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North Atlantic Margin Petroleum Systems, Morocco (FTP06)

  • To be announced for 2018

Description

This field course examines the evolution of the North Atlantic Petroleum System that is actively being explored along the West African and Eastern Canada margin.
The complete Atlantic margin sequence is exposed in Morocco, from basement, overlying Palaeozoic section, all effected by the major Hercynian orogeny. Permian through to Triassic post orogenic collapse and continental rift deposits. The extensive Central Atlantic Margin Province (CAMP) basalts that were followed by development of oceanic crust in the Atlantic, and the shift to a passive margin. An entire Jurassic mixed clastic and extensive carbonate interval is exposed, with the key reefal development that is a target offshore. These are overlain by Early Cretaceous clastics, the shallow water and continental equivalents of the offshore deepwater plays being targeted along the margin.
The course examines the structural evolution of the basin, from early extensional through to wrench and compressional related tectonics and salt dynamics that play a crucial role offshore. Depositional systems are examined with a view to characterise reservoir, seal and source development.
The course will present an integrated analysis of the petroleum systems, with new published data from recent fieldwork. This is combined with published subsurface data to develop play concepts in the offshore and onshore basins.

Highlights
  • Triassic rift basins of the High Atlas. Structural development and sedimentology
  • Reservoir modelling of continental clastics: case study of integrated digital outcrop models
  • 3D exposure of Triassic mixed fluvio-aeolian system, Argana Basin
  • CAMP basalt and transition from rift to passive margin
  • Jurassic reefal development, facies and faunal distribution and controls on reservoir development
  • Early Cretaceous sequence stratigraphy and facies
  • Regional tectonics and salt control
  • Cenomanian-Turonian source rocks
  • In depth discussion of plays, what works, what hasn’t yet… but could

The course has been run successfully for a number of oil companies and provides unrivalled access to world-class exposures in North Africa’s most accessible country. Integration with subsurface data puts the outcrops into context and short exercises embed knowledge. Short group exercises and discussions in the field are designed to develop a deeper understanding of the systems.

Expert Leadership
The course is led by Prof. Jonathan Redfern, who is Director of the North Africa Research Group (www.narg.org.uk). It is offered in collaboration with leading researchers working in the region, who are undertaking ground-breaking field based analysis, with extensive studies across North Africa. This group has published a number of key papers on the region with new research currently in preparation for publication.

Course Level: Basic to Intermediate
Instructor: Jonathan Redfern

Designed for you, if you are...

  • A geologist, geophysicist or engineer

The course assumes a basic level of geology and is suitable for both early career and experienced professionals.

Physical Demands
Physical activity is moderate, requiring ability to walk 1 km along hilly terrain. Climatic conditions can be hot.

How we build your confidence

The course has been run successfully for a number of oil companies and provides unrivalled access to world-class exposures in North Africa’s most accessible country. Integration with subsurface data puts the outcrops into context and short exercises embed knowledge.
Short group exercises and discussions in the field are designed to develop a deeper understanding of the systems.

The benefits from attending

This course will develop in-depth understanding of the petroleum systems and offer the opportunity to observe all the key elements superbly exposed at outcrop. It allows explorationists the opportunity to put the subsurface geology into context. It is relevant for the exploration plays being undertaken along both the West African and Canadian/USA margin, and analogue plays globally. Examining the outcrops will also develop observation skills and fundamental understanding of sedimentology and structural geology.

Topics

Day 1 - Marrakesh: Triassic Rift Sequences (Ourika Valley, High Atlas)
Day 2 - Agadir: Triassic Rift Sequences (Argana Valley)
Day 3 - Agadir: Transect Triassic to Cretaceous (Argana to Agadir)
Day 4 - Agadir: Jurassic Carbonate Facies (North of Agadir)
Day 5 - Essaouira: Early Cretaceous / Jurassic Depositional Systems
Day 6 - Marrakesh: Early Cretaceous Depositional Systems
The course fee includes daily transportation for field visits, local accommodation (7 nights) and full board on course days. In order for us to make the necessary logistic arrangements, we would appreciate your registration before March 10, 2017. For further details please contact training@hoteng.com


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