Posted Thursday July 19th, 2018, 12:35 pm
Future Geoscience Ltd is a collaboration between Hafren Scientific Ltd based in Welshpool, Mid Wales and PetroStrat Ltd whose headquarters are in Conwy, North Wales. Hafren Scientific Group includes Chemostrat Ltd and Origin Analytical Ltd.
The joint venture company aims to offer unrivalled specialised geological services and products for the oil industry and reinforces Wales’ position as a global player in the sector.
Dr Tim Pearce, chief executive of Hafren Scientific Ltd, said: “PetroStrat and Chemostrat have a long history of collaboration. However, the joint venture brings together probably the largest and most experienced biostratigraphy and chemostratigraphy service companies in the world with the aim of providing comprehensive, integrated stratigraphy solutions for our clients.
“These products will be unrivalled in the industry and can be deployed throughout the oil exploration – production cycle.”
Paul Cornick, managing director of PetroStrat Ltd, said: “Both Hafren Scientific and PetroStrat have considerable in-house laboratory capability and capacity, facilitating the joint venture with a source of high quality data and interpretations on commercial timeframes, providing our clients with a unique opportunity to acquire fully integrated, data-rich geological solutions to help de-risk their operations.”
The joint venture is excellent news for the Welsh oil services sector and Hafren Scientific’s chairman Dr Carol Bell said: “The oil industry is slowly recovering and Future Geoscience combines the strengths of two world leading Welsh companies to provide a new focal point for investment, innovation and jobs. This will help reinforce Wales as a global player in the oil services sector.”
Dr Pearce thanked the Development Bank of Wales for its support of the group’s growth plans, while PetroStrat Ltd acknowledged the support of the Welsh Government’s SME Growth Fund in their long-term plans.
Chemostrat, which has 60 employees based in Welshpool and satellite centres in Houston, USA, Calgary, Canada and Perth, Australia, is the world leader in chemostratigraphy and provides high quality stratigraphic services around the globe.
The company is now at the forefront of a new revolution by creating a multi-disciplinary service matrix that incorporates a range of traditional and state-of-the-art analytical and interpretative techniques that can be tailored to tackle a wide range of geological challenges focusing on providing cost effective and workable solutions for clients.
Founded in 1994, the company's main aim was to provide a professional, petroleum industry-orientated chemostratigraphic service. Over the past 25 years, Chemostrat has built an unrivalled understanding of analytical technology and interpretation of geochemical datasets.
Key staff have gained strong research experience in the fields of sedimentary geochemistry, modern stratigraphic methodologies and sediment provenance, allowing the company to develop a complete chemostratigraphy service from laboratory to wellsite.
Chemostrat has great experience in producing quality, integrated non-proprietary studies. These studies are on a regional to sub-regional scale, with content ranging from inorganic chemostratigraphy only, to fully integrated multi-disciplinary studies that investigate provenance, palaeogeography and sedimentology.
The company’s library currently consists of 30 non-proprietary studies covering the more traditional UKCS, Southern North Sea and Norwegian Continental Shelf, but also more frontier areas such as the Norwegian Barents Sea, the Vøring Basin, Faroe-Shetland Basin (UK), offshore Ireland, as well as the North Grand Banks area (Newfoundland).
Additional studies have been completed in the Duvernay area (Canada), Tanzanian Indian Ocean Margin and Bowland-Hodder shale.
PetroStrat Ltd is a stratigraphic consultancy that provides a comprehensive suite of integrated geological services to the oil and gas industry. The company offers full service palaeontology (micropalaeontology, nannopalaeontology and palynology) together with sedimentology/reservoir geology services, including core logging, petrography, log and image log interpretation.
With headquarters and a dedicated laboratory in Conwy and satellite offices in St. Albans and Houston (USA), the company has 50 employees and specialises in the provision of high resolution, quantitative reservoir scale studies and wellsite (real time) biostratigraphic services.
Visit the website : https://www.futuregeoscience.com/
Case Study: a new approach for enhanced reservoir characterization and optimization: Spirit River Group
Posted Thursday September 7th, 2017, 12:45 pm
The Spirit River Group represents one the most prolific reservoirs successions in Alberta. The uppermost Falher & Notikewan Members are the principal reservoirs, however new technology has extended production into the deeper ‘tighter’ Wilrich intervals. The key to enhanced production is a robust stratigraphic model for improved well bore placement and cost effective RQ modelling for frac optimization based on new geological data.
The Chemostrat workflow permits a fresh look at the different strata of the Spirit River Group and can be acquired for a fraction of time and resources necessary for petrographic or XRD data.
Elemental data can be used for multiple applications including stratigraphy, mineralogy, rocks mechanics and reservoir quality for geosteering or completion optimization. The results of analysis run on select Spirit River cores indicate that the elemental data can confidently distinguish the Wilrich and Fahler units, which have very different geochemical signatures.
Please download our flyer -Spirit River.
We will be hosting a Lunch & Learn in Calgary on 21st September 2017. To find out more please contact Kirsten.
Posted Tuesday September 5th, 2017, 3:03 pm
Congratulations to Marta Barbarano who has won the Best Oral Presentation Award recipient for her talk, Geographical and stratigraphical provenance changes in the Lower Cretaceous McMurray Formation, Alberta, Canada, as revealed by heavy mineral analysis and detrital zircon U‐Pb geochronology. Scores were compiled from the GeoConvention audience through their mobile app voting and her score was among the best in the oral presentation category out of nearly 360 total talks!
Marta was delighted hearing she'd one the award. "The McMurray Formation is, by far, my favourite working area, both for performing analysis and for challenging myself with interpreting the data. The most recent publications on the heavy minerals of the formation are from the 1950s and there is not much published zircon geochronology either. Thus, studying the provenance of the McMurray Fm. feels quite pioneering." Marta is looking forward having the opportunity of extending the dataset!
The talk integrates Chemostrat and published data – geochemistry, mineralogy (heavy mineral analysis performed both optically and with Raman spectroscopy) and zircon geochronology – in order to clarify the provenance of the McMurray Formation, part of the Athabasca Oil Sands of Alberta. In a fluvial succession, such as the study one, hydraulic sorting can play an important role in controlling heavy mineral assemblages, however we show that the main stratigraphical and geographical changes observed in available datasets are likely controlled by sediment provenance. Data can be used for mapping distinct fluvial tributaries and stacked fluvial channels, which is critical when designing production with the Steam Assisted Gravity Drainage (SAGD) method, largely applied in oil sands.
Please download a pdf. copy of Marta's presentation here - Barbarano_McMurray Fm. Provenance
For further information please contact Marta or Gemma.
Posted Thursday March 23rd, 2017, 2:41 pm
2nd – 5th April 2017 - George R Brown Convention Centre, Houston
Come by and see us at Booth #2016 in the exhibition hall and hear about our new unconventional workflows. We rapidly and cost effectively place mineralogy, TOC, RHOB and porosity into a high resolution stratigraphic framework around and between pads. This is done by cuttings analysis from each lateral well you drill.
We are presenting 3 Papers at the show. Click here to download the abstracts: AAPG2017 Abstracts
Posted Thursday March 24th, 2016, 9:29 am
Chemostrat have developed new products aimed squarely at improving success and reducing costs in unconventional plays. The products take elemental, mineralogical and TOC data acquired from cuttings samples in lateral wells and translate them into rock mechanics properties (YM,PR), gamma API values, sonic values (DTC, DTS) and porosity. These variables are key to understanding unconventional reservoirs and we can provide them quickly and cost effectively at the well-site or as hotshots in our laboratories.
The aim of our products is to impact drilling and completions by providing data that would otherwise require downhole logging, or simply not be available in a timeframe to impact decisions.
Portable mineral, TOC and elemental analysers form the basis for our shale play services, complimented by our unique lab-based chronostratigraphic 13Corg service. Our instruments are truly portable and require no more than desk-space and power. Data can be gathered real-time at the well head or as a post drill hotshot service with results available within days and prior to completions.
Our XRF-based elemental analysers are 100% non-destructive and require no cuttings preparation beyond a rig-site lith wash. This means our service fast and cost effective, but still provides high quality data.
Our IR-based mineral and TOC analysers require <1g of powdered sample and analysis takes c. 30seconds to produce mineralogy and TOC. This means our mineralogy and TOC service is unrivalled for speed and cost effectiveness.
Our lab-based 13Corg service provides chronostratigraphic information on a basin wide to lateral well scale from core and cuttings analysis that have TOC>0.5%. In unconventional plays the cost effective, rapid capability of this service means it is a better option for correlation than biostratigraphy.
* Elemental data (wt % major element oxides and ppm trace element concentrations)
* Mineral data (quartz, total carbonate (with indicative dolomite) illite-smectite, chlorite, kaolinite and pyrite)
* Total Organic Carbon (weight %TOC)
* Mineral facies, Youngs Modulus (YM), Poisson’s Ration (PR), Sonic shear and compressive (DTC, DTS), Gamma API values, matrix density and porosity for each sample analysed.