This brand new document is the result of a close collaboration between Beicip-Franlab, NSDNRR and OERA, with the support of CNSOPB and other partners.
The project aimed at producing a much deeper and detailed understanding of the Offshore Nova Scotia petroleum system behavior, by bringing together, in a cutting-edge workflow, the information from past studies, new data and new ideas:
To leverage a huge amount of geological data, the G&G Analysis was coupled with Sequence Stratigraphy and a 3D Geomorphological Approach. This led to the mapping of stratigraphically-constrained Geobodies with unprecedented precision.
Thanks to Petroleum System Modeling tools, this Atlas provides a deep insight of the predictive resources: An estimate volume of 31.5 Bboe in place (P50) for the entire offshore Nova Scotia, with most of these resources trapped in Lower Cretaceous plays.
10 brand new leads are shortlisted, all of them with volumes exceeding 300 MMboe, with a geological chance of success ranging between 10 and 30%.
The Scotian Basin Integration Atlas 2023 represents a collaborative and comprehensive new play fairway analysis of the deep water sub-basins, offshore Nova Scotia. It builds on legacy work published during the last decade by the Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables (NSDNRR) and the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA). Major enhancements in understanding are reported here, based on new data and new ideas.
The new data component is a result of exploration work, by Shell, BP and partners, that has taken place since 2012. This exploration effort delivered two new very large, modern 3D WAZ seismic surveys and three deep water exploration wells. These datasets have enabled a fresh perspective and improved understanding of the geological history of the area and have confirmed and extended the view that a substantial resource base exists in the province.
Atlas integration was led or facilitated by Biecip-Franlab, NSDNRR, OERA, Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB) researchers, and a team of technical advisors and experts from academia and industry. The Scotian Basin Integration Atlas 2023 integrates new regional seismic mapping, sequence stratigraphy, source rock evidence for two working source rocks, geobody-based reservoir Gross Depositional Environments (GDEs), updated petroleum systems models and Common Risk Segment (CRS) maps, and preliminary volumetrics for select top leads.
Beicip-Franlab and Nova Scotia Department of Natural Resources and Renewables. 2023. Scotian Basin Integration Atlas 2023, A collaborative study of stratigraphy, architecture, evolution, and geologic prospectivity. A technical collaboration with direct and indirect input provided by Canada-Nova Scotia Offshore Petroleum Board (CNSOPB), Leptis E&P, Stratum Reservoir, Weston Stratigraphic, APT (Canada) Ltd, Andrew MacRae, Bill Richards, and others. Report submitted to the Offshore Energy Research Association (OERA).