Stratigraphic Traps of the Middle East

11-13 December 2017
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Muscat, Oman
Sponsored By:
Petroleum Development Oman

You are invited to prepare a poster display for presentation. If you are interested in participating, please send a short abstract along with the poster artwork (in JPEG or PDF high resolution format) to by 9 November 2017. All posters will be produced as pull-up banners and delivered by AAPG. There will not be any other format available for poster display. Please ensure that the poster artwork measurements are 85 cm (width) x 165 cm (height). Please click here to download an abstract template.

The Geosciences Technology Workshop (GTW) aims to deliver the latest understanding of a selected exploration play to its members by engaging with key industry and academic professionals to share recent knowledge through case studies, new technologies and latest innovative geological thinking to unlock it's potential.

In October 2014, the AAPG hosted its first stratigraphic traps of the Middle East GTW in Muscat Oman to a resounding success as the potential for such traps in onshore areas is still at an immature stage. Thus it is rapidly becoming clear that the traditional structural traps are mostly creamed and attention is fast moving to complex trapping configurations for potential of large structures similar to recent discoveries in the offshore. Hence this 3-day workshop aims to continue the success of the first meeting and by investigating further the concepts of exploration of stratigraphic traps in the Middle East.

The amount of technical work required to effectively mitigate the geological risks associated with stratigraphic traps, has increased significantly. Mature basins such as those found in the Middle East provide the ideal setting for defining technologies and workflows that will ensure continued execution of successful exploration programs. The wealth of available data, knowledge and professional experience in these mature basins, enables a better understanding of the regional geology, depositional environment, and petroleum systems, all critical elements to successful evaluation of this trapping configuration.

One key petroleum element that has been addressed in the past workshop but deserves a dedicated session is seal assessment. Seal risk is commonly the most critical risk element, yet the least understood for stratigraphic trap configurations. Careful investigation of data, including 3D seismic data, cores, cuttings, and well logs, in a chronostratigraphic framework, as well as new analytical techniques are required for the characterization of seal geometry and integrity. Examples on this work will be highlighted and shared in this event.

New technologies and best-practices that support the evaluation of stratigraphic traps and the decision making process will be emphasized during this workshop. We will be discussing new developments in seismic data acquisition, such as the acquisition of high-resolution seismic data, new processing techniques focused on imaging and development of stratigraphic traps, and new interpretation workflows that have unraveled some of the latest discoveries in the area.

Benefits of Attending

The workshop is an opportunity for attendees to receive up-to-date knowledge about stratigraphic trap exploration, exposure to regional and global stratigraphic case studies and to be introduced to state of the art-technologies utilized to detect these difficult to find yet rewarding traps. It is an opportunity to network and share experiences. The participants will receive a summary of the breakout sessions and discussions, lessons learned and the abstracts of papers presented in the workshop.

Who Should Attend?

This workshop targets technical experts involved in exploring and developing stratigraphic and subtle traps who are working in national operating and service companies, as well as academic institutions.

Stratigraphic Traps of the Middle East Call for Posters Ends on 09 November, 2017

You are invited to prepare a poster display for presentation. If you are interested in participating, please send a short abstract along with the poster artwork (in JPEG or PDF high resolution format) to akuzmenko@aapg.org by 9 November 2017. All posters will be produced as pull-up banners and delivered by AAPG. There will not be any other format available for poster display. Please ensure that the poster artwork measurements are 85 cm (width) x 165 cm (height). Please click here to download an abstract template.

Session 1: Global Carbonate and Clastic Case Histories
Session Chairs: Thomas Jewell, Neftex/Halliburton and Friso Veenstra, TNO

Many different stratigraphic traps have been discovered to hold commercial volumes of hydrocarbons in sedimentary basins across the world. The majority of these discoveries are located within mature hydrocarbon provinces with access to high resolution well, seismic and other datasets; however given the relative maturity of petroleum exploration in the Middle East, stratigraphic traps remain relatively underexplored within the region. This session will focus on identifying, examining and understanding successful stratigraphic plays and traps in both carbonates and clastics from across the globe and draw on the experience gained during their discovery and exploitation. This global experience can be used to facilitate further exploration for stratigraphic plays and traps across the Arabian Plate. Examples of stratigraphic traps are to be included in this session are: facies and onlap pinchouts, depositional reliefs, subcrops, erosional truncations and diagenetic variations.

Session 2: Role of Petroleum System Analysis and Regional Stratigraphic Framework for Exploring Stratigraphic Traps
Session Chairs: TBC, PDO and TBC, Saudi Aramco

Searching for stratigraphic traps comprises two critical components. Firstly to identify through a geological play-based approach, the trap definition, reservoir development and charge migration pathways in the context of the basin evolution. This requires establishment of a chronostratigraphic framework, understanding primary depositional models, and later basin history to fully define the whole petroleum system. Most of the play critical elements carry some element of risk given the larger uncertainties compared to pure conventional traps. The advent of large, high resolution seismic datasets and complex processing form the second component to critical to reducing some of these uncertainties. This enabler has allowed subtle features to be identified, which coupled with geological creativity can led to unlocking the potential of this important play type. This session aims to share examples from the region using these fundamentals to successful explore for subtle and stratigraphic traps.

Session 3: Middle East Case Histories
Session Chairs: Elias Khaursi, PetroGas and Thomas Jewell, Neftex/Halliburton

With the majority of the Middle East's proven hydrocarbon resources residing within simple structural trapping mechanisms and exploration traditionally focusing on these geometries, stratigraphic traps have often been overlooked across the region. These stratigraphic traps or traps with major stratigraphic components have been identified in the subsurface of the Middle East since the early part of the twentieth century and offer a great opportunity to expand and replenish the regions reserves. Several of these identified traps have been discovered and developed across the Arabian Plate and this session will discuss a range of these different examples. The case studies will look to include a wide range of depositional systems and cover a variety of stratigraphic trapping mechanisms such as, stratigraphic pinchouts, unconformities, carbonate reef build-ups, and diagenetic variations.

Session 4: Stratigraphic Trap Seal Assessment
Session Chairs: Peter Kukla, RWTH Aachen University and Badar Al Mamari, BP

Seal risk is commonly the most critical risk element, yet the least understood for stratigraphic trap configurations. Detailed investigation of data is required for the characterization of seal geometry and integrity. This session will highlight how this critical petroleum element is addressed utilizing all available seismic and well data and new technologies to quantify seal capacity. Presentations of best practices, new workflows, and technologies that demonstrate the integrated assessment of this important element are solicited.

Session 5: Development of Stratigraphic Traps, Technology Applications and Future Opportunities.
Session Chairs: Zuwaina Al Rawahi, PDO and Mahdi Almutlaq, Saudi Aramco

The success of subtle and stratigraphic traps extends even more so beyond the exploration realm. Understanding the extent of the reservoir for successful development requires potential more upfront activity than expected from the conventional reservoirs. Integrating with geophysical workflows is a critical element to better define the size of the opportunity, and hence the planning of the development options through optimized drilling techniques and recovery options. Additional opportunities for discovering sizeable volumes of oil and gas exist in new areas, as well as in existing fields. Traps related to facies changes, diagenetic processes in classics and carbonates, and variations in rock properties are among the case studies to be addressed. Technologies and methodologies that have helped define these traps will be discussed in this session.

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Technical Program Committee
Zuwaina Rawahi Co-Chair PDO
Mahdi Mutlaq Co-Chair Saudi Aramco
Badar Al Mamari MEMBER BP
Shaoqing Sun, PhD MEMBER C & C Reservoirs
Didier Granjeon MEMBER IFPEN
Thomas Jewell MEMBER Neftex/Halliburton
William Fitchen MEMBER Oxy
Elias Al Kharusi MEMBER Petrogas
Peter Alfred Kukla MEMBER RWTH Aachen University
Friso Veenstra MEMBER TNO Energy
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