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

  • To be announced for 2019


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. Designed for experienced geologists new to the region, it is an effective way to build knowledge and understanding of the geological evolution of the region, the main basin and plays, building on 30 years experience of the tutor, who is actively engaged in research and consultancy across North Africa.

Course Level: Skill
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


  • Main depositional basins
  • Structural evolution of North Africa
  • Regional stratigraphy / sequence stratigraphy
  • Principal source rocks
  • Hydrocarbon generation and basin modelling
  • Principal reservoirs
  • 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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