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Tectonic Evolution and Sedimentation of South China Sea Region

26-27 May 2015
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia
Sponsored By:
IHS Energy

The interaction of the three major lithospheric plates of Eurasian, Indo-Australian and Pacific-Philippines Plates makes the South East Asian region to be one of the most complex areas of Cenozoic plate activity. The South China Sea region is centrally located in this converging plate system. It is tectonically a complex area and gained strong interests for different geoscience research projects and exploration for many years. The sedimentary basins developed in the margin of this region are also tectonically controlled. Different models, theories and concepts were introduced to explain the geology of the area. However, limited data may constrain the development of the geological understanding of the region.

This two-day workshop will bring together the key knowledge holders of the region and give the opportunities to those who are interested to exchange ideas. The objective of the workshop is to provide a regional picture of the geology and tectonic of the region, understand the knowledge gap and hopefully provide a steer for future research projects.

This workshop will be suitable for regional geologists and explorationists seeking to develop a broader and deeper understanding of South China Sea regional geology, tectonics, basin evolution and petroleum systems.

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Preliminary Program
Monday, 25 May 2015

Advance Registration

Icebreaker cocktail

(Venue to be advised)

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Theme: Tectonics, Regional Geology and Stratigraphy

Welcome Coffee

Pacific Sutera Hotel, Ballroom 1

Welcome and Introduction

Ioannis Abatzis and Herman Darman, Convenors

Session 1: Oral Sessions


Keynote Address 1: Trenches, Troughs and Unconformities; Collision, Contraction and Extension: South China Sea, Borneo-Palawan and Sulu Sea

Robert Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK

Keynote Address 2: Coeval Oligocene-Miocene Extension in East Andaman Sea/North Sumatra Region, and the South China Sea: Geodynamic Consequences and Implications for Hydrocarbon Research

Claude Rangin, Nice Sophia Antipolis University, France/Geotecto Consulting Co; France

From Continental Breakup to Oceanic Lithospheric Subduction: The History of the Central South China Sea Basin

Chun-Feng Li, Taoran Song, Weinan Liu, Ying Cao, Tongji University, China

Seismic Imaging of The SW South China Sea Deep Crustal Structure Shows Evidence for a Ductile Lower Crust During Rifting

M. Delescluse, T. Pichot, Ecole Normale Supérieure,  France,  N Chamot-Rooke, M. Pubellier, CNRS-UMR8538, France,  Y. Qiu, G. Sun, J Wang, Guangzhou Marine Geological Survey, China, J L Auxietre, Total, France

Coffee Break

Session 2: Oral Sessions


Complex Cenozoic rifting and pulsed inversion in the northern Song Hong Basin, Vietnam

Michael B.W. Fyhn, Lars H. Nielsen, Jussi Hovikoski, Jens Therkelsen, Henrik I. Petersen, Ioannis Abatzis, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS), Denmark

Structural differences between the Western and Eastern Central Depression of Qiongdongnan Basin in northern South China Sea: New Perspectives

Jinfeng Ren, Hua Wan, China University of Geosciences, China

A New Tectonostratigraphic Model For The Evolution Of The South China Sea

Francois Bache, Patrick Despland, Rhodri Johns, Zlatko Eterovic, Santos Ltd; Australia

High Thermal Gradients in South China Sea Produced by shallow Asthenosphere Rather Than Radiogenic Crust

Joshua Creviere Turner, Shell Deepwater Borneo, Brunei

Tectonic Features of the Cuu Long Basin, Offshore Vietnam during the Early Cenozoic and its Regional Tectonic Implication

Tran Thanh Hai, Le Hai An, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam; Hoang Ngoc Dong and Dao Viet Canh, PetroVietnam Exploration Production Cooperation, Vietnam

Recent Multidisciplinary Research and 2014 IODP Drilling in the South China Sea

Jian Lin, Woods Hole and Oceanographic, USA; Chun-Feng Li, Pinxian Wang, Tongji University, China, Denise K Kulhanek, International Ocean Discovery Program, USA; Expedition 349 Scientists.

Lunch and viewing of technical posters

Session 3: Oral Sessions (Continued) 


Keynote Address 3: Collapse and Rifting in the South China Sea

Manuel Pubellier, CNRS and Ecole Normale Supérieure, Dieter Franck, Federal Institute for Geosciences and Natural Resources, Germany; Matthias Delescluse,  Dimitri Savva, Florian Meresse, Nicolas Chamot-Rooke, Ugo Nanni, Ecole Normale Supérieure ENS, France; Jean-Luc Auxietre, TOTAL France ; Mario Aurelio, University of the Philippines, Lung Sang Chan, The University of Hong Kong

Keynote Address 4: Timing, Distribution and Tectonics of Unconformities in the South China Sea

Chris Morley, Chiang Mai University, Thailand

Miocene Tectonic Inversion along the Coast of Tonkin and the Red River Basin

Phung Van Phach, Institute for Marine Geology and Geophysics, Vietnam Academy of Natural Science and Technology, Vietnam, Manuel Pubellier, Ecole Normale Superieure, France

Subduction, Collision and Post-Collisional Deformation Related Unconformities of NW Borneo, Based on Onshore-Offshore Regionally Integrated Seismic Interpretation and Well Correlations (MMU is Equal to UIU, but Not to DRU)

Allagu Balaguru, Lim Jen Juen, Navpreet Singh, Aidil Hannan Adnan , Folco Hoogendijk, Shell Malaysia Exploration & Production, Malaysia

Structural Characteristics and Development of the Phu Khanh Basin Offshore Vietnam

Nguyen Anh Duc, Vietnam Oil and Gas Group, Vietnam; Nguyen Thu Huyen, Nguyen Trung Hieu, Nguyen Manh Hung, Vietnam Petroleum Institute, Vietnam

Tectonic Development of Nam Con Son Basin Based on New Seismic Data Interpretation

Dr. Nguyen Thanh Tung, Vietnam Petroleum Institute, Vietnam

coffee break and viewing of technical posters

Poster Presentations for Day 1 (Static)

Group Breakout Session and Discussion Part 1

Wrap Up

Evening free for Delegates

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Theme: Sedimentation, Paleogeography and Petroleum Systems

Welcome Coffee

Pacific Sutera Hotel, Ballroom 1

Welcome and Introduction

Ioannis Abatzis and Herman Darman, Convenors

Session 4: Oral Sessions (Continued)


Keynote Address 5: Correlation Across The South China Sea Using VIM Transgressive-Regressive Cycles

Robert J Morley, Palynova, UK; Tony Swiecicki, Murphy, Malaysia; Pedro Restrepo Pace, Murphy Oil, Malaysia

One Basin with Several Sediment Sources: Stratigraphic Records of the Bunguran Trough, Central South China Sea

John Jong, Steve Barker, Tran Quoc Tan, JX Nippon Oil and Gas Exploration (Offshore Malaysia) Sdn Bhd.; Franz L Kessler, Lundin Malaysia

The South China Sea Deep” Research Program: Progress and Perspectives

Pinxian Wang, Tongji University, China

Age and Character of Basement Rocks in SW Borneo: New Insights from Ar-Ar Dating of Pinoh Metamorphic Group Rocks

Lorin Davies, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK and CGG, UK; Robert Hall, Royal Holloway, University of London, UK; Marnie Forster, Australia National University, Australia

Proto-South China Sea and South China Sea Early History: A View from Sarawak

H. Tim Breitfeld, Royal Holloway University of London, Robert Hall, Inga Sevastjanova, Royal Holloway University of London and Chemostrat Ltd, UK, Thomson Galin, Royal Holloway, University of London and Minerals and Geoscience Department Malaysia; Marnie Foster , Gordon Lister, The Australian Natioanal University, Australia

Twisted Nido Limestone: Mark of a mid Tertiary Bimodal Deformation at the Thinned SE Edge of Sundaland

Mario Aurelio, K.J.L. Taguibao, University of the Philippines; A.A. Morado, Pitkin Petroleum Plc, Philippines; S. Steur, D. Franke, Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe (BGR); M. Pubellier, Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris, France, M.T. Forbes, Philippine National Oil Company, Philippines

Coffee Break and viewing of Technical posters

Petroleum Systems and Exploration Potentials of the Northern Deepwater South China Sea

Shu Jiang, Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI) Utah, USA; Zhenglong Jiang, Dongsheng Zhou, Jun Xiao, Hua Wang, China University of Geosciences, China; Xiaojun Xie CNOOC Research Institute, China; Kai Zhong, Zhe Wu, Liang Chen, CNOOC China

Two Fundamentally Different Deep-Lacustrine Deposition Systems in a Half-Graben Rift Sub-Basin, Paleogene, Beibuwan Basin, China

Yuan Li, China University of Geosciences, China

Integrated Paleogeograpic Mapping and Tidal Modeling During the Oligo-Miocene, South China Sea

Daniel S Collins, Howard D Johnson, Peter A Allison, Alexandros Avdis, Jon Hill, Matthew D Piggott, Imperial College, UK

LUNCH and viewing of Technical posters

Session 5: Oral Sessions (Continued) 


Onshore To Offshore Trends In Modern And Miocene Mixed Carbonate-Siliciclastic Systems Across The Land-Attached Sarawak Shelf

Moyra E J Wilson, Cindy Wong, Curtin University, Australia; Erwin W Adams, Georg Warrlich, Sarawak Shell Berhad, Malaysia; Eva Chang Ee Wah, BHP, Australia; Steven Dorobek, BP, USA, Peter Lunt, Mitra Energy Limited, Malaysia

Paper to be announced

Characteristic And Distribution Of Reef Complexes On The Carbonate Platform Margin In Western Deep Water Area Of The South China Sea

Xuebin Du, Yongchao Lu, Ping Chen, China University of Geosciences, China; Zhengfeng Wang, Daojun Zhang, CNOOC, China

Unlocking The Hidden Potential Of A Mio-Pliocene Delta System In Northwest Borneo Through Integrated 3D Fairway Mapping And Petroleum System Modeling

Matt Mueller, Pieter Huver, Benedikt Lehner, Iwan de Lugt, Nicola Marden, Jochen Naeth, Sarawak Shell, Brunei

Depositional Facies And Prolific Source Rocks Of A Deep Rift-Lake; The ENRECA-3 Core Well Succession, Bach Long Vi Island At The Song Hong-Beibuwan Basins Intersection

Lars H. Nielsen , Jussi Hovikoski, Jens Therkensen, Michael B. W. Fhyn, Hans P. Nytoft, Jørgen Bojesen-Koefoed, Ioannis Abatzis, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark; Hoang A. Tuan, Ngo K. Oanh, Vietnam Petroleum Institute, Vietnam

Exploration Challenges and Progress in South China Sea

Suraya Tulot, IHS, Singapore

Coffee Break and viewing of Technical posters

Poster Presentations for Day 2 (Static)

Group Breakout Session and Discussion Part 2

Wrap Up and Closing Remarks (Convenors)

Poster Presetations (Static) - Day 1

Using Conceptual Models And Structural Analogs In Prospect Evaluation And Risk Assessment: Example From Offshore Sabah

Puteri Maizura Razali, Ernest Jones and Xavier Legrand, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Main Controlling Factors of Oil Migration and Accumulation in The Oblique Transfer Zone of The Fushan Sag, Northern South China Sea

Guanhong Wang, Hua Wang, Huajun Gan, China University of Geosciences, China

The Discussion about Determination of Zhu-Qiong Movement: From Characteristics of Tectonic and Sedimentary in Fushan Sag, South China Sea

Yingdong Zhao, China University of Geosciences, China

Tectonic Development of the Triton Horst and Adjacent Areas in Middle Part of Offshore Vietnam

Trinh Xuan Cuong,  Vu The Anh, Le Chi Mai, Vietnam Petroleum Institute, Vietnam

Depositional Environments and Reservoir Quality of Oligocene-Miocene Sediments in Central Part of Nam Con Son Basin, Offshore South Vietnam

Hoang Anh Tuan, Bui Viet Dung, Nguyen Thu Huyen, Pham Thi Dieu Huyen, Vietnam Petroleum Institute, Vietnam; Khuc Hong Giang, Bien Dong Petroleum Operating Company, Vietnam; Nguyen Anh Duc, Vietnam Oil and Gas Group (PetroVietnam), Vietnam; Lars H Nielsen, Michael B.W. Fyhn, Ioannis Abatzis, Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland, Denmark

Case Study For The Characteristic And Distribution Of The Turbidite Trap In Late Miocene – Pliocene In The Center Of Nam Con Son Basin, Offshore Vietnam

Pham Thanh Liem, Petrovietnam and Le Hai An, Hanoi University of Mining and Geology, Vietnam

Hydrocarbon Prospectivity of the deep water Phu Kanh Basin

Tad Choi, Jo McArdle, Petroleum Geoservices, Singapore

Biostratigraphic Review of IODP data with focus on the MMU: Implications for the Evolution of the South China and Sulu Seas

 S. J. Calvert, R. E. Besems ,  R. Sandom and A Brem, Sarawak Shell Berhad, Miri, Malaysia  (attended by Arjan Brem)

Poster Presetations (Static) - Day 2

Petrogenesis Of Basic and Ultrabasic Rocks in Ranau Area, Sabah with Emphasis on Magmatic Differentiation

Askury Abd. Kadir, Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS, Malaysia

Sharpening Brunei’s Subsurface: Refining Current Structural-Stratigraphic Concepts with New Seismic Data

Arthur Kellermann-Slotemaker, Keith Campbell, Anton Koopman, Benedikt Lehner, Matt Mueller, Brunei Shell Petroleum, Brunei

Mass Transport Deposit (MTD) in the Paleogene Submarine Fan of the Crocker Formation in Sabah, Malaysia

Felix Tongkul, Universiti Malaysia Sabah, Malaysia

Preliminary Understanding Of Formation Mechanism and of Fushan Sag in Beibuwan Basin, NW South China Sea

Zhang Chengcheng, Lin Zhengliang , Liao Yuantao, Shi Yingtao, China University of Geosciences, China

Correlating Borneo outcrop to offshore geology; a regional perspective

Peter Lunt, Jaizan Hardi Mohamed Jais, PETRONAS, Malaysia

Middle Miocene–Pliocene Provenance Evolution of the Yinggehai Basin, Northwestern South China Sea

Tao Jiang, Hai Sun, China University of Geosciences, China, Licheng Cao, China University of Geosciences/Tongji University, Lei Shao, Tongji University, Zhenfeng Wang, Xushen Li, Yingzhao Zhang, Daojun Zhang, China National Offshore Oil Corporation, China

‘Storm-Flood’ Coastal Systems in Relation to Delta Front-Shoreface Facies Models: Applications to Miocene Successions in The Baram Delta Province, NW Borneo

Daniel Collins, Howard D. Johnson and Peter A. Allison, Imperial College, UK

We regret to announce that the Field Trip will not be taking place.
Optional Field Trip for registered GTW delegates - 28 May

An optional Field Trip for registered GTW delegates on outcrops in Kota Kinabalu will be conducted on 28 May 2015 by Dr Joseph Lambiase, Chulalongkorn University, Thailand and Dr Allagu Balaguru of Sarawak Shell Berhad. Malaysia. AAPG’s involvement is only for marketing.

Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia - Sutera Harbour Resort
Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, Malaysia - Sutera Harbour Resort
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Sutera Harbour Resort, strategically showcased on the shores of the South China Sea with the majestic Mount Kinabalu as its backdrop, is located just 10 minutes away from the Kota Kinabalu International Airport and 5 minutes into the city centre. This 384-acre fully integrated resort encompasses two five star hotels – The Pacific Sutera Hotel and The Magellan Sutera Resort as well as Sutera Harbour Marina, Golf & Country Club. The Resort also offers a luxury charter division, North Borneo Yacht Charter, home to Kota Kinabalu’s premier luxury yacht and North Borneo Railway vintage steam train.

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Herman Darman Convenor Shell International E&P, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Ioannis Abatzis Convenor GEUS, CCOP
Pham Thanh Liem Advisory Committee PETROVIETNAM
M. Redhani B. A. Rahman Advisory Committee PETRONAS
Mark Harvey Advisory Committee Sarawak Shell Berhad
Felix Tongkul Advisory Committee University Malaysia Sabah
Allagu Balaguru Technical Committee Chair Shell
Muluk A. Wahab Committee PETRONAS
Mario Aurelio Committee University of Philippines
Giuseppe Cadel Committee ENI
Phlemon George Committee Total
Tony Swiecicki Committee Murphy
Kevin Meyer Committee Talisman
Tan Chun Hock Sponsorship Chair Talisman Energy Malaysia, Aberdeen,UK
Roberto Barragan Committee Hess, Malaysia
V. R. Vijayan Committee Minerals and Geoscience Malaysia
Adrienne Pereira AAPG Asia Pacific Region Programs Manager
Adrienne Adrienne Pereira Programs Manager, AAPG Asia Pacific Region +65 96536728

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