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The upper zone of the Lower Cretaceous Kharaib Formation (151–177 ft [46–54 m] thick in the studied wells) is a major oil reservoir in several giant oil fields. Wide variations in porosity and permeability of this zone have been shown to result from both the inhibition of burial cementation by oil in the crest of each field and localized cementation adjacent to stylolites, combined with the more subtle influence of widely varying depositional mud content and grain size.
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Experience more than 235 poster presentations, networking events with industry experts, global opportunities in the International Pavilion, and the latest technological innovations, products, and services. 

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The AAPG 2018 International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) brings together a truly global audience of energy professionals to exchange knowledge, data, and innovation. For more than 30 years ICE has provided this platform for formulating solutions to the key challenges facing the energy industry, and ICE 2018 is shaping up to be no different.

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AAPG, the recognized global leader in the dissemination of high-quality geoscience data and information, brings its International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) to Cape Town, 4-7 November 2018. ICE 2018 will gather geoscientists and petroleum industry professionals from 60+ countries looking to build their knowledge, discover innovations, and network with peers. Submit your abstracts today and help guide our future industry success. 

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View and download the ICE 2018 Technical Program and Registration Announcement. Get your FREE copy to see the full day-by-day Technical Program including highlighted events, special sessions, short courses and field trips, networking opportunities, student and young professional activities, and much more. 

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Place your brand in front of an audience of geoscience professionals from around the world. ICE 2018 in Cape Town, held 4-7 November 2018 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, will be co-located with Africa Oil Week (AOW) giving you and your brand a unique opportunity to gain more visibility with a broader audience at no added expense. 

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AAPG, the recognized global leader in the dissemination of high-quality geoscience data and information, brings its International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) to Cape Town, 4-7 November 2018. ICE 2018 will gather geoscientists and petroleum industry professionals from 60+ countries looking to build their knowledge, discover innovations, and network with peers. Submit your abstracts today and help guide our future industry success.

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Coming off a busy and successful ICE 2017 in London, AAPG is excited to take the globe's leading petroleum geoscience event to Cape Town, South Africa, 4-7 November 2018. This event, which will be co-located with Africa Oil Week, will provide you and your company a great audience to spotlight your brand in the exhibition, with highly visible sponsorship opportunities.

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The two most compelling words in the Middle East oil industry today might be “natural gas.” And there are other, increasingly important word pairs not usually associated with the Middle East oil industry, like “unconventional resources” and “renewable energy.”

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Digital transformation is taking place in oilfields all around the globe, but the Middle East is pursuing it most aggressively. It is estimated that Middle Eastern oil companies have more than doubled their investments in digital technology over the last four years, said Vivek Chidambaram, managing director of Accenture Strategy, a multinational consulting company.

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Field Seminar

Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 30 January, 2020 30 January, 2020 53671
 
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
30 January 2020
Date: January 30th, 2020
Time: 8am – 3pm
Start/Return Point: Abu Dhabi
Equipment Required: Sturdy boots/shoes, sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sun-cream, etc.).
Fitness: Most places require light walking (100s meters / comparatively flat). Sabkha outcrop will involve some wading in ankle-deep water/mud.
Field Trip Leaders: Hesham Shebl, Ibrahim Al Ali and Hani El Sahn

The modern carbonate-evaporite depositional environments along the Abu Dhabi shoreline and offshore Abu Dhabi belong to the few areas of the world where the geoscientist can observe the interplay between carbonate and evaporite sedimentation.

The analysis of modern analogs is one of the few means by which high-resolution spatial complexity of stratigraphic systems can be described. If the horizontal dimensions of facies belts are less than the typical well spacing, modern analogs, together with seismic and production data help to construct realistic geologic and simulation models of subsurface reservoirs.

Supratidal (sabkha) to intertidal (microbial mat), and lowermost intertidal to shallow subtidal (lagoon: skeletal-peloid tidal-flat) environments will be studied along the Abu Dhabi coastline in the vicinity of Al-Qanatir Island.

Al-Qanatir Island: In the vicinity of the road to Al-Qanatir Island participants will be able to study a complete and undisturbed lateral facies succession of the upper supratidal to the shallow subtidal environments:

  • Upper supratidal stranded beach ridges
    • Topographic highs, some cm above the adjacent upper sabkha environment
  • Upper sabkha (upper supratidal)
    • Surface covered by polygonally-cracked halite crust
  • Middle sabkha (middle supratidal)
    • Surface covered by finely-crystalline, whitish anhydrite polygons
  • Lower sabkha (lower supratidal)
    • Surface covered by shiny, sparkling gypsum crystals
  • Upper to lower intertidal microbial mat
    • Crenulated or crinkled microbial mat above gypsum mush facies
    • Blistered and pinnacle microbial mat
    • Polygonal and tufted microbial mat
  • Lowermost intertidal to shallow subtidal.
    • Peloid-skeletal tidal-flat.

This trip provides an insight into recent to modern evaporitic coastal depositional systems, that can be considered analogues to parts of the Mesozoic reservoir systems of the Middle East (e.g. intra-Arab & Hith anhydrites).

Itinerary
8:00 am Depart for Sabkha outcrops at Al-Qanatir
9:00 am Arrive at Al-Qanatir Island
9:15 am Introduction
Stop 1: Lateral Sabkha Sequence
Stop 1a: Upper, Middle, and Lower Supratidal Sabkha Environment
Stop 1b: Upper, Middle and Lower Intertidal Microbial Mat Environment
Stop 1c: Lowermost Intertidal to Shallow Subtidal Peloid-Skeletal Tidal-Flat Environment
Lunch
2:00 pm Depart Sabkha for Abu Dhabi

Al Ain United Arab Emirates 30 January, 2020 30 January, 2020 53672
 
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates
30 January 2020
Date: January 30th, 2020
Time: 8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Start/Return Point: Abu Dhabi
Equipment Required: • We cannot stress enough the importance of good sturdy field boots. If you are buying new boots, spend a few days “breaking in” the boots before coming to field.
• Good solid hiking or work boots (leather) (no long heels for field work)
&bull: Clothing for both hot and cold weather
• Personal hygiene items.
• Rain gear (waterproof, breathable) (in case)
Field Trip Leaders: Dr. Abdelwahab Noufal and Ismail Al Hosani

The one day field trip to Jabal Hafit is tailored to offer participants the opportunity to study the structural style and fracturing of carbonate rocks analogous to reservoir units of the globally important UAE oil province. The clear exposure of these carbonate rocks in this tectonically complicated area provides a significant opportunity to study and explain the structural style and deformation history of the region, with emphasis to study fractures pattern and fracturing mechanism with relation to the paleostress and in‐situ stresses, and the link to fractures hydraulic conductivity.

The proposed locations to be visited on this fieldtrip will demonstrate the stratigraphic relationship of the various rock units and their fracture systems that have been developed during long geological deformation. There are significant similarities between these exposed rocks and those units seen in the Abu Dhabi oil fields by means of depositional characteristics and fracture system and fracture related diagenesis (cementation/host rock alteration) with its impact on sealing potential.


List of the observation stops made over Jabal Hafit with their GPS record, lithology and structures:

Workshop

Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 06 April, 2020 07 April, 2020 51952
 
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
6-7 April 2020

Join us for the Immersion into Shuaiba Formation to Maximize Production workshop to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 06-07 April 2020. This workshop will enrich our knowledge in relation to regional and local geological commonalities and diversities. It will help in formulating and updating regional stratigraphic framework based on common stratigraphic and chronostratigraphic markers. The knowledge attained will enhance our ability to predict the source-reservoir-seal presence, its quality and distribution of the stratigraphic targets.

Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 08 June, 2020 10 June, 2020 51932
 
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
8-10 June 2020

Join us for the 3rd Edition: AAPG/SPE E&P Data Management workshop to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 8 June 2020.

Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi United Arab Emirates 28 January, 2020 29 January, 2020 51885
 
Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
28-29 January 2020

Join us for the 3rd Edition: Carbonate Reservoirs of the Middle East workshop to be held in Abu Dhabi, UAE on 28-29 January 2020. It will give the opportunity for operators, service companies and researchers to discuss common challenges related to carbonate reservoirs, and their solution through the application of innovative technologies. Although, the topics will clearly encourage attendance from specialists based in the Middle East region, we also expect a global audience that includes promotors and practitioners of carbonate analysis. This is a reflection of its increasing role in the various stages of exploration and development: from exploration drilling to well performance in field development.

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