risk for prospects
- Identification of new plays and new leads and prospects
- Development of staff with new oil finding skills that can be applied to ongoing exploration projects immediately
- More accurate estimations of Expected Monetary Value (EMV) for prospect economic assessments
Developing key interpretation skills in exploration assessments provide a real personal benefit. The individual will enhance his predictive skills to become the proven oil finder that organisations are looking for. Personal impact includes:
- Identification of key structural and stratigraphic geometries in rift basins and how to identify them on seismic
- Understand the main hydrocarbon trap types that are developed in rift basins and where to find them
- Develop skills in assessing the presence and effectiveness of hydrocarbon source rocks and their connectivity to reservoirs
- Ability to predict the presence and distribution of clastic reservoirs and to identify new plays, leads and prospects
- Have improved skills in geological risk assessments for leads and prospects in rift basins
- Have improved oil finding skills and then to develop better company and professional recognition
Who Should Attend?
This GLOMACS online training seminar is suitable for exploration and development geologists, seismic interpreters, sedimentologists, petrographers and other upstream subsurface professionals who are interested in optimally utilizing seismic and geological data in the interpretation of rift basins and for identifying the main hydrocarbon plays.