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Exploration & Development in Southern Caribbean Frontier Basins

Wednesday, 17 March Thursday, 18 March 2021, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.  |  Virtual Workshop via Zoom (Bogota, Colombia time)

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The AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region and the Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists (ACGGP) invite you to join us for Colombia 2021 Technical Symposium, a specialized virtual event bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners together to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

The symposium features presentations and interactive discussions with technical experts and industry leaders from Colombia and throughout the Americas and provides a multidisciplinary look at future opportunities for exploration and development of Southern Caribbean Frontier Basins.

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Wednesday, 17 March
08:00:08:15 Opening Ceremony
Armando Zamora, ANH President; Jorge Calvache, Vice President of Exploration, Ecopetrol, Honorary Chair; Elvira Pureza Gómez, AAPG LACR President, Enrique Velásquez, ACGGP President, General Chairs
08:15-09:00 Keynote Presentation: The Art of Frontier Petroleum Exploration and how Key Geologic and Geophysical Observations from East Africa and Guyana led this Explorer to the Deepwater Magdalena Fan
Brian Frost, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation (Retired)
Session I: Tectonic Setting and Petroleum Systems
Session Chair: Hugo Pelliza, Ecopetrol; Mauricio Cediel, Chevron
09:00-9:30 Arc Collisions Along the Southern Caribbean Margin
Camilo Montes (presenter), G. Bayona, A. Cardona, Universidad del Norte
09:30-10:00 Structural and Tectonic Analysis of the South Caribbean offshore Region of Colombia
Diego Iaffa (presenter), F. A. Malagón, M. Garcia, H. Rivera, E. Rueda, J. C. Llinás, D. Izquierdo, Ecopetrol
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-10:45 Stratigraphic Analysis of the Bahia Intraslope Basin, Offshore Northern Colombia
Arian Sarmiento-Orjuela (presenter), J. Tellez-Rodriguez, G. Sarmiento, T. Villamil, G. Sarmiento, University of Colorado Boulder
10:45-11:15 Formation and Structure of the Lower Magdalena Valley and Sinú-San Jacinto Basins of Northern Colombia: Implications for Petroleum Systems
Josué Alejandro Mora (presenter), V. Vélez, G. Veloza, Hocol
11:15:11:45 Mud Volcanoes: Signals of Buried Petroleum Systems in the Northern Colombia
Eduardo Lopez (presenter), F. Gonzalez, N. Moreno, Ecopetrol
11:45-12:15 Session Wrap Up and Q&A with Presenters
12:15-13:15 Lunch Break
13:15-14:00 Special Presentation: Technology, Innovation and Energy Transition in Ecopetrol: a NOC Perspective
Andrés Mantilla, Director, Colombia Petroleum Institute (ICP), Ecopetrol
Session II: Recent Discoveries and New Plays
Session Chairs: Victor Vega, Shell; Lina Rendon, Universidad de Caldas
14:00-14:30 Colombia Offshore: A Potential Gas Heartland in the Making
Victor Vega, Shell
14:30-15:00 Reservoirs and Depositional Model in the Calasú-1 & 1A Wells, Magdalena Fan, Offshore Colombia
Juan Carlos Llinás (presenter) Ecopetrol; L.M. Rendón, Instituto de Investigaciones en Estratigrafía (IIES); Universidad de Caldas; E. López, Ecopetrol
15:00-15:30 COGS (Columbus-Orinoco-Guyana-Suriname) Petroleum Systems: Settled Science Versus Debatable Space
William Dickson (presenter), DIGs; K. Reuber, ION Geophysical; M. Odegard, GrizGeo
15:30-15:45 Break
15:45-16:15 From Carbonate to Siliciclastic Plays: New Opportunities in the Offshore Colombian Caribbean
Pedro Galindo (presenter), H. Niño, C. Rojas, C. Rubio, D. Hodgson, Ecopetrol
16:15-16:45 Understanding the Origin of Widespread Direct Hydrocarbon Indicators in the Deep-water Colombia Basin, Western Caribbean Sea
Luis Carlos Carvajal-Arenas (presenter), L. Torrado, AGI Exploration, LLC
16:45-17:15 Session wrap up and Q&A with Presenters
17:15-18:15 Virtual Networking Reception
Thursday, 18 March
8:00-8:30 AAPG Activities in Latin America
Elvira Pureza Gómez, AAPG LACR President
Session III: Enhanced Imaging and AVO/DHI
Session Chairs: Antonio Velásquez, Ecopetrol; Jaime Checa, SierraCol Energy
8:30-9:00 Integrated Quantitative Interpretation: Key to De-risking DHI-Supported Exploration Opportunities, Offshore Colombia
Mario A. Gutierrez (presenter) and Colombia Exploration Team, Shell
9:00-9:30 AVO and Seismic Inversion in the Offshore Colombia: Examples of Zero Inversion Constrain by Seismic Velocity, Rock Physics and Pore Pressure
Ricardo Zavala-Torres, Ecopetrol
9:30-10:00 Important Interpretation Lessons from a 20-year Industry-Wide DHI Consortium
Rocky Roden (presenter), H. S. Pettingill, R. Holeywell, M. Forrest
10:00-10:15 Break
10:15-10:45 Reprocessed Seismic Data, Geological Revelations and Implications for the Origin of the Caribbean Plate
Karyna Rodríguez (presenter), Neil Hodgson, Searcher
10:45-11:15 Colombian Basin, Heterogeneity and Nature of the Crust, Giant Mass Transport Complexes, Implications and Insights About the Deep Colombian Offshore
Daniel Basabe, Halliburton
11:15-11:45 Session Wrap Up and Q&A with Presenters
11:45-12:45 Panel: Government-Industry Strategies to Promote Colombia’s Offshore Sector
Panelists: Miguel Lotero, Vice Minister of Energy*; Armando Zamora, President, ANH Colombia; Camilo Morales, Key Account Manager, Energy, City of Barranquilla; Diana Sanclemente, Regions Vice President, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AIPN)
Moderator: Victor Ramirez, Hydrocarbon and Energy Consultant
12:45-13:30 Lunch Break
13:30-14:00 Special Presentation
Armando Zamora, President, Colombia National Hydrocarbon Agency (ANH)
Session IV: Seismic Acquisition, Risk Reduction and Drilling Optimization
Session Chairs: Ricardo Vargas, Perenco; César Mantilla, Halliburton
14:00-14:30 Good Practices for Hydrocarbon Exploration in Northern Colombia: A Case for Seismic Acquisition
Alexander Betancur, BG Geosciences
14:30-15:00 Offshore Multi-client Seismic for Reprocessing and Acquisition, Piston Core and Heat Flow, High Resolution Bathymetry
Colombia National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH)
15:00-15:30 Offshore Colombia: Updated Observations and Sub-Basin Characterization and Using Reprocessed Seismic Data
Kyle Reuber, Antara Goswami (presenters), ION Geophysical
15:30-15:45 Break
15:45-16:15 Presentation to be announced
16:15-16:45 Session Wrap Up, Q&A with Presenters
16:45-17:15 Closing Ceremony and Final Remarks
Elvira Pureza Gómez, AAPG LACR President, Enrique Velásquez, ACGGP President, General Chairs


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Individuals selecting the academic rate may be asked to provide proof of their employment status with an academic institution.

Registration Includes: Access to live sessions and Q&A with presenters, program book with presentation summaries and presenter bios, participant list, virtual delegate bag, and certificate of participation.

Limit: 300 participants.

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Jorge A. Calvache Jorge Calvache Honorary Chair Vice President of Exploration, Ecopetrol, Colombia
Elvira Pureza Gomez Hernandez Elvira Gomez Hernandez General Co-Chair President, AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region,
CNOOC International, Colombia
Enrique Velasquez Enrique Velasquez General Co-Chair President, ACGGP, Consultant, Colombia
Victor H. Vega Victor Vega Session Chair Exploration Business Development Manager, Shell Americas, USA
Hugo Gustavo Pelliza Hugo Pelliza Session Chair Offshore Caribbean Exploration Manager, Ecopetrol, Colombia
Antonio J. Velasquez Antonio Velasquez Session Chair Assets Manager, Ecopetrol Brasil, Brazil
Ricardo Vargas Ricardo Vargas Session Chair Geologist, Perenco, Colombia
Gladys Helena Perez Gladys Perez Session Chair USA
Mauricio Cediel Mauricio Cediel Session Chair Geologist, Chevron, Colombia
Jaime Checa Jaime Checa Session Chair Geophysics Manager, SierraCol Energy, Colombia
Lina Maria Rendon Lina Rendon Session Chair Geologist, Stratigraphy Research Institute, Universidad de Caldas, Colombia
Victor O. Ramirez Victor Ramirez Session Chair AAPG LACR Advisory Counselor, Hydrocarbon and Energy Consultant, Colombia
Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Manager
Flover Rodriguez ACGGP Executive Director
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Coordinator
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