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Burial History and Thermal Maturity of the Chattanooga Shale, Northern Alabama

Buddy Simonis
University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The Chattanooga shale is a petroleum source rock within the Black Warrior Basin. Several attempts have been made to exploit this formation for “shale gas”. However, previous studies of the Chattanooga’s thermal maturity indicate an area of the shale may produce liquid hydrocarbons. This thesis will attempt to predict the thermal maturity of this formation and assess the potential for a liquid hydrocarbon window within the Chattanooga shale. 1-D basin models will be constructed to predict the shale’s thermal maturity. The primary data available is from well logs and published literature. Schlumberger’s PetroMod 1D basin modelling software will be used to construct the basin models.

AAPG Search and Discovery Article #90182©2013 AAPG/SEG Student Expo, Houston, Texas, September 16-17, 2013