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AAPG GEO 2010 Middle East
Geoscience Conference & Exhibition
Innovative Geoscience Solutions – Meeting Hydrocarbon Demand in Changing Times
March 7-10, 2010 – Manama, Bahrain

Petroleum System Modeling as a Useful Tool for Exploration Stage: A Case Study from Muglad Basin - Sudan

Mohamed A. Yassin1; Ahmed Gibreel1

(1) Exploration, Sudapet Company, Khartoum, Sudan.

The Geological & Geophysical (G&G) study’s work scope which is running after structural mapping and prospects assessment is not enough to be a guide for exploration stage. It can easily be shown that this kind of scope is often dangerously incomplete without Petroleum system modeling.
Petroleum system modeling technology is used to investigate charge risks by special simulators which can calculate the processes of hydrocarbons generation, expulsion, migration, accumulation and loss through geologic time.

Structural analysis and sequence stratigraphy are essential part in the basin modeling. Integration of these two disciplines with others such as geochemistry, petrophysics and geophysics will be very helpful to reduce the basin modeling’s uncertainties.
This work answering questions such as: Have hydrocarbons been generated in a basin? Where were the hydrocarbons generated? When were the hydrocarbons generated? Could the generated hydrocarbons have migrated to my prospect? What are the possible properties of the hydrocarbons which could have migrated to my prospect?