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11 December, 2019 Muscat Ad Dakhiliyah Oman

2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East

9-11 December 2019
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Muscat, Oman

The first edition of the AAPG Geoscience Technology Workshop entitled “Structural Styles of the Middle East” occurred in May 2017 in Muscat, Sultanate of Oman. This workshop focused on the structural evolution of the Middle East geological provinces as well as on the main structural styles characterizing these provinces. The different technical sessions covered a wide range of topics. Regionally dedicated sessions focussed on the following subjects:

  • Comparisons between the structural styles of the Arabian Peninsula and the Zagros/Makran provinces,
  • Comparisons between North, South and South-East Oman,
  • Kinematic indicators of the different “Alpine” phases of deformation.

More thematic-based sessions were also organised with the aim to:

  • Distinguish the role of deeply rooted structures against detachment-related ones in the region,
  • Review the key structural tools used for seismic interpretation and structural model QC.

Based on the positive feedback collected by the technical committee after the first workshop, the decision was taken to repeat it as a recurring event. The idea was both to open the technical sessions to relevant aspects that were not covered by the first edition and to evaluate the progress made on previously discussed topics.

Based on this idea, the 2019 edition of the “Structural Styles of the Middle East” will articulate around four main themes covered by half-day technical sessions. These themes are the following:

  • Structurally influenced traps, source rocks, reservoirs and seals,
  • Precambrian basement patterns and Paleozoic tectonic evolution of the Middle East region,
  • Salt tectonics in the Middle East,
  • Meso-Cenozoic regional evolution.

A session dedicated to open discussions will follow the four thematic sessions.

Workshop objectives:

The workshop aims to provide a state of the art review of the contrasted structural styles of the Middle East. The technical sessions will evaluate the influence of the multiple regional tectonic phases and of other major controlling parameters on the occurrence of major structural styles. A clear focus should be brought to the recent progresses made in the domains covered by the technical sessions as well as to their implications on economic prospectivity concerning hydrocarbon resources.

 


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6:00 AM - 7:00 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1

Monday December 9

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Workshop Registration

Workshop Registration

8:00 AM - 8:10 AM
Workshop Chair's Welcome and Introduction
8:10 AM - 8:20 AM
Welcome Keynote

Salim Mahourqi - AAPG Middle East Region Past President (2017 - 2019)

8:20 AM - 8:35 PM
Inaugural Keynote

Hisham Al Siyabi - PDO

8:35 AM - 9:05 AM
Technical Keynote: Structural Styles in the Middle East. How Sandbox Models Support Their Understanding and Interpretation

Pascal Richard - Shell

9:05 AM - 9:35 AM
Technical Keynote: Structural Characteristics of Fault-Bound Precambrian to Paleozoic Basins of Saudi Arabia

Simon Stewart - Saudi Aramco

9:35 AM - 9:45 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Coffee Break & Posters

Coffee Break & Posters

9:40 AM - 10:40 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Session 1

Session 1: Precambrian Basement Patterns and the Palaeozoic Tectonic Evolution

Session Co-Chairs: Wilfried Bauer, Gutech and Andreas Scharf, SQU

9:45 AM - 10:10 AM
Evidence for and Configuration of an Early Cambrian Orogeny in Oman

Jean-Paul Breton

10:10 AM - 10:35 AM
Early Tectonic Evolution of Oman: Insights from Clastic Provenance Data and Implications for the Structural Evolution of Arabia

Irene Gomez-Perez, PDO

10:35 AM - 11:00 AM
Deformation Patterns of Neoproterozoic and Earliest Cambrian Rocks at the Western Sector of the Jabal Akhdar Dome, Central Oman Mountains

Ivan Callegari - German University of Technology in Oman (Gutech)

11:00 AM - 11:15 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Coffee Break & Posters

Coffee Break & Posters

11:15 AM - 11:40 AM
The South Oman Western Deformation Front Formation: A Mechanism to Explain how Halokinesis can be Paused in Time and Space

Pascal Richard - Shell

11:40 AM - 12:05 PM
A Review of the Plate Tectonic Configuration of Eastern Arabia from Neoproterozoic to the Late Paleozoic – Initial Results

Christian Heine, Shell

12:05 PM - 12:15 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Coffee Break & Posters 2

Coffee Break & Posters

12:15 PM - 1:00 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Breakout Session

Breakout Session

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Lunch

Lunch

1:10 PM - 2:10 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Session 2

Session 2: Tectonic Evolution of the Meso-Cenozoic

Session Co-Chairs: Loic Bazalgette, PDO and Pascal Richard, Shell

2:00 PM - 2:25 PM
Meso-Cenozoic Structural Evolution of North Oman Subsurface. The Example of Lekhwair Area

Loïc Bazalgette - PDO

2:25 PM - 2:50 PM
Tectonics of the Northern Red Sea and Implications for Assessing Exploration Risk

Christian Heine - Shell

2:50 PM - 3:05 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Coffee Break & Posters 3

Coffee Break & Posters

3:05 PM - 3:30 PM

Quantifying Vertical Movements in Fold and Thrust Belts: Subsidence, Uplift and Erosion in Kurdistan, Northern Iraq

Richard Tozer - Total

3:30 PM - 3:55 PM
Relative Timing of Uplift Along the Zagros Mountain Front Flexure Constrained by Geomorphic Indices and Landscape Modelling, Kurdistan Region of Iraq

Mjahid Zebari - Friedrich Schiller University Jena

3:55 PM - 4:20 PM
Late Miocene Shift in Tectonic Style Along the NW Zagros Fold-Thrust Celt, Kurdistan Region of Iraq: Constraints From Apatite (U-Th)/He Thermochronometry and Balanced Cross Sections

Renas Koshnaw - University of Gottingen

4:20 PM - 4:35 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Coffee Break & Posters 4

Coffee Break & Posters

4:35 PM - 5:20 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 1 Break out Session 2

Breakout Session

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 2

Tuesday December 10

8:15 AM - 8:30 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 2 Session 3

Session 3: Salt Tectonics in the Middle East

Session Co-Chairs: Jan Witte, Falcon Geoconsulting and Elias Al-Kharusi, Petrogas

8:30 AM - 10:55 AM
Rift, Drift and Salt Tectonics in the Red Sea: The State of the Divergence

Abdulkader Afifi - KAUST

8:55 AM - 9:20 AM
Salt Tectonics and Rift Structures in the Red Sea

Joao Keller - Saudi Aramco

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 2 Coffee Break & Posters

Coffee Break & Posters

9:40 AM - 10:05 AM
How Observations of the Salt Plugs in the Iranian Fars Province and Analog Modeling Reveals Salt Tectonic Evolution. Application to the Understanding of Middle East Settings and to Kinematic Restoration

Jean-Luc Rudkiewicz - IFPEN

10:05 AM - 11:05 AM
The Role of the Basement and Salt Tectonic on the Cenozoic Contractional Deformation in the South-eastern Zagros Fold Belt

Ralph Hinsch - OMV

10:30 AM - 10:55 AM
Salt Tectonics in Central Oman Area – New Insights from Recent 3D Seismic Survey

Abdullah al Gahaffi, PDO

10:55 AM - 11:10 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 2 Coffee Break & Posters 2

Coffee Break & Posters

11:10 AM - 12:00 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 2 Breakout Session

Breakout Session

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 2 Lunch

Lunch

8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 3

Wednesday December 11

8:15 AM - 9:15 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 3 Session 4

Session 4: Structurally Influenced Traps, Source Rocks, Reservoirs and Seals

Session Co-Chairs: Jean-Luc Rudkiewicz, IFPEN and Abdulrahman Al-Mulla, Saudi Aramco

8:30 AM - 8:55 AM
Structural, Geomorphological and Stratigraphic Controls on the Deposition of the Paleocene Shammar Formation of North Oman

Loïc Bazalgette - PDO

8:55 AM - 9:20 AM
Burial and Exhumation History of the Oman Passive Margin Untangled by Combining Structural and Temperature Data

Christoph von Hagke - RWTH Aachen

9:20 AM - 9:40 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 3 Coffee Break & Posters

Coffee Break & Posters

9:40 AM - 10:05 AM
Spatial Correlation of Oil Seeps and Structures in the Zagros Fold Belt

Jan Witte - Falcon Geoconsulting

10:05 AM - 10:30 AM
Structural Interpretation of the Ara Group Carbonates, South Oman Salt Basin

Stephen Calvert - PDO

10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 3 Coffee Break & Posters 2

Coffee Break & Posters

10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 3 Breakout Session

Breakout Session

12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 3 Lunch

Lunch

1:30 PM - 3:00 PM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Day 3 Session 5: Open Session

Session 5: Open Session

Session Co- Chairs: Jack Filbrandt, Shell and Frank Mattern, SQU

3:00 PM - 3:15 PM
Wrap Up and Workshop Adjournment

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8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
2nd Edition: Structural Styles of the Middle East - Poster Presentations
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Late Lutetian 40Ar/39Ar Age Dating of a Mafic Intrusion into the Jafnayn Formation and its Tectonic Implications (Muscat, Oman)

Frank Mattern – Sultan Qaboos University

9:10 AM - 10:10 AM
Early Cenozoic Listwaenite Formation at a Major Extensional Fault Zone of the Oman Mountains (Fanja Area) – Insights From Structural Analysis and U-Pb Carbonate Dating

Andreas Scharf - Sultan Qaboos University

9:20 AM - 10:20 AM
The Semail Gap Fault Zone (Oman Mountains) - Influences of an Inherited Basement Structure on Cenozoic Deformation?

Andreas Scharf - Sultan Qaboos University

 

AAPG Event Jabal Akhdar Ad Dakhiliyah Oman 12 December, 2019 Basin Modeling and Geochemistry, Source Rock 09 December, 2019 11 December, 2019 7:30 AM 7:00 PM 27 February, 2019
 
Jabal Akhdar, Oman
12 December 2019

Field Trip Leader: Andreas Scharf, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)
Date: 12th December
Time: 7.30am – 7pm
Fee: $400
Registration Deadline: 20th November

The Jabal Akhdar in the Oman Mountains forms a ~90 km x 60 km large dome. The core of this dome consists of Precambrian sedimentary rocks, including source rocks. These rocks are separated by the overlying rocks by an angular unconformity. Rocks above this unconformity are the Permo-Mesozoic shelf carbonates of the Arabian passive margin. During the Late Cretaceous, the Arabian shelf was overthrust by the Semail Ophiolite and Hawasina rocks. Final doming was during the Eocene to Miocene. Thus, the Jabal Akhdar Dome provides insights to several deformation events.

This field trip will start near Al-Hamra and traverse the Jabal Akhdar Dome from the southern margin. Our road leads to a spectacular vista point at about 2000 m elevation. From this site we will study the regional folds in Precambrian formations as well the impressive cliffs of Permo-Mesozoic rocks. Within the core of the dome we will investigate Paleozoic refolded folds as well as syndepositional extensional faults within the Precambrian strata (Figs. 1 & 2). In Wadi Bani Kharous, the angular unconformity is superbly exposed (Fig. 3). The field trip will further inspect ductile and brittle deformation in the Mesozoic shelf carbonates (Fig. 4). Deformation is due to gravitational collapse and related extension immediately after ophiolite emplacement and final doming.

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AAPG Event Rusayl Embayment Ad Dakhiliyah Oman 12 December, 2019 Geophysics, Gravity, Structure, Geomechanics and Fracture Analysis, Structural Analysis (Other) 09 December, 2019 11 December, 2019 8:00 AM 5:00 PM 27 February, 2019
 
Rusayl Embayment, Oman
12 December 2019

Field Trip Leader: Frank Mattern, Sultan Qaboos University (SQU)
Date: 12th December
Time: 8am – 5pm
Fee: $170
Registration Deadline: 20th November

The field trip will lead to the Sunub/Ansab area to discuss the postobductional extensional, NW-striking Frontal Range Fault which formed in the course of gravitational collapse of the Saih Hatat and Jabal Akhdar domes. The fault is marked by the occurrence of listwaenite. The vertical displacement amounts to a few to several kilometers. Shearing ensued in two intervals, during the late Cretaceous to early Eocene and probably Oligocene. At this fault segment, the first stage is characterized by extension. The second stage is marked by dextral motion, including local transtension. The listwaenite dispalys the unusual feature of a ductile shear zone which trends obliquely to the Frontal Range Fault.

At the hot spring of Hammam Al Ali the Frontal Range Fault is superbly exposed. The presence of the hot spring may well be related to the fault’s transtensional releasing bend as well as the occurrence of a nearby basalt which intruded the Paleocene-Eocene Jafnayn Formation.

Gravitational collapse also created contractional structures due to E-W compression. Near Jafnayn, a wide open syncline in Eocene formations will be shown whose axis trends N-S, and on the SQU campus a syndepositional, E-dipping Miocene thrust formed within the Barzamen Formation. It displays ramps and an intervening flat. In Al-Khod Village, pillow basalt was pressed over a mudflow deposit along a west-dipping reverse fault. The two compressive faults could have formed coeval conjugate faults. Compression is related to convergence of downthrown hanging wall blocks.

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Loic Bazalgette Technical Program Co-Chair PDO
Abdulrahman Almulla Technical Program Co-Chair Saudi Aramco
Jan Witte Technical Program Committee Falcon-Geoconsulting
Wilfried Bauer Technical Program Committee German University of Technology in Oman
Jean-Luc Rudkiewicz Technical Program Committee IFPEN
Elias Al Kharusi Technical Program Committee Petrogas
Pascal Richard Technical Program Committee Shell
Jacek Filbrandt Technical Program Committee Shell Intl. Expl. & Prod.
Frank Mattern Technical Program Committee Sultan Qaboos University
Andreas Scharf Technical Program Committee Sultan Qaboos University
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