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Petroleum Geology of West Africa

One day training course
conducted by Duncan Macgregor

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Wednesday, November 12, 2014
The Geological Society

The course reviews the key regional controls on petroleum systems and prospectivity across the West African continental margin, covering all onshore, shelfal and deepwater settings between South Africa and Morocco.

Particular emphasis is given to the regional controls on deepwater plays, such as the controls on development of different pre-salt reservoir facies, the development and maturity of pre- and post-salt source rocks, the impact of hinterland tectonics on sediment supply and the controls on reservoir quality in deepwater sands.

Discussions are centred on palaeogeographic and palaeotectonic maps, chronostrat diagrams and play cross-sections across the region, all of which are provided in digital form, while learnings are reinforced by short exercises.

The course is pitched at the level of a young geoscientist who might be commencing work in this region but also provides a suitable overview for an older geoscientist focussed on specific licences who required a regional overview. It is also suitable for all those involved in analysing and promoting opportunities in the region.

Your Trainer

Dr Duncan Macgregor is a well know author and presenter on regional African petroleum geology. He has worked in numerous consultancy and employment roles on African exploration for over 20 years for a number of major and independent companies, building up a unrivalled knowledge on basins across the continent. He has published over 20 papers and has been the Technical Director of the PESGB Africa Conference for the last 10 years. He currently runs his own consultancy specialising in African advice and training in addition to advisory roles in Surestream Petroleum and Neftex Petroleum Consultants.



9:00 Arrivals and Registration - tea / coffee
9:30 Palaeogeographic, Palaeoclimatic and Tectonic Evolution of West Africa

  • Plate tectonics and interior uplifts
  • West African margin development through time
  • Palaeoclimatic evolution
  • Drainage systems, sediment provenance and supply

11:00 Petroleum Systems and Exploration History

  • Major source rocks Burial history and maturity
  • Onshore and shelf discovery cycle
  • Deepwater discovery cycle
  • Future outlook

11:30 Pre-Salt

  • Regional models, conjugate margin analogues
  • Critical Exploration Factors
  • Case studies – South Gabon (clastics), Kwanza Basin (carbonates)
  • Other basins – Gabon, Congo

12:15 Turbites Overview
12:30 Lunch Break
13:30 Nigeria to Angola Post-Salt

  • Regional models
  • Critical Exploration Factors
  • Case studies – Niger Delta, Lower Congo Basin Other basins – Cameroon,
  • Equatorial Guinea, North Gabon, Congo

14:15 Namibia

14:25 Transform Margins
15:00 Northwest Africa

  • Regional models
  • Critical Exploration Factors
  • Case study – Mauritania Other basins- Morocco to Guinea Bissau

15:30 Exercise : Predicting Plays in Deepwater Gabon

  • Complete play cross-section
  • Predict phase and play types

17:00 Training Finish


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