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Petroleum Systems of North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean (GEO08)

    Description

    North Africa holds huge reserves and resources of oil and gas and contains some of the most important regions for future hydrocarbon production. The recent drilling successes onshore Algeria, offshore Egypt and in the Eastern Mediterranean, and renewed industry interest in Morocco along the Atlantic margin have re-invigorated exploration activity. This course provides a comprehensive review of the petroleum geology of North Africa and the main depositional elements across the region, and examines the petroleum systems and play types basin by basin.

    Course Level: Intermediate
    Instructor: Jonathan Redfern

    Designed for you, if you are...

    • A geologist, geophysicist, reservoir engineer or new venture manager new to the region
    • A professional wishing to take a broader regional overview to aid exploration

    How we build your confidence

    The course comprises a series of presentations of the geology of the region. Regional geology data, seismic, field photographs and typical well data are presented as well as reviews of the existing discoveries, current exploration activity, play types and potential for future plays.

    The benefits from attending

    By the end of the course you will feel confident in your understanding of:

    • The evolving structural history and depositional systems across North Africa
    • The petroleum geology of each main sedimentary basin, including the main petroleum systems, main reservoirs, sources and hydrocarbon generation plus seal and trap types
    • Existing discoveries as illustrations of the main plays, as well as potential new plays
    • Current exploration activity

    Topics

    • Main depositional basins
    • Structural evolution of North Africa
    • Regional stratigraphy / sequence stratigraphy
      - Palaeozoic
      - Mesozoic
      - Cenozoic
    • Principal source rocks
      - Infra-Cambrian
      - Silurian (Tannezuft)
      - Devonian (Frasnian)
      - Cretaceous (Sirte/Rachmat)
      - Cenozoic
    • Hydrocarbon generation and basin modelling
    • Principal reservoirs
      - Infra-Cambrian
      - Cambro-Ordovician (Memouniat, Gargaf, Hamra Qzt)
      - Silurian (Acacus)
      - Devonian (Tadrart)
      - Carboniferous (Mrar)
      - Permo-Triassic (TAG-I, Ras Hamia)
      - Cretaceous (Nubian Sst, Offshore Deepwater plays)
      - Tertiary carbonates (Sabil, Gialo etc) and clastics (Nile Delta)
    • Basin review and petroleum systems
      - Algeria (Ahnet, Reganne, Tindouf, Timimoun, Ghadames, Illizi, Atlas, Offshore)
      - Libya (Ghadames, Sirte, Kufra, Murzuk, Offshore Sirte and Pelagian)
      - Egypt (Red Sea, Offshore Nile, Mediterranean Basins (Israel, Palestine and Cyprus) and Western Desert)
      - Tunisia (Ghadames, Pelagian Shelf)
      - Morocco (Offshore Atlantic Margin, Onshore Rif, Essaouira, Central Meseta)


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