Geosciences Technology Workshop

Deepwater Exploration of the Columbus & Guiana Basins

7-8 November 2017
Georgetown, Barima-Waini, Guyana

The Guiana Basin has been described by the US Geological Survey as the as the second most prospective, underexplored offshore oil basin in the world, with an estimated 13.6 billion barrels of oil and 32 trillion cubic feet of natural gas yet to be discovered. It's structurally complex sister basin to the north, the Columbus Basin of Trinidad, which has produced just over 1 billion barrels of oil and 25 trillion cubic feet of natural gas to date from thick Plio-Pleistocene deltaic sands within the Present Day shelf.

Marginal success has been achieved in Trinidad and Tobago's deep water accretionary prism and toe thrust provinces while multi-billion barrel discoveries are slowly becoming the norm in the Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana passive margins.

AAPG’s hosted its first every GTW in Trinidad and Tobago in March 2014. This workshop, Deep Horizon and Deep Water Frontier Exploration in Latin America, featured technical presentations from many companies poised and on the cusp of embarking on their exploration campaigns.

Three years later, with a mixed bag of successes and failures we converge onto Guyana, the new deep water hotspot of the region to reflect on our original ideas, theories and models and thoroughly evaluate the results of the recent exploration campaigns within the Columbus & Guiana Basins.

GTW Guyana features two days of expert presentations and roundtable discussions focused on the following themes:

  • Columbus Basin Discoveries: Success stories and lessons learned
  • Guiana Basin Discoveries: Success stories and lessons learned
  • Future Exploration Potential: What else is out there?
  • Beyond the Wells: Working with regulators and communities

The program also features an exhibition and an interactive poster presentation session, “Tools and Technology: Optimizing exploration and production.

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The AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region invites your company to be a part of GTW Guyana 2017, a specialized workshop bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

Sponsorship provides your company with high visibility among the industry, government, and academic specialists attending the event, as well as to a global audience on the Internet. All monies contributed will be used to offset conference expenses and to provide support to students, young professionals and speakers who need financial assistance in order to attend the workshop.

Receive a complimentary workshop registration for every $5000 USD spent on sponsorship.

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Georgetown, Guyana - Marriott Hotel
Block Alpha, Battery Road Kingston
Georgetown Barima-Waini
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GTW Guyana 2017 will be held at the Guyana Marriott Hotel Georgetown, a 4-star hotel located at the intersection of the Demerara River and the Atlantic Ocean.

Style meets substance at Guyana Marriott, which provides with picturesque views of both Georgetown and the ocean. The hotel offers convenient access to the area's most popular attractions, including St. George's Cathedral, Stabroek Market and Orinduik Falls.

Check back for additional information and special rates offered to GTW attendees.

About Georgetown

Georgetown is the capital and largest city of Guyana on the mainland of South America. The city is located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Demerara River, in the region known as Demerara-Mahaica. A retail and administrative center, and a financial services center, Georgetown is Guyana's chief seaport.

Founded by the British in 1781 and named for King George III of the United Kingdom, Georgetown long served as the capital of British Guiana. Guyana became independent from Britain in 1966 and a Co-operative Republic in 1970, when a non-executive President replaced the Governor-General.

About Guyana

Guyana is located on the North East Coast of South America and is its only English speaking country. Approximately 75% of the land area is still intact forest, and 2.5% is cultivated. The coastline is 1 metre to 1.5 metres below sea level at high tide necessitating an elaborate system of drainage canals.

The most valuable mineral deposits are bauxite, gold, and diamonds. The main rivers are the Demerara, Berbice, Corentyne and Essequibo.

Guyana’s population is approximately 747,884 (Census 2012) of whom 90% live along the coastal strip and banks of major rivers.

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*Subject to approval by organizing committee.

Price includes workshop admission, a USB drive with workshop materials, two coffee breaks and lunch both days of the workshop, a reception on November 7 and access to sanitized presentations (with company approval).


Clyde Purcy Griffith Clyde Griffith General Co-Chair State Oil Company Suriname
Xavier Ravi Moonan Xavier Moonan General Co-Chair Centrica Energy
Andrew Chater Andrew Chater Convener University of Guyana
Bobby Gossai Bobby Gossai Convener Guyana Oil & Gas Association
Helena Yvette Inniss Helena Inniss Convener Kronus Geological Services Limited
Programs Manager, AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region +1.281.886.8525 (USA), +571.551.1182 (Colombia)
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