One of our main activities is running single client studies, tailored to clients needs and wishes. Our single client studies are often connected to licence applications, or general exploration-related work.
The studies varies in size, with a duration typically from 1-2 months up to 1 year, depending on the work and degree of research included in the study. Most of our single client studies are focusing on areas within the Norwegian Shelf, but we also run studies in other areas worldwide (e.g. Greenland).
Common topics for the studies are basin reconstruction, tectonic modelling, erosion and uplift estimates, effects of glaciations on petroleum systems, dynamic salt modelling, effects of magmatic sills on petroleum systems, among others. See tabs below for more details.
We perform basin modelling studies using our in-house basin modelling software BMT, an advanced tool for high resolution modelling with the capabilities for structural reconstruction.
The modelling is performed on interpreted and depth converted 2D seismic lines, and the results are calibrated to well data in the area. Typical results of a basin reconstruction study may include:
Glaciations, glacial erosion/deposition and subsequent differential uplift and tilting is commonly envisioned to have led to spillage of hydrocarbons, phase transition from oil to gas, expansion of gas, seal failure, cooling of source rocks, and slope instability. Glacial erosion, repeated ice and sediment loading also had great influence on hydrocarbon migration routes and temperature history, i.e. hydrocarbon transport and maturation. Detailed control on the ice loads and glacial erosion/sediment deposition is therefore an important and insufficiently utilized factor for identification of the remaining hydrocarbon resources.
Our studies on the effects of glaciations may include results on:
The dynamic evolution of salt structures may totally change the stratigraphic and structural picture throughout the geohistory of the basin. Timing of the evolution of salt structures may be crucial for exploration, as the structural traps as we see them on present day seismics may not have been in place when hydrocarbons migrated into the area.
Salt reconstruction is accomplished in our in-house basin modelling software BMT, by a mass-editor enabling to mimic salt growth or withdrawal.
Salt-related deformation induced by the flowing salt may affect potential petroleum reservoir in the vicinity of salt structures. The effects of salt on possible fault reactivation and fracture formation may be of importance for understanding trapping, sealing, and migration of hydrocarbons in areas dominated by salt.
Our studies on salt tectonics may include:
The emplacement of magmatic sills in the subsurface may greatly affect the thermal history of a sedimentary basin, and thus the maturation history of the associated area. Our studies involving magmatic sill intrusions include: