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Maturing Sustainable Solutions to, Explore, Develop and Produce Oil and Gas Across the Guyana Suriname Basin

Wednesday, 17 January Thursday, 18 January 2024, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Paramaribo, Suriname

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The AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region and the SPE Suriname Section invite you to join us for Maturing Sustainable Solutions to, Explore, Develop and Produce Oil and Gas Across the Guyana Suriname Basin, an in-person technical symposium designed to facilitate learning, sharing, and open discussion among all attendees.

The two-day in-person only event features a series of technical presentations, panels, roundtable discussions and networking opportunities with industry leaders, government representatives and technical experts.

The symposium provides an ideal space for geologists, geophysicists, engineers, managers, and business development professionals to learn first-hand about recent activity and exploration opportunities in one of the world’s most prolific basins.

Plenary Sessions and Executive Panels
  • Global Exploration, Development and Decarbonization: How Guyana and Suriname Fit into the Big Picture
  • Operating Safely in Complex Subsurface Environments
  • Global Gas Development and the Role of Hydrogen in the Energy Mix
  • The Impact of the Energy Transition on R&D in Oil & Gas Technologies
Technical Sessions

(open for abstract submission)

  1. New Subsurface Insights
  2. Mass Transport Complexes
  3. High Impedance Signature of Sands
  4. Analogs to Aid in Understanding Areas with Limited Data
  5. Carbonate Potential in the Guyana Suriname Basin
  6. Potential for Hydrogen, Geothermal and other Alternative Energies in the Guyana Suriname Basin
  1. Successful Production Testing in the Guyana Suriname Basin
  2. Developments in Ultra Deep Drilling
  3. Gas Development Scenarios
  4. Predicting Pressure Distribution
  5. Enhanced Oil Recovery in Offshore, Shallow Offshore and Onshore Areas
Data Science:
  1. Data Sharing, Knowledge Transfer and Collaboration
  2. Using Data Science in Production
  3. Data Management in Suriname and Guyana

The symposium will be held in-person only and will not include virtual presentations. Please refrain from submitting proposals if you know that you will not be able to travel to Paramaribo to attend the event.

Maturing Sustainable Solutions to, Explore, Develop and Produce Oil and Gas Across the Guyana Suriname Basin
Torarica Hotel Resort
Mr. L.J. Rietbergplein 1

The Torarica Group of Hotels, host of AAPG’s Suriname 2024 Technical Symposium, is pleased to confirm special rates to attendees

Torarica Hotel and Resort
Torarica Hotel Resort
Rooms Single/Double
Standard US$156.50 / US$179.50 per night
Executive US$191.50 / US$215.50 per night
Royal Torarica Hotel
Royal Torarica Hotel
Rooms Single/Double
Standard US$170.50/ US$193.50 per night
Deluxe US$215.50 / US$238.50 per night

*Note: Hotels are side by side in the same location.

Prices Include
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Tax
  • Service charge
  • Utility fee
  • Complimentary Wireless Internet in all rooms & public areas
  • Complimentary Hotel Toiletries
  • 1.5 liters of water daily
  • Free shuttle service from and to the international airport
  • One daily non-alcoholic or Alcoholic drink at the bar
  • 25% discount on massage
Reserve Accommodations

To make a reservation using the event rate, please contact [email protected] and mention code “AAPG”.

About Paramaribo

Paramaribo Suriname

Authentic cultures, an enchanting interior, and unique people from many different origins in one place: Paramaribo!

With a population of roughly 241,000 people, Paramaribo, a former 17th and 18th Century Dutch colonial town, is the capital and largest city of Suriname. Paramaribo’s historic center has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 2002. Its buildings illustrate the gradual fusion of Dutch architectural influence with traditional local techniques and materials.

Enjoy this beautiful gem of a city while attending AAPG’s Suriname 2024 Technical Symposium!


Paramaribo Suriname

While the official language is Dutch, English is widely spoken and understood by most people in Suriname. You might also hear Sranantongo on the streets of Paramaribo, which is an English based creole language.


The average temperatures in Paramaribo in January range from 75°F (23°C) and 84°F (29°C), with 81% humidity. Visitors should drink water regularly to remain hydrated.


The Surinamese dollar (SRD) has been the currency of Suriname since 2004. $1 USD is equivalent to approximately $14.15 SRD.

In Paramaribo some of the ATMs will accept international credit and debit cards and dispense Surinamese Dollars. If you plan to exchange cash in Suriname, bring US dollars or Euros.

Things to Do
  • Visit the well-restored Fort Zeelandia
  • Marvel at works of art at Readytex Art Gallery
  • Discover the South American wildlife at Paramaribo Zoo
  • Visit the magnificent Neveh Shalom Synagogue
  • Spend some quality time with friends or family at the Palmentuin
  • Admire the Dutch architecture of the Presidential Palace of Suriname
  • Visit Saint Peter and Paul Cathedral
  • Take a boat tour of the Commewijne River
Visa and Health Regulations
Visa Information

Since July 2022, all travelers wishing to visit Suriname for Tourism purposes (for up to 90 days), are required to pay an Entry Fee ($25USD) to be admitted to the territory. Depending on your nationality, you might require a visa as well.

Please review the following link for eligibility: https://suriname.vfsevisa.com/suriname/online/home/who-can-apply-for-e-tourist-card

Health Information

COVID 19 and Yellow fever vaccinations are required for entry to Suriname. Vaccinations for Hepatitis A and B, Malaria, Measles, Rabies, and Typhoid are also widely recommended. Please check with your local embassy for further information.

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Registration fee includes workshop materials, coffee breaks and lunch both event days and a networking reception held the evening before the event.

*Member rate applies to AAPG and SPE members who have paid their dues for the current fiscal year. University Faculty rates apply to individuals currently on staff at an academic institution. Registrants who select these rates may be asked to verify their membership or employment status.


AAPG Latin America and Caribbean Region and the SPE Suriname Section invite you to support Maturing Sustainable Solutions to Explore, Develop and Produce Oil and Gas Across the Guyana Suriname Basin. A multidisciplinary technology symposium 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 the industry, government, and academic specialists attending the event, as well as to the global audience visiting the event website.

Exhibiting at the symposium provides the opportunity to interact directly with individuals at the event in Paramaribo. Exhibiting companies receive a discounted price on symposium registrations and can choose from a variety of stand sizes and prices.

To confirm sponsorships and/or exhibit space, please complete and return the Sponsorship Commitment Form and Stand Reservation Form.

Contact [email protected] for questions or additional information.

Sponsorship Commitment Form

Stand Reservation Form

Patrick Loys Brunings Patrick Brunings General Co-Chair Offshore Exploration & Non-Operated Ventures Asset Manager, Staatsolie Company Suriname N.V., Suriname
Liz Lee Liz Lee General Co-Chair Geoscience Manager, Suriname Operations, ExxonMobil, USA
Paul Riley Paul Riley Organizing Committee Guyana & Suriname Exploration Manager, ExxonMobil, USA
Victor H. Vega Victor Vega Organizing Committee AAPG LACR Corporate Advisor, Frontera Energy, USA
Clyde Purcy Griffith Clyde Griffith Organizing Committee G&G Specialist, AAPG Delegate - Suriname, Suriname
Amelia van Kallen Amelia van Kallen Organizing Committee Reservoir Engineer SPE Suriname Section, Staatsolie, Suriname
Amresh Mohan Amresh Mohan Organizing Committee Spe Suriname Section IOR/EOR Program Manager/ Upstream Onshore, Staatsolie, Suriname
Xavier Ravi Moonan Xavier Moonan Organizing Committee Exploration Manager AAPG LACR President, Touchstone Exploration, Trinidad and Tobago
Bryan Cronin Bryan Cronin Organizing Committee Global Deep-Water Advisor, Tullow OIl, Ghana
Andrew Hepburn Andrew Hepburn Organizing Committee Country Chair Suriname, Shell, Suriname
Douglas Francis Goff Douglas Goff Organizing Committee Exploration Manager-Americas, Chevron, USA
Ikechukwu Nwamordi Ikechukwu Nwamordi Organizing Committee Manager Business, Development/Government Relations, TotalEnergies
Sharista Kisoensingh Sharista Kisoensingh Organizing Committee Deepwater Exploration Team Lead, Staatsolie, Suriname
Zamri Baseri Zamri Baseri Organizing Committee Suriname Country Manager, Petronas, Malaysia
Tim Chapman Tim Chapman Session Chair Exploration Director Guyana-Suriname, Hess Corporation, USA
Emily Smith Llinás AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Director
Diana Ruiz Vásquez AAPG Latin America & Caribbean Region Events Manager
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