Oil Search Trains Eight Scientists in Petrophysical Interpretation

Oil Search continues to contribute to the up-skilling of Papua New Guinean geologists, geophysicists and engineers with world-class training.

Eight nationals participated in a two-day training on Petrophysical Interpretation, learning about the type of petrophysical tools, how to interpret data and easy methods of screening data, at the Oil Search office in Port Moresby.

This is the second course following on from the Sequence Stratigraphy course which was held earlier in August. The training was conducted by Ray Spicer, a Petrophysical Adviser with Oil Search.

Petrophysical Interpretation helps geoscientists in many ways, but most importantly can help with reservoir identification and characterisation, seal and fluid identification, assessment of the amount of hydrocarbon in a reservoir, and how easily the reservoir fluid will flow to the surface; it also provides valuable input for well-deepening decisions.

“It is important for young Papua New Guineans who have a career in geoscience to learn about petrophysical interpretation because it will help them to accurately select which type of samples to collect while drilling,” Acting Senior Geologist with the Department of Petroleum, Boio Arua said.

“Petrophysics is fundamental to rock characterisation and I highly recommend upcoming graduates become familiar with it. It gives you that insight into what’s really happening in a well that you are drilling.”

Arua expressed her gratitude to Oil Search for offering such training opportunities and to provide access to mentoring from Oil Search experts.

A key motivating factor behind these courses is to build up geoscience capability and knowledge in Papua New Guinea.

“I look forward to applying what I have learnt in upcoming drilling activities,” Arua added.

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