How would you estimate the size of an undiscovered petroleum resource?

3 Responses to “How would you estimate the size of an undiscovered petroleum resource?”

  1. oil field trash Says:

    Since it is undiscovered, there is no way to estimate it.

    Seimic surveys can identify potential reservoirs and in some cases determine if hydrocarbons are there but 90% of the time you are flying blind until you drill some tests.

    If you are in a known area where hydrocarbons are present and you find a new reservoir by seimic means, you can use data from near by wells to guess what it there but there may not be anything when you try to confirm.

  2. philhoonoseitall Says:

    By the use of a seismic survey.

  3. Rao Says:

    Via seismic surveys. Seismic surveys are carried out using sound waves to get the subsurface geophysical pattern. Sound wave are reflected and refracted when there is difference in the medium of soil layer ; types of soil levels, groundwater, basement and hydrocarbon reservoir.

    The reflected sound waves are recorded on geophones (land) or hydrophones (sea).