Rift Basins - Key Factors in Exploration, Development and Production


Geophysicists, geologists and petroleum engineers involved with exploration and development in rift basins.


Rift petroleum systems are particularly complex. This course aims to identify the uncertainties surrounding deposition of reservoir, seal and source facies, in relation to rift structures, formation of traps, and hydrocarbon migration paths. The objective is to provide a geologic basis for improved strategies for rift exploration and development.

- Rift basins: this is an extensive investigation of sedimentation in relation to structure in continental and marine depositional setting - across a range of climatic zones, mostly illustrated by modern systems
- Exploration: in the light of our understanding of rift basins, we examine case histories of exploration in rift basins. This includes both under-explored and developed rift settings
Development: we follow a series of real world case studies examining development of rift system reservoirs
Production: a review of particular production issues encountered in selected rift settings

Learning Objectives

This course is intended to provide geoscientists with the ability to assess rift basins and petroleum systems and provide a geologic basis and understanding for improved strategies in exploration and development based on real world case studies.



Number of Participants

Max 20



Software Used


Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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