Former IPC collection research

Previous studies of the former Iraq Petroleum Company (IPC) collection focus on Mesozoic foraminifera species as an analytical tool for identifying potential petroleum source rocks in the Middle East.

During the Jurassic and Cretaceous periods, much of the Middle East was located within a shallow marine carbonate platform environment, yielding conditions that were favourable for larger benthic foraminifera to thrive.

Sediments deposited during the Mesozoic contain much of the Middle East’s oil and gas. An understanding of Mesozoic foraminifera species present in this region is therefore a valuable tool for identifying potential petroleum source rocks.

A review of Mesozoic IPC forams

In 1998, Scientific Associates John Whittaker and Bob Wynn Jones co-authored the publication Key Mesozoic Benthic Foraminifera of the Middle East,  a review of Mesozoic foraminifera in the IPC collection.

The paper provides a detailed review of around one hundred of the most important Mesozoic species, including light microscope and scanning electron microscope (SEM) images of each species.

The publication includes species range charts summarising the temporal variation in foraminifera during the Early-, Middle- and Late Jurassic and the Early-, Middle- and Late Cretaceous. An updated version of the publication is in development.

Research opportunities

We are interested in undertaking further research into the IPC collection, in order to maximise its academic and commercial potential. 

We are particularly keen to assess the potential value of further research into the Palaeozoic and Cenozoic foraminifera species. Please contact us for further information.

Are you interested in undertaking research on this collection?

We are actively interested in improving our understanding of this collection and encourage interested researchers to get in touch.

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Former IPC collection specimen. Former Iraq Petroleum Company collection

The former IPC collection contains benthic foraminifera from the Middle East, covering the Palaeozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic eras. Find out more.