AAPG Europe Region Conference - Lisbon 2015 - Tethys-Atlantic Interaction Along the European-Iberian-African Plate Boundries

Occured on 18-19 May 2015
  |  
Lisbon, Portugal

ERC 2015 - Tethys-Atlantic Interaction Along the European-Iberian-African Plate Boundaries, hosted in the city of Lisbon, brought together people from Eastern and Western Europe countries to discuss and launch perspectives for increased exploration in the Peri-Tethyan region.

ERC 2015 - Tethys-Atlantic Interaction Along the European-Iberian-African Plate Boundaries, hosted in the city of Lisbon, brought together people from Eastern and Western Europe countries to discuss and launch perspectives for increased exploration in the Peri-Tethyan region.

The Peri-Tethyan area hosts a number of large and smaller hydrocarbon provinces in platforms, rifts, foreland basins and the frontal parts of thrust belts. These hydrocarbon provinces are related to a wide range of source rocks occurring in Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic series.

Western Tethys produced well developed Mesozoic rift-related basins, most of which were destroyed during the Alpine orogenic cycle and were overthrusted by or incorporated into orogenic wedges. At the same time, to the West, a new rifting was giving birth to the Central Atlantic and later on to the North Atlantic, competing with the Western Tethys evolution. This trans-European geodynamically complex region hosts a number of highly diversified petroleum systems, with excellent exploration perspectives.

From the Black Sea to the Atlantic, a large number of companies are dealing with exploration within this geodynamic framework and different kinds of hydrocarbon discoveries are now a well-known reality. New areas, new plays and new opportunities are arising, as this this region is becomes increasingly important for Europe’s energy demand.

Conference Themes Included:

  • Paleogeographic Reconstructions
  • Tethyan Petroleum Systems, Proven and Speculative
  • Paleozoic Source rocks and New Plays
  • Oblique Margins and Petroleum Systems
  • Basin Inversion and Petroleum Systems
  • Foreland Basins
  • Tertiary Plays
  • Atlantic Margins
  • Unconventional Plays
  • Depletion and Geological Storage

Archive Web Site

In the News

Upcoming Europe Events

Workshop
Lisbon, Portugal
Thursday, 18 May Friday, 19 May 2023, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This 2-day conference brings together diverse experts working on modern and ancient turbidite, MTDs, contourite and hybrid/mixed systems in order to improve the present-day knowledge, models and predictive power.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Trabzon, Turkey
Thursday, 8 September 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Field Trip Leader: Ali Demirer, Consultant Fee: €50 + VAT This field trip focuses on the Upper Miocene and Pliocene sediments outcropping along the coastal region of the Trabzon-Rize regions. Upper Miocene sediments are restricted to the area of Cayeli and Pazar districts of Rize. Pontian (Pliocene) sediments outcrop along the coastal part of Trabzon. Most of outcrops are in the process of being covered by human activities, such as construction work, therefore difficult to visit them. The trip will start with a Pontian aged conglomerate and fine-grained clastics around Arakli-Trabzon and will continue with outcrops of Sarmatian (Tortonian-Serravallian) conglomerate, sandstone and fine-grained siciliclastics around the Cayeli and Pazar area. In addition, the lake at Uzungol, which is a very famous spot in the region, will be visited. Register Online

Show more
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Workshop
Trabzon, Turkey
Tuesday, 6 September Wednesday, 7 September 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Join us in Trabzon, Turkey, for "Exploration and Production in the Black Sea Region and Super-Basin Thinking" a AAPG Europe Geoscience Workshop to be held on September 6-7, 2022.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Trabzon, Turkey
Monday, 5 September 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Field Trip Leader: Ali Demirer, Consultant Fee: €50 + VAT This field trip will cover the geology of the Paleozoic to Cenozoic succession of Gümüşhane region located to the south of Trabzon, in the Eastern Pontides in Turkey. The trip will start by looking at the outcrops of the Paleozoic aged Gümüşhane Granite and the overlying fossiliferous red colored Jurassic mudstones. During successive stops, Liassic volcanics, Upper Jurassic to Lower Cretaceous limestones, Cretaceous igneous rocks, volcanics, volcaniclastics, siliciclastics, limestones and Eocene volcanics will be visited. In addition to these elements of the regional stratigraphy, the Karaca Cave, formed in a Jurassic limestone and the famous Sumela Monastery, which was constructed on the very steep slope of Cretaceous volcanics, will be visited. Register Online

Show more
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
APPEX Global
London, England
Thursday, 1 September Friday, 2 September 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

A truly global event focused on prospecting, business transaction and deal making for the oil and gas E&P sector - for prospects, properties, products, service providers, investors and all decision-makers necessary to close a deal.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Past Europe Events

Industry Meeting
London, England
Wednesday, 29 June Thursday, 30 June 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

London 2022 will build on the success of the SEAPEX conference held in April 2019 in Singapore and the PESGB-SEAPEX London 2018 event in highlighting the resurgence of E&P interest in Asia-Pacific with new ideas, new plays and new successes. Join us in London on 29-30 June 2022.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Naples, Italy
Friday, 24 June Saturday, 25 June 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Field Trip Leaders: Jean Borgomano – CEREGE, Aix-Marseille Université, France Michele Morsilli – University of Ferrara, Italy Fees: €450 + VAT Fee Includes: Transportation during the field trip Overnight Accommodation Breakfast, lunch 2 days and dinner Themes The Gargano Promontory (southern Italy) offers the opportunity to investigate a complete carbonate facies transect from inner platform to basin and to reconstruct the various events that shaped and controlled the evolution of the Apulia Carbonate Platform during the Cretaceous and Paleogene. This area can be considered a wonderful outcrop analog to better understand and visualize facies, depositional geometries, stratigraphic relationships and to compare them with other carbonate platforms. The exposed carbonate rocks show well-preserved original reservoir properties and form relevant analogues of subsurface reservoirs located in different structural settings; e.g. inner platform palaeokarst (Ombrina Mare, Rospo Mare oil fields), subthrust setting (Monte Alpi, Tempa Rossa), slope, base-of-slope resedimented carbonate facies (Elsa, Miglianico, Aquila, Rovesti), as well as relevant for the comparison with the specular Adriatic Carbonate Platform (AdCP) or other Tethyan carbonate systems. Main goals of this field trip are the observation of the facies and stratigraphic architecture of the inner platform and of slope and base-of-slope units deposited during the Early - Late Cretaceous and Eocene, as well as the carbonate production and exporting/resedimentation processes. The Apulia Carbonate Platform represents a well-known case study of a carbonate platform with different evolution through time. Facies distribution from inner platform to base-of-slope, stratigraphic architecture and depositional geometries, together with retreat and drowning of the platform or margin collapses, and seismic-scale outcrops, in a relatively poorly deformed context, constitute a text book examples of a Cretaceous Carbonate System. Itinerary and Stops Day 1 Naples (or Bari airport) to Apricena by bus (travel about 3 h) Stop 1.1 - Apricena quarries district: stop on peritidal cycles of Lower Cretaceous, fractured and karst reservoir (outcrop analog of the Rospo Mare oil field). Lunch Stop 1.2 - Belvedere di Ruggiano: stop on scalloped/faulted platform margin of mid-Cretaceous and base of slope to basin facies associations. Night in Monte Sant’Angelo Day 2 Stop 2.1 Monte Sant’Angelo: slope to basin facies of the Lower Cretaceous and facies observation of the resedimented succession of the Upper Cretaceous. Lunch Stop 2.2 Monte Sant’Angelo to Manfredonia road – Upper Cretaceous slope to base of slope facies and architecture of the systems. Stop 2.3 (optional) - Monte Saraceno-Mattinata: panoramic view of the Upper Jurassic-Lower Cretaceous sequence and Valanginian retreating/drowning of the Apulia Platform and depositional geometries of the Eocene clinoforms. End of the Excursion (travel to Naples or Bari airport)

Show more
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Naples, Italy
Tuesday, 21 June 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Field Trip Leaders: Alessandro Iannace Stefano Tavani Mariano Parente (University of Naples Federico II, Italy) Fee: £150 Participant Limit: Min. 10 - Max. 20 Themes The Cretaceous platform carbonates of the Sorrento Peninsula offer wonderful outcrop analogues for the reservoirs of the Monte Alpi and Tempa Rossa oil fields of subsurface Basilicata and for fractured carbonate reservoirs of other Tethyan carbonate systems. During this 1-day field trip we will see how the facies, diagenetic characters and stacking patterns of cyclical Barremian-Albian inner platform carbonates controls mechanical stratigraphy and fracture distribution. We will look at the fracture network at different scales, from stratabound fractures to reservoir-scale fracture corridors, combining panoramic observations of subvertical cliffs of the Mt. Faito ridge, exposing a >300m thick stratigraphic interval, with detailed observations of the same beds along roadcuts. Then, we will move to a road cut near Positano where we will observe a small-scale intraplatform basin, developed in Aptian-Albian carbonates, focusing on soft-sediment deformation, organic-rich dolostones, fault-zone architecture and breccia bodies. Itinerary and Stops Transfer from Naples to Mt Faito by minibuses (about 1h drive) Stop 1 – Ticciano village: general introduction to the geology of the southern Apennines and to the Apennine Carbonate Platform; panorama of the Mesozoic platform carbonates of the Monte Faito ridge Stop 2 – Croce dell’Eremita roadcut: facies and fracture distribution of Barremian-Albian inner platform interbedded dolostones-limestones Lunch Stop 3 – Santa Maria del Castello: panoramic view of Monte Conocchia cliff: distribution and arrest of vertical through-going joints and fracture corridors in a seismic scale carbonate platform exposure Stop 4 – roadcut north of Positano: middle Cretaceous synsedimentary tectonics, soft sediment deformation, organic-rich dolostones and breccia bodies in a small intraplatform trough. Driving back to Naples (about 90min drive)

Show more
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Field Seminar
Barcelona, Spain
Wednesday, 15 June Thursday, 16 June 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Field Trip Leader: Jaume Vergés Limit: 20 Participants The main plan of this fieldtrip to the South Pyrenean Fold Belt is to have an overview of a fold belt and adjacent foreland basin through four well-exposed and well-known localities. Each example permits the discussion of different geological processes related to the interplay between tectonics and sedimentation and the role of salt-tectonics during both pre-compression rifting and during tectonic inversion. Day 1 - Wednesday 15 June 2022 Stop 1: Overview of the southern margin of the Ebro foreland basin: Montserrat fan-delta The main objective In the Montserrat fan-delta locality is to characterize the evolution of the southern margin of the Ebro foreland basin during the Pyrenean shortening with especial emphasis on its tectono-sedimentary evolution through the Eocene. The size and quality of this outcrop is directly comparable to good seismic examples. Stop 2: Role of detachment levels and salt-tectonics in building the fold belt: Cardona diapir The main objective in the Cardona diapir locality is to provide an overview of salt tectonics in compressional settings at different scales using the South Pyrenean examples. The role of pre- and syn-orogenic evaporitic levels during shortening in fold belts is discussed as well the interplay between tectonics and sedimentation. Overnight in Solsona Day 2 - Thursday 16 June 2022 Stop 1: 3-D Growth strata to define folding mechanisms and growing topography: Sant Llorenç de Morunys In the Sant Llorenç de Morunys locality. along the footwall of the Pyrenean thrust sheets, we can observe the 3-D views of the large-scale and best preserved growth strata worldwide; several square kilometres and more than 500 m of tectonic relief. The size and quality of this outcrop is directly comparable to good seismic examples. Stop 2: Evolution and inversion of a salt-related rift basin: Roca Narieda In the Roca Narieda locality we discuss the role of pre-orogenic salt tectonics in development of salt-related rift basins and their control on Lower Cretaceous platform growth. Outcrop is also superb and is directly comparable to good seismic examples. Drive to Barcelona (2:30 hours) Notice: In mid-June the weather is rather hot and therefore it is recommended to bring fresh clothes, hat or cap and sunscreen as well as drinking water. Do not forget suitable hiking boots. If weather conditions are good we can walk on steep terrain for short distances (but only in two of the four localities).

Show more
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
Workshop
Barcelona, Spain
Monday, 13 June Tuesday, 14 June 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

This workshop brings together experts from academia and industry from a range of disciplines to share experiences, new approaches, new data and new ways of integrating information that can help in reducing the uncertainties related to the exploration activities in Thrust Belt Systems.

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)