Practical Petroleum Geochemistry for Exploration and Production

Practical Petroleum Geochemistry for Exploration and Production

2nd Edition - August 1, 2022

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  • Author: Harry Dembicki
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323959247

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Practical Petroleum Geochemistry for Exploration and Production, Second Edition provides readers with a single reference that addresses the principle concepts and applications of petroleum geochemistry used in finding, evaluating, and producing petroleum deposits. The revised volume includes a new chapter on environmental forensic applications of petroleum geochemistry. With the current emphasis on environmental issues (pollution, climate changes, and corporate responsibility), information about how petroleum geochemistry can be used to recognize these problems, determine their source, help identify who is responsible, and how these problems may be mitigated are vital to efficient and economical operation of a project from exploration to production to abandonment. Practical Petroleum Geochemistry for Exploration and Production, Second Edition will continue to serve as a foundational reference to understanding the underpinning of the science, as well as a source of references that the reader can use to find detailed descriptions of methods and protocols.

Key Features

  • Emphasizes the practical application of geochemistry in solving exploration and production problems
  • Features more than 200 illustrations, tables, diagrams, and case studies to underscore key concepts
  • Authored by an expert geochemist with over 40 years of experience in field-based research, applications, and instruction
  • New edition includes a chapter on environmental issues (impact, climate change, pollution, and corporate responsibility), as well as expanded coverage of topics such as hydrates as unconventional resources; geomicrobial methods (especially DNA analysis) and the use of sea surface slicks from seafloor seeps in surface geochemistry; using GC x GC and asphaltene FTIR in oil correlation studies; and interpretation isotope data for the maturity of thermogenic natural gas


Exploration and production geologists and engineers as well as researchers and students across the geosciences

Table of Contents

  • 1. Introduction
    2. The Formation of Petroleum Accumulations
    3. Source Rock Evaluation
    4. Interpreting Crude Oil and Natural Gas Data
    5. Reservoir Geochemistry
    6. Surface Geochemistry
    7. Unconventional Resources
    8. Basin Modeling
    9. Petroleum System Concepts and Tools
    10. Environmental Forensic Applications

Product details

  • No. of pages: 450
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2022
  • Published: August 1, 2022
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780323959247

About the Author

Harry Dembicki

Harry Dembicki, Jr., PhD, is a retired petroleum geochemistry whose career in the corporate O&G industry spanned nearly 40 years. Dr. Dembicki’s areas of expertise in geochemistry include the application of biomarker technology, basin modeling, utilizing micro- and macro-seepage data both onshore and offshore, pyrolysis gas chromatography and thermal extraction-gas chromatography, mapping regional trends in source rock potential, and well site geochemical tools for both source rock and reservoir evaluation. Dr. Dembicki has published 23 papers on various aspects of organic and petroleum geochemistry, has made 27 oral and 13 poster presentations at conferences, and has two U.S. patents on instrument design. He serves as a reviewer for AAPG Bulletin, AAPG Special Publications, Organic Geochemistry, Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, Journal of Marine and Petroleum Geology, Chemical Geology, Applied Geochemistry, Computers & Geosciences, Journal of Asian Earth Sciences, and Journal of Hazardous Materials. He has also taught 46 internal courses on petroleum geochemistry and basin modeling.

Affiliations and Expertise

Distinguished Geological Advisor, Geological Technology Group, Anadarko, USA

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