23 June, 2022 Naples Agrigento Italy

Carbonate Sequences and Reservoirs

22-23 June 2022
Naples, Italy

Modelling carbonate sequences and reservoirs has always been a challenging task. Carbonate rocks are generated and subsequently modified by a large variety of biological, physical and chemical processes that start at the time of deposition and end today. To unravel the geological evolution and history of carbonate sequences is fundamental not only for understanding their hydrocarbons potential but also for their role as potential reservoirs for renewable energy (geothermal) or geological gas storage (CO2 and hydrogen).

Several science disciplines are often involved to fully understand the characteristics of carbonate rocks and old approaches and new technologies and tools are nowadays applied in these types of sequences.

The objective of this meeting is to allow scientists and engineers working on carbonate rocks in academia and industry to share their most recent experience, work, approaches and use of innovative technologies to increase the understanding of the very complex world of carbonates.

Who Should Attend

This event should be attended by geoscientists and engineers from the energy industry working on exploration and development of carbonate reservoirs. Participation by academic researchers and graduate students working on carbonates is also most welcome.

Carbonate Sequences and Reservoirs Call for Abstracts Ends on 25 February, 2022

You are invited to submit abstracts for this workshop on the following topics. The committee has a particular interest in presentations highlighting state-of-the-art concepts, methodologies and case histories. They also seek case studies illustrating the successful implementation of new scientific techniques and technologies.

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Themes/Planned Technical Sessions
  1. Facies & depositional environments of Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonate platforms
    • Tectonic vs climatic control
    • High resolution stratigraphy of carbonate platforms: old and new tools
  2. From platform to basin: Slope processes, intraplatform basins, and source rocks of carbonate petroleum systems
  3. Non-marine carbonates
  4. Impact of diagenetic processes on carbonate sequences (dolomitisation, karst ….)
    • Quantifying and characterizing Petrophysical properties of carbonate reservoirs (tools, analogues, databases and machine learning approaches)
  5. Deformation styles of carbonate sequences
    • Mechanical stratigraphy and fracture networks in carbonates
    • Carbonate-dominated fold-and-thrust belts
    • Extensional tectonics and geological setting of pre-, syn- and post-rift carbonate successions
    • Carbonate successions involved in strike-slip tectonics
  6. Geophysical approaches to characterize carbonate sequences (seismic attributes, seismic geomorphology, seismic inversion ….)
  7. New advances in Virtual Outcrop Models for visualization of geological objects
  8. Old and new petroleum plays in Paleozoic, Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonates
  9. The role of carbonate sequences in the Energy transition
    • Carbonate reservoirs for CCS and Gas Storage: challenges and complexities


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AAPG Event Naples Agrigento Italy 21 June, 2022 Sedimentology and Stratigraphy, Clastics 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 20 January, 2022
Naples, Italy
21 June 2022
Field Trip Leaders:
Alessandro Iannace
Stefano Tavani
Mariano Parente
(University of Naples Federico II, Italy)

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.

Figure 1

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


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)

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Naples, Italy
Naples, Italy Naples, Italy 60458

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Raffaele Di Cuia Raffaele Di Cuia Committee Member Technical Director, Delta Energy Ltd., Italy
Mariano Parente Mariano Parente Committee Member University of Naples Federico II, Italy
Peter Gutteridge, PhD Peter Gutteridge Committee Member Director, Cambridge Carbonates, UK
Niels Rameil Niels Rameil Committee Member Senior Geologist, Lundin Norway , Norway
Florian Maurer Florian Maurer Committee Member Total, France
Ben Jos Dewever Ben Dewever Committee Member Wellsite geologist, Shell, The Netherlands
Michele Morsilli Michele Morsilli Committee Member Uni Ferrara, Italy
Giovanni Bertotti Giovanni Bertotti Committee Member Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands
Jean Borgomano Jean Borgomano Committee Member Univ. Aix-Marseille, France
Marco Brandano Marco Brandano Committee Member University of Sapienza, Roma
Fabrizio Agosta Fabrizio Agosta Committee Member University of Basilicata, Italy
Cedric  John Cedric John Committee Member Imperial College London, UK
Alvaro Jimenez Alvaro Jimenez Committee Member Repsol, USA
Rubén Loma Rubén Loma Committee Member Carbonate Geologist, Repsol, Spain
Matteo Di Lucia Matteo Di Lucia Committee Member ENI
Laura Galluccio Laura Galluccio Committee Member Badley Ashton, UK


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