RHENIUM-OSMIUM SYSTEMATICS OF THE DUVERNAY PETROLEUM SYSTEM, ALBERTA, CANADA: IMPLICATIONS FOR RHENIUM-OSMIUM SYSTEMATICS OF PETROLEUM
Herein we apply the rhenium-osmium (Re-Os) isotope system to establish the absolute generation age of Duvernay Fm sourced oils, as well as to investigate the relationship of the source rock 187Os/188Os composition at the time of oil generation (Osg) with that of the initial 187Os/188Os composition of the oil (Osi).
All oil samples analysed during the present study are from two Devonian reservoirs, Leduc and Nisku. The asphaltene contents of these Duvernay-generated oils are very low (≤1%). The abundances of Re and Os in the asphaltene fractions are low (Re 0.1-1ppb; Os ~10ppt, respectively). Although the Os isotope composition measurements are challenging, the Re-Os isotope data nominally yield an Early Palaeocene (Danian) age. Including uncertainty the Re-Os age spans the Late Cretaceous (Campanian) to Early Eocene (Ypresian), which overlaps with the duration of the Laramide Orogeny, and thus the proposed timing of oil generation of burial models. The Osi of oils ranges from 0.68 to 0.85 with an average of 0.74. These values are similar to the Osg of Duvernay Fm. The highly similar Osi and Osg of the oil and source rock support the inference of previous studies that the 187Os/188Os of an oil is inherited from its source rock, and that the Re-Os systematics of the oil yield the age of oil generation.