What’s new in exploration ///

Petroleum geochemistry is taking compositional analysis of petroleum into the exploration realm. Positions are opening up for geochemists and petroleum systems analysts to handle burgeoning work in unconventional plays. Evaluating new plays involves a thorough understanding of source rocks and petroleum generation and maturity, using molecular and isotopic fingerprinting to identify migration paths of different petroleum phases in reservoirs. It requires hands-on work with rock and fluid samples, which is seldom among explorationists’ tasks today.

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