Understanding the Big Picture

Exploring in frontier regions by definition involves moving into areas with very little data to guide your interpretation and decision making. One could liken it to attempting to construct a 4D jigsaw puzzle, where the majority of the pieces are scattered or missing altogether. The geoscientist is then faced with the challenge of filling in the gaps. To be able to do this and make a sound interpretation, understanding the big picture is imperative if there is to be any hope of placing the missing pieces in the appropriate context.


On Thursday 11th May Landmark Exploration Insights will be hosting the 8th London Earth Model Forum at The Geological Society, during which Dr. Jean-Christophe Wrobel-Daveau (Exploration Insight Geoscientist), will present on the “Insights from plate tectonic modelling and their impact on frontier hydrocarbon exploration”.

Abstract: When applying play-based exploration strategies in new venture and frontier regions, plate tectonic concepts enhance understanding of the timing of structural growth and the distribution of reservoirs, source rocks and seals. Exploration groups commonly use these models to help de-risk assets and address issues as diverse as sediments provenance, reservoir quality and burial/maturity. As part of our Core Solution, Exploration Insights has maintained a global plate model since 2010 and has consistently applied plate modelling concepts to constrain the boundary conditions of tectonically complex regions. The resulting model allows us to predict plate tectonic configurations from present-day back to the Late Neoproterozoic.

This presentation will highlight some recent revisions to the Neftex Plate Model and assess their implications on the understanding of Cenozoic geological evolution and the hydrocarbon plays in the Black Sea region. After a brief review of the new Cretaceous and Early Cenozoic kinematic model for the Black Sea opening, we show how regional convergence and successive orogenic systems forming around the Black Sea in the Cenozoic have contributed to the evolution of sediment sources and pathways. In addition, we review the quality and maturity of the Oligo-Miocene Maykop organic-rich interval using source rock quality data, regional isopach maps and 1D burial-models. Finally, we use the insight gained from assessing sediment delivery pathways together with reservoir composition data to further discuss the reservoir quality. The results of these basin analyses help enhance our understanding of the potential major risks associated with the different play elements in the Black Sea region. This presentation emphasizes the importance of a robust plate tectonic understanding when modelling hydrocarbon systems in frontier and tectonically complex regions.


This one of a series of technical presentations which will be delivered by Landmark Exploration Insights on Thursday 11th May at our LIFE London event: The Earth Model Forum, at The Geological Society, London. The full details of the event and agenda can be found here. Join us as we address some of the key geological challenges facing exploration and unveil the latest developments at the heart of our offering.  


This event is free of charge, but spaces are limited. Reserve your place today by contacting us at LIFE.EMF@Halliburton.com