Integrated Study of a Lacustrine Petroleum System (France)
The Lodève Permian basin, located West of Montpellier in Southern France, represent an accessible oilfield analogue of the Northern North Sea half-graben basins. It presents outstanding outcrops of mature black shales, carbonate and clastic reservoirs, enriched with stratigraphic and structural unconformities, and also fault and fracture networks.
Based on concepts, field observation and hands-on petroleum systems modelling, participants will discuss source rock maturation scenarios and explain observed live oil seeps and fault bitumen. The outcomes of the petroleum systems analysis will be discussed in terms of regional prospectivity and compared to worldwide analogues.
This petroleum systems analysis field course is designed as a group exercise where each participant must contribute to build a common understanding of the evolution of the Lodève basin, and its implication for the petroleum system. This is achieved through a blended mixture of concept, outcrop observation and interpretation, and numerical modelling:
Each participant is required to provide a yearly medical certificate before attending this field course. Participants must be in good health and physical conditions to attend. Yet, every outcrop or panorama is easily accessible, and do not require specific training.
Attendees must also wear adapted shoes (suitable for pebbly hiking) and bring clothing for hot day time temperatures (sun hat, sun glasses, etc.), and potential rainfalls.
A shorter, more synthetic program can be organized on purpose, for team building objectives or any other specific groups (experts, national representatives, NOC etc.).
This course is suitable for any petroleum geoscientist or other oil and gas professionals with geological background working or having interest in the analysis and evaluation of basins, blocks and prospects. Designed as a blended field to classroom workshop, this course will benefit both junior geoscientists in the domain of oil exploration as an introduction to petroleum systems analysis, as well as senior geoscientist for advanced discussions with industry experts.