International Energy Quality Resource Center

Basins & Geology

The IHS Basin Database contains more than 5,155 mappable geological provinces, including North America. It assembles worldwide geological data in a consistently interpreted and standardized reference format for basin analysis, play and petroleum studies on a regional and global scale.

No other database offers this unique aspect, making any analysis more valuable than just the geological interpretation.

As all data is available in standard database format, comparative and analogue studies are easily undertaken using IHS GIS software and can be printed in the standard paper format of a Basin Monitor.

Basin Analysis
Data Enhancements – June 2017

Key Highlights – 2017 (June)

  • 1 new Basin Monitors completed
  • 20 Basin Monitors completely reviewed
  • 3 Basin Monitors partially reviewed
  • 128 basin, sub-basin and non-prospective province limits updated and validated
  • 382 new Basin Images loaded
  • 259 new structural elements have been added to our structural features spatial layer

The Basin Database now comprises:

  • 1,454 petroleum systems
  • 2,957 genetic units
  • 35,250 stratigraphic units including 33,521 lithostratigraphic units
  • 9,136 plays including 4,963 conventional plays, 819 unconventional play types and 3,354 parent plays
  • 66,966 bibliographic basin references
  • 7,516 geological images

Basin Monitors

A total of 21 hydrocarbon basins were completed as Basin Monitors during the first half of 2017 (see table below) and 3 were also partially reviewed.

BASIN MONITOR TITLEREGIONDESCRIPTION
Benin EmbaymentAfrica
Bohai Gulf BasinFar East
Camamu-Almada BasinLatin AmericaPartial Review
Cote d’Ivoire BasinAfrica
East Shetland PlatformEurope
Espirito-Santo BasinLatin America
Jiuquan BasinFar East
Lower Guajira BasinLatin America
Lower Magdalena BasinLatin America
Marib-Al Jawf-Hajar BasinMiddle EastPartial Review
Mackenzie DeltaFNA Canada
North Cuban ProvinceFar East
North Sakhalin BasinFar East
North Sumatra BasinFar East
Precaspian BasinC.I.S.
Phitsanulok BasinFar East
Reconcavo BasinLatin AmericaPartial Review
Saltpond BasinAfrica
Songliao BasinFar East
Upper Guajira BasinLatin America
Viking GrabenEurope
Visayan BasinFar EastNew basin monitor
West Shetland BasinEurope
Western Approaches BasinEurope

Our aim is to provide a reasonable balance between mature and frontier areas, and between classic international exploration areas and new areas.

For example, a particular effort has been made in reviewing the basins located in the Gulf of Guinea transform margin such as Cote d’Ivoire, Salpond and Benin Embayment. The region became one of the hot spot of the exploration in Africa after the discovery of the Jubilee and other large fields in the Cote d’Ivoire Basin. To reflect the recent work, new ideas and exploration concepts of companies working in that area, we decided to review the basins which share the same geological history. These updates largely contribute in our customer delight by improving the quality, currency and consistency of our basin monitor product.

Visayan Structural Framework Map

As a customer if you would like any particular basins reviewed, you may contact our Basins data Director

Data Enhancements - 2016

Basin Monitor CoverageBasin Monitor Coverage (Basin monitors available to date in yellow)During the editing of the basin monitors, IHS geologists standardize and integrate the geological information into our key critical database components, such as stratigraphic units, plays and petroleum systems.

Key Highlights – 2016

  • 17 new Basin Monitors completed
  • 45 Basin Monitors completely reviewed
  • 13 Basin Monitor partially reviewed
  • 5,155 basin, sub-basin and non-prospective province limits updated and validated
  • 582 new Basin Images loaded

During 2016, more than 28% of our petroleum systems, 32% of our stratigraphic units and nearly 7% of our bibliographic records were updated.

As part of our quality goal, significant updates were completed on the Play Database to ensure that reservoir, seal and trap information and remarks description are available for all plays. Also, all conventional plays, representing nearly 90% of our database, have been given a parent play attribute. Consequently, around 60% of the Play database has been updated.

A new Quality Goal ensuring consistency between the Stratigraphy and Field databases led to the update of 33% of stratigraphic units. Also, a new “Basin Monitor” flag has been added for lithostratigraphic units included into our basin monitor reports.

Basin Data GrowthGrowth and update for petroleum systems, stratigraphic units, plays and bibliography from January to December 2016

The Basin Database now comprises of:

  • 1,359 petroleum systems
  • 2,951 genetic units
  • 35,049 stratigraphic units (including 33,348 lithostratigraphic, 1,343 chronostratigraphic and 358 seismic stratigraphic units)
  • 9,204 play types (including 4,975 conventional plays, 802 unconventional plays and 3,427 parent play types)
  • 7,322 geological images
  • 69,119 bibliographic reference titles

For information relating to basin data improvements in 2015, download our Basins Data Enhancements 2015 Summary

Basin Monitors

Basin Monitors – 2016

A total of 62 hydrocarbon basins were completed as Basin Monitors during 2016. Our aim was to provide a reasonable balance between mature and frontier areas, and between classic international exploration areas and new areas. Our selection was made by our regional teams considering the industry activity such as bidding rounds and farm-in offers, but also according to the exploration interest like the discovery of new play in a particular region of the world.

BASIN MONITOR TITLEREGIONDESCRIPTION
Afghan-Tajik BasinCISTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Alaska Peninsula Fold BeltNorth AmericaNew Basin Monitor
Amadeus BasinAustralasiaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Amu-Darya BasinCISTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Anadyr BasinCISTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Anza BasinAfricaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Baltimore Canyon TroughNorth AmericaNew Basin Monitor
Bass BasinAustralasiaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Bonaparte BasinAustralasiaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Campeche Deep Sea BasinLatin AmericaNew Basin Monitor
Catemaco Fold BeltLatin AmericaNew Basin Monitor
Chaco BasinLatin AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Cheshire BasinEuropeTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Chiapas BasinLatin AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Colorado BasinLatin AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Cretaceous BasinLatin AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Damghan BasinMiddle EastNew Basin Monitor
East Natuna BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
El Burro-Peyotes ArchLatin AmericaNew Basin Monitor
Erlian BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Garmsar BasinMiddle EastNew Basin Monitor
Georges Bank BasinNorth AmericaNew Basin Monitor
Great Kavir BasinMiddle EastNew Basin Monitor
Greater Green River BasinNorth AmericaNew Basin Monitor
Horda PlatformEuropeTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Iran Zagros Fold BeltMiddle EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Jianghan BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Kanto BasinFar EastNew Basin Monitor
Kepala Burung ForedeepFar EastNew Basin Monitor
Khatyrka BasinCISTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Kwanza BasinAfricaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Malay BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Mergui TerraceFar EastNew Basin Monitor
Mexican Ridges ProvinceLatin AmericaNew Basin Monitor
Middle Magdalena BasinLatin AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Morondava BasinAfricaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Nam Con Son BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Nanxiang BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Natal TroughAfricaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
North Black Sea-CrimeaCISTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
North Iraq Zagros Fold BeltMiddle EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
North Slope BasinNorth AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Ordos BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Outeniqua BasinAfricaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Pearl River Mouth BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Porcupine BasinEuropeTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Pranhita-Godavari GrabenFar EastNew Basin Monitor
Qazvin BasinMiddle EastNew Basin Monitor
Rakhine BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Red Sea BasinAfricaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Roebuck BasinAustralasiaNew Basin Monitor
Santanghu BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Scotian BasinNorth AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Tarim BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Terek-Caspian Basin MonitorCISTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Trinidad BasinLatin AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Upper Magdalena BasinLatin AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Voring BasinEuropeTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
West Luconia ProvinceFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
West Natuna BasinFar EastTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Yenisey-Khatanga BasinCISTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor
Yucatan PlatformLatin AmericaTotal Review of existing Basin Monitor

Our aim is to provide a reasonable balance between mature and frontier areas, and between classic international exploration areas and new areas.

As a customer, if you would like any particular basins reviewed, you may contact our Basins data Director, Didier Arbouille.

Africa

Outeniqua Basin Location Map

The basin monitors of the Anza Basin, Kwanza Basin, Morondava Basin, Natal Trough, Outeniqua Basin and Red Sea Basin were updated. The Red Sea Basin is very much an underexplored province. In the north of the basin, there are potential sandstone and carbonate reservoirs and a variety of structural closures. Further potential lies in exploration for stratigraphic traps in the Miocene section. The post-salt Miocene (and locally the basal Pliocene) series in the central and southern sectors offer excellent exploration potential and the best opportunity for the discovery of oil in the Red Sea rift basin.

Australasia

Maturity and TOC Distribution Map of Gillen Formation, Amadeus Basin

The Amadeus, Bass, Bonaparte and Roebuck basins were completed in Australasia. The Roebuck Basin is a Late Paleozoic to Recent basin located on the North West Shelf of Australia, west of Broome, in water depths up to 5,000 m at the edge of the continental rise. It is only lightly explored, in particular the Rowley Sub-basin. The drilling density in the basin is very low with over 6,000 sq km per new field wildcat. As of 2016, only three discoveries had been made, all within the western portion of the Bedout Sub-basin.

CIS

Seismic Section, Yenisey-Khatanga Basin

Seven basins in CIS were completely reviewed, including Afghan-Tajik, Amu-Darya, Anadyr, Khatyrka, North Black Sea-Crimea, Terek-Caspian and Yenisey-Khatanga basins. The Yenisey-Khatanga Basin, located in of the North Siberian Lowlands of Russia, remains to be a frontier basin, possibly with a significant undiscovered potential. Future discoveries are expected both in the proven Jurassic and Cretaceous plays extensions in the unexplored central and eastern parts, and in potential Paleozoic or even Riphean formations.

Europe

Stratigraphic Chart, Porcupine Basin

The Horda Platform and Voring Basin (offshore Norway), Porcupine Basin (Ireland) and Cheshire Basin (United Kingdom) were completed for this region. The potential for finding conventional hydrocarbons within the Cheshire Basin still exists, and this is also true for additional (CBM) and shale gas discoveries. Many of the geological properties found within its neighbour, hydrocarbon-rich, East Irish Sea Basin, are also present within the Cheshire Basin.

Far East

Structural Framework Map, Mergui Terrace

In the Northeast Asia region, one basin in Japan (Kanto Basin) and 7 basins in China (Erlian Basin, Jianghan Basin, Nanxiang Basin, Ordos Basin, Pearl River Mouth Basin, Santanghu Basin, Tarim Basin) have been reviewed. Coal Bed Methane (CBM) resources In the Erlian Basin have been estimated at about 2.58 Tcm of within 34,800 sq km coal-bearing area, of which 2.1 Tcm CBM could be recoverable resources (Jia et al., 2012). The potential coal reservoirs are mainly set in the Saihantala Formation of the Lower Cretaceous Bayanhua Group.

In the Indian Sub-continent region, the Pranhita-Godavari Graben has been added to our basin coverage. Despite the rapid strides in sub-surface exploration for coal, large areas in the Pranhita-Godavari Graben are yet to be systematically surveyed. Source rock analyses and geochemical studies suggest that the basin has also some potential for hydrocarbon.

In Southeast Asia, 8 basins have been completed (Kepala Burung Foredeep, East Natuna Basin, Malay Basin, Mergui Terrace, Nam Con Son Basin, Rakhine Basin, West Luconia Province, West Natuna Basin). Hydrocarbon exploration in the Mergui Terrace has been intermittent during rhe 1990s and early 2000s. However, recent spurt of interest by regional players is likely to drive further exploration activities.

North America

Depth to Basement Map, Scotian Basin

Four new basins have been added to the North America region (Alaska Peninsula Fold Belt, Baltimore Canyon Trough, Georges Bank Basin, Greater Green River Basin) and two basins have been updated (North Slope Basin, Scotian Basin). To date, a total of 150 exploratory wells have been drilled in the Scotian Basin resulting in 25 discoveries with a total 2P recoverable reserve of 1,365 MMboe. Most areas in the basin are under-explored, even the Sable Sub-basin where almost all discoveries were made, still offers considerable exploration opportunities in overlooked and new plays.

Latin America

Trap Types in Geoseismic Sections, Campeche Deep Sea Basin

Substantial reviews of several basins in the Latin America region have been done this year. These include Chaco, Colorado, Cretaceous, Upper Magdalena, Middle Magdalena and Trinidad basins. Furthermore, a particular effort has been made for Mexico this year with the completion of six basin monitors (Campeche Deep Sea Basin, Catemaco Fold Belt, El Burro-Peyotes Arch, Mexican Ridges Province, Chiapas Basin and Yucatan Platform). The Campeche Deep Sea Basin is located offshore Mexico and is very much an underexplored province. The presence of the most important petroleum system of Mexico gives considerable leverage for remaining potential to this basin. The highest exploratory potential lies in the southeast, central, and northwest sectors of the basin, where there are between 2 and 2.5 Bboe in prospective reserves.

Middle East

Geological Cross Section, Iran Zagros Fold Belt

In the Middle-East region, the Iraqi and Iranian parts of the Zagros Fold Belt and the Damghan, Garmsar, Great Kavir and Qazvin basins in Central Iran have been analysed. The Zagros Fold Belt and its associated foreland is one of the most prolific hydrocarbon provinces in the world. Despite this fact, due to its size and the large number of undrilled structures, the Zagros remains immature and highly prospective.

Unconventionals

Unconventionals

Unconventional Plays, January 2017 We define unconventional as hydrocarbon resources that cannot be produced at economic flow rates or that do not produce economic volumes without artificial stimuli, special recovery processes or technologies. In early 2012, we started creating a set of relevant, accurate unconventional resource content across the globe. Subsequently, in November 2012, IHS commenced delivering modestly with 19 Shale oil & gas and CBM plays in Europe.

  • As of January 2017, a total of 446 play monitors with corresponding six GIS layers, illustrations and graphs across the globe are available and we will continue to add 50 to 100 plays a year during the next two to three years
  • During 2017 our focus will continue to be on North America, particularly the Anadarko Basin region which will allow mature and emerging plays in North America to be analogued with frontier plays elsewhere. We will start covering the Middle East towards the end of the year with final result expected in early 2018
  • Initially focused on Continuous Shale, Tight and CBM plays, but in late 2015 modelling and assessment of a new play type “Non-continuous Tight” has been initiated in the Permian Basin, Texas and USA. The “Non-continuous Tight” play, also referred to as Not-so-Tight comprises depleted or relatively tight underperforming reservoirs within conventional traps. They will be referred to as “Tight-Structural-Stratigraphy” in the database. These plays can be exploited through short lateral and low volume fracks offering lower risk, better upside potential and ultimately lower cost. The final results on the Permian Basin to be available by early Q1 2017 and will become a part of the workflow in the subsequent basins to be covered
  • The content is available to BASIN data subscribers for 2016/17

The Unconventional Play Database comprises two components, the Play Monitor and Spatial Data.

Play Monitor

Examples of Play Monitor content of the unconventional databaseExamples of Play Monitor content of the unconventional database.A 10-30 page dynamically generated report which can be generated as a PDF, MS Word Document, MS Excel Spreadsheet or simply viewed in a browser and including:
  • Geological and tectonic settings
  • Resource - both in place and recoverable
  • Reserves - discovered (roll up from Field database)
  • Play Reservoir attribute data table
  • A concise summary and analysis of exploration activity
  • High-level commentary on economics and regulatory information and analysis
  • Dynamic E & P Graphs
  • Illustrations


Spatial Data

The Spatial Data in five layers containing features with attributes.The Spatial Data in six layers containing features with attributes.To enable quick integration into customers GIS environments IHS provides six spatial layers. EDIN supports various customized export of content in a range of formats.
  • Play Extent
  • Play Zone
  • Interval Depth
  • Interval Isopach
  • Interval TOC
  • Interval Ro (Vitrinite Reflectance)

How we are Creating Quality Unconventional Content

We work with industry trends to identify top plays. Then we research heavily, reviewing in-house data coupled with public domain data. We re-interpretat and undergo rigourous modelling to ensure that the whole dataset is consistent and as accurate as possible.
Workflow followed throughout the development of the databaseWorkflow followed throughout the development of the database


A play modeler using spatial raster data setA play modeler using spatial raster data set


The Tools

Geological Modelling Tools: IHS Kingdom and Petra can readily handle propriety data and external source data.

IHS PlayMapper: An in-housed developed automatized play modeling tool using geo-grid data.

IHS TightEval: An in-housed developed resource calculation tool designed to handle variety of plays across the globe.

Forward Plan

IHS has an expert team of researchers dedicated to the ongoing development of the unconventional database. Given the status of the plays, the team remains versatile and flexible and will readily incorporate any suggestion and advice from in-house and external clients as we progress our knowledge of the unconventional resources.
Subsurface

The ISI team creates and delivers high-quality well, seismic and geophysical data from around the world, supplying the critical information required by geologists, geophysicists, drillers, engineers and geoscientists to explore and evaluate exploration, appraisal and development opportunities.

Released Wells Data

  • Added 189 newly released wells in the 137 to 140 offshore and monthly onshore releases, comprising 40 Exploration, 29 Appraisal and 120 Development wells

Merged Wireline LAS

CPIInterpretation in IHS Kingdom using Digital logs and Formation Tops.jpg
  • Added over 110 new wells and reworked and updated 260 historic wells.
 

Well Attributes

Example of directional surveys from a North Sea platformExample of directional surveys from a North Sea platform

Made enhancements to the attribute deliverables to include dual metric and imperial units, updated all 3262 checkshots to flag anomalous interval velocities.

During 2016 added in the UK:

  • 122 Deviation Surveys
  • 14 Checkshots Surveys
  • 119 Formation Tops
  • 23 Core Header
  • 14 Core Analysis

Additionally we expanded our coverage to the Netherlands adding 256 Checkshots

 

Pressure

In 2016, we updated the pressure database with the following new and re-processed content:

  • 201 US Gulf of Mexico wells
  • 12 Irish wells
  • 227 Norwegian wells
  • 126 UK wells

We continue to validate our product with customers to ensure we provide an attractive offering in a more competitive landscape.

Further information related to our Geopressure offerings (data and regional studies) can be found here

Quality Goals
Download International Energy Quality Goals ReportTo find out more about progress on all our active Quality Goals and a list of previously completed goals please refer to our most recent International Energy Quarterly Review. This also includes information relating to other recently completed Quality Projects.


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