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Shale Reservoir Workshop: Analysing Organic-Rich Tight Shales from Basin- to Nano-Scale (UCR04)


    Even in mature shale basins questions arise about the origin and location of the most mature and organic-rich location, and distribution of porosity and permeability that determine the best producing intervals.
    During this workshop the participants will learn techniques to interpret organic-rich mudrocks (shales and mudstones) from basin to nano-scale. The techniques taught will contribute to understand the characteristics and distribution of sweet spots within a shale basin. Differences of shale basins will be addressed, and the participants will be able to apply mudrock depositional, sedimentological, sequence stratigraphic, geochemical and petrophysical principles to exploration areas and production assets of shale basin.

    Course Level: Skill / Advanced
    Duration: 4 days
    Instructor: Ursula Hammes

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • Geoscientist, reservoir engineer or manager who desires to develop a better understanding of the geological, mechanical and chemical character of mudrock systems and how mudrock attributes vary in the context of shale gas/oil reservoir exploitation

    How we build your confidence

    • The lectures will be live and keyed to your cousre manual
    • Instructor will be answering any questions and discussions are encouraged
    • Extensive bibliographies will support lectures
    • Each subject will have exercises to solidify learning outcomes

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • A variety of shale systems from basin to nano scale
    • How to classify mudrock facies, identify sequences and tie those to well-log character
    • Assessment and interpretation of geochemical data critical to understanding mudrock systems
    • Ascertain controls on source rock deposition, reservoir heterogeneities, and discern frackable intervals
    • Recognition and quantification of the rock properties that will have an impact on completion success
    • How to characterise and determine sweet spots in shale reservoirs


    • Introduction to approaches of analysing shale oil/gas plays
    • Stratigraphic and depositional processes in shale basins
    • Mudrock sedimentology and factors resulting in organic-rich deposits
    • Geochemical and petrophysical techniques for identifying sweet spots in organic-rich deposits
    • Role of fractures in shale reservoirs
    • Examples of different North American and European resource plays
    • Explore differences between calcareous, siliceous and clay-rich mudrock systems



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