|This month's column
was co-written by Mikhail Belonin and Wolfgang Schollnberger, general
chairman and vice chairman of the St. Petersburg regional international
The pre-registration deadline
may have passed, but there's still time to make plans to attend the
VNIGRI/AAPG regional international conference, set July 15-18 in a city
that is among the most beautiful and most "European" cities in all of
The VNIGRI/AAPG conference,
built on the theme "Exploration and Production Operations in Difficult
and Sensitive Areas," will be held in St. Petersburg, a treasure of
world culture that lies close to areas of hot petroleum potential.
The conference's technical
program will focus largely on the arctic and icy conditions that await
explorers in this compelling and challenging region -- in both geologic
and environmental terms. More than 85 papers and about 120 posters will
deal with clastic and carbonate reservoirs and hydrocarbon systems in
extensional, compressional and transform settings. The newest estimations
of oil and gas reserves and resources in the Arctic will also be discussed.
Another highlight are the
three field trips that are being offered -- one pre-meeting, two post-meeting
-- that will visit regions of great geologic interest and scenic beauty.
The trips are:
"Natural Bitumens and
Heavy Oil Deposits and Permian Sequence Stratigraphy of Volgo-Ural
Petroleum Province, Tatarstan," which runs July 10-14. Participants
will take a three-day boat trip along the most picturesque places
of the Volga River, viewing classic key sequences of the Permian
petroleum-bearing formation used for developing the methods of sequence-stratigraphy.
of Paleozoic Deposits, Timan-Pechora Petroleum Basin," which runs
July 20-24. On this trip, participants will visit the unique oil
mines of the giant Yarega Field, observe oil-saturated Middle and
Upper Devonian sandstone horizons and learn about the original mine
technology of heavy oil production. Another highlight: Observing
classic outcrops of Domanic source rocks and Devonian reefs, Paleozoic
core samples and the region's wonderful beauty.
- "Lower Paleozoic of the
St. Petersburg Region," which runs July 19. This one-day excursion
visits outcrops of the Lower Ordovician and Cambrian carbonate rocks,
glauconite sands and black shales of the St. Petersburg region --
and a trip to the famous Sablino stalactite caves.
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