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South Atlantic Basins Virtual Research Symposium: Offshore Basins of Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay: the Next Exploration Frontier

Occurred Thursday, 3 December Friday, 4 December 2020, 7:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Research Symposium via Zoom (Bogota, Colombia time)

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Explore Offshore Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay from the comfort of your desk with content from the South Atlantic Basins Virtual Research Symposium organized by AAPG’s Latin America and Caribbean Region in partnership with the Argentine Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists, the Argentine Geological Society and the Brazilian Association of Petroleum Geologists.

The South Atlantic Basins Symposium formed part of the AAPG’s Latin America and Caribbean Region’s 2020 Virtual Research Symposia Series highlighting the geology of some of the Latin America and Caribbean Region’s most prolific basins.

Targeted to researchers and professionals working both in industry and academia, each 2-day symposium featured technical sessions, keynote presentations, interactive Q&A sessions and panel discussions featuring experts in the field.


Please Note: The schedule is shown in Argentina/Brazil/Uruguay time (UTC/GMT -3)
Central Standard Time (Houston) (UTC/GMT -6) is three hours earlier.

Thursday, December 3
10:00-10:15 Welcome and Introductions
Elvira Pureza Gómez, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region (LACR) President; Juan Pablo Lovecchio, AAPG LACR Secretary
Session I: Volcanic Passive Margin Basins 1– Tectonic Setting
Conveners: Hans Morten Bjornsed, Equinor; Juan Pablo Lovecchio, YPF
10:15-11:00 Keynote: South Atlantic Rift Dynamics: Insights from Plate Models, Regional Observations, and Numerical Models
Christian Heine, Shell
11:00-11:30 Basin Formation Along the Southern South Atlantic Margin
Juan Lovecchio (presenter), Sébastien Rohais, Philippe Joseph, Néstor Bolatti, Víctor A. Ramos, YPF
11:30-12:00 Filtering Gravity Data to Locate Boundaries of Volcanic and Non-Volcanic Margins of the South Atlantic Ocean
Marco Urdaneta (presenter), Sarah Meyer, Paul Mann, Conjugate Basins, Tectonic, and Hydrocarbons (CBTH)
12:00-12:30 Geodynamics of Rifting and Plumes During the South Atlantic Opening: a Feedback System?
Renato Darros de Matos, Independent Researcher and Consultant
12:30-12:45 Break
12:45-13:15 Structure and Development of Atlantic Volcanic Margins Constrained by Scientific Drilling
Sverre Planke, Volcanic Basin Petroleum Research (VBPR)
13:15-13:45 Imaging the Rio de La Plata Transfer System with Marine Magnetotellurics
Patricia de Lugão (presenter), Eric Corrêa, Berthold Kriegshäuser, Strataimage Consultoria Ltda; Dallas Sherman, Frontier Geosciences Inc; Steve Constable, Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics/Scripps Institution of Oceanography/University of California San Diego
13:45-14:15 3D Lithospheric-Scale Density and Thermal Model of the Claromecó and North-Colorado Basins, Argentina
Sebastian Vazquez Lucero (presenter), M.L. Gomez Dacal, F. Ibarra, C. Prezzi, M. Scheck-Wenderoth, J. Bott, H. Vizán, IGeBA - CONICET
14:15-14:30 Session Wrap-Up with Conveners and Presenters
14:30-15:00 Lunch Break
Session II: Volcanic Passive Margin Basins 2 – Basin Analysis
Conveners: Bruno Conti, ANCAP; Javier Hernández-Molina, Royal Holloway, University of London
15:00-15:45 Keynote: Cretaceous Deep-Water Stratigraphic Play – An Exploration Frontier in the Pelotas Basin, Offshore South America
Vitor Abreu, ACT Geosciences
15:45-16:15 The Same but Different: Extrapolated Exploration for Brazil's Southeast Basins. What Still Applies, What Needs New Thinking, and What About Pelotas?
William Dickson, DIGs (Dickson International Geosciences) (presenter); Craig Schiefelbein, Geochemical Solutions International (GSI); Mark E. Odegard, GrizGeo LLC
16:15-16:45 Colorado Basin, Argentina – New Seismic Unlocks New Traps and Trends
Randall Etherington (presenter), Eric Newman, TGS
16:45-17:00 Break
17:00-17:30 Seismic Stratigraphy of the Oriental del Plata Basin (Offshore Uruguay)
Pablo Velázquez (presenter), Ethel Morales, Universidad de la República
17:30-18:00 Southern Argentine Basin: Is This the Better Half?
Eric Newman, NOPEC Geophysical (presenter); Randall Etherington, West Canyon Consulting
18:00-18:30 South Atlantic Source Rock De-risking Workflow
Karyna Rodriguez (presenter), Neil Hodgson, Searcher
18:30-18:45 Session Wrap-Up with Conveners and Presenters
18:45-19:45 Virtual Networking Session
Friday, December 4
10:00-10:15 AAPG Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean
Elvira Pureza Gómez, AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region President
Session III: Post-Salt and Pre-Salt Basins
Conveners: Sylvia Anjos, Petrobras; Antonio Velásquez, Ecopetrol Brasil
10:15-11:00 Keynote: Ultra-Frontier of Santos Basin – Positive Perspective for the Discovery of Pre-Salt Giant Fields Beyond the EEZ
Pedro Victor Zalán, ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration (presenter); Eric Newman, TGS
11:00-11:30 Multiphase Salt Tectonics in the Campos Basin, Offshore SE Brazil: Implications for Petroleum Exploration
Francyne Bochi do Amarante, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - Imperial College London (presenter); Christopher Aiden-Lee Jackson, Imperial College London; Leonardo Muniz Pichel, University of Bergen; Claiton Marlon dos Santos Scherer, Juliano Kuchle, Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul
11:30-12:00 The Cañadón Asfalto Basin as a Surface Analogue of the Offshore Pre-Salt Basins
Roberto A. Scasso, IGeBA-CONICET-Universidad de Buenos Aires (presenter), Ignacio H. Escapa, Rubén N. Cúneo, CONICET-Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio; Jahandar Ramezani, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
12:00-12:15 Break
12:15-12:45 Chemostratigraphy Applied to the Upper Cretaceous of the Southern Santos Basin, Well Case Study – Paraná, Brazil
Lucas Cazelli Vasconcelos (presenter), Rene Rodrigues, Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ)
12:45-13:15 Organic Geochemical Characterization of an Albian-Turonian Interval in the Campos Basin
Gustavo Camelo Acevedo, Ecopetrol Óleo e gas do Brasil (presenter); Diego Fernando Garcia Bautista, Ecopetrol; João Graciano Mendonça Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro
13:15-13:45 High Resolution Stratigraphic Modeling of the Paleocene in the Southwestern Santos Basin,  Brazil
Adriana Henao (presenter), Egberto Pereira, Rio de Janeiro State University (UERJ)
13:45-14:00 Session Wrap-Up with Conveners and Presenters
14:00-15:00 Lunch Break
Session IV: Northeast Brazilian Basins
Conveners: Lizbeth Calizaya, Ecopetrol Brasil; Renato Darros de Matos, Independent Researcher and Consultant
15:00-15:45 Keynote: Equatorial Margin of Brazil: A Giant Deep-Water Hydrocarbon Frontier of Exploration in the South Atlantic Realm?
Márcio Mello, Brazil Petroleum Studies
15:45-16:15 Structural Restorations of the Camamu-Almada Passive Margin, Northeastern Brazil: Timing of Movement, Anomalous
Sean Romito (presenter), Ana Krueger, Paul Mann, University of Houston
16:15-16:45 Integration of Structural Analysis and 2D Gravity Modeling of the Ultra-Thin Sergipe-Alagoas Rifted-Passive Margin, Northeastern Brazil
Hualing Zhang (presenter), Paul Mann, Dale E. Bird, University of Houston
16:45-17:00 Break
17:00-17:30 Multiple Phases of Late Cretaceous Deep-Water Sandstone Deposition Associated with a Distal Albian Volcanic Rift, Sergipe Basin, NE Brazil
Tom Wilson (presenter), Joseph Whiting, Corneliu Cosovanu, Ann Watkins, Anne McAfee, Core Laboratories UK
17:30-18:00 Potiguar Basin, Brazil – New 3D Seismic Elevates Exploration Opportunities from Leads to Prospects
Randall Etherington (presenter); Eric Newman, TGS
18:00-18:30 New Data on Foz do Amazonas and Pará-Maranhão Basins - Potential Replication of Guyana/Suriname Success
Pedro Victor Zalan, ZAG Consulting in Petroleum Exploration; Eric Newman, TGS
18:30-18:45 Session Wrap-Up with Conveners and Presenters
Recorded Presentations

This recording is available to the participants of the event. It can also be purchased separately through the AAPG Store. Click on the picture or the title of the video for viewing or purchasing options.

Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Director
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Manager

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