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02. to 03. Feb 2021

Petroleum Systems Conference 2021

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The Norwegian Petroleum Society is once again organising the two-day Petroleum Systems Conference (PSC). The PSC will be organised 2 - 3 February 2021 in Oslo.

Conference language: English

"First come, first served"

The conference is set to be arranged as planned, but we will adapt the practical implementation in accordance with governmental advice and guidelines. In case of restrictions on the number of seats, participants are given priority according to the "first come, first served" principle.

This is the second edition of the Petroleum Systems Conference (PSC), which started off with great participation and success in 2018 in Stavanger. The conference last two days and will this time be held in Oslo.

The PSC aims to improve understanding and collaboration between petroleum system experts and exploration geoscientists. Knowledge sharing and learning from both success and failure cases are key to increasing process understanding and exploration effectiveness, essential requirements for finding, developing and producing oil and gas resources. The oil and energy sector are in urgent need of new discoveries and one of the key criteria to success is a thorough understanding of the petroleum system. The petroleum system starts with the source rock. Therefore, a focus of the PSC will be on novel approaches, methods and case studies for source rock understanding and overlooked source rocks.

The PSC will also present a variety of multidisciplinary petroleum system case studies and examples including integration of geochemical, geological and geophysical workflows. The broad span of topics to be presented includes, but is not limited to:

  • Improved Source rock understanding:
    • Learning from unconventionals
    • Facies changes and lateral and horizontal variability
    • Outcrops as analogues
    • Non-late Jurassic source rocks
    • Retention vs expulsion
    • Effect of primary migration on oil composition
  • Petroleum systems analysis case studies for play and prospect evaluations
  • Challenges of phase prediction
  • Combined studies of structural geology and petroleum systems evaluation
  • Effects of secondary processes on oil composition
  • Data integration, digitalization and advanced analytics
  • Exploration surprises


The deadline for submission of abstracts has now ended! 

Thanks to everyone submitting an abstract this year! 


On behalf of the Program Committee, I would like to welcome you to the PSC and hope to see you in Oslo in 2021.

Maik Inthorn, Equinor
Leader of the Program Committee



Tuesday 02. February




Welcome to PSC 2021

Chair of the program committee, Maik Inthorn, Equinor

Improved Source rock understanding


Cretaceous source rocks in the North Atlantic realm: indications from the Nanok-1 borehole, North-East Greenland

Jørgen A. Bojesen-Koefoed, Chief Consultant (M.Sc., Ph.D.), Department of Reservoir Geology, GEUS

The role of water mass restriction vs production on Lower–Middle Triassic source rock formation in Svalbard

Fredrik Wesenlund, PHD candidate, ARCEx – Research Centre for Arctic Petroleum Exploration, Department of Geosciences UiT The Arctic University of Norway

Lower Cretaceous source rocks on the SW Barents Shelf

Andreas H. Hagset, Department of Geosciences, UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø, Norway



Facies and source rock variations within the Hekkingen Formation

Andres Cedeño, University of Stavanger

Why do not source rock presence always correlate with gamma-ray spikes?

Solveig Helleren, University of Stavanger

The Upper Permian Ørret Formation source rock potential in well NO 7132/2-2 Gjøkåsen Deep

Olaf Thießen, Specialist Geology - Petroleum System Analysis, Equinor ASA



A source rock´s life and death simulated with the Expulsinator 2.0

Martin Stockhausen, Christian-Albrechts-University - Kiel Institute of Geosciences

Quantitative organo-facies mapping in a sequence stratigraphic framework

Dr. Birger Dahl, CEO, Pegis

Delimiting source rock intervals and evaluating maturity based on mud-gas analysis and techniques

Trym Rognmo, UiS/GeoProvider


Data integration, digitalization and advanced analytics


Keynote: Data Driven Petroleum Phase Prediction (A Top-Down Basin Modelling Approach for Conventional Exploration)

Dr. Friedemann U. M. Baur, Senior Petroleum Systems Analyst, Chevron

Machine learning based oil family classification above 62 degrees north

Benedikt Lerch, Aker BP

TOC prediction from well logs using machine learning

Alejandro Kuha, Geophysicist - Exploration, Wintershall Dea Norge

Machine learning prediction of hydrocarbon pay

Daniel Stoddart, Principal Geo/Data Scientist, Earth Science Analytics AS

Probabilistic resource assessment using Bayesian Networks to update uncertainty in Basin Modeling

Tanvi Cheda, PHD candidate, Stanford University

End of Day 1

Wednesday 03. February

Petroleum systems analysis case studies for play and prospect evaluations + modellering


Keynote: Future Developments in Petroleum Systems Modeling

Bjørn Wyrgala, Schlumberger

Using widespread natural gas seepage from the seafloor to better understand the petroleum systems in the Barents Sea

Rune Mattingsdal, Geolog, Oljedirektoratet

Gas leakage history of the Vestnesa ridge – inferences from high resolution PSA modelling

Matthias Daszinnies, Migris



Revisiting the Trøndelag Platform Petroleum System, Norwegian Sea

Eric Mueller, Manager G&G, PGS

Charge History of the Utsira High

Rolando di Primio, Exploration Geology Manager, Lundin Energy

Extending Basin & Petroleum Systems Modelling into Probabilistic Asset Evaluation in Exploration and Appraisal

Dr. Martin Neumaier, Imperial College London


Reservoir geo


Keynote: Reservoir fluid mapping while drilling using advanced mud gas

Tao Yang, Equinor

Challenges in finding End members for Production Allocation

Thorsten Uwe Garlichs, Petroleum Systems Geologist, Exploration, Wintershall Norge AS

High-resolution NMR: a new data set for whole oil geochemical analysis

Trond Brekke, Exploro


Petroleum systems analysis case studies for play and prospect evaluations + modellering


Geochemistry and Basin Modelling Study of the Intermediate and Distal Sectors of the Mid Norway Margin: Implications for the Petroleum Systems and Prospectivity of the Deep Norwegian Sea

Tiago Cunha , IGI

Non Jurassic-sourced petroleum systems – a review and regional implications

Chris Parry, University of Stavanger

Derisking migation, vertical and lateral seal in plays and prospects on the NCS using advanced mud gas analysis

Wim Lekens, Suncor /GeoProvider

Closing remarks

Practical information


Lilleakerveien 10, Lysaker, Oslo, Norway

Members of the Program Committee: 

  • Maik Inthorn, Equinor (leader)
  • Elin Rein, Equinor
  • Sverre Ohm, UiS
  • Jorge Sánchez-Borque, OD
  • Rolando di Primio, Lundin
  • Bjørn Kåre Bryn, Spirit-Energy
  • Jon Erik Skeie, Aker BP
  • Balazs Badics, Wintershall DEA


Cancellations must be received in writing by 14th January 2021, and will be subject to a cancellation fee NOK 2,000 unless a substitute delegate is offered. After this date, the full registration fee will apply, however, substitutions will still be accepted. Substitutions for registered delegates may be made at any time, but we would appreciate prior notification.

In case of cancellation of the conference by the Norwegian Petroleum Society, (NPF), the participant will be refunded the conference fee and/or the exhibition fee. Other expenses the participants may have are not refunded, and is not the responsibility of NPF.

Force majeure
Events beyond the control of the NPF – for example, but not limited to, extreme weather conditions, acts of war, terrorism, transportation shut-down (strikes or accidents), government regulation or advisory including travel warnings, serious illness or epidemics that makes it impossible to fulfill the obligations of conducting the conference entitle NPF to cancel the event without liability.

Programme changes:

It is sometimes necessary to change timing of the programme. The conference organiser will not be liable for any such unavoidable changes.


For further information please contact:
Norwegian Petroleum Society
Tonje Raknes
Project Manager
tel. +47 983 06 117