The OETR (Offshore Energy Technical Research) Association has initiated an industry standard Play Fairway Analysis program. This program is intended to serve a pivotal role in stimulating industry interest in exploration of Nova Scotia’s offshore petroleum resources by providing explorers with critical information about prospectivity and resource potential to aid in decision making.
The play fairway program addresses three key issues:
1.Plate tectonic reconstruction: there is a lack of understanding on the rift history of the margin and the timing of the final rift event. Understanding the relationship between rifting and salt deposition is critical in developing models for potential syn-rift and early post rift depositional environment and the development of source rocks (See accompanying paper by Luheshi).
2.Forensic Geochemistry: although much geochemical data exists on the margin through the many hydrocarbon shows and discoveries, the source rock story is not understood. The program will undertake a systematic evaluation of geochemical source rock and hydrocarbon typing data.An important component of this work will include fluid inclusion studies from hydrocarbon traces found in the salt. An indication of lacustrine or restricted marine early Jurassic source rocks would considerably enhance the hydrocarbon potential of the area.
3.Sequence stratigraphic framework: there is no sequence stratigraphic framework for the margin. The program of work includes a re-evaluation of the biostratigraphy of several key wells which will be integrated with a seismic interpretation, and tectonic models, to build a comprehensive sequence framework.
The project is accompanied by projects being undertaken by the leading academic researchers based in Halifax. Of particular note are the plate tectonic and salt modeling projects which build on work being done at Dalhousie University; and the biostratigraphy and reservoir quality projects which build on work being done at St Mary’s University. All projects will also build on the extensive high quality thinking and knowledge that exists in the Geological Survey of Canada (GSC) and the CNSOPB.
The Play Fairway Program integrates the results of these individual projects to develop an industry standard play fairway analysis and atlas. This will include the creation of Gross Depositional Environment (GDE), and Common Risk Segment (CRS) maps on each key sequence leading to the development of a final YTF analysis by play segment.