Natural Gas Geochemistry

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Tuesday July 25, 2017 | Chris Clayton | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

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PST0031-201601  30 Mar 2016  01 Apr 2016  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  USD 2895  Chris Clayton 
PST0031-201701  25 Jul 2017  28 Jul 2017  Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia  USD 4295  Chris Clayton 
Tuesday July 25, 2017 | Chris Clayton | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This program will present the fundamental basis of the different origins of natural gas, and the geological controls on its formation. The course consists of a number of lectures about principles of generation, data interpretation and case studies supported by practical exercises in the interpretation of natural gas geochemical data and calculation of potential volumes generated from source rocks. Particular emphasis is also given to understanding the limitations of the data available and potential errors in interpretation.

A significant part of the course will discuss recent geochemical and isotopic methods of determining the origin of the gas, its thermal maturity (i.e. temperature of generation), the influence of mixing of gases from different sources and the origin of inorganic components such as nitrogen and carbon dioxide.

Gain Proficiency in the interpretation of all available types of geochemical data for gases and be able to apply these directly to exploration and field development problems. The course will be supplemented by a number of hands-on exercises from gas exploration/production

Tuesday July 25, 2017 | Chris Clayton | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Stable isotope geochemistry
Sampling issues

Kerogen Formation & Composition
Generation Processes
Isotope Characterization
Geochemistry of Gas Condensates
Themogenic Shale Gases

Importance of Biogenic Gas
Introduction to Geomicrobiology
Primary Biogenic Gases
Secondary Biogenic Gases
Natural Gas Hydrates


Introduction to inorganic gases


Tuesday July 25, 2017 | Chris Clayton | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

By the end of the course, you will understand :

  • the multiple sources of hydrocarbon gases and how these vary in different depositional environments
  • controls on accumulated volumes of thermogenic gas fields
  • controls of biogenic gas accumulations
  • fundamental controls of shale gas, coal bed methane deposits and natural gas hydrates
  • how to determine the origins of any gas shows/accumulations using stable isotope ratios and determine their thermal maturity
  • how to interpret mud gas and cuttings gas data
  • how to determine the origin of, and risk the probability of inorganic gas contaminants such as carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulphide
Tuesday July 25, 2017 | Chris Clayton | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This course is specially designed for exploration and development geoscientists, E&P managers, and those who are in need of a comprehensive overview natural gas geochemistry. Such as : Surface Geochemists / Geologists/ Geoscientists, Exploration Geologists / Geophysicists/ Geoscientists, Development Geologists / Geophysicists/ Geoscientists, E&P Managers

Tuesday July 25, 2017 | Chris Clayton | Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Chris Clayton

Independent Geochemistry Consultant


Chris was born in the UK more years ago than he cares to remember. Following a first degree in Geology at Imperial College, University of London he completed a PhD in silica diagenesis and chert formation jointly at King’s College London and the Institute of Geological Sciences Isotope Geology Unit.

He joined the BP Research Centre in 1982 where he somehow became and organic geochemist. During this time he researched among other things, isotopic behaviour in the petroleum system, kerogen formation processes, biogenic gas generation and controls of petroleum seepage.

Chris left BP at the end of 1992 and has since worked as an independent consultant in geochemistry and basin modelling to the petroleum, minerals and groundwater industries. He now lives in the middle of nowhere in the heart of the English countryside near Worcester.

Since 1992 until present, he is an independent Geochemistry Consultant for his own compan, which is an international business, based in UK with projects underway in West Africa, North Sea, USA, south east Asia, Middle East and Tunisia. Principally working in petroleum exploration/production with subsidiary groundwater chemistry and mineral exploration projects. Most work is centred around solving specific advanced exploration/field development problems and/or collaborative research with client. Also present technical training courses in house and general for industry, e.g. Norsk Hydro, Indonesian Petroleum Association, AAPG.

Clients Include:
- Norsk Hydro - Migration studies, gas sourcing, field compartmentalisation studies
- Nexen Inc. – Buzzard Field reservoir fluid study
- PanAfrican Energy – Phase prediction, onshore Gabon
- BHP – Gas exploration, Gulf of Mexico
- BP Exploration, Angola, Houston and Thailand – Hydrocarbons & inorganic gases
- JNOC – Bacterial gas exploration
- Shell – Bacterial gas exploration
- Hunt Oil – Shallow coring studies
- Gaz de France – Inorganic gas sources
- Maghreb Minerals Ltd. – Pb/Zn mineral exploration, Tunisia