Carbonate Reservoirs

Start Date End Date Duration Location
Dec. 20, 2020 Dec. 24, 2020 5 Cairo


By the end of this course, participant will be able to:

  • Recognize basic characteristics of the carbonate depositional system important to carbonate reservoir development

  • Understand how sequence stratigraphy can be applied to carbonates and mixed carbonate-siliciclastic systems

  • Understand the geologic and engineering characteristics of carbonate pore systems

  • Recognize the nature of carbonate porosity modification by diagnosis and the role of sea level and climate in porosity modification and gross reservoir heterogeneity

  • Develop viable exploration and exploitation strategies In a carbonate terrain by working with actual subsurface data sets


  • The basic nature of carbonate sediments and sedimentation
  • The efficiency of the carbonate factory and its influence on cyclicity and platform development
  • Carbonate platform types
  • Carbonate facies models
  • Basic concepts of sequence stratigraphy including eustasy, relative sea level, accommodation model, and sequence stratigraphy as a predictive tool
  • Relationship of stratigraphic patterns to changes in subsidence rates as driven by regional and earth scale tectonic processes
  • Sequence stratigraphic models including the ramp, the rimmed shelf, the escarpment margin, the isolated platform and the mixed carbonate-siliciclastic shelf
  • The characteristics of carbonate pore systems and their geologic and engineering classifications including petrophysics and rock fabric
  • Sea level, diagnosis, porosity evolution and its distribution at the time of burial
  • The fate of early formed porosity during burial in a hydrotectonic framework
  • Carbonate reservoir modelling
  • Case histories from the Americas, Africa, Europe and Asia
  • Exercises from the US and Europe based on actual data sets
  • Exploration and exploitation strategies in carbonate terrains

Who Can Benefit?

Exploration and development geologists, exploration and development managers and geophysicists. Engineers with some geologic background will benefit.