Research Institute of Petroleum Industry

3D Petroleum System Modeling in Persian Gulf and Oman Sea [Pearl Program]

 

Description

The approximate area studied by the project is 183,500 km2, which will include 5 individual blocks (A, B&C, D, E and Oman Sea) with 20 on stream-fields, 80 structures with at least 490 wells. This study is unique in terms of size and scale and aims to identify new exploration plays and assist field developments activities via defining petroleum systems active in the region.  From an economic point of view, deliverables of this study will have enormous impact on discovery of new exploration targets with enhancing production which in turn will have direct impact on economic growth of the country.

The Persian Gulf constitutes one of the most petroliferous oil and gas basins  of the world and despite previous discoveries of giant hydrocarbon fields in this area, the Persian Gulf still remains as the most potential hydrocarbon provenance for future explorations. The majority of these hydrocarbon reserves are located in the areas close to borders shared among neighboring countries. In the past, most fields were discovered with rather old and traditional exploration methods, while in this study the most advanced 2 and 3D modeling techniques are involved in a regional scale.   This study is a multidisciplinary approach that integrates disciplines such as geosciences (sedimentology, paleopleontology, stratigraphy and paleontology, palynology and etc.), geophysics, geochemistry, petrophysics and petroleum engineering. This integrated approach, accompanied by a network of universities, research centers and oil companies, constitutes a unique and the most advanced technique for exploration and field development of hydrocarbon resources. The final milestones shall include the discovery of new hydrocarbon reserves, prospect ranking, success ratio enhancement and risk reduction.

 

Client

 Iranian Offshore Oil Company (IOOC)

 

Objectives

 The main objective of this project is to study the petroleum systems in Persian Gulf and Oman Sea, based on geological, geochemical and geophysical data and information, to predict and estimate hydrocarbon generation, migration, accumulation and also type and volume of hydrocarbon in reservoirs.

 

Implications

 From an economic point of view, deliverables of this study will have enormous impact on discovery of new exploration targets with enhancing production which in turn will have direct impact on economic growth of country.

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