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Basin Modeling of Thermicity and Diachronism of South Atlantic Rifted Margin: An Example from the Presalt of Brazil

Petroleum Systems Webinar Series

Occurred Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 8:00 a.m.–9:00 a.m.  |  Virtual Webinar via Zoom (Tulsa, Oklahoma time)

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Join the Petroleum Systems Technical Interest Group (TIG) for the next session of the AAPG Petroleum Systems Webinar Series, "Basin Modeling of Thermicity and Diachronism of South Atlantic Rifted Margin: An Example from the Presalt of Brazil", on Wednesday, 4 May 2022, 8:00 AM (CST).

Rifted margins contain prolific petroleum systems due to their unique crustal evolution, which frequently causes very favorable combinations of source rock deposition, heat flow evolution, and structural/stratigraphic trap configuration. Structural restoration and basin modeling help understand observed geometries and thermal data, suggesting a strong diachronism between heat flow and structuring/faulting. These concepts and their implications are highlighted with an example from the pre-salt basins in offshore Brazil.

Dr. Johannes Wendebourg
TotalEnergies Exploration, Paris, France

Dr. Johannes Wendebourg has more than 30 years of industry and academic experience in basin modeling, subsurface fluid flow, and exploration risk. He currently is the Manager of the Petroleum Evaluation Team of TotalEnergies in Paris, France. Previous positions in TotalEnergies include senior exploration consultant in its Americas exploration hub in Houston, New Venture manager and Petroleum Systems expert, and member of Total’s Exploration committee.

Before Total, Wendebourg worked for eight years with Shell E&P International in the Netherlands in various positions in R&D and exploration services. Before that, he worked for almost ten years at the French Petroleum Institute (IFP) in Paris, France, where he was instrumental in pioneering 3-D basin modeling, compositional migration modeling, and quantitative uncertainty analysis. Wendebourg was involved in a federal project to investigate the geothermal potential of the German Alpine Foreland earlier in his professional career and has since grown into one of the most significant low-enthalpy geothermal projects in Europe.

Wendebourg holds a Ph.D. in Applied Earth Sciences from Stanford University, where he helped pioneer stratigraphic forward modeling, and a Geology degree from Freiburg University, Germany. He published two monographs on hydrocarbon migration modeling and risk analysis in oil exploration. He is the author and co-author of numerous papers on basin modeling, fluid flow, pore pressure, and risk and uncertainty. In 2015, Johannes was awarded EAGE’s Alfred Wegener medal for his contributions to the scientific and technical advancements in Petroleum Geosciences.

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