Predictive Modeling of Sandstone Reservoir Distribution in the SW Scotian Basin

Justin Nagel Scotia Basin

The SW Scotian Basin is considered an under-explored passive margin sedimentary basin, however, it is also the most probable location to find oil on the Scotian Margin. The basin is complicated by tectonics, salt diapirism, and uncertainty with the interactions between carbonate and clastic sediments in deep-water, all of which make seismic interpretation difficult. The SW Scotian Basin is of specific interest because of the possibility of deep-water clastic reservoirs in the lesser-known Middle–Late Jurassic successions, with the main risks in deep-water being the distribution, size, and reservoir quality of sands. The goal of this project is to understand the stratigraphic evolution of the SW Scotian Basin from the Callovian–Tithonian as well as the delivery of clastic sediment from the Shelburne Delta into deep-water. One way to do this is to develop a forward stratigraphic model of sediment distribution for the Middle–Late Jurassic successions, between the J163 (near top Callivian) and J150 (mid Tithonian) seismic markers.

See Justin Nagle's thesis paper here.


Dr. Georgia Pe-Piper and Justin Nagle, Saint Mary’s University

March 2018 – April 2020