Unconventional Petroleum Geology

1st Edition

Print ISBN: 9780123971623
eBook ISBN: 9780123977861
Imprint: Elsevier
Published Date: 12th December 2012
Page Count: 384
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Unconventional Petroleum Geology is the first book of its kind to collectively identify, catalog, and assess the exploration and recovery potential of the Earth's unconventional hydrocarbons. Advances in hydrocarbon technology and petroleum development systems have recently made the exploration of unconventional hydrocarbons—such as shale gas, tight sandstone oil and gas, heavy oil, tar sand, and coalbed methane—the hottest trend in the petroleum industry.

Detailed case studies act as real-world application templates, making the book's concepts immediately practical and useful by exploration geologists. The logical and intuitive three-part approach of systematically identifying an unconventional hydrocarbon, cataloguing its accumulation features, and assessing its exploration and recovery potential can be immediately implemented in the field—anywhere in the world.

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Introduction

Section 1. History of Petroleum Geology

1. Enlightenment Stage (Before the 1860s)

2. Formative Stage (1860s–1920s)

3. Development Stage (1920s–Present)

Section 2. Current Situation and Trend of Global Petroleum Exploration

1. Current Situation

2. Distribution of Giant to Supergiant Oil and Gas Fields

3. Distribution of Remaining Global Hydrocarbon Resources

4. Recent Trend of Global Conventional Oil and Gas Discoveries

Section 3. Differences Between Conventional and Unconventional Petroleum Accumulations

1. Conventional Petroleum Geology

2. Unconventional Petroleum Geology

Section 4. Position and Significance of Unconventional Petroleum Geology

1. Study History of Unconventional Petroleum Geology

2. Strategy Position of Unconventional Petroleum Resources

3. Strategic Breakthroughs and Significance of Unconventional Petroleum


Chapter 2. Unconventional Continuous Petroleum Accumulation

Section 1. Concept and Types of Unconventional Continuous Petroleum Accumulations

1. Background

2. Concept of Continuous Petroleum Accumulation and Its Specific Characteristics in China

3. Types of Continuous Petroleum Accumulation

Section 2. Genesis and Characteristics of Unconventional Continuous Petroleum Accumulations

1. Critical Characteristics

2. Origin, Distribution, and Evolution of Continuous Petroleum Accumulations

3. Type and Geological Characteristics of Continuous Petroleum Accumulations

4. Differences among Typical Continuous Petroleum Accumulations

Section 3. Nanometer-Scaled Pore-Throat System

1. Storage Space of Unconventional Reservoirs

2. Pore Classification Categories

3. Definition and Characteristics of Nano-Hydrocarbon

Section 4. Resource Assessment


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"The body of the book devotes each chapter to a specific type of petroleum deposit and the extraction techniques: tight-sandstone oil and gas, coalbed methane, shale gas, carbonate-fracture-cavity reservoir, volcanic deposits, deposits in metamorphic rocks, heavy oil and bitumen, and natural gas hydrate. The book includes about twenty real-life case studies."--Reference and Research Book News, August 2013