Archives for November 2011

GeoResources at AAPG 2012 Annual Convention & Exhibition, April 22-25, Long Beach

GeoResources will attend the AAPG 2012 Annual Convention and Exhibition, April 22-25 in Long Beach. The convention is dedicated to “Directing the Future of E&P: Starring Creative Ideas and New Technology”.

Two oral presentations will be given:

Inverse Flexural Basin and Forward Stratigraphic Modeling of the Brazilian Continental Margin (Campos, Santos, and Pelotas Basins)
by Rainer Zühlke, Jorham Contreras & Scott Bowman
Theme 6: Petroleum System of the Western Hemisphere (AAPG)
Tuesday, April 24th, 16:25-16:45 h
Location 104 B

Quantitative Tarfaya Basin Development, Morocco
by Axel Wenke, Rainer Zuehlke, Haddou Jabour, Oliver Kluth, Torge Schümann
Theme 6: Petroleum System of the Eastern Hemisphere (AAPG)
Wednesday, April 25, 11:10-11:30 h
Location 102

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BMU project granted to R. Zählke and T. Bechstädt: Characterization and Numerical Modeling of Geothermal Reservoirs

The German Federal Ministery for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety (BMU, Berlin) has granted GeoResources´directors Rainer Zählke and Thilo Bechstädt a three-year research project: “Characterization and numerical modeling of structural and sedimentary geothermal reservoirs”.

The project includes two parts, with part I focused on facies, seismic calibration & prediction and Part II on diagenetic analysis. The main rationale is to adapt and further develop existing techniques applied in hydrocarbon exploration for future geothermal exploration. The research area is located in the Upper Rhine Graben, Germany.

Key approaches include terrestrial LIDAR scanning and spectral Gamma Ray logging in outcrops, reservoir modeling of outcrop analogues and subsurface reservoirs as well as PSDM seismic simulation. Diagenetic analyses are based on petrographic microscopy including cold and hot cathodoluminescence, Xray diffractometry, isotope geochemistry and microthermometry.

Both projects are part of the research program AuGE – “Outcrop-reservoir analogue studies and their application to geothermal exploration”. Cooperating organisations and companies include the Universities of Heidelberg, Erlangen and Göttingen, GeoThermal Engineering GmbH (Karlsruhe) and GeoEnergy GmbH (Karlsruhe).

AuGE has been initiated and is coordinated by Geothermal Engineering GmbH (Dipl.-Geol. A. Wenke). The research group includes more than 20 scientists covering sedimentary geology, structural geology, reservoir analysis, hydrocarbon and geothermal exploration. All results from AuGE will be published in international peer-reviewed magazines.

Three PhD students are conducting research at the University of Heidelberg supervised by Rainer Zählke and Thilo Bechstädt. The project is located at the Institute of Geosciences.

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First Break (EAGE) paper: Wenke et al., High-resolution sequence stratigraphy in basin reconnaissance: Tarfaya Basin, Morocco

Axel Wenke, Rainer Zählke (both GeoResources, Univ. of Heidelberg), Haddou Jabour (OMHYM) and Oliver Kluth (RWE Dea AG) have published the paper “High‐resolution sequence stratigraphy in basin reconnaissance: example from the Tarfaya Basin, Morocco” in First Break (European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers), vol. 29, November 2011.

The paper shows the role and advanced techniques of quantitative high-resolution sequence stratigraphy in basin reconnaissance, e.g. at an early stage of new venture exploration. It forms part of the results from the Atlantic Margin Project (AMP), a joint collaboration between RWE Dea AG, ONHYM, GeoResources and the Universities of Heidelberg, Aachen and Kiel.

GeoResources and Univ. of Heidelberg would like to thank ONHYM, Rabat, and RWE Dea AG, Hamburg, who have provided the seismic and well data and have given permission to publish this paper. The paper is derived from the PhD project of the Axel Wenke at the University of Heidelberg, which has been supported by RWE Dea AG.

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