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Optimizing Exploration and Development Opportunities in Brazil's New Regulatory Scenario

Occurred Tuesday, 22 June Wednesday, 23 June 2021, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Virtual Research Symposium via Zoom (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil time)

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Recent years have brought enormous changes to Brazil. In addition to the acceleration of massive pre-salt discoveries in the South Atlantic, the digital transformation, an open market and a new gas regulatory regime have leveled the playing field and brought new players to offshore and onshore fields.

AAPG’s Latin America & Caribbean Region and the Brazilian Association of Petroleum Geologists (ABGP) invite you to explore Brazil’s new scenario at the Brazil 2021 Virtual Technical Symposium, a specialized event bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners together to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

Join us on a journey from north to south, from the deep water and shallow water opportunities in the post-salt and pre-salt, to mature field opportunities onshore, to technological advances transforming all aspects of E&P.

Enjoy multidisciplinary presentations and interactive discussions with technical experts and industry leaders from Brazil and throughout the Americas. Share your perspective, and be a part of this exciting event exploring this historic time for Brazil and for the region.

Keynote Speakers


Rodolfo Saboia

General Director, National Agency for Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP)


Thiago Pessoa

General Manager for Reservoir and Flow Assurance – Búzios Field, Petrobras

*All times are listed in Brazil Standard Time (GMT -3). US Central Daylight Time (Houston) is two hours earlier.

Tuesday, June 22
09:00-09:45 Opening Ceremony
Sylvia Couto Anjos, ABGP; Victor Vega, AAPG, General Chairs; Marta Vieira, General Manager of Exploration Planning, Business and Operations, Petrobras
09:45-10:25 Keynote Presentation on Brazil’s Regulatory Environment
Rodolfo Saboia, General Director, National Agency of Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels (ANP)
10:25-10:35 Break
I. Optimizing Development in Onshore Basins and Mature Fields
Chairs: Ricardo Savini, CEO, 3R Petroleum, Frederico Miranda, Exploration Director, ENEVA
10:35-11:00 Revitalizing Mature Oilfields Through Interdisciplinarity: A Case Study for the Macau Cluster (RN)
Bruno Valle (presenter), Andrés V. Rodriguez, Augusto Silva-Telles, Marcos Pimentel Mendes, Jorge Lorenzon, 3R Petroleum Oleo e Gas S.A.
11:00-11:25 Parnaíba Basin Parque dos Gaviões Gas Fields Integrated Management: A Case Study of a Successful Reservoir to Wire Project
Armando Ferreira (presenter), Frederico Miranda, Vilmar Carneiro Barbosa, ENEVA
11:25-11:35 Break
11:35-12:00 Improved Reservoir Characterization of a Mature Field Through an Integrated Multi-Disciplinary Approach. Lagoa Parda Field, ES, Brazil
Miguel Nuñez (presenter), Lidiane Garcia, Erick Moreno, Karoline Conti, Kesley Melo, Leandro Lubiana and Jhonny Marquez, IMETAME Energia
12:00-12:25 Rock Physics Modeling for Quantitative Seismic Characterization of Tight Sandstones in the Neuquén Basin, Argentina
Atilas Meneses da Silva, Petrobras; Ali Tura, Colorado School of Mines
12:25-12:55 Q&A Session With Presenters and Chairs
12:55-14:00 Lunch Break
II. Exploration Potential and New Opportunities in Post-Salt and Equatorial Margin Basins
Chairs: Decio Oddone, CEO, Enauta; Hywel Upshall, General Manager Exploration – Atlantic Margin, Murphy Oil
14:00-14:25 Rift-Associated Magmatism in the Sergipe-Alagoas Basin and its Influence on Local Petroleum Systems
Mariana Meirelles (presenter), Celso Jardim, Fabio Mendonça, Delzio Machado Jr., Petrobras
14:25-14:50 Upper Cretaceous Turbidite System in the Deep Water of the Pará-Maranhão Basin
Eduardo Faria (presenter), Márcia Karam, Felipe Nascimento, Daniel Canellas, Alexandre Souza, Ronaldo Baldi, Enauta
14:50-15:15 Exploration Potential in Ultradeep Waters of the Pará-Maranhão Basin: Geology and Petroleum Systems
Pedro Zalán (presenter), ZAG Consulting; Eric Newman, Mike Saunders, TGS
15:15-15:30 Break
15:30-15:55 Sergipe Surprises and Suppositions: Deepwater Test Area for Source, Reservoir and Trap Development
William Dickson (presenter), Dickson International Geosciences; Mark Odegard, GrizGeo; Craig Schiefelbein, Geochemical Solutions international (GSI); David Rajmon, Geosophix; and Seva Egorov, GeoExpera
15:55-16:20 Structural Reconstruction and Kinematic Evolution of the Campos Salt Basin, Offshore Brazil
Hongjiao Yu (presenter), Paula Brazao, Matteo Molinaro, Long Ma, Mitchell Prante, Shell
16:20-16:50 Q&A Session With Presenters and Chairs
17:00-18:00 Participant Networking Session and Trivia Contest
Priscila Amaral and Lizbeth Calizaya, AAPG Brazil YP Chapter
Wednesday, June 23
08:45-09:15 AAPG Activities in Latin America and the Caribbean
Elvira Pureza Gómez, AAPG LACR President
09:15-9:55 Keynote Presentation on the Brazilian Pre-Salt
Thiago Pessoa, General Manager for Reservoir and Flow Assurance - Búzios Field, Petrobras
III. Recent Advances and Challenges in Pre-Salt Basins
Chairs: Ana Serrano, Vice President Subsurface, Equinor Brazil; Vanessa Kertznus, Business Opportunity Manager, Shell Brazil
9:55-10:20 Petroleum Systems Evolution in the Outboard Atlantic Margins of the Campos and Santos Basins, Offshore Brazil: A Regional 3D Basin Modelling Study
Antonio Martín-Monge (presenter), Ángel Carrasco, Massimiliano Masini, Antonio J. Olaiz, Keith Buck, Jose Guilherme de Castilho, A. Vayssaire, Repsol
10:20-10:45 Natural Open Fractures in Pre-salt Silicified Carbonate Reservoirs in Block BM-C-33, Outer Campos Basin
Ole Petter Wennberg (presenter), Gavin McQueen, Fabio Lapponi, David W. Hunt, Alistair S. Chandler, Arnstein Waldum, Eduardo Castro, Luiz Loures, Equinor; Pedro H. Vieira de Luca, Repsol; Gisele Nery Camargo, Petrobras
10:45-11:00 Break
11:00-11:25 Seismic-Scale Geometries and Sequence-Stratigraphic Architecture of Early Cretaceous Syn-Post Rift Carbonate Systems, Presalt Section, Brazil
Alessandro Cantelli, Shell; Marcello Minzoni, University of Alabama; John Thornton, Brent Wignall, Shell
11:25-11:50 Relation Between Tectonic Domains and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity in Campos and Santos Basin
Antonio Olaiz (presenter), Massimiliano Masini, Laszlo Benkovics, Jose Guilherme de Castilho, Diana Sineva, Ángel Carrasco, Keith Buck, Rubén Loma, Antonio Martín-Monge, Matthieu Pontet, Repsol
11:50-12:20 Q&A Session With Presenters and Chairs
12:20-13:30 Lunch Break
IV. Technological Advances and Applications
Chairs: Antonio Velásquez, Development and Production Manager, Ecopetrol Brasil; Lorena Dominguez Espido, COO, Repsol Sinopec Brasil
13:30-13:55 Stratigraphic Principles as Prior Knowledge for 3D Seismic Facies Segmentation
Elton Trindade, Petrobras
13:55-14:20 Using Geophysically-Derived Mechanical Properties to Constrain Fracture Intensity and Distribution in Pre-salt Carbonate Reservoirs
Mário Santos and Astrid Fernandez, GALP E&P
14:20-14:45 Reservoir Management using Water Alternate Gas Injection in the Lapa Pre-Salt Field
Serugue Santiago(presenter), Julien Couchard, TotalEnergies
14:45-15:00 Break
15:00-15:25 ANP Pre-Salt Round 7: 3D Seismic Data demonstrate Esmeralda and Água Marinha Block Prospectivity
Andrew Hartwig (presenter), James Deckelman, Kyle Reuber, ION
15:25-15:50 How it Started, How It’s Going: Quantifying The Impact Of Tupi Field Development Strategies Over Time
Jason Eleson (presenter), Jared Kugler, Oma Wilkie, Enverus
15:50-16:20 Q&A Session With Presenters and Chairs
16:20-16:30 Final Remarks
Sylvia Couto Anjos, ABGP; Victor Vega, AAPG, General Chairs
17:30-19:00 Special Session with AAPG Brazil Student and Young Professional Chapters
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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Pricing Explanation
Roberto, Thank you for your comment and for your interest in our events. We would like to respond to your concern with a bit of context. From January 2013 to February 2020 Technical workshops and conference registration fees in the Latin America and Caribbean ranged from $US 695 to $US 895 per person for members. The Virtual Research Symposium (VRS) series was a one-time initiative implemented by the Latin America and Caribbean Region during the second semester of 2020 to provide a service to members and friends of the association during the pandemic. Charging $50 per person for professionals is not sustainable in the long term, even for virtual events, which do have a cost to run and whose income helps to support all of the other education programs that we provide throughout the region. The cost of our 2-day Virtual Technical Symposiums (VTS, not VRS) in 2021 is $195 for AAPG members. This rate is 72% lower than the member registration price of $695 charged at the in-person GTW Brazil event held in Rio in June 2019. AAPG's Latin America and Caribbean Region and partners are working hard to organize events that provide the same technical quality as in-person person events, at a fraction of the registration cost and with no travel expenses or health and safety risks required. Registration fees and sponsorships collected for our events help us to sustain a wealth of other free programming– the Visiting Geoscience Program Tuesday Talks series, Energy Opportunities Executive Forums and the AAPG LACR Distinguished Lecturer Tour, for example – as well as student and young professional programs including the Imperial Barrel Award Competition, the Student-YP Leadership Summit, the Regional YP Conference and the Ready to Work program for recent graduates. These programs would not be possible without the support of our event participants and sponsors, and we thank all of them for helping us to reach geoscientists throughout the region.
5/6/2021 8:31:11 AM
VRS pricing has raised by almost four times for members since last november.
5/4/2021 8:52:20 AM

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