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Molecular indicators of secondary oil migration distances

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Stephen Larter, Bernard Bowler, Dr Minquaing Li, Dr Barry Bennett, Kimberley Noke, Paul Donohoe


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The ability to determine the distance migrated by an oil from source rock to reservoir could greatly assist in the identification of new, economically viable accumulations of petroleum. Non-alkylated benzocarbazoles, which are present in trace quantities in oils, exhibit changes in both absolute and relative concentrations that correlate with migration distance, independent of the maturity of the oils. Such molecules appear promising as empirical-but quantitative-indicators of the relative migration distances of oils, and represent a first step towards true source-reservoir distance indicators.

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Author(s): Larter SR, Bowler BFJ, Li M, Chen M, Brincat D, Bennett B, Noke K, Donohoe P, Simmons D, Kohnen M, Allan J, Telnaes N, Horstad I

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Nature

Year: 1996

Volume: 383

Issue: 6601

Pages: 593-597

Print publication date: 01/10/1996

ISSN (print): 0028-0836

ISSN (electronic): 1476-4687

Publisher: Nature Publishing Group


DOI: 10.1038/383593a0


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