An AAPG Geosciences Technology Workshop

GTW Brasil: Stratigraphic Traps and Play Concepts in Deep Water Settings

14-15 May 2014
Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
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The continued expansion of petroleum exploration and development in deep water globally during the past decade has resulted in significant oil and gas discoveries. Most of the fields in deep water basins consist of four-way or combined three-way closures. However, significant discoveries around the African margin have renewed exploration focus on stratigraphic traps across the equatorial margin. Much of the key work has been accomplished with improved 3D seismic data resolution and imaging, better seismic attribute analysis, and new concepts in petroleum systems analysis.

GTW Brasil 2014 follows the 12th Brazilian Licensing Round 2013, which opened 110 exploration blocks in new frontier areas in the São Francisco, Parnaíba, Paraná, Parecis and Acre-Madre de Dios basins; and, 130 exploratory blocks in the mature basins of Recôncavo and Sergipe-Alagoas.

Join the GTW Brasil discussion with leading operators in Latin America, Africa, and Gulf of Mexico. Gain greater understanding of geological and geophysical attributes of stratigraphic traps in deep water settings. Learn more from equatorial margin exploration analogues.

The goal of this GTW is to develop new knowledge of stratigraphic traps and play concepts in deep water settings. Experienced practitioners and researchers will participate in lively discussions to share both personal experiences and best practices in applying geology and geophysics to the challenges of exploration, appraisal, development drilling, and reservoir characterization and simulation. The workshop will conclude with discussions in which lessons learned are applied to future endeavors. To facilitate the exchange of ideas, there will be no abstracts or publications released from this symposium. Participants will have many opportunities to network and to discuss with fellow practitioners.

Co-hosted by AAPG Latin America Region and the Asociacao Brasileira de Geologos de Petroleo (ABGP).

12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Brasil - Day 1 - Wednesday, May 14 - Program Divider
Wednesday, May 14
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Brazil Continental Breakfast
Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Opening Plenary Session
Opening Plenary Session
8:01 AM - 9:01 AM
Welcome and Introduction
Carol Cain McGowen, Manager, U.S. Sections & International Regions Development, AAPG
Susan Smith Nash, Director, Education and Professional Development, AAPG
8:02 AM - 9:02 AM
Opening Remarks

Honorary Chair: Mario Carminatti, PhD, Executive Manager of Exploration, Petrobras

General Co-Chairs: Sylvia M. Couto Dos Anjos, Petrobras, President, ABGP
Victor Vega, Equion Energia, President-elect, AAPG Latin America Region

8:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Brasil - Day 1 - Morning Session
Morning Session
8:31 AM - 9:31 AM
Brasil - Day 1 - Session 1: Case Histories and Global Analogs

Session 1: Case Histories and Global Analogs

Co-Chairs: Jaime Buitrago, ExxonMobil; Steve Johnson, Shell

8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
An overview of Stratigraphic traps in deepwater settings: the path less taken
Paul Weimer, PhD, Professor, Bruce D. Benson Endowed Chair, University of Colorado, Director of Energy and Minerals Applied Research Center
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Big Bend: Eastern Mississippi Canyon GOM Exploration Success through Integrated G&G Technology
Ben Maxey, Rafael Pinto and Kirk Rovang, Noble Energy
9:05 AM - 10:05 AM
Cretaceous Fan Plays of the African transform margin
Tracey Henderson, Kosmos Energy
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
Exploration New Frontiers in the South Atlantic Basins–Subtle Traps
Steve Johnson, Colin J Grant, Francesco Menapace, Uisdean Nicholson, Dominic McCormick, Ciaran O’Byrne, Gabriel Guerra, Vanessa Kertznus & Jim Pickens, Shell Exploration
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Brazil Coffee Break #1
Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Small group discussion followed by Report Outs, Q & A
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Brazil Lunch
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Brasil - Day 1 - Afternoon Session
Afternoon Session
1:01 PM - 2:01 PM
Brasil - Day 1 - Session 2: Evolving Concepts on Stratigraphic Traps

Session 2: Evolving Concepts on Stratigraphic Traps

Co-Chairs: Cesar Cainelli, Barra Energia; Joao Clark, Ecopetrol Brasil

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Stratigraphic trap potential in deep-water depositional systems: Pelotas Basin, Offshore Uruguay
David Lackenby, Alonso Navarro,  Dean Chergotis, BP Uruguay Exploration
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Outcrop-based, Integrated, Core- to Seismic-scale, Stratigraphic and Depositional Models for Deep-Water Reservoirs: new concepts for stratigraphic traps
Anthony R. Sprague, PhD, ExxonMobil
2:15 PM - 3:15 PM
Evaluation of Stratigraphic traps, Block 47, Offshore Suriname
Hugh O’Reilly, Team Leader for Suriname-Guyana, Tullow Oil
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM
The Predictive Power of Depositional Paradigms When Chasing Deep Water Sand-Rich Turbidites
César Cainelli, PhD, Vice President Exploration, Barra Energia
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Brazil Coffee Break #2
Coffee Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Small group discussion followed by Report Outs, Q & A

5:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Brasil - Day 1 - Evening Ice Breaker Reception
Evening Ice Breaker Reception
12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Brasil - Day 2 - Thursday, May 15 - Program Divider
Thursday, May 15
7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Brasil - Day 2 - Continental Breakfast
Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Brasil - Day 2 - Morning Session
Morning Session
8:01 AM - 9:01 AM
Brasil - Day 2 - Session 3: Stratigraphic Traps in Brasil

Session 3: Stratigraphic Traps in Brasil

Co-Chairs: Nilo Azambuja, HRT; Ricardo Jorge Jahnert, Petrobras

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Deep water stratigraphic plays along an oblique rifted margin: frontier exploration in the Brazil Equatorial Margin
Richard S. Tozer, Swati Ghoshal, Jean-Sébastien W. Hall,  Binh N’Guyen, David Bruno Dos Santos, BP Brazil Exploration, Houston, TX
8:30 AM - 9:30 AM
High-frequency forced regressions and their influence on stratigraphic trap generation: Examples from the Paleocene in Pelotas Basin, South Brazil
Jose Daudt, Garret Chong, BP Brazil Exploration, Houston, TX
8:45 AM - 9:45 AM
Stratigraphic Traps of Turbidite Fields in Campos Basin, Brazil

Ricardo Defeo de Castro; Ary Gustavo Cândido; Claudio Cesar Silva Marques; Gustavo Lobato Soares; Hilário Mucelini Giro; Kayo Delorenzo Nardi Dias; Maria Luiza Martini dos Anjos, Petrobras

9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Sergipe Alagoas Basin (final title pending)
10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Brasil - Day 2 - Coffee Break #1
Coffee Break
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Small group discussion followed by Report Outs, Q & A

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Brasil - Day 2 - Lunch
Lunch: Networking Opportunity
1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Brasil - Day 2 - Afternoon Session
Afternoon Session
1:01 PM - 2:01 PM
Brasil - Day 2 - Session 4: Role of Technology in Defining Stratigraphic Traps

Session 4: Role of Technology in Defining Stratigraphic Traps

Co-Chairs: German Molina, BP; Jose Milton Cronemberg Mendes, Queiroz Galvão E&P

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Regional interpretation and distribution of deep water reservoirs in East Africa: A predictive tool for identifying potential stratigraphic traps
Brian W. Horn, ION
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Seismic stratigraphic interpretation of a prolific deep water reservoir using high quality 3D in the Rovuma Delta, Mozambique
David M. Jones, Senior Geophysical Advisor, Anadarko Petroleum
1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
State-of-art extra-deep azimuthal resistivity and novel inversion techniques improve reservoir definition and delineation of channel sands while drilling
Statoil Brasil-Baker Hughes
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Mapping Deepwater Mass Transport Deposits from Colored Seismic Processing
Andreas Laake, Schlumberger
3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Brasil - Day 2 - Coffee Break #2
Coffee Break
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Small group discussion followed by Report Outs, Q & A

5:00 PM - 5:30 PM
Closing Comments
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Brasil - Day 2 - End of Workshop
End of Workshop
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Fee includes workshop admission, program booklet (including presentation abstracts), workshop participant contact list, Icebreaker Cocktail Reception, 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 coffee breaks, PDFs of sanitized presentations (with corporate approval) and Certificate of Completion.


Sylvia Couto Anjos GTW General Co-Chair Petrobras
Victor Vega GTW General Co-Chair
President-Elect, AAPG Latin America Region
Shell Americas
Paul Weimer, PhD Convener University of Colorado; Past President AAPG
Ricardo Jorge Jahnert, PhD Session Chair Petrobas
Jose Milton Cronemberg Mendes Session Chair Queiroz Galvão E&P
Henrique Penteado Convener Petrobras, ABGP
Valeria Conde Convener Petrobras, ABGP
German D. Molina Session Chair Uruguay Exploration Manager, BP
Jaime Buitrago Session Chair Guyana and Brazil Exploration, ExxonMobil
Rogério Loureiro Antunes Convener Petrobras, ABGP
Nilo Chagas De Azambuja Filho Session Chair Exploration Director, HRT
Cesar Cainelli, PhD Session Chair Barra Energia
João Clark Session Chair Diretor Presidente, Ecopetrol Óleo e Gás do Brasil Ltda
Steve Johnson Session Chair Geological Advisor Latin America Exploration, Shell
Carol McGowen Convener AAPG
Susan Nash, PhD Convener AAPG
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