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Recent Discoveries, Exploration Opportunities and Sustainable Development Strategies in Caribbean Basins

Wednesday, 8 February Thursday, 9 February 2023, 8:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.  |  Barranquilla, Colombia

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The AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region, the Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geologists (ACGGP), the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) and the Venezuelan Society of Geophysical Engineers (SOVG) invite you  to join us for Recent Discoveries, Exploration Opportunities and Sustainable Development Strategies in Caribbean Basins, a geosciences technology workshop (GTW) designed to facilitate learning, sharing, and open discussion among all attendees.

The 2-day in-person workshop features a series of technical presentations, panels, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities with industry leaders, government representatives and technical experts working in Colombia and Trinidad & Tobago.

The event is designed for geologists, geophysicists, engineers, executives, students and business development professionals who are interested in learning strategies for success in some of the region’s most exciting energy markets.

Exhibition Opportunities!

Are you interested in showcasing your products and services to GTW Caribbean 2023 attendees? Consider having a stand at the event!

We have 6m2 and 4m2 spaces available in the exhibition area, which is located at the entrance to the technical sessions. The exhibition area hosts the poster session and coffee breaks, so the area will have significant traffic throughout the workshop.

6m2 stands cost $US 3000
● Includes white panels, 2 spotlights, name plate, 110V electrical connection, 1 banquet table and two chairs

All exhibitors receive a full workshop registration, and companies exhibiting at the $5000 or higher leave receive a 20% discount on the price of the stand.

Download the Stand Reservation Form to secure your space.

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Wednesday, 8 February 2022
Opening Ceremony
08:00-08:20 Welcome and Opening Remarks Irene Vélez Torres, Minister of Mines and Energy, Colombia (invited) Clara Guatame, President, National Hydrocarbon Agency (ANH), Colombia Elsa Jaimes, Vice President of Exploration, Ecopetrol Marc Quesnel, Exploration Manager – Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia, Shell Xavier Moonan, President-Elect, Latin America and Caribbean Region, American Association of American Geologists (AAPG)
08:20-08:40 Ecopetrol’s Strategy for Providing Energy for the Future
Elsa Jaimes, Vice President of Exploration, Ecopetrol
SESSION I. Onshore Exploration and Development: Mature Fields and New Plays Chairs: Guillermo Tellez, Exploration Manager, Parex Resources; Xavier Moonan, Exploration Manager, Touchstone Exploration
08:45-09:00 Session Introduction, Session Chairs
09:00-09:30 Frontera’s Strategy to Increase Gas Exploration Portfolio in Lower Magdalena Valley Basin Andres Fajardo (presenter), Victor Vega, Mario Di Luca, Frontera Energy Corporation
09:30-10:00 Brujo And Magico Gas Discoveries: Extending to the West the Exploration Frontier in the Lower Magdalena Valley, Colombia Edgar Bueno1 (presenter), Jesús Sierra2, Jairo Lugo3; 1CleanEnergy/Perseo Resources Inc., 2IGS International Corp., 3Independent Consultant
10:00-10:30 Geologic Model Building for Optimized Depth Imaging in the Presence of Sinú Mud Volcanoes Rob Vestrum1 (presenter), Alejandro Mora2, José Olaya1, Pablo Heredia2, Horacio Acevedo2; 1TBI Colombia, 2Hocol
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break, Poster and Exhibit Visits
11:00-11:30 Exploration in Structurally Complex Areas: Reducing the Risk by Testing Interpretation & Kinematics Felipe Medellin1 (presenter), A. Thebault2, M. Callies2; 1Beicip Inc., 2Beicip-Franlab
11:30-12:00 Cascadura - The Largest Onshore Gas Discovery in Trinidad and Tobago in Over Twenty Years Xavier Moonan1 (presenter), Mark Bishop1, Catie Donohue2, Graham Spence2; 1Touchstone Exploration, 2GeoMark Research
12:00-12:30 Participant roundtable discussions
12:30-12:45 Report outs
12:45-13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30-14:00 Executive Panel: Trends and Technologies for Exploration and Development Elsa Jaimes, Vice President of Exploration, Ecopetrol Marc Quesnel, Exploration Manager – Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia, Shell Victor Vega, Vice President of Exploration, Development and Reserves, Frontera Energy Ryan Ramsook, Executive Manager Subsurface, Trinity Exploration and Production
Moderators: Juan Mauricio Cediel, Reservoir Advisor - Venezuela, Chevron; Elvira Gomez, Vice President of International Regions, AAPG
SESSION II. Offshore Challenges and Opportunities: West to East Caribbean Basins Chairs: Juan Carlos Mosquera, Exploration Manager, Petrobras Colombia; Ryan Ramsook, Executive Manager Subsurface, Trinity Exploration and Production
14:00-14:15 Session Introduction, Session Chairs
14:15-14:45 Recent Discoveries and Exploration Opportunities in Colombia's Offshore Antonio Velásquez, Offshore Exploration Manager, Ecopetrol
14:45-15:15 Miocene-Oligocene Reservoirs, Offshore Guajira Basin, Caribbean Sea: A Novel and Promising Low-Carbon Play for Energy Transition in Colombia Roberto Carlos Rebelo da Cunha1 (presenter), Antônio Carlos Lira Pessoa1, César Kazzuo Vieira Nakatsubo1, Waldemar de Almeida Jr. 1, Eduardo Riscado Pombo1, Anderson de Sales Oliveira1, Carlos Pinto Fracalossi1, Ricardo Tarabini Castellani1, Luciana Mendes Cavalcante1, Cláudia Maria Osório Rincón2, Juan Carlos Mosquera Ramirez2; 1Petrobras S.A., 2Petrobras International Braspetro B.V. Colombia
15:15-15:45 Structural Configuration of the Deep Water Colombia Basin Ruben Arismendy1 (presenter), Chajid Kairuz1, Javier Guerrero2, Luis Vasquez3; 1NEOIL Energy, 2UNAL, 3ANH
15:45-16:15 Coffee Break, Poster and Exhibit Visits
16:15-16:45 Tectonostratigraphy of the Colombia and Guajira Offshore Basins and the Structural Segmentation of the Subduction System in the Southern Caribbean: An Overview from Seismic Interpretations in the Colombian Caribbean Offshore Alejandro Beltrán-Triviño1 (presenter), Laura Redondo-Toro1, Juan Pablo Cepeda1, Alexandra Becerra-Mejía1, Diego Barrientos-Murcia1, Sergio Porras-Morales1, Valentina Alzate-Rubio1, José Daniel Gómez-Álvarez1, Jose Fernando Duque-Trujillo1, Daniel Bello2, Alejandro Piraquive-Bermúdez3; 1EAFIT University, 2Ecopetrol, 3Geological Survey of Norway
16:45-17:15 Gravity-Driven Linked Extensional-Compressional Fold Belts in the Southern Caribbean Convergent Margin, Offshore Northern Colombia Freddy Corredor (presenter), SierraCol Energy
17:15-17:30 Interactive Q&A with presenters and chairs
17:30-18:30 Participant Networking Reception
Thursday, 9 February 2022
08:00-08:05 Welcome and Introductions Elsa Jaimes, General Vice President of Exploration, Ecopetrol; Mark Quesnel, Exploration Manager, Shell Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia, General Co-Chairs
08:05-08:25 Colombia’s Roadmap for a Just Energy Transition Irene Vélez Torres, Minister of Mines and Energy, Colombia*
08:25-08:45 Practices for Area Assignments and Contractual Guarantees: Lessons Learned During ANH’s 20-Year History
Clara Guatame, President, ANH
SESSION III: Geophysics to Enhance Exploration and Development Activities Chairs: Anna Paula Lougon, Business Development Manager, SLB; Yaraixa Perez, Exploration Senior Geophysicist, Petrolera Cyprus Ltd.
08:45-09:00 Session Chair Introduction Yaraixa Perez, Senior Exploration Geophysicist, Petrolera (Cyprus) Ltd. Egor Kovarskiy, LWD Domain Associate, SLB
09:00-09:30 Sustainable Subsurface Imaging Technology Part 1: Design, Processing, and Interpretation Peter Vermeulen1, Andrea Crook1 (presenter), Mostafa Naghizadeh1, Stephanie Ross1, Raul Cova2, Maximo Rodriguez2, Bill Goodway2; 1OptiSeis, 2Qeye
09:30-10:00 Sustainable Subsurface Imaging Technology Part 2: AVO Seismic Attributes and Inversion Raul Cova1(presenter), Maximo Rodriguez1, Bill Goodway1, Peter Vermeulen2, Andrea Crook2, Wendell Pardasie1;1Qeye, 2Optiseis
10:00-10:30 Amplitude vs Offset (AVO) for Prospect Definition: Successful Case Study for Gas Discoveries in Block SN-9, Lower Magdalena Valley, Colombia Jesús Sierra1 (presenter), Israel Nieves1, Ricardo Montt1, Jairo Lugo2, Edgar Bueno3, Vincenzo Paglione4; 1IGS International Corp., 2Independent Consultant, 3CleanEnergy/Perseo Resources Inc., 4NG Energy
10:30-11:00 Coffee Break, Poster and Exhibit Visits
11:00-11:30 Deeper Play Potential of the Tobago Trough Joao Lima, Thomas Hansen, Yermek Balabekov, Adriana Sola (presenter), PGS
11:30-12:00 Ecopetrol’s Use of Seismic Technology to Enhance Exploration in the Caribbean OffshoreMarcelo Enrique García (presenter), Enrique Casaña, Luis G. Figuera, Antonio Velásquez, Ecopetrol
12:00-12:30 Participant roundtable discussions
12:30-12:45 Report outs
12:45-13:30 Networking Lunch
13:30-14:00 Executive Panel: Strategies for Commercializing Gas in Caribbean Countries Luz Stella Murgas, President, Colombia Natural Gas Association (Naturgas); Carlos Machado, Chief Administrative Officer, Lewis Energy Colombia; Promigas*
Moderator: Flover Rodriguez, Executive Director, ACGGP
SESSION IV: Decarbonization Strategies and Technologies for the Energy Transition Chairs: Freddy Niño, Upstream Excellence and Competitivity Manger, Ecopetrol; Liliana Gómez, Colombia Operations Lead, Shell
14:00-14:15 Session Introduction, Session Chairs
14:15-14:45 Integrated Process for Carbon Utilization and Storage with Accuracy Using Computational Tools Eduardo Francisco Rocha de Araujo (presenter); Dassault Systèmes
14:45-15:15 Cap Rock Failure: Identifying Potential Risks to Appraise a New Prospect for Hydrocarbon Exploration and Geologic Storage of CO2 Sandra Montoya; Ecopetrol
15:15-15:45 Coffee Break, Exhibit and Poster Visits
15:45-16:15 The Global South Solving the Climatic Problems of the Global North: Enhanced Weathering in the Tropics Camilo Montes, Professor, Universidad del Norte
16:15-16:45 Offshore Renewable Energy: a Potential Source for Ecopetrol’s Decarbonization and Energy Transition Strategy Efraín Rodríguez Rubio (presenter) , Jorge Prada, and Nestor Moreno, Ecopetrol Innovation and Technology Center – ICP
16:45-17:15 Shell's Strategy to Reach Net-Zero by 2050 Carlos Aya, External Relations Manager - North Latin America and Caribbean
17:15-17:30 Interactive Q&A with Presenters and Chairs
17:30-17:45 Concluding Remarks Xavier Moonan, President-Elect, Latin America and Caribbean Region, American Association of American Geologists (AAPG) Sonia Ponguta, President, Colombian Association of Petroleum Geologists and Geophysicists (ACGGP) Adrian Tuitt, Past-President, Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobago (GSTT) Yaraixa Perez, Past-President, Venezuelan Society of Geophysical Engineers (SOVG)
Posters

Displayed throughout the entire workshop on 8-9 February

Onshore Exploration and Development
Methodology for Mapping Sediment Paleo-Deposition Environments and its Subsequent Use in 3D Geomodelling by Multipoint Geostatistical Method Sebastian Leal1, Gustavo Chacon1 (presenter), Sergio Nuncira2; 1slb, 2SierraCol Energy
Challenges in Petrophysical Evaluation of Water Saturation due to Conductivity Anisotropy: Lessons Learned from a Vertical Well and its Horizontal Section in the Tertiary Sandstone Reservoirs – Esmeraldas/La Paz – in Middle Magdalena Valley Basin, Colombia, Fredy Rubén García Rodríguez; Independent Consultant
Offshore Challenges and Opportunities
Plays Fairways and Risk in Deepwater Colombia Basin Ruben Arismendy1 (presenter), Javier Guerrero2, Chajid Kairuz1, Luis Vasquez3; 1NEOIL Energy, 2UNAL, 3ANH
Morphological Characterization of the Magdalena Submarine Fan as a Tool for the Exploration of Hydrocarbons Sara Rengifo1, Ruben Arismendy1 (presenter), Chajid Kairuz1, Javier Guerrero2, Luis Vasquez3; 1NEOIL Energy, 2UNAL, 3ANH
Gas Chimney & DHI Identification in Deepwater Colombia Basin Monica Almonacid1 (presenter), Ruben Arismendy2, Chajid Kairuz2, Javier Guerrero3, Luis Vasquez4; 1PAREX (Former NEOIL Energy), 2NEOIL Energy, 3UNAL, 4ANH
Friday, 10 February 2023
Field Trip: Reconnaissance of the Northern Part of the Sinu Onshore Sub-Basin
08:00-17:00 A Tour of Deposits and Outcrops Along the Tubará - Galerazamba Route Departs from and returns to Hotel Dann Carlton, Barranquilla Led by Camilo Montes and Felipe Lamus, Universidad del Norte
 
Field Seminar
Barranquilla, Colombia
Friday, 10 February 2023, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.

Date: 10 February 2023
Time: 8:00am - 6:00pm
Trip Leaders: Camilo Montes and Felipe Lamus
Fee: Registration available during workshop registration
Fee Includes: Transportation, Lunch, Field Guide, Refreshments

The Sinú-San Jacinto Basin is a very promising petroleum basin in Colombian offshore and onshore. This fieldtrip has the potential of encouraging exploration activities in the region and trigger collaboration projects between industry and academia. The fieldtrip has the potential to gather people from different institutions and companies who might be able to identify problems and discuss potential solutions. This could be the inception of collaboration projects that will enhance the geological knowledge of the Sinú-San Jacinto Basin.

The main objective of this field trip is to identify the main outcropping lithologies and structures in the northern part of the Sinú-San Jacinto onshore basin.

Work Plan
Tubará

Barranquilla - Tubará - Juan de Acosta - Boca Tocino Beach - Totumo Volcano - Galerazamba: Structural styles and depositional environments of Cenozoic rocks

What to Bring

The field trip fee includes transportation, refreshment, lunch, and field guide. Participants may bring cash (in pesos) to purchase additional snacks, souvenirs and to pay the admission to the Totumo mud volcano (if times allow it).

Participants should bring hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, and insect repellent as well as comfortable walking shoes. Those who plan to take a bath in the mud volcano should bring an old bathing suit, towel and sandals.

The average temperature in Turabá and Totumo is approximately 27 degrees Celsius (80 degrees Faranheit), with an average humidity of 64 percent and UV index of 5.


Trip Leaders:
Camilo Montes

Professor, Universidad del Norte, Colombia

Felipe Lamus Ochoa

Professor, Universidad del Norte, Colombia

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Recent Discoveries, Exploration Opportunities and Sustainable Development Strategies in Caribbean Basins
Hotel Dann Carlton
Cl. 98 #52B-10
BarranquillaAtlántico
Colombia
+57 605 3677777
 

Recent Discoveries, Exploration Opportunities and Sustainable Development Strategies in Caribbean Basins will be held in-person only in Barranquilla, Colombia.

GTW Caribbean will be held at the Dann Carlton Hotel and Convention Center, located in the northern part of Barranquilla, across the street from the Buenavista shopping center and with easy access to a variety of restaurants and bars.

The hotel as 178 guest rooms and 13 modern meeting rooms. Guests enjoy access to two restaurants (El Oasis and El Giratorio), the El Velero Lobby Bar as well as to the facility’s gym, spa, business center and private parking area.

AAPG Discount Rates

GTW Caribbean event participants are eligible for AAPG rate available from 7-10 February 2023.

Discounted rooms available on a first-come, first-served basis. To make a reservation contact Margoth Ruda at [email protected] and provide registration code "AAPG".

Contact by Phone

+57.605.367.7719

Rate Single Occupancy
(per night)
Double Occupancy
(per night)
Room Rate $320,000 $320,000
19% Room Tax $60,800 $60,800
Total cost per night $380,800 $380,800
Room rates are listed in Colombian Pesos (COP)


Room Rates Include:

  • Breakfast buffet
  • Local calls
  • Welcome cocktail
  • Wireless Internet
  • Complimentary parking (subject to availability)

Rooms also may be subject to a hotel tourism tax of $10,000 COP per night

The charge for an additional guest is $88,000 + VAT and includes breakfast.

Hotel check-in is 3:00 pm and check-out is 1:00 pm.

Guests will be required to provide a credit card to reserve rooms.


About Barranquilla

The City of Barranquilla is a vibrant, cosmopolitan, industrial city located in the northern Caribbean Coast region of Colombia.  With a population of approximately 2 million, Barranquilla is the region’s largest city and is Colombia's fourth most populous city, following Bogotá, Medellín and Cali.

Located at the intersection of the Magdalena River and the Caribbean Sea, the Barranquilla enjoys both river and sea cultures, as well as a warm weather all year long.

Barranquilla also has one of Colombia’s most important ports, and its nickname, “the Golden Gate of Colombia” reflects its 19th Century history as the primary point of entry for passengers and goods coming into the country.

In addition to serving as capital of the Atlántico department, Barranquilla serves as an important cultural hub. The city’s El Prado neighborhood is known  for its Republican-era architecture, and the entire city is home to numerous museums, beaches, and festivals. The Carnival of Barranquilla is the most important folkloric and cultural festival in Colombia and  designated as Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO.

 
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Notes:

All Prices are in US Dollars.

Registration fee includes workshop materials, coffee breaks and lunch both workshop days and a networking reception on February 8.

*Member rate applies to AAPG, ACGGP GSTT and SOVG members who are in good standing. Please verify that you have paid your dues for the current fiscal year before selecting this rate.

**University Faculty rate applies to individuals currently on staff at an academic institution.

Registrants who select these rates may be asked to verify their membership or employment status. 

Payment in Colombian Pesos:

To pay in Colombian pesos using a Colombian bank account, please register at our co-host organization, ACGGP.

Refund/Cancellation policy:
  • No refunds issued within 6 weeks of the event start date.
  • Registrants who are unable to participate may designate a substitute to attend in their place.
  • Cancellations and substitution requests should be sent to [email protected]
 

AAPG, ACGGP, GSTT and SOVG invite you to support GTW Caribbean 2023, a multidisciplinary event bringing leading scientists and industry practitioners together to share best practices, exchange ideas and explore opportunities for future collaboration.

Sponsorship provides your company with high visibility among industry, government, and academic specialists attending the event, as well as a global audience on the Internet. All monies contributed will be used to offset conference expenses and to provide support to university students and speakers who need financial assistance to attend the workshop.

Sponsoring companies receive one complimentary event registration for every $US 5000 contributed.

For information about the sponsorship benefits and recognition, please download the Sponsorship Brochure. Sponsors will be recognized at the level corresponding to the total dollar amount spent on general and exclusive sponsorships. Contact [email protected] for questions or additional information.

Sponsorship Brochure

 
Elsa Jeanneth Jaimes Elsa Jaimes General Chair Vice President of Exploration , Ecopetrol, Colombia
Marc Christian Quesnel Marc Quesnel General Chair Exploration Manager Trinidad and Tobago and Colombia , Shell, USA
Freddy Mauricio Niño Freddy Niño Session Chair Transition and Decarbonization Cluster Development and Access Department Head, Ecopetrol, Colombia
Liliana Gomez Liliana Gomez Session Chair Colombia Operations Lead, Shell, Colombia
Xavier Ravi Moonan Xavier Moonan Session Chair Exploration Manager and Senior Geoscientist, Touchstone Exploration, Trinidad & Tobago
Anna Paula Lougon Anna Paula Lougon Session Chair Business Development Manager, SLB, Colombia
Yaraixa E. Perez Yaraixa Perez Session Chair Petrolera (Cyprus) Ltd., Venezuela, Venezuela
Juan Carlos Mosquera Juan Carlos Mosquera Session Chair Exploration Manager, Petrobras Colombia, Colombia
Ryan Ramsook Ryan Ramsook Session Chair Executive Manager Subsurface, Trinity Exploration and Production, Trinidad Tobago
Guillermo Tellez Guillermo Tellez Session Chair Exploration Manager, Parex Resources, Colombia
Camilo Montes Camilo Montes Field Trip Leader Assistant Professor, Universidad del Norte, Colombia
Felipe Lamus Ochoa Felipe Lamus Ochoa Field Trip Leader Professor, UNIVERSIDAD DEL NORTE, Colombia
Elvira Pureza Gomez Hernandez Elvira Gomez Hernandez Panel Moderator CNOOC International, Colombia
Flover Gregorio Rodriguez Portillo Flover Rodriguez Portillo Panel Moderator Executive Director, ACGGP, Colombia
Sonia Ponguta Sonia Ponguta ACGGP Liason Geo Oil Energy, Canada
Adrian  Tuitt Adrian Tuitt GSTT Liason Geologist, Trinity Exploration and Production, Trinidad & Tobago
Stefon Harrypersad Stefon Harrypersad GSTT Liason Operations and Wellsite Geologist, RPS Group, Trinidad & Tobago
Gabriel  Wilkinson Gabriel Wilkinson SOVG Liason Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela
Laura Becerra Technical Professional - ACGGP
Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Director
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Manager
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