Scotian Shelf Oils Geochemistry

Twenty-five significant hydrocarbon discoveries have been made on the Scotian Shelf in shallow water. Additionally, staining is observed in many wells and over a large geographical area. In several discoveries there are multiple reservoirs over a wide range of depths that show different geochemical or physical properties that may be due to reservoir processes or variations in source.

This project determines whether a simple petroleum system is, in fact, responsible for all Scotian Shelf hydrocarbons or whether other source rocks may be responsible for some of the oils and/or stains observed in selected wells. The study emphasizes oils/stains from locations where it is not obvious how a Tithonian-age source rock could be responsible.


Principal Investigator: Dr. Martin Fowler, Applied Petroleum Technology (Canada) Ltd. 

December 2019 – September 2020