Africa / Middle East
Core Laboratories has performed a non-exclusive oil and source rock study of the regional petroleum potential of the Niger Delta, Nigeria.
This study of the Niger Delta involves detailed geochemical analysis and interpretation of 112 oils from the offshore and onshore Niger Delta, and offshore Cameroon in the Rio Del Rey area. A comprehensive analytical program was used to establish the genetic relationships of the oils. In addition, 870 rock samples from seventeen (17) well sections (and two outcrops) representative of potential source rocks from the offshore and coastal onshore Niger Delta were obtained, as well as one outcrop from the Upper Benue Trough, for geochemical evaluation . Acquisition of effective source rocks within the Niger Delta has been difficult due to the unconsolidation of sediments, non-penetration of effective source beds (in particular pre-Agbada formations), and the general lack of available well control in the Delta area.
The regional geochemical study addresses several critically important questions, including the following:
Results of the study are presented in both analytical and interpretive formats to ensure that all findings are readily accessible to the explorationists and research personnel. Data is available in paper, digital and HTML formats.