May 14-18, 2002 Sicily, Italy
Sponsored by AAPG Research Committee
Institut Francais du Petrole
1 et 4, avenue de Bois-Préau
92852 Rueil-Malmaison Cedex
Tel.: 0033 1 4752 7362
Fax: 0033 1 4752 7067
Deformation History, Fluid Flow Reconstruction and Reservoir Appraisal in Foreland Fold-Thrust Belts (FFTB): Exploration in High Risk Areas
To bring explorationists and researchers from oil companies, mineral exploration companies and research institutes together to discuss present-day concepts and new developments in exploration in Foreland Fold- and Thrust Belts. Exploration in Fold and Thrust Belts is a very challenging task in present-day petroleum exploration. It necessitates a good understanding of pre-, syn- and post-tectonic processes which can to a certain degree be inferred from the interpretation of seismic transects and from forward kinematic modelling.
Over the last few years new developments and new concepts have evolved. For instance modelling tools coupling tectonics, sedimentation and erosion processes provide better controls on the burial history of potential source rocks and reservoirs and on the agenda of the petroleum systems versus the age of the traps.
Also with regard to the processes that might affect the reservoir units, a many new insights in the fracturing, cementation and porosity development history have been gained which help to reconstruct the entire fluid flow history. Some of these new developments rely on results achieved from integrated field, petrographical and geochemical studies (involving stable isotope, Sr-isotope, maturation of organic material, apatite fission tracks, clay authigenesis data, paleomagnetic analysis) and diagenetic, fluid flow and pore fluid pressure modeling.
esearchers, explorationists and reservoir engineers were brought together within an interdisciplinary conference to discuss current research efforts focusing on integrating structural geology, kinematic modeling, fracture prediction, aquifer modeling, reactive transport modeling, diagenesis and reservoir geology. It is also hoped to attract researchers developing scenarios for ore exploration in similar tectonic settings.