This course aims at providing participants with the ‘regional picture’ that controls the complex play systems of the Central and South Atlantic using largely unpublished material gathered from the authors own regional work and attendance at scores of conferences on the region, many organised by himself. By presenting these regional models during the course and in a detailed manual full of palaeotectonic- paleogeographic maps, stratigraphic charts and play cross-sections, the course aims to save participants the equivalents of hundreds of thousands of dollars on mantime conducting regional research, so that they can then concentrate on their own ventures and prospects. Specific attention is paid to the pre-salt plays of the South Atlantic, and the complex interrelated tectonic, depositional and geochemical models that are now being unravelled for these plays. Recent well results are reviewed and explained. The lectures are interspersed with numerous case studies analysing each of the key regional controls, some of which will be run as group discussions and guided exercises.

Course dates:

4-6 March 2019 and 25-27 March 2019


Kuala Lumpur

Course Overview

Understand the regional controls underpinning some of the world’s key frontier exploration provinces in the South and Central Atlantic. Save considerable time in your own researches in these regions. Learn how to assess the key factors controlling exploration success and failure in the region and in particular the complications involved in identifying pre-salt and turbidite plays. Acquire a methodology to assess opportunities through a petroleum systems ‘checklist’ approach, with attention to key issues such as tectonic history, heat flow, reservoir quality and petroleum generation history.

Key Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be provided with the regional picture controlling prospectivity in pre-salt, rift and post-rift/salt plays, enabling them to concentrate in their own work on local and prospect specific issues.
  2. Participants will learn how the tectonic and heat flow history of the region, and in particular processes preceding and during continental break-up, control the prospectivity of the South and Central Atlantic.
  3. Specific attention is given to the complex controls on pre-salt plays on both sides of the Atlantic.
  4. Participants will learn how to screen for both pre-salt clastic and carbonate plays and avoid regions with downgrading influences such as early high heat flow and gas generation.
  5. For post-salt plays the key objective is to learn how to screen for thick effective reservoirs though the understanding of regional sediment/reservoir supply and integrate this with seismic attribute analysis.
  6. Participants will learn how to apply ‘data room checklists’ to rapidly assess opportunities presented to them in this region

Course Agenda

Pre-Salt and Rift Plays : Tectonic Framework
• Central Atlantic rifting and breakup
• Evolution of South Atlantic rifting
• Rift, Syn-Transform and Sag Sequences
• Continental break-up models and their influence on plays
• Inversions and effects of fracture zones
• Nature and Location of Continental-Oceanic Transition Zones
• Generation of heat during rifting and breakup – Present Day analogues

Pre-Salt and Rift Plays : Petroleum System Elements
• Paleogeographic Framework
• Carbonate Reservoirs – Types, Models, Controls on Distribution and Quality
• Clastic Reservoirs – Controls on Distribution and Quality
• Syn-rift source rocks
• Maturity and generation history – effects of heat flow during rifting and breakup
• Seals
• Main play types

Pre-Salt and Rift Plays : The Aptian Salt Basin
• Brazilian carbonate provinces – Campos and Santos Basins
• Type West Africa carbonate province – Kwanza Basin
• Review of recent well results
• Brazilian clastic provinces – Reconcavo Basin example
• Type West African clastic province – South Gabon
• Review of recent well results- complex plays in North Gabon

Syn-Rift and Syn-Transform plays elsewhere
• South of Walvis Bay Ridge
• Equatorial Margin – Brazil, Cote-D’Ivoire, Ghana etc
• Central Atlantic

Break-Up and Drift Sequences - Tectonic and Paleogeographic Models
• Plate Tectonic history of Central and South Atlantic
• Types of margin : divergent, volcanic, oblique and transform
• Paleogeographic and paleoclimatic history
• Heat flow history and effects on maturation of source rocks

Turbidite Play Controls
• Source to sink analysis
• Evolution of drainage systems
• Link to key issue of reservoir thickness
• Controls on reservoir quality – drainage, facies, mineralogy, burial, heat
• Charge models – pre-salt, rift and post-salt/rift
• Trapping – effects of structure, controls on stratigraphic trapping
• Seismic attribute analysis and DHIs

Who Should Attend

Geologists and geophysicists or exploration managers that are involved in the assessment of new exploration opportunities, acreage and prospects in the Central or South Atlantic. This is an advanced level course and a basic knowledge of petroleum geology and in particular of petroleum systems is required.
• Exploration & Development Department
• Geologists
• Geophysicists
• Exploration Managers
• Geoscientists
• Petroleum Engineers

For more information and registration details, please contact:

Nor Diana
Opus Kinetic Pte Ltd

Tel: +65 6294 6415
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