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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 join us for GTW Colombia 2021, a specialized virtual workshop bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners together to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

The 2-day virtual event 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.

Wednesday, 17 March
08:00:08:15 Opening Ceremony
Armando Zamora, ANH President (invited); Jorge Calvache, Ecopetrol, Honorary Chair; Elvira Pureza Gómez, AAPG LACR President, Enrique Velásquez, ACGGP President, General Chairs
08:15-08:45 Plenary Session
Armando Zamora, ANH President (invited)
Session I: Tectonic Setting and Petroleum Systems
Session Chair: Hugo Pelliza, Ecopetrol
08:45-09:15 Arc Collisions Along the Southern Caribbean Margin
Camilo Montes (presenter), G. Bayona, A. Cardona, Universidad del Norte
09:15-09:45 Structural Styles of the Deep Water Fold-and-Thrust Belts of the Southern Caribbean Basin, Offshore Northern Colombia
Freddy Corredor, Geostrap
09:45-10:00 Break
10:00-10:30 Structural Evolution of the Upper Guajira Basin, Colombian Caribe Offshore
Diego Iaffa (presenter), D. Bello, Y. Cortes, P.C. Correa, J.C. Llinas, H. Pelliza, H. Niño, C. Escalante, Ecopetrol
11:00-11:30 Stratigraphic Analysis of the Bahia Intraslope Basin, Offshore Northern Colombia
Arian Sarmiento-Orjuela (presenter), T. Villamil, G. Sarmiento, University of Colorado Boulder
11:30-12:00 Formation and Structure of the Lower Magdalena Valley and Sinú-San Jacinto basins of Northern Colombia: Implications for Petroleum Systems
Josué A. Mora (presenter), V. Vélez, G. Veloza, Hocol
12:00-14:00 Lunch Break
Session II: Recent Discoveries and New Plays
Session Chair: Victor Vega, Shell
14:00-14:30 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); E. López, Universidad de Caldas
14:30-15:00 COGS (Columbus-Orinoco-Guyana-Suriname) Petroleum Systems: Settled Science Versus Debatable Space
William Dickson (presenter), DIGs; K. Reuber, ION Geophysical; M. Odegard, GrizGeo
15:00-15:30 TBD Presentation
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 From Carbonate to Siliciclastic Plays: New Opportunities in the Offshore Colombian Caribbean
Pedro Galindo (presenter), H. Niño, C. Rojas, C. Rubio, D. Hodgson, Ecopetrol
16:30-17:00 TBD Presentation
17:00-18:00 Session wrap up and Q&A with Presenters
18:00-19:00 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, Occidental Petroleum
8:30-9:00 Rock Physics-based Interpretation Framework: Key to De-risking DHI-Supported Exploration Opportunities, Offshore Colombia
Mario A. Gutierrez (presenter) and Colombia Exploration Team, Shell
9:00-9:30 Colombian Basin, Heterogeneity and Nature of the Crust, Giant Mass Transport Complexes, Implications and Insights About the Deep Colombian Offshore
Daniel Basabe, Halliburton
9:30-10:00 Mud Volcanoes: Signals of Buried Petroleum Systems in the Northern Colombia
Eduardo Lopez (presenter), F. Gonzalez, N. Moreno, Ecopetrol
10:00-10:30 Break
10:30-11:00 Using Fatti AVO Attributes in the Colombian Caribbean Basin
Juan Carlos Mosquera (presenter), A.C. Lira Pessoa, E. Selmara, Petrobras
11:00-11:30 Presentation TBA
11:30-12:00 Session Wrap Up and Q&A with Presenters
12:00-12:30 Panel: Government-Industry Strategies to Promote Colombia’s Offshore Sector
Diana Sanclemente, Regions Vice President, Association of International Petroleum Negotiators (AINP), Representatives from the National Business Association of Colombia (ANDI), City of Barranquilla, Atlántico Department
13:00-14:00 Lunch Break
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, Petroseismic Services
14:30-15:00 Offshore Multi-client Seismic for Reprocessing and Acquisition, Piston Core and Heat Flow, High Resolution Bathymetry
Carlos Rodríguez, Colombia National Hydrocarbons Agency (ANH)
15:00-15:30 Regional Observations of New and Reprocessed Seismic Data in the Southern Caribbean
Antara Goswami, ION Geophysical
15:30-16:00 Break
16:00-16:30 Dual on Demand Activated Under Reamer for Complex Well Construction Requirements: A Deep-Water Story
Juan Pablo Perez Manteca (presenter), M. Saiful Anuar bin Sabri, Muhammad Aizat Bin Abu Bakar, A. Espinoza, F. Azocar, BakerHughes and Petronas
16:30-17:00 Session Wrap Up, Q&A with Presenters
17:00-17:30 Closing Ceremony and Final Remarks
Elvira Pureza Gómez, AAPG LACR President, Enrique Velásquez, ACGGP President, General Chairs
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Limit: 300 participants.

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  • High-speed internet connection
Refund/Cancellation policy:
  • No refunds or cancelations will be issued one month prior to the event
  • Registrants who are unable to participate may designate a substitute to attend in their place
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The AAPG and ACGGP invite you support GTW Colombia 2021, a specialized workshop bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

Sponsorship provides high exposure before a global audience of industry leaders and decisionmakers and shows your commitment to providing high quality content and meaningful connections. Sponsoring companies receive ONE complimentary event registration for every $2000 in sponsorship.

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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
Blas Enrique Velasquez Blas 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 Daniel Vargas Ricardo Vargas Session Chair Geologist, Perenco, Colombia
Cesar Mantilla Cesar Mantilla Session Chair Sales Manager, Halliburton, Colombia
Mauricio Cediel Mauricio Cediel Session Chair Geologist, Chevron, Colombia
Jaime Checa Jaime Checa Session Chair Geophysics Manager, SierraCol Energy, 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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