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Due to the imminent “Great Crew Change” in which experienced professionals are expected to retire in large numbers over the next few years, knowledge management is a strong emphasis throughout the industry.

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The event will give students the opportunity to advance their knowledge, discuss new opportunities, expand their horizons and share their expertise and interests with other students and professionals.

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When OPEC announced a six-month agreement to curb production and reduce the world’s crude-supply surplus, skeptics quickly observed that a lot of people would have to keep their promises in order to make a meaningful dent in the world’s oil supply.

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The terms “resilient” and “flexible” are not often used to describe OPEC. But they might be the best two words to characterize the organization.

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Every major producer in the Middle East will be represented at AAPG’s upcoming GEO 2016 conference in Bahrain next month.

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For the oil industry, the most worrisome news coming out of the Middle East doesn’t involve geopolitics. It’s well known by now that Iran wants to increase production by at least 500,000 barrels of oil per day as the lifting of international sanctions allows it to resume crude exports. But Iran isn’t alone.

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Some highlights from international activity in 2014.

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In 1953, a subsidiary of British Petroleum obtained an oil concession of 31,000 square kilometers off the coast of Abu Dhabi. It would later become an important discovery, revealing the potential of Cretaceous carbonate reservoirs in the region.

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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

Al Ain Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 01 February, 2018 01 February, 2018 38233
 
Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 February 2018

The main objective of this field trip is to offer participants the opportunity to study the structural style and fracturing of carbonate rocks analogous to reservoir units of the globally important UAE Oil Province. The clear exposure of these carbonate rocks in this tectonically complicated area provides a significant opportunity to study and explain the structural style and deformation history of the region. Although the carbonate rocks exposed in Jebal Hafit area are of Early Eocene–Miocene age (Rus, Dammam and Asmari Formations), the emphasis here is to study fractures pattern and fracturing mechanism with relation to the paleostress and the link to fractures conductivity.

The selected stops will demonstrate the stratigraphic relationship of the rock units and their fracture systems that have been developed during long geological deformation. There are significant similarities between these exposed rocks and those units seen in the Abu Dhabi Oil Fields by means of reservoir characteristics and fracture system and fracture related diagenesis (cementation/host rock alteration) with its impact on sealing potential.

Jebal Hafit, an elongated asymmetrical, double‐plunging, NNW‐SSW trending anticline with an elevation reaches up to ~ 1140 m high, is situated at the border between Oman and UAE. It extends ca 30 km in the direction NNW–SSE with average width of 4 to 5 km.

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Al Ain, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
1 February 2018

The modern carbonate-evaporite depositional environments along the Abu Dhabi shoreline and offshore Abu Dhabi belong to the few areas of the world where the geoscientist can observe the interplay between carbonate and evaporite sedimentation.

Supratidal (sabkha) to intertidal and shallow subtidal (microbial mat and peloid-skeletal tidal-flat) environments will be studied in the vicinity of Al-Qanatir Island.

Al-Qanatir Island

In the vicinity of the road to Al-Qanatir Island participants will be able to study a complete and undisturbed lateral facies succession from the upper supratidal to the lower intertidal and shallow subtidal:

  • Upper supratidal stranded beach ridges
  • Topographic highs, some cm above the adjacent upper sabkha environment
  • Upper sabkha (upper supratidal)
  • Surface covered by polygonally-cracked halite crust
  • Middle sabkha (middle supratidal)
  • Surface covered by finely-crystalline, whitish anhydrite polygons
  • Lower sabkha (lower supratidal)
  • Surface covered by shiny, sparkling gypsum crystals
  • Upper to lower intertidal microbial mat
  • Crenulated or crinkled microbial mat above gypsum mush facies
  • Blistered and pinnacle microbial mat
  • Polygonal and tufted microbial mat
  • Lowermost intertidal to shallow sub-tidal
  • Peloid-skeletal tidal-flat

Many of these depositional environments and facies successions correspond to those observed in cores from the subsurface of the Arabian Peninsula.

Workshop

Yas Island Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 30 January, 2018 01 February, 2018 32793
 
Yas Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
30 January - 1 February 2018

This three-day workshop builds on the success of the first AAPG Carbonate Reservoirs of the Middle East GTW, held in Abu Dhabi, UAE in 2015. It is dedicated to addressing the hydrocarbon bearing carbonate reservoirs of the Middle East, in the context of a changing oil market within a more challenging exploration and development environment. These challenges include the shift from traditional anticlinal traps to stratigraphic traps, and development strategies for dealing with maturing, long-producing, giant fields.

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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.

Request a visit from Mohammed Al Duhailan!

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