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06 February, 2020 Mexico City México Mexico

Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section

AAPG Hedberg Research Conference

4-6 February 2020
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Mexico City, Mexico
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Conference Description

One of the last remaining hydrocarbon exploration frontiers of the Gulf of México (GoM) “Super-Basin” is the Early Mesozoic and Paleozoic sedimentary section stratigraphically below the autochthonous Middle Jurassic Louann Salt and its equivalents.

The major pre-salt discoveries of offshore Brazil have spurred the search for analogous plays in other parts of the world where syn-rift and post-rift sag deposits may contain viable hydrocarbon source and reservoir rocks. Though older than the Brazilian pre-salt section (Triassic-Middle Jurassic vs. Lower Cretaceous) and virtually unexplored, the rift-related sedimentary section of the greater GoM region has been penetrated by a number of wells and crops out in various places around the rim of the basin, most notably in the Sierra Madre Oriental of eastern México. Numerous, unexplored rift basins have been identified on seismic reflection datasets from all three sectors of the GoM, in the US, México, and Cuba. Both terrigenous clastic and carbonate units have been described that are possible reservoir targets, and organic-rich, oil-prone lacustrine source rocks may reasonably be expected to occur. Traps are likely to be both stratigraphic and normal fault-related. According to press releases, Pemex recently drilled the first pre-salt test in México, Yaaxtaab-1, and many of the offshore areas in México slated to be offered in future license rounds are interpreted to be underlain by rift basins. In addition, a variety of companies have leased acreage offshore Florida with pre-salt objectives.

Beneath the rift-related section in the GoM, in various parts of the basin there are unmetamorphosed carbonates and siliciclastics of Paleozoic age that constitute yet another unexplored frontier in the pre-salt section. The geology of these units is poorly understood, but they have been encountered by the drill beneath the US Gulf coastal plain from Texas to Alabama, in the Maya Mountains of Belize on the Yucatan Platform, as well as in many wells and outcrop localities in México.

Potential presenters have been (and will continue to be) invited from both industry & academia, and significant international participation is expected.

Registration Fee
AAPG Member $US 795
Non-Member Registration $US 995
Graduate Students presenting posters $US 195
Registration Fee includes workshop materials, coffee breaks and lunch all three workshop days

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Technical Themes

Conference themes include:

  • Plate tectonic & paleogeographic evolution of the Jurassic and older section in the circum-GoM region.
  • Updated characterization of the geology and hydrocarbon potential (age range, stratigraphy, lithology, petrology, source rock geochemistry, structure, etc.) of the circum-GoM syn-rift/post-rift sag succession. Much of the key recent research has been on outcrops of the pre-salt section in México, by faculty and students at some of the Mexican universities.
  • Geophysical characterization of the pre-salt section in the offshore GoM, where in the past few years there has been a significant increase in the quantity and quality of 2D and 3D seismic and potential fields data, especially in the Mexican sector of the GoM.
  • Comparison of the circum-GoM, eastern US, northern South America, and South Atlantic syn-rift/post-rift sag successions.
  • Age of the Louann/Campeche Salt and updip equivalents.
  • Geology and hydrocarbon potential of the Paleozoic of the circum-GoM region.

 

Abstract Submission Guidelines
  • Abstracts should cover the objectives, procedures, results, and conclusions of your presentation and may be in the form of an extended abstract between 500 – 1,250 words in length, and may include figures.
  • Please indicate if this abstract is submitted for Oral presentation or submitted for Static Poster presentation
  • Evaluation and ranking of abstracts are based on relevance and timeliness of subject matter; usefulness of contribution to the advancement of knowledge, techniques or practice; and overall clarity, organization and presentation of ideas.
  • Titles are required — they should be brief and state the topic.
  • Please avoid commerciality.
  • Please include the following abstract information: Title of the presentation, name, affiliation, email address, body of the abstract
  • Material submitted should be in English.

 


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6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 1

Tuesday, February 4

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Opening and Introductions

Opening and Introductions

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Keynote Presentation: Imaging Crustal Constraints on the Early Evolution of the Gulf of Mexico with 2D and 3D Seismic Data: How Realistic are Comparisons to the South Atlantic?

J. Pindell, B. Horn, E. Haire., A. Hartwig, R. Molina, and D. Villagomez, ION E&P Advisors, Tectonic Analysis Ltd.

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM
A New Crustal Model of the Gulf of Mexico From Seismic and Potential Fields Data

J. Bain, J. Kegel and C. O’Reilly, Bain Geophysical Services & TGS

11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
An Examination of the Link Between Subduction and Gulf of Mexico Opening

F. Keppie, Department of Energy and Mines, Nova Scotia, Canada

12:00 PM - 12:15 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 1 Coffee Break 1

COFFEE BREAK

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Seismic Tectono-stratigraphy of the Pre-Callovian Sequences of the US and Mexican Gulf of Mexico

R. Pascoe and P. Nuttall, Dynamic Group

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Plate Tectonic Model for the Early Opening of the Gulf of Mexico

R.J. Padilla y Sánchez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

1:15 PM - 1:45 PM
The Gulf of Mexico as the Result of a Hot Spot with Triple Junction

J. Rueda-Gaxiola, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 1 Lunch

LUNCH - Keynote Presentation

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Pre-Salt Sedimentary Tectonics and Opening of the Gulf of Mexico

J.R. Barboza-Gudiño, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico

3:15 PM - 3:45 PM
The Tamaulipas-Chiapas Connection: Precambrian-Paleozoic History of the Tamaulipas Arch and the Chiapas Massif

B. Weber, R. González-Guzmán, A. Schmitt, A. Cisneros de León, E. Alemán-Gallardo, and D. Tazzo-Rangel, Centro de Investigación Científica y de Educación Superior de Ensenada (CICESE), México

3:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 1 Coffee Break 2

COFFEE BREAK

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
The Outer Domain of the Southern Gulf of Mexico Margin: Along-Strike Variations in the Continent-Ocean Transition and Salt Distribution

M. Rowan, Rowan Consulting, Inc.

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Influence of Pre-rift Orogenic Activity on the Syn-rift and Post-rift Development of Eastern North America: Insight into the Early Development of the Gulf of Mexico

M. Withjack, Rutgers University, M. Malinconico, Lafayette College, and M. Durcanin, Rutgers University and Murphy Exploration and Production Co.

4:50 PM - 5:50 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 1

POSTER SESSION

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Marginal Rift System Along Late Jurassic, Conjugate Margins of the Gulf of Mexico: Rift Continuity, Age, and Tectonic Significance

M. Liu, P. Mann, University of Houston

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM
The Role of Structural Inheritance in the Tectonic Evolution of East and South Mexico: From Paleozoic Pangea Assembly to Mesozoic Rifting and Cenozoic Shortening and Basin Inversion

D. Ruiz-Arriaga, D. Stockli, The University of Texas at Austin, E. Fitz-Díaz, Instituto de Geología, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, T. Lawton, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

5:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Tectonic Setting and Structure of Pre-salt, Mesozoic Rift Basins in the Northeastern Gulf of Mexico

M. Storey, P. Mann and M. Liu, University of Houston

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Tectonic, Structural, and Stratigraphic Controls on the Burial and Thermal Maturity of Mesozoic Source Rocks of the Deep-water Yucatan Margin, Gulf of Mexico

J. Kenning and P. Mann, University of Houston

6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Review of the Stratigraphy, Age and Structure of the Chicomuselo Fold Belt (CFB)

J. Sanz-Valencia, E. Fitz-Díaz, T. Pi-Puig and F. Ortega-Gutiérrez, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 2

Wednesday, February 5

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Research Advances of the Precambrian and Paleozoic Evolution of the Basement of the Northern Sierra Madre Oriental, Mexico

J.A. Ramírez-Fernández, E.A. Alemán-Gallardo, M. Casas-Peña, U. Jenchen and F. Velasco-Tapia, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Upper Paleozoic Strata in the Sierra Madre Oriental Near Victoria, Tamaulipas, Mexico: Outcrop Analogs of and Underexplored Potential Petroleum System

A. Martin and P. Dávila-Harris, Instituto Potosino de Investigación Científica y Tecnológica, Mexico

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of Upper Paleozoic Sedimentary Succession, US Gulf Coastal Province

J. Blickwede, Teyra GeoConsulting LLC

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Early Mesozoic Syn-rift Eagle Mills Formation and Coeval Siliciclastic Sources, Sinks, and Sediment Routing, Northern Gulf of Mexico Basin

B. Frederick, M. Blum, University of Kansas, J. Snedden, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, and R. Fillon, Consultant

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 2 Coffee Break 1

COFFEE BREAK

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Geology of the Pre-salt in Mexico: Which Salt?

A. Horbury and P. Gutteridge, Cambridge Carbonates Ltd.

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Pre-evaporite Onshore Mesozoic Stratigraphic Succession, Western Gulf of Mexico

T. Lawton, D. Stockli, University of Texas at Austin, E. Fitz-Díaz, L. Solari, and E. Juárez-Arriaga, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Geochronology and Correlation of the Todos Santos Formation, Western Veracruz and Eastern Oaxaca states, Mexico: Implications for Regional Stratigraphic Relations and the Rift History of the Gulf of Mexico

R. Molina-Garza, Centro de Geociencias, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, T. Lawton, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin, and J.R. Barboza-Gudiño, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Jurassic Strata of Southeast Mexico and Guatemala, and Relationship to the Campeche Salt

T. Blair, Blair & Associates LLC

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 2 Lunch

LUNCH - Keynote Presentation

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM
Preliminary Strontium Isotope Stratigraphy of the Jurassic Minas Viejas Formation, Mexico

N. Amezcua, H. Rochin, L.E. Martínez, Mexican Geological Survey

2:45 PM - 3:15 PM
Geochemical and Isotopic Characterization of Callovian Volcanogenic Deposits in the Minas Viejas Formation, Mexico

H. Rochin, L.E. Martínez and N. Amezcua, Mexican Geological Survey

3:15 PM - 3:30 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 2 Coffee Break 2

COFFEE BREAK

3:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Sedimentary Trace of the Early-Middle Jurassic Inception of the Gulf of Mexico in Tlaxiaco Basin

A. Vite-Del Angel, ENI México, and J. Rueda-Gaxiola, Instituto Politécnico Nacional, Mexico

4:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Pre-Oxfordian Source Rocks on the Western Margin of the Gulf of Mexico

Samuel Eguiluz y de Antuñano, Consulting Geologist

4:30 PM - 5:00 PM
Pre-salt Lacustrine Petroleum System Onshore Mexico

C. Stabler, Stabler, Douglas & Ortíz, S.C. and R. Gonzalez

4:45 PM - 5:45 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 2 Poster Session

POSTER SESSION

5:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Palynology Studies in Lower to Middle Jurassic Red Beds of Northeastern Mexico

E. Loyola-Martinez, E. Martinez-Hernandez, and J.R. Barboza-Gudiño, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

5:15 PM - 5:30 PM
About Some Exotic Limestone Lens in the Triassic Zacatecas Formation, Sierra de Salinas, Mexico

R. López-Doncel, M. Ruíz-Avendaño, and J.R. Barboza-Gudiño, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí

5:30 PM - 5:45 PM
Paleozoic Rocks of the Yucatan Block and Their Tectonic Implications

T. Blair, Blair & Associates

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM
Lacustrine Carbonate Facies as Modern Analogues of Pre-salt Units of Northeastern Mexico

E. Chacón, Universidad Autónoma de San Luis Potosí, Mexico

6:00 PM - 6:15 PM
Quantification of Rock Properties in the Reservoir Rock Units of South Lake Albert Basin, Albertine Rift, Western Uganda

W.M. Tumushabe, B. Nagudi, S. Echegu, and K. Aanyu, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda, W. Helland-Hansen, University of Bergen, Norway

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 3

Thursday, February 6

9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
Pre-salt Petroleum Systems of the Gulf of Mexico: Insights from Global Analogs

J. Guzmán, C. Steffensen, Equinor US; and S. Wu, S. Sun, C&C Reservoirs, Inc

9:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Southern Bahamas Syn-rift Hydrocarbon Potential

R. Hiscock, Bahamas Petroleum

10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Lessons Learnt from the Proven Brazilian Pre-Salt Plays Applied to the Hypothetical Mexican Pre-Salt Petroleum System

A. Thebault, M. Callies, and P-Y Chenet, Beicip-Franlab

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM
Brief Review of the Pre-salt Oil Systems, Kwanza and Santos Basins and Correlation with the Mexico Gulf Basins

C. Bardales, GPA Energy

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 3 Coffee Break 1

COFFEE BREAK

11:15 AM - 11:45 AM
Crustal Framework Control of the Pre-salt, Santos and Campos Basins, Brazil

P. Zalan, ZAG Consulting

11:45 AM - 12:15 PM
Can a Propagating Rift Model Finally Explain All the Peculiarities of Rift-Drift Evolution in the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Basins

Gy. Marton, Marton Geoconsulting, and R. Pascoe, Dynamic Group

12:15 PM - 12:45 PM
Petrography and Geochemistry of the Continental Triassic in Argentina Used as an Analogue for Triassic-Jurassic Siliciclastic Deposits in the Western Gulf of Mexico Basin

U. Jenchen, J. Ramírez-Fernández, J. Casas-Peña, P. Rodríguez-Rivera, P. Rodríguez-Saavedra, S. Méndez-Delgado, and C. Pola-Símuta, Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León, Mexico

12:45 PM - 1:15 PM
Tectono-stratigraphic Modelling: A Case Study of South Lake Albert Basin, Albertine Rift, Western Uganda

W.M. Tumushabe, B. Nagudi, S. Echegu, and K. Aanyu, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, Uganda, W. Helland-Hansen, University of Bergen, Norway

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 3 Lunch

LUNCH - Keynote Presentation

2:15 PM - 4:30 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 3 Roundtable Discussion

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION

4:30 PM - 4:45 PM
Geology and Hydrocarbon Potential of the Circum-Gulf of Mexico Pre-salt Section - Day 3 Closing

CLOSING

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The conference will be held at the Marquis Reforma, a five-star hotel along Paseo de la Reforma, one of Mexico city’s most famous avenues.

Located in Mexico City’s financial district, Marquis Reforma is close to major corporate offices, trendy shops and landmarks and historical attractions including Chapultepec Park and Torre Mayor.

Workshop activities will be held in the Emperatriz ballroom in the northwest area of the hotel at the lobby level.

Parking is available for workshop participants at a special rate of $US 8 per day. Hotel guests pay $US 5 per day.

AAPG Room Rates

The Marquis Reforma Hotel & Spa has a limited number of rooms available at a special rate for GTW Mexico participants.

Single Deluxe Room - $US 190 + tax

Double Deluxe Room - $US 200 + tax

Room rates include:

  • Daily buffet breakfast
  • Wireless Internet, up to two devices per room
  • Access to Spa & Fitness Center
  • Daily fresh fruit in the room with turn down service
  • Daily bottled water in room
  • L’Occitane amenities
  • Daily Newspaper

To receive the AAPG rate, please contact the hotel by email at or by phone at one of the following telephone numbers:

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Natalia Amezcua Torres Natalia Amezcua Torres Convener Coordinator of Special Studies & Research, Servicio Geológico Mexicano, Mexico
Jose Rafael Barboza Gudino Jose Rafael Barboza Gudino Convener Director, UASLP, INSTITUTO DE GEOLOGIA
Jon Frederic Blickwede Jon Blickwede Convener Chief Executive Manager, Teyra GeoConsulting LLC, USA
Samuel Eguiluz De Antunano Samuel Eguiluz De Antunano Convener Geological Consultant, PEMEX, Mexico
Jose Ignacio Guzman Jose Guzman Convener Lead Geologist, Equinor, USA
Timothy Frost Lawton, PhD Timothy Lawton Convener Research Scientist, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas at Austin, USA

 

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