N361 Petroleum Geology of Kurdistan
N361 Petroleum Geology of Kurdistan
This course examines the key elements of the hydrocarbon systems prevalent in Kurdistan; source, reservoir, trap and migration are evaluated in relation to regional stratigraphy, and integrated with the geodynamic history of the Middle East from Lower Palaeozoic times to the present day. Theoretical concepts are illustrated with extensive examples of surface and sub-surface geology from across Kurdistan.
A five-day classroom course. Classwork will consist of keynote presentations, combined with hands-on practical exercises. Theory covered in the classroom will be richly illustrated with real case studies from the wider Zagros region: the main emphasis of the course will be the direct applicability of theoretical concepts to specific examples from Kurdistan.
Participants will learn to:
Regional plate kinematics & Middle East geodynamics
Core structural concepts (refresher)
Regional Petroleum Systems
Mapping surface geology
Sub-surface data & interpretation
Surface & near-surface processes: gravity, erosion, evaporite dissolution
The course is aimed at early-career geoscientists, as well more experienced geologists looking to consolidate their understanding of Kurdistan petroleum geology. Cross-discipline workers such as geophysicists and reservoir engineers may also benefit from the course as an update and refresher.
All students should have a basic understanding of the main principles of petroleum geology and modern hydrocarbon exploration methods.
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Dr. Richard Jones is a structural geologist and the CEO for Geospatial Research Ltd. His 26 years of industry experience compile a variety of hands-on geoscience projects spanning five continents and including regional syntheses and field studies in many areas of petroleum exploration worldwide. His research focus in structural geology includes fault and fold geometries and processes, especially in areas involving complex three-dimensional deformation.
Geospatial Research Ltd. (GRL) is an independent company with close links to Durham University, that specialises in leading edge research and commercial application of integrated geoscience solutions from field, satellite and map data to inform sub-surface interpretations. GRL has been engaged in commercial projects spanning most of the world’s petroleum provinces and possesses a collective experience of many thousand field days across five continents. Its recent clients include Afren, BP, BG, Dana, EcoPetrol, Exxon Mobil, Gulf Keystone, Hess, Lundin, Maersk, Marathon, Neftex, Nexen, Oil Search Ltd, PetroCeltic, Perenco, Petronas, Repsol, Shell, Statoil, Total, and others.
Geospatial Research Ltd. has very extensive field experience in the Middle East, particularly the northern Zagros in NE Iraq and SE Turkey, with 24 successful field campaigns for 14 companies since 2009. GRL has regional mapping expertise for the entire Zagros based on interpretation of satellite, and it has proven capability of producing Zagros-wide geological maps, cross-sections and geodynamic interpretations. GRL Zagros’ operations include extensive mapping of 19 license blocks in KRG, studying parts of a further 21 KRG blocks (not full surveys), carrying out detailed fracture characterisation on 10 blocks, and constructing balanced cross-section for regional and detailed anticline studies (143 Zagros cross-sections totalling more than 6,800 km.)
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