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Cretaceous Deep-Water Stratigraphic Play - An Exploration Frontier in the Pelotas Basin, Offshore South America

South Atlantic Basins Research Symposium Presentation
AAPG Distinguished Lecture

Authors: Vitor Abreu, ACT Geosciences (presenter); Carlos Mikael Arnemann Batista, ANP; Sidnei Rostirolla, Consultant

The Pelotas basin is a volcanic continental margin formed as a result of the opening of the South Atlantic Ocean during the Early Cretaceous. It is located offshore SE Brazil and Uruguay, limited by the Florianopolis High (Brazil) to the north and the Polonio Arch (Uruguay) to the south. It is marked by a volcanic basement dominated by Seaward Dipping Reflections (SDR’s) emplaced during the late phases of rifting and early drifting as an Initial Oceanic Crust.


Vitor Abreu, ACT-GEO

Vitor is an internationally recognized consultant, considered one of the world leaders in sequence stratigraphy and deep-water reservoirs, proposing deep-water models with strong impact in reservoir characterization. He received his PhD degree at Rice University (Houston).

He has 35 years of experience in the oil industry in petroleum exploration, retired from ExxonMobil in 2016 and currently the owner of Abreu Consulting and Training – ACT-GEO.

Vitor is Past-President of the Society of Sedimentary Geology (SEPM) and an Adjunct Professor at Rice University. More than 1000 students from around the globe have taken his short course on “Sequence Stratigraphy for Applied to Exploration” in the last 15 years. He is also one of the industry leaders on Sequence Stratigraphy and is the chief editor of SEPM’s book “Sequence Stratigraphy of Siliciclastic Systems”, which has sold almost 4000 copies since publication in 2010. He was the recipient of the AAPG’s Jules Braunstein Memorial Award and was appointed AAPG’s inaugural International Distinguished Instructor in 2006.

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