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12 December, 2019 Beirut Beirut Lebanon

Training Seminar: The Geology, Petroleum Systems and Exploration Potential of Lebanon and the Eastern Mediterranean

11-12 December 2019
Beirut, Lebanon

This 2-day training seminar is based on more than ten years of experience stemming from R&D studies in the fields of sedimentology, stratigraphy, structural geology, geochemistry and petroleum systems in the East-Mediterranean basins, together with technical industrial consultancy work for major players in the region. This seminar will only showcase the work achieved by an international multi-disciplinary research group including prestigious academic and industrial institutions, as well as research centres, seismic data providers and last but not least the Lebanese Petroleum Administration (LPA). Attendants are not expected nor required to provide any of their company’s data, results, or any sort of interpretation.

The practical goal of the seminar is to share our learnt lessons on assessing the petroleum prospectivity of the Levant Basin ahead of Lebanon’s second licensing round – in line of achieving an excellent turn out and subsequent discoveries. Our workflow is based on seismic interpretation, prospect mapping, reasonable multi-scenario modelling and probabilistic information, which lead to sound decisions for less risky hydrocarbon exploration. The expected petroleum plays will be evaluated in light of regional play fairway analysis, and key prospects will be individually assessed to determine the exploration risk.

The delivering method of this seminar is centred on inter-active group activities with a minimum amount of lecturing. After presenting the regional geology and tectonic evolution of the Eastern Mediterranean region, the participants will work with hands-on exercises to understand the petroleum systems and the associated risk. The classroom exercises and theoretical presentations will be complemented by a one-day field visit north of Beirut in order to examine potential analogues for carbonate prospects, recognise the depositional environments in terms of reservoirs and source rocks, and visualise the large structural fabric of the Levant margin.

Who Should Attend:

Geologists, exploration managers and oil & gas professionals with an interest in the East Mediterranean’s geology or in the upcoming licensing rounds in the region. This workshop will particularly help New Venture teams of IOCs who are exploring the potential of offshore Lebanon ahead of Lebanon’s 2nd offshore bid-round.


Day 1: General overview of the regional geology of the Eastern Mediterranean region with a focus on Lebanon and its offshore. Key seismic sections will be interpreted to identify the tectono-stratigraphy, facies distribution and structure of the basin. Review of the infilling of the basin with suggestion of source to sink scenarios and play fairway analysis.

Day 2: Basin modelling (petroleum systems analysis) with a focus on both biogenic and thermogenic source rocks, generation of leads/prospects, assessment of trap integrity and assessment of the exploration risk.

Day 3 (optional): Visit of the northern coastal Mount Lebanon to examine the Cretaceous carbonate platform (Zohr analogue), visualise the Campanian thermogenic source rocks and evaluate to the Miocene reefal carbonate buildups in Chekka (north of Beirut).

The participants will gain extensive knowledge on the following areas:

  1. Regional Geology Synthesis

    Tectono-stratigraphy, structural geology and petroleum systems of the Eastern Mediterranean

    • Theoretical presentations

  2. Seismic Data Interpretation

    Identification of key regional horizons, tectono-stratigraphy, facies interpretation, fault mapping and characterization, geomechanical interpretation.

    • Practical exercises on seismic data and interpretation
    • Discussion of results (input data for stratigraphic models)

  3. Stratigraphic Architecture of the Basin

    Understanding the infilling of the basin (particularly offshore Lebanon and Cyprus), evaluating sediment provenance, source to sink, GDE models, defining key plays, mapping play fairways

    • Practical exercises in play fairway analysis and modelling
    • Discussion of results (input data for basin models)

  4. Basin Modelling

    Integration of the sedimentary/stratigraphy (GDE) models into a thermal/burial model, understanding the source rock maturity, expulsion and accumulation, evaluating the thermogenic/biogenic systems, assessing the viability of the proposed potential petroleum systems. Are we expecting liquids in the Levant Basin?

  5. Prospect/Lead Analysis

    Interpretation of the trapping type and structural style (structural and/or stratigraphic traps), assessment of trap integrity, evaluation of fault permeability, evaluating key risks. What can we learn from in depth structural analysis?

    • Practical exercises in structural analysis and fault permeability
    • Discussion of results

  6. Exploration Risk Analysis

    Evaluating the risk and the chance of success for key prospects and plays, identifying the major exploration risk and suggest action plans to lower this risk segment.

  7. Field Visit to Observe the Levant Margin’s Carbonate Platform and its Structures

    Investigate the Cretaceous to Miocene carbonate platform in Lebanon to draw analogy to Zohr, understand the depositional environment of the Campanian source rocks, visualise the large structures of the Levant margin analogous to the offshore structures and have a concept of the scale.


Beirut, Lebanon
13 December 2019

Date: Friday December 13, 2019
Location: Central coastal Lebanon north of Beirut. The visited towns will include Qartaba, Laqlouq, Tannourine, Chekka and Byblos
Fees: US$ 550 (Members) | US$ 750 (Non-members)

Trip Objectives:

Investigate the Cretaceous to Miocene carbonate platforms in Lebanon to draw analogy to Zohr, Explore the depositional environment of the Campanian source rocks, visualise the large structures of the Levant margin (e.g. the Qartaba structure) analogous to the offshore structures and have a concept of the scale.


Departure time: 8:00 AM from hotel

Stop 1: Qartaba village: Overview of the stratigraphy and depositional environment of the Levant margin by looking at a panoramic view of the stratigraphic succession.

Stop 2: Laqlouq: quick stop to visualize the folding of the Qartaba anticline

Stop 3: Tannourine: Overview of the large E-W strike-slip faults and discussion on their geodynamic history and implications on the petroleum system

Stop 4: Tannourine-Douma road: Overview of the Cretaceous carbonate monocline and discussion on facies variation

Stop 5: Chekka quarry: Examine the Campanian thermogenic source rocks and the Paleocene depositional systems.

Stop 6: Ras Chekka: observe the Eocene carbonates, the Miocene reefs and the hiatus between the Lutetian-Burdigalian

End of the trip by 5:00 PM

Figure 1: The map of the region visited in this fieldtrip

Figure 1: The map of the region visited in this fieldtrip

Figure 2: Map showing the road that will be followed during the trip and the location of the stops
Figure 2: Map showing the road that will be followed during the trip and the location of the stops
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