09 June, 2022 Windhoek Khomas Namibia

Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia

7-9 June 2022
Windhoek, Namibia
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This three-day workshop has the primary goal to share knowledge, case studies, techniques and workflows pertaining to the understanding of the petroleum potential of Namibia.

Namibia has a rich and varied prospective geology ranging from the Proterozoic to Recent in age in basins that vary from intracratonic, to fold belt, to passive margin in character. All the geological elements are present for a number of potential hydrocarbon provinces to be established. Even though no commercial production has been established to date, the presence of a large number of companies exploring Namibia is testament to its exciting potential.

Workshop Objectives

The workshop will have a rich program of oral presentations and posters covering a variety of aspects of a number of petroleum systems in Namibia, both offshore and onshore. It will present integration of data from seismic, remote sensing, petrophysical, geochemical, core/outcrop samples and seismic, to better understand the tectonics, stratigraphy, reservoirs, seals and source rocks and so describe the proven and potential petroleum systems.

Participants are expected to leave with knowledge and exposure to the following:

  • Tectono-sedimentary evolution
  • Proven and possible petroleum systems of Namibia
  • The source rocks: their distribution, characteristics, burial history, hydrocarbon products and their proven / possible migration routes
  • The reservoirs: ranging in age from the Tertiary to the Proterozoic, their distribution, depositional architecture and the controls on reservoir quality
  • The seals and traps: seal ages, architecture, sealing capacity and controls on their integrity, plus a review of traps drilled to date, analysis of successful and non-commercial exploration programs, together with predictions for the successful plays and traps of the future
  • Prospectivity of syn-rift plays offshore Namibia
Benefits of Attending

The workshop is an opportunity for attendees to receive up-to-date knowledge about the petroleum systems and exploration plays in an exciting segment of the west African margin, exposure to regional case studies and to be introduced to workflows and techniques utilized for predicting the assessment of various components of the petroleum system. It is an opportunity to network and share experiences.


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6:30 AM - 7:30 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 1

Tuesday 7 June

7:00 AM - 8:30 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 1 Break 1

Workshop Registration

8:30 AM - 8:45 AM
Workshop Chair's Welcome and Introduction
8:45 AM - 8:55 AM
Keynote Address

Maggy Shino, Petroleum Commissioner, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Namibia

8:55 AM - 9:05 AM
Inaugural Keynote Address

Victoria Sibeya, Executive: Upstream Exploration, NAMCOR

9:05 AM - 9:15 PM
Keynote Address


9:15 AM - 9:45 AM
Evolution of the Namibian Continental Margin: An Integrated Overview

Roger Swart, BlackGold Geosciences

9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Session 1

Session 1: Tectono-sedimentary Evolution and Structural History
Session Chairs: Alina Narubes, NAMCOR and James Granath, ReconAfrica

9:45 AM - 10:10 AM
Karoo Tectonics of Northern Namibia

James W. Granath, ReconAfrica

10:10 AM - 10:35 AM
Karoo Palynostratigraphy of the Kavango Basin and its Paleogeographic Implications

Gil Machado, Chronosurveys

10:35 AM - 10:50 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 1 Break 2

Coffee Break & Posters

10:50 AM - 11:15 AM
Structural Evolution and Burial History of the Dolphin Graben, Northern Walvis Basin (Block 1911), Offshore Namibia

Frieda K. Thomas, Pioneer Oil and Gas Consulting

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM
Understanding the South Atlantic Volcanic Margin: Key Insights from Subaerial to Subaqueous Volcanic / Sedimentary Environments Onshore Namibia and Angola

Dougal Jerram, University of Oslo & DougalEARTH Ltd

11:40 AM - 12:05 PM
Tectono-stratigraphic and Sedimentary Systems Evolution of the Northern Orange Basin (Southern Namibia) During the Cretaceous

Jeremy Robinet, TotalEnergies

12:05 PM - 1:15 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 1 Lunch


12:15 PM - 1:15 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 1 Session 2

Session 2: Petroleum Systems of Namibia
Session Chairs: Paul Howlett, Global Petroleum and Lamek Kamat, NAMCOR

1:15 PM - 1:40 PM
A 9-Year Exploration Journey to 2 Play-Opener Wells PEL-39, Deepwater Namibia

Manuel Poupon, Shell

1:40 PM - 2:05 PM
Review of Petroleum Systems in Namibia

Ansgar Wanke, Upstream Exploration Services Namibia

2:05 PM - 2:30 PM
On the Road to Proving the Petroleum System with EM Data Confirming EM Response from Play-Models

Dag Helland-Hansen, EMGS

2:30 PM - 2:45 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 1 Break 5

Coffee Break & Posters

2:45 PM - 3:10 PM
Namibia Offshore Prospectivity at a Glance

Anne Amutenya, Ministry of Mines and Energy, Namibia

3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
The Ancient Owambo Basin Awakens

Robin Sutherland, Monitor Exploration

3:35 PM - 4:00 PM
Buried but Alive, Loadings from the Underground: A Comprehensive Review of Oil Seeps Repeats in the Namibian Offshore Basins

Clément Blaizot, Independant Consultant

4:00 PM - 4:25 PM
Venus: From Concept to Play Opening Discovery

Galo San Miguel, TotalEnergies

4:25 PM - 5:40 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 1 Breakout session 2

Breakout Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 2

Wednesday 8 June

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 2 Session 3

Session 3: Source Rocks of Namibia
Session Chairs: Selma Usiku, Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas and Geoff Anderson, ReconAfrica

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM
Seismic Stratigraphy and Burial History for Source and Reservoir Prediction in the Luderitz Basin, License Blocks 2412B and 2413B, Offshore Namibia

Reginalda Joseph, Ministry of Agriculture and Land Reform, Namibia

8:55 AM - 9:20 AM
How Far North Does the Kudu Shale Reach? Mapping the Barremian-Aptian Source Rock North in the Walvis Basin and Modeling of the Petroleum System

Paul Howlett, Global Petroleum

9:20 AM - 9:35 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 2 Break 1

Coffee Break & Posters

9:35 AM - 10:00 AM
Aptian Source Kerogen Types, distribution and Maturity and its Implications on Prospectivity in the Orange Basin, Namibia

Simon Tobias, NAMCOR

10:00 AM - 10:25 AM
Mapping and Validating Orange Basin Hydrocarbon Plays

Jason Robinson, TGS

10:25 AM - 10:40 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 2 Break 2

Coffee Break & Posters

10:40 AM - 12:40 PM
Rifted Margins Interactive Seismic Workshop
12:40 PM - 1:40 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 2 Lunch


12:50 PM - 1:50 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 2 session 4

Session 4: Reservoirs of Namibia
Session Chairs: Guido Paparoni, BW Energy and Will Waters, ExxonMobil

1:40 PM - 2:04 PM
A Review of the Reservoir Potential of Namibian Basins

Collen-Issia Uahengo, UNAM

2:05 PM - 2:30 PM
The Kudu Gas Field: Updated Interpretation and Depositional Model in Support of Namibia’s First Gas-to-Power Project

Guido Paparoni, BW Energy

2:30 PM - 2:55 PM
Multi-Scale Interpretation Strategy Provides Additional Insights into Process-Based Depositional Models in Deepwater Deposits: A Review of the Kunene-1 Well, Namibe Basin

Sam Plitzuweit, ExxonMobil

2:55 PM - 3:10 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia Day 2 break 4

Coffee Break & Posters

3:10 PM - 3:35 PM
Predicting Reservoir Distribution for the Mid-Cretaceous Offshore Namibia

Jennifer Findlay, CGG

3:35 PM - 4:00 PM
Albo-Aptian Mobile Substratum in the Walvis Basin, an Implication on the Prospectivity

Emmanuel Couprie, Maurel & Prom

4:00 PM - 5:15 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia Day 2 breakout session 1

Breakout Session

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia Day 3

Thursday 9 June

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia Day 3 Session 5

Session 5: Quantitative Techniques and Analogues to Constrain Prospectivity
Session Chairs: Nillian Mulemi, NAMCOR and Manfridt Muundjua, NAMCOR

9:00 AM - 9:25 AM
Regional Overview of Namibian Reservoir and Seal Rocks, with Comparisons to Adjoining and Conjugate Basins

Anne McAfee, Core Laboratories

9:25 AM - 9:50 AM
Amplitude Detuning of Pre-Stack Seismic EEI Lithology and Fluid Volumes and its Impact on Exploration and Appraisal

Ashley Francis, Earthworks Reservoir

9:50 AM - 10:05 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 3 break 1

Coffee Break & Posters

10:05 AM - 10:30 AM
Frontier Exploration Onshore Namibia, a Vast New Energy Frontier

Ian Bulley, Elephant Oil Corp.

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
Syn-rift Prospectivity in the Orange Basin, Offshore Namibia

Lamek Kamati & Alina Narubes, NAMCOR

10:55 AM - 11:55 AM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 3 breakout session 1

Breakout Session

11:55 AM - 12:05 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 3 Wrapup

Workshop Wrap Up & Adjournment

12:05 PM - 1:30 PM
Hydrocarbon Potential in Namibia - Day 3 Lunch


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12:00 AM - 1:00 AM
Depositional Environment and the Quality of the Kudu Reservoirs, Orange Basin, Namibia

Saave Nakashole, NAMCOR

12:10 AM - 1:10 AM
Approaches to Reducing Risk on Reservoir Presence and Hydrocarbon Fill: Case Study on the Marula Prospect in the Walvis Basin, Offshore Namibia

Paul Howlett, Global Petroleum

12:20 AM - 1:20 AM
Tectonic-Plate Reconstruction for Petroleum System Applied to the South America Austral Margin

Henrique Serratt, UNISINOS & UnB

12:30 AM - 1:30 AM
The Economic Potential of South Atlantic Volcanic Passive Margins: The New Frontier

Henrique Serratt, UNISINOS & UnB

AAPG Event Windhoek Khomas Namibia 03 June, 2022 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 18 March, 2022
Windhoek, Namibia
3-6 June 2022

Sold Out - Should you wish to join the waitlist for the field trip, in case of any cancellations, please email Mahenoor Malik,

Ansgar Wanke
Raydel Toirac
Field Trip Leaders:
Ansgar Wanke, Reconnaissance Energy Namibia
Raydel Toirac, Pioneer Oil & Gas Consulting
Fee Includes:
4 Days/ 3 Nights transportation, meals and lodge accommodations
Field Guide Book - provided at the beginning of the field trip
Booking Deadline:
28th April 2022
Participant Limit:
Register during workshop registration
Fieldtrip Objectives

The objectives of the fieldtrip are the following:

  • Introduction to the Upper Carboniferous - Permian lower Karoo sequence (Dwyka and Ecca Groups) of southern Namibia with emphasis on the glacial – to post-glacial transition and associated source rock deposition.
  • Observe a sequence of basaltic flows (Kalkrand floodbasalts - Drakensberg Group) interbedded with siliciclastics as onshore analogues to reservoirs offshore Namibia. Relate outcrop to seismic scales of observation.
  • Give an overview to the Ediacaran – Early Cambrian Nama Basin. Demonstrate the sequence architecture of the Kuibis subgroup using excellent exposures in the Zaris sub-basin along the Zebra River and at the Driedoornvlagte Ridge. Relate outcrop to seismic scales of observation.
  • Show the magnificent star dunes at Sossusvlei as an effective barrier to the present-day Tsauchab River. Discuss the Cretaceous Tsauchab River as a main sediment source for the Lüderitz basin offshore Namibia.
3rd June
  • Depart from the Ministry of Mines & Energy in Windhoek (meeting 9h30 at entrance)
  • Travel from Windhoek to Hardap (ca 300km)
  • Overnight Hardap Resort (Namibia Wildlife Resorts)
  • Geology: Weissrand and Hardap Karoo
4th June
  • Drive to Fish River at Ganigobis and M98 Bridge (ca 190km)
  • Drive to Maltahöhe (ca 260km)
  • Overnight Maltahöhe Hotel
  • Geology: Lower Karoo Outcrops along Fish River; Nama Fish River Subgroup and bitumen shows
5th June
  • Drive to Sesriem and Sossusvlei (ca 230km)
  • Drive to Zebra River Lodge (ca 145km)
  • Overnight Zebra River Lodge
  • Geology: Sossusvlei Star Dunes and Vlei, Lower Nama Group Omkyk Member Reefs and Grainstones – Sequence Strat
6th June
  • Drive to Windhoek (ca 330km)
  • Geology: Driedoornvlagte Reef Complex (Nama Group)
  • Return to the Ministry of Mines & Energy late afternoon to early evening (approx. 18h00).
What to Bring and What to Consider
  • Travel dates to consider – arrival one day prior to the field trip (2nd June)
  • Fees include meals and transportation from 3rd – 6th of June. Water will be provided during drives. Snacks are not included.
  • Fees include accommodation for the nights of 3rd, 4th, and 5th of June
  • Be equipped for walks in rocky terrain. Skies are usually clear in June; therefore sun-protection is recommended (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
  • June is winter season in Namibia. Despite warm and hot days, night temperatures can fall close to freezing temperature. A warm jersey should be handy for the evenings and mornings.
  • Air humidity is usually very low in June and dehydration can occur quickly. Bring a water bottle and drink regularly.
  • Shopping opportunities are limited during the tour, only at the first day (3rd June) we will pass by a decent supermarket. Best you buy your essentials prior to the tour.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellations received on or before the 27th April 2022 will be charged $100.
  • cancellations received after the 27th April will be charged the full amount.
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AAPG Event Windhoek Khomas Namibia 08 June, 2022 Structure, Basin Modeling and Geochemistry, Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Business and Economics, Structural Analysis (Other), Source Rock, Sequence Stratigraphy, Risk Analysis, Economics 07 June, 2022 09 June, 2022 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 11 August, 2021
Windhoek, Namibia
8 June 2022

The Students and Young Professionals Meet and Greet evening is open to invited students and YPs only.

Haddis 1 & 2 meeting room, Hilton Hotel, Windhoek

The Meet and Greet evening for invited students and young professionals is sponsored by Petrofund and is designed to encourage networking, discussion, and mentorship between students, YPs and industry professionals. The evening will provide an opportunity for students and young professionals to ask questions and address concerns regarding their career development and also gain valuable insight into what the future holds for the industry.  The meet and greet will provide a platform to meet other students and young professionals with similar career goals and invited participants will have the opportunity to meet and talk with current and former leaders from within the industry.

Main Objectives:
  • Meet and greet, networking between invited students, YPs and industry professionals
  • Provide a platform where YPs and students can talk honestly about issues facing early career geoscientists
  • An opportunity for students to develop mentor relationships with YPs
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AAPG Event Windhoek Khomas Namibia 08 June, 2022 11:00 AM 1:00 PM 18 March, 2022
Windhoek, Namibia
8 June 2022
Paul Bellingham
Workshop Leader:
Paul Bellingham, Ion Geophysical
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Only registered participants for the event will be able to participate in this workshop

A hands-on seismic workshop during which you will use conjugate seismic data from the South Atlantic as the basis to investigate the basin architecture and tectonostratigraphic development. We will investigate the Namibian Atlantic margin in the context of its South American conjugate. The first pair of sections will be from the Orange basin across to Uruguay and the second pair will be from the Walvis basin to the Pelotas basin in Brasil. Using these example lines from ION’s deep, mega-regional Basin SPAN seismic data you will be able to directly interpret the full crustal structure and the stratigraphy from shelf to the distal setting.

After an initial presentation, attendees will split into small working groups and spend time interpreting some of the key features on a set of sections and will then convene to discuss as a group what can be inferred about the structure, development, environments of deposition and implications for the petroleum system in the areas. We will also put these discussions in the context of the exploration results in the different areas.

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Uaapi Utjavari Chair Recon Africa, Namibia
Yolanda Mberirua Committee Member BW Energy, Namibia
William Parker Committee Member BW Energy, USA
Selma Usiku Committee Member Eco Atlantic Oil & Gas, Namibia
Will Waters Committee Member ExxonMobil
Daniel Rodrigues Committee Member Galp Energia, Portugal
Paul Howlett Committee Member Global Petroleum
Andang Bachtiar Committee Member Carbon Aceh, Indonesia
Genevieve Coppard Committee Member Maurel et Prom
Emmanuel COUPRIE Committee Member Maurel et Prom, France
Aune Amutenya Committee Member Ministry of Mines and Energy
Joseph Amakali Committee Member Ministry of Mines and Energy
Alina Narubes Committee Member NAMCOR, Namibia
Lamek Kamati Committee Member NAMCOR, Namibia
Victoria Sibeya Committee Member NAMCOR, Namibia
Josephine Amukwa Committee Member PETROFUND
Nillian Mulemi Committee Member PETROFUND, Namibia
Raydel Toirac Proenza Committee Member Pioneer Oil and Gas, Namibia
Yuri Perez Committee Member Pioneer Oil and Gas
Geoff Anderson Committee Member Recon Africa, Canada
James Granath Committee Member Recon Africa
Jay Park Committee Member Recon Africa
Robert Mwanachilenga Committee Member Recon Africa
Joseph Martin Committee Member Shell, Netherlands (Holland)
Dennis Zekveld Committee Member Shell
Aurore Pichon Committee Member TotalEnergies, Singapore
Sylvie Laboudigue Committee Member TotalEnergies
Peter Owens Committee Member Tullow Oil
Absai Vatuva Committee Member University of Namibia, Namibia
Mimonitu Opuwari Committee Member University of Western Cape, South Africa
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