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Applied Deepwater Exploration

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Wednesday, October 9, 2013
The Geological Society

Attendees are introduced to the geological concepts behind play fairway analysis, with the understanding reinforced through group seismic exercises. Evaluation techniques from basin to prospect scale are worked using seismic data from the Eastern Mediterranean, and integrated in to a final bid round exercise for business context. The focus is on critical factors for success, and the application of appropriate technology as opposed to technical detail - a geoscience overview also suitable for non-technical professionals.

Course run by Joseph Pape

After receiving his BSc in Joint Honours Physics/Geology at the University of Manchester, Joseph Pape completed a MSc in Geophysics from the University of Durham. He launched his 34 year long career with BP as a Geophysicist, working largely on frontier evaluation from London, Norway, Canada and Brazil. He developed particular expertise in seismic stratigraphy, publishing in AAPG memoirs and running in house training courses. He then worked in field evaluation in the North Sea for six years, assuming Technical Leadership roles, before returning to Exploration Management in Indonesia and Angola. After 22 years of hands on experience, Joseph worked in a centralized functional role, advising the Chief Executive Exploration on prospectivity and technical assurance for BP’s global portfolio, and ultimately Amoco and Arco’s portfolio. He concluded his career with BP as Exploration Vice President Egypt, overseeing the first deep discoveries in the Nile Delta, and a successful exploration programme in the GUPCO joint venture. For the past year, Joseph has remained in Egypt, serving as an Exploration Consultant for EFG Hermes Investment Bank, and developing exploration training programmes.



8:45 Arrivals and Registration - tea / coffee
9:00 Introduction & Exploration Process
9:15 Lecture: Fundamentals
> Basin architecture and evolution – seismic examples Canada
> Source rock developments and plate tectonics
10:00 Exercise: Exploration in a Rift – Brasil
> Identify major sequence boundaries
> Predict potential petroleum systems
> Locate major oil field
10:30 Exercise: Sequence Stratigraphy in Post-Rift I (Carbonates) – India & Maldives
> Map major sequence boundaries and internal geometries
> Interpret depositional environment
11:30 Exercise: Sequence Stratigraphy in Post-Rift II (Clastics) – East Med
> Define crustal structure using gravity data
> Map and interpret major sequence boundaries
> Project stratigraphy on to the seismic
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Lecture: Eastern Mediterranean Basin – Petroleum Systems
> Regional source rock developments
> Maturity modeling
> Fairway evaluation techniques
14:00 Exercise: East Med Exploration Exercise – Technical Foundation
> Identify potential trapping mechanisms
> Rank in terms of reservoir, source and seal
15:00 Lecture: Prospect Evaluation
> Multi-azimuth seismic and costs
> Drilling challenges and costs
> Deep water economics
15:30 Exercise: East Med Exploration Exercise – Bid Round
> Construct effective seismic and drilling programmes
> Cost bid round proposals (budget $500m )
> Present proposals in competitive bid round process
16:30 Wrap Up
The session comes to a close.


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