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Applications of Petroleum Geochemistry

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3 hours 20 minutes

(average of 20 minutes per Subtopic)

Demonstrates uses and limitations of geochemical techniques and their importance in exploration and production. Presents appropriate sample selection and preparation, as well as analytical techniques used in laboratories. Reviews and integrates basic source rock and crude oil evaluation programs into more advanced basin study and modeling programs.

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Total Number of Subtopics: 10
  • expand/collapse Geochemical Prospecting
    • Introduction to Geochemical Prospecting
    • Concepts of Geochemical Prospecting
    • Adsorbed Gas Survey in Integrated Exploration
    • Interpretation of Geochemical Prospecting
    • Advantages of Geochemical Prospecting
    • Exercise No. 1 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 2 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 3 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 4 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 5 (Solution)
  • expand/collapse Geochemical Analyses: Kerogen
    • Organic Carbon Content
    • Maceral Separation
    • Chemical Composition: General Considerations
    • Chemical Composition: Elemental Analysis
    • Chemical Composition: Pyrolysis
    • Special Analyses
  • expand/collapse Geochemical Analyses: Bitumen/ Petroleum
    • Extraction Techniques
    • Separation Techniques: Asphaltene Precipitation
    • Separation Techniques: Chromotography
    • Separation Techniques: Mass Spectrometry
    • Special Analyses
  • expand/collapse Geochemical Analyses: Analytical Procedures
    • Organic Carbon Determination
    • Kerogen Separation
    • Kerogen Typing
    • Kerogen Reflectance
    • Elemental Determination
    • Pyrolysis Analysis
    • Pyrolysate Characterization
    • Sample Degassing
    • Micronization Extraction
    • Solvent Extraction
    • Asphaltene Precipitation
    • Liquid Chromotography
    • Gas Chromotography
  • expand/collapse Geochemical Analyses: Sample Types
    • General Guidelines
    • Outcrop Samples
    • Cuttings Samples
    • Core Samples
    • Petroleum Samples
    • Exercise No. 1 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 2 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 3 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 4 (Solution)
  • expand/collapse Geochemical Analyses: Sampling Procedures
    • Outcrop Specimens
    • Dried Cuttings
    • Canned Cuttings
    • Stored Core
    • Gas Emanations
    • Crude Oil
    • Pressurized Gas
  • expand/collapse Geochemical Programs in Petroleum Exploration
    • Introduction
    • Program Feasibility
    • General Program Sequence
    • Screening Analytical Phase
    • Detailed Analytical Phase
    • Final Interpretation Phase
    • Scheduling and Costs
  • expand/collapse Geochemistry and Basin Evaluation
    • Introduction
    • Analytical Basin Studies
    • Thermal History Basin Studies
    • Mathematical Basin Studies
    • Exercise No. 1 (Solution)
  • expand/collapse Geochemical Problem Solving
    • Biomarker Applications and Molecular Configurations
    • Biomarker Interpretation
    • Migration Effects
    • Biodegradation and Alteration of Crude Oil
    • Less Common Source Rocks
    • Geochemical Prospecting
    • Concepts
    • Interpretation
    • Advantages
    • Exercise No. 1 (Solution)
    • Exercise No. 2 (Solution)
  • expand/collapse Applications of Petroleum Geochemistry: References and Additional Information
    • References
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