Eight Papua New Guineans were given a chance by Oil Search to
undertake a two-day course on petrophysical interpretation in Port
These trainees were from the Department of Petroleum and Energy
(DPE) and Oil Search.
The course served as an introduction to petrophysics and its
application in the oil and gas industry.
This is the second course following the Sequence Stratigraphy
course, which was held in August.
Knowledge in petrophysics provides accurate measurements used to
calculate the volume of hydrocarbons in a field.
In the oil and gas industry, an accurate estimate of the volume of
hydrocarbons is critical in order to make key business
The training was conducted by Ray Spicer, a petrophysical adviser
with Oil Search.
Mr Spicer has worked in many of the worlds petroleum provinces,
with experience and exposure to both onshore and offshore drilling
in Australia, Indonesia, PNG, New Zealand, China, Russia, Former
Soviet Union, Middle East and North Africa.
He is an international expert with a career spanning more than
thirty years in petrophysics.
A lack of proper understanding of petrophysics can lead to poor
decisions resulting in the loss of millions of dollars, Mr Spicer
Boio Arua, acting senior geologist with DPE, and one of the five
young female attendees, said the two-day course has taught her a
The key takeaway for me is the quick look, where you just look at
the logs and you are able to quickly tell if its a reservoir or
non-reservoir, Arua said.
The underlying commercial rationale for the oil and gas industry is
the finding, assessment, development, production, and delivery of
hydrocarbons for sale at a profit.
Petrophysical interpretation helps geoscientists in many ways, but
importantly it can help with reservoir identification and
characterisation, seal and fluid identification, assessment of the
amount of hydrocarbon in a reservoir and how easily the reservoir
fluid will flow to the surface. It also provides valuable input for