Discuss Seismic Hydrocarbon Exploration. With the continued depletion of the reservoirs, the petroleum industry explores even deeper and in even more challenging environments using three common methods of exploration of hydrocarbons which include geological, geophysical and drilling methods.

Complete 5 pages APA formatted article: Seismic Hydrocarbon Exploration. With the continued depletion of the reservoirs, the petroleum industry explores even deeper and in even more challenging environments using three common methods of exploration of hydrocarbons which include geological, geophysical and drilling methods. Geological studies on a prospective reservoir area call for knowledge on the region’s tectonics and geology in the establishment of traps or structures, source rocks, seal rocks or reservoir rocks. The geophysical methods have been cited by Reynolds (2011) as the most common methods and encompass seismic, gravity and magnetic surveys. Finally, the minimally used geochemical surveys method of exploration involves the collection of soil samples from the suspect area followed by laboratory testing for bacteria-formed microgas. The presence of non-bacterial gases would also be tested to identify the existence of abnormally high-level concentration of gases which would call for further evaluation of seismic data. These methods would be applied in both offshore and onshore situations.

 
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