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Introduction to the Petroleum Geology of Kurdistan

Who should attend:

Petroleum geologists, explorationists, petrophysicists, geophysicists and engineers involved in the exploration of carbonate plays and development of carbonate reservoirs. Previous knowledge of carbonate sedimentology is not required.


This course is designed to give a regional overview of the petroleum systems in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. This region is a carbonate dominated area, and so the focus is on the properties of carbonate reservoirs, how fracturing affects reservoir quality, and diagenetic processes. Structure plays an important role in the evolution of the petroleum system, and plate reconstructions and palaeogeographic maps are used in this course to investigate this. Extensive practical sessions can make use of your own data or Robertson's extensive non-exclusive data.


  • Carbonate reservoirs: Basic principles; depositional concepts; grain types; textures and fabrics; environmental reconstruction.
  • The reservoir model - depositional and diagenetic characteristics
  • Carbonate diagenesis
  • Carbonate sequence stratigraphy
  • Log response in carbonate rocks
  • Reservoir assessment: Fracture reservoirs; reservoir modelling; volumetric assessment in correlation and mapping; effects of capillary pressure; interface with engineering.
    • Characteristics of key reservoirs such as the Qamchuqa Formation, Aqra-Bekhme Formation and Shiranish Formation
    • Characteristics of key sealing units, e.g. Lower Fars, Aaliji and Shiranish Formations
    • Characteristics and maturity of key source horizons, e.g. Sargelu and Chia Gara

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