07 September, 2022 Trabzon Trabzon Turkey

Exploration and Production in the Black Sea Region and Super-Basin Thinking

6-7 September 2022
Trabzon, Turkey

Trabzon is a spectacular city on the Black Sea coast of north-eastern Turkey. Being situated on the historical Silk Road it became a melting pot of religions, languages and culture for centuries.

The theme we have chosen for this conference refers to the ongoing efforts to turn possibly the Black Sea basin into a super basin in the next decade or so. The term “super basin” was just recently introduced and refers to a sedimentary basin with more than 5 billion BOE (barrels oil equivalent) cumulative production and at least 5 billion BOE remaining recoverable resources. Super basins are characterized by two or more source rocks, stacked reservoirs, mature infrastructure, established service sectors, large amounts of data, and access to markets.

So, the question arises whether the Black Sea could become a super basin in the future as well. The high-profile recent gas discoveries made in the Turkish sector of the western Black Sea (Sakarya and North Sakarya) reportedly proved up to circa 20 TCF recoverable gas translating to about 3.4 billion BOE. The deepwater Romanian proven resources already count for about 3-4 TCF and undrilled Bulgarian deepwater gas prospects in the multi-TCF range may bring the proven resources close to the 5 billion BOE mark in the entire basin. Production of the large gas finds in the Turkish sector is planned to start in 2023, according to TPAO. It is not clear when the gas from deepwater Romania starts to flow, but it is quite likely that the next decade will see a cumulative gas production in the western Black Sea basin, which may get close to the threshold to qualify the Black Sea as a super basin. As to the remaining potential across the entire basin, the emerging biogenic gas play is being recognized in other parts of the Black Sea as well, for example in offshore Georgia. Given the current exploration momentum seen in the Black Sea, it is clearly on track to join the prestigious ranks of super basins.

We are planning to attract technical presentations relevant to the broader Black Sea region but also case studies from analog basins worldwide. The technical program will be organized into a single oral session and a concurrent poster exhibition during the two days. There will be two one-day field trips offered, the pre-conference one focusing on the stratigraphy of the Eastern Pontides and the post-conference one highlighting the structural geology in the same region. We are also putting an emphasis on having a healthy mix of professionals from both the industry and the academia.

We are confident that all the explorers and geoscientists working on projects in the broader Black Sea region will not only enjoy this conference but will also find some extra time to visit Trabzon and other parts of the stunning Turkish coastline. This is the first time for AAPG to have a conference in Trabzon and we are convinced that it will be a beautiful and unforgettable experience for all participants!

Topics for the planned technical program:

  1. Exploration case studies from play definition to drilling
  2. Appraisal, development, production and EOR case studies
  3. Petroleum systems analysis: what is proven and what is speculative?
  4. Stratigraphic overviews and intra/inter-basin correlation challenges
  5. Basin modelling from regional to prospect scale
  6. Folded belts: case studies from the Alps to the Caucasus
  7. Marine connections and paleogeographic changes
  8. Plate tectonic models and large-scale paleogeographic reconstructions
  9. Energy transition: what can the oil and gas industry do?
  10. Neotectonics and seismic hazards in the region

Tuesday, September 6, 2022
09:00-09:15 Welcome and Introduction by Conference Chairs and AAPG Europe
09:15-09:30 Keynote Speaker
Melih Han Bilgin, CEO TPAO
Folded Belts Case Studies From the Alps to the Caucasus
Chairs: Zuhtu Bati and Riza Ozgur Temel
10:00-10:25 The Adjara-Trialeti Fold-And-Thrust Belt (Georgia): Neogene Structural Inversion of a Paleogene Back-Arc Basin in the Hinterland of the Arabia-Eurasia Collision Zone
William Cavazza
10:25-10:50 Structural Styles and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity in Fold Thrust Settings: A Global Perspective
Jelle Boels
10:50-11:15 Exploration Potential in the Kura-Kartli Foreland Thrust Belt, Onshore Central Georgia
Paolo Pace
11:15-11:40 Potential Field Data and Modelling to Better Understand the Eastern Black Sea
Troy Collier
11:40-12:05 Impact of Structural Inversion on Charge Migration and Trap Integrity in the Western Black Sea
Gabor Tari
Exploration Case Studies
Chairs: Jelle Boels and Mohammad Fallah
12:05-12:30 Start of Major 3D Acquisition by Naftogaz in the Western Ukrainian Black Sea- Implications for Rejuvenation of Offshore Exploration for Ukraine
Peter Tauvers
12:30-12:55 The Underexplored Upper Cretaceous Reef Play Around the Black Sea
Gabor Tari
13:00-14:00 LUNCH/POSTERS
Petroleum Systems and Basin Modelling
Chairs: William Cavazza and Gabor Tari
14:00-14:25 Insights From Black Sea Sandstone Reservoir-Quality Screening
Stephen Vincent
14:25-14:50 How the Prolific Biogenic Gas Play in the Western Black Sea Basin Could Find Its Counterpart in the East: A Case Study in Offshore Georgia
Mohammad Fallah
14:50-15:15 Reservoir Quality Controls of Sandstones From Offshore Western Black Sea, Turkey
Jelle Boels
15:15-15:40 Proven and Hypothetical Petroleum Systems in the Western Black Sea Basin, Insights From Hydrocarbon and Source Rock Geochemistry
Radu Florin Olaru
15:40-16:05 The Biogenic Petroleum System in the Western Black Sea Basin: Insights From Han Asparuh Block, Offshore Bulgaria
Florea Ungureanu
Marine Connections and Paleogeographic Changes
Chairs: Ugras Isik and Stephen Vincent
16:30-16:55 Tale of Three Rivers – How Large Parts of Northern Eurasia Ended Up in the South Caspian Basin
Nazim Abdullayev
16:20-16:40 Speculations on Long, Linear, Striations on 3D Seismic From Dnepr-Donets Basin (Eastern Ukraine) Northern Flank
Peter Tauvers
20:00-23:00 Dinner, Zuhtu Bati, TPAO representative
Wednesday, September 7, 2022
Stratigraphic Overviews and Intra/Inter-Basin Correlation Challenges
Chairs: Ozgur Sipahioglu and Suat Aktepe
09:00-09:25 Investigation of Miocene and Plio-Quaternary Channel Systems in Sariyer (SW Black Sea) Area With 3D Seismic Data
Ayhan Yavuzoglu
09:25-09:50 Characterization of Mass Transport Complexes and Log Petrophysics Analyses in Sariyer-3D Field (Southwest Black Sea)
Deniz Yagmur Kayhan
09:50-10:15 The Impact of Mass Transport Deposits on Trapping Definition of Deepwater Reservoirs: Insights From the Black Sea Basin, Offshore Bulgaria
Troy Collier
10:15-10:40 The Age of Rifting in the Western Black Sea Based on Biostratigraphy
Gabor Tari
11:10-11:45 Offshore Sariyer-3D (SW Black Sea) Post Eocene Tectonostratigraphy
Ozgur Turkmen
11:45-12:10 Miocene and Pliocene Aged Fan System Studies on Ünye 2D Seismic Data, Eastern Black Sea, Turkey
Timucin Cakir
12:10-12:35 Major Sediment Entry Points and Deep Marine Fan System Related Elements in the Eastern Black Sea Basin, Turkey, Imaged by 3D and 2D Seismic Data
Ali Can Altintas
12:50-14:00 LUNCH/POSTERS
14:00-14:25 New Insights on the Development of Neogene Submarine Fan Systems in the Easternmost Offshore Black Sea, Turkey
Seren Sert
14:25-14:50 Seismic Stratigraphic Analysis of Ordu Fans, Eastern Black Sea, Turkey: Spatial and Temporal Evolution of a Large and Persistent Miocene-Pleistocene Fan System
Ozbil Yapar
14:50-15:15 Analysis of Polygonal Fault Systems in the Ordu 3D Seismic Survey Area, Eastern Black Sea Basin, Turkey
Tuna Hasturk
Energy Transition What Can the Oil and Gas Industry Do
Chairs: Zuhtu Bati and Ozgur Sipahioglu
15:45-16:05 Block II, Offshore Georgia: Exploring for Biogenic Gas Opportunities
Troy Collier
16:05-16:30 Global Biogenic Gas Generation Screening: Insights on Black Sea Potential
Mike Simmons


AAPG Event Trabzon Trabzon Turkey 05 September, 2022 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 01 August, 2022
Trabzon, Turkey
5 September 2022
Field Trip Leader:
Ali Demirer, Consultant
€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.

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AAPG Event Trabzon Trabzon Turkey 08 September, 2022 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 01 August, 2022
Trabzon, Turkey
8 September 2022
Field Trip Leader:
Ali Demirer, Consultant
€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.

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Trabzon 61030
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Zühtü Bati Zühtü Bati Organizing Co-Chair TPAO, Turkey
Ozgur Sipahioglu Ozgur Sipahioglu Organizing Co-Chair TPAO, Turkey
Gabor  Tari Gabor Tari Organizing Co-Chair OMV UPSTREAM, Austria
Ali Demirer Ali Demirer Organizing Committee Consultant
Riza Ozgur Temel Riza Ozgur Temel Organizing Committee TPAO, Turkey
Suat Aktepe Suat Aktepe Organizing Committee TPAO, Turkey
Ugras Isik Ugras Isik Organizing Committee TPAO, Turkey
Ozbil Yapar Ozbil Yapar Organizing Committee TPAO, Turkey
Aral Okay Aral Okay International Advisory Committee Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
Nuretdin Kaymakci Nuretdin Kaymakci International Advisory Committee Middle East Technical University, Turkey
Reyhan Kara Gulbay Reyhan Kara Gulbay International Advisory Committee Karadeniz Technical University
Namik Cagatay Namik Cagatay International Advisory Committee Istambul Technical University
Sierd Cloetingh, PhD Sierd Cloetingh International Advisory Committee Universitiet Utrecht, Netherlands (Holland)
Wout Krijgsman Wout Krijgsman International Advisory Committee Universitiet Utrecht, Netherlands (Holland)
Graham A. Blackbourn Graham Blackbourn International Advisory Committee Dr, Blackbourn Geoconsulting, Scotland (U.K.)
Leonardo Caixeta Leonardo Caixeta International Advisory Committee Senior Geologist, TotalEnergies, USA
Tina Meshki Tina Meshki International Advisory Committee ExxonMobil
Jelle F. Boels Jelle Boels International Advisory Committee Shell International Exploration and Production, Netherlands (Holland)
Diederik Bax Diederik Bax International Advisory Committee Shell
Mark B. Longacre Mark Longacre International Advisory Committee MBL, USA
Michael Derek Simmons Michael Simmons International Advisory Committee Halliburton, England (U.K.)
William Cavazza William Cavazza International Advisory Committee University of Bologna , Italy
Jon  Mosar Jon Mosar International Advisory Committee University of Fribourg, Switzerland
Mohammad Fallah Mohammad Fallah International Advisory Committee OMV, Austria
Reinhard F. Sachsenhofer Reinhard Sachsenhofer International Advisory Committee Montanuniversitaet Leoben, Austria
Stephen John Vincent Stephen Vincent International Advisory Committee CASP, England (U.K.)
Mehmet Arif Yukler, PhD Mehmet Yukler International Advisory Committee Consultant, USA
Max Vityk, PhD Max Vityk International Advisory Committee UGV, USA
Alexander A. Kitchka Alexander Kitchka International Advisory Committee Principal Specialist, UGV, Ukraine
Niko Tevzadze Niko Tevzadze International Advisory Committee Georgia Oil & Gas Ltd., Georgia
Giorgi Tatishvili Giorgi Tatishvili International Advisory Committee SAEG
Nazim Resmi Abdullayev Nazim Abdullayev International Advisory Committee BP Azerbaijan, England (U.K.)


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