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Oil shale is a rich petroleum source rock that never got buried deep enough to generate oil and gas. Worldwide, oil shale is a massive resource that potentially could yield a trillion barrels of oil and gas equivalent.
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Over the past year or so we have observed strong evidence that nuclear power is into a new expansion period.

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Every six months, chairs of the Energy Minerals Division committees convene and report on developments in the areas they cover. In this column, we highlight important observations from these recent reports.

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A recent story about Shell’s withdrawal from a long-lived project on in situ production of shale oil from oil shale was an interesting example of over-interpretation of a small dataset.

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Despite discouraging economic conditions over the last two years, development of the world’s vast resources of oil shale continues to make progress.

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Explorer Emphasis


The eastern Mediterranean Sea could become the hottest offshore play in the Middle East area, depending on the outcome of a key exploration attempt later this year.

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Explorer Foundation Update


It has a new name, a new energy and a new lineup of experts, all primed to spread geoscience knowledge around the world. “It” is AAPG’s newly named Global Distinguished Lecture Program – emphasis on the “global” – which dates back to 1941 but continues to be the Association’s flagship initiative for offering the latest in geologic science to AAPG affiliated geological societies and universities.

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Explorer Regions and Sections


In an effort to continue serving the geosciences community in the Middle East, AAPG Middle East Region will be offering a number of Geosciences Technology Workshops (GTWs) where the attendees, practitioners and scientists will have an opportunity to discuss real cases, issues and experiences.

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VG Abstract


To explore and develop unconventional petroleum resources, our focus should be on improving Knowledge, Technology, and a deeper comprehension of the natural processes controlling their existence.

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Field Seminar

Aqaba Jordan 16 May, 2017 18 May, 2017 37890
Aqaba, Jordan
16-18 May 2017

Date: 16th — 18th May 2017
Field Trip Leader: Ahmed Masri, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, Jordan
Field Trip Fee: $1200 (inclusive of flights, airport transfers, 2 night’s accommodation and F&B)

Registration for the field trip is closed.

For more information, contact Anastasia Kuzmenko

The lower Paleozoic sequences, from Cambrian to the lower Silurian are well exposed in southern Jordan; to the east of Aqaba. These are divided into eight formations in Jordan; the lower four formations belong to the so called Ram Group of Cambrian-Middle Ordovician age, with a total thickness up to 700m. The Ram Group rests unconformably on the granitoid rocks of the Arabian Shield. These sequences are composed of medium to coarse fluvial sandstones dominated by trough cross-bedding; with short intervals of marine incursions during Cambrian and Early Ordovician times; these marine incursions are indicated by the presence of thin siltstone beds bearing Cruziana trace fossils and vertical Skolithos Burrows.

The succeeding four sequences belong to the Khrayim Group of Middle Ordovician-Silurian age, with a total thickness up to 600m. This group is well exposed to the east of Wadi Rum and composed of shallow marine siliciclastics (sandstone, shale and mudstone); where the sandstone beds dominated by trough cross-bedding and ripple marks with Cruziana trace fossils, Skolithos Burrows and Brachiopods; whereas the mudstone beds bearing different species of Graptolites, Brachiopods and different undefined fossils.

In the middle of the Khrayim Group, by the end of Ordovician, the area was subjected and underwent a glacial event, where deep incision of glacial valleys cut through the older sequences of Ordovician and refilled by flovio-glacial sediments, which are formed the tight gas reservoir in Risha Gas Field in northeast Jordan. Regional marine transgression occurred in the early Silurian led to the deposition of a thick mudstone sequence called "Hot Shale" in Saudi Arabia, which is the proven source rock of the hydrocarbons in the Arabian Plate.

Field Trip Agenda Overview:
16th May

Fly from Amman to Aqaba & over night at the Double Tree Hotel, Aqaba (flight departs at 9.15pm).

17th May

Travel from Aqaba to Wadi Rum and vicinity: Examine Cambrian and lower Ordovician sandstones. In general, fluvial sandstones facies.

Traditional dinner under the stars at Sun City Campsite. Return to the Double Tree Hilton, Aqaba.

18th May

Continue to the east investigating middle and upper Ordovician sandstone and shale intercalations up to the glacial sediments that forms reservoir in of the tight gas in Jordan. Then we will examine the lower Silurian shale (Hot shale in Saudi).

Return to Amman (flight departs at 6.55pm).

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Amman Jordan 15 May, 2017 16 May, 2017 32796
Amman, Jordan
15-16 May 2017

Building on the success of the last AAPG Siliciclastic Reservoirs of the Middle East Workshop which was held in Kuwait in March 2015, a two-day workshop is planned to take place in Amman, Jordan between 15-16 May 2017.

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Request a visit from Saad Fahd Al-Awwad!

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