The Impact of Salt – Sediment Interaction on Exploration Risk in Deep Water, taught by Selim Shaker, is designed for exploration and development geologists, geophysicists, petrophysicsts, and petroleum engineers working in and around salt basins worldwide. It is tremendously beneficial for pore pressure analysts who want to enhance and modify their prediction tools to fit the salt environment. Oil and gas economic feasibility analysts and managers will find this course provides a functional gauge for their assets portfolio. This course will take place February 13 – 14, 2014 in Houston, and is a part of the Winter Education Conference. For more details:

Participants completing this course will learn to:

– distinguish between the high and low risk salt related prospect;
– understand salt – sediment evolution due to sediment load (overburden), gravity (Isoctacy) and sea level changes (Eustasy);
– comprehend the hydrocarbon trapping mechanism in supra and subsalt plays;
– recognize the uniqueness of salt’s physical properties that leads to the presence of multiple traps ranging from the good, the bad, to the ugly;
– appraise the impact of salt emplacement and displacement on the stresses vectors that lead to entrapments and or breaching of hydrocarbons;
– assess the pore-fracture pressure profile behavior and characteristics above and below the salt;
– evaluate the change in the sediments geopressure profile due hosting the intrusive salt;
– understand the prevalence of oil traps in deep water relative to gas;
– employ the changes in subsurface pressure to appraise prospective object’s sealing, hydrocarbon retention and productivity capacities;
– recognize the large disparity of costs between drilling dirty vs. clean salt;
– foresee the drilling challenges above, within and below the salt mass.

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