Introduction to the Petroleum Geology of Sub-Saharan West Africa

Audience

This course is designed for petroleum professionals who wish to become more informed about the petroleum geology of the oil and gas-bearing basins in Sub-Saharan Africa, from Senegal to South Africa.

Content

  • Pre-rift source rocks and reservoirs: Top-class pre-Jurassic source rocks are known along parts of the African margin and on its conjugate South American margin. Locally, oil and gas production comes from pre-rift sediments and basement rocks. 
  • Syn-rift petroleum systems: Syn-rift source rocks, reservoirs, traps and seals provide closely coupled petroleum systems. The lacustrine to marginal marine syn-rift facies also provide world-class source kitchens that have charged the post-rift plays. 
  • Early drift petroleum systems: Early drift source rocks, reservoirs, traps and seals provide tightly linked petroleum systems
  • Cenozoic plays: Away from the mega-deltas, success depends upon marrying prediction of sand distribution from sedimentological modeling and seismic interpretation, with prediction of migration paths from Mesozoic kitchens 
  • Compare and contrast exercises:
  • Strike-slip margins: Benin to Liberia versus the South African Agulhas Basin
  • Extensional margins 1: Senegal to Liberia versus Cameroon to Congo
  • Extensional margins 2: Angola verus Namibia to western South Africa
  • Mega-deltas: the Niger versus the Congo

Duration

5-day

Number of Participants

Max 20

Prerequisites

None

Software Used

None

Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

Audience

This course is designed for petroleum professionals who wish to become more informedabout the petroleum geology of the oil and gas-bearing basins in Sub-Saharan Africa, fromSenegal to South Africa.

Content

- Pre-rift source rocks and reservoirs: Top-class pre-Jurassic source rocks are known along parts of the African margin and on its conjugate South American margin. Locally, oil and gas production comes from pre-rift sediments and basement rocks
- Syn-rift petroleum systems: Syn-rift source rocks, reservoirs, traps and seals provide closely coupled petroleum systems. The lacustrine to marginal marine syn-rift facies also provide world-class source kitchens that have charged the post-rift plays
- Early drift petroleum systems: Early drift source rocks, reservoirs, traps and seals provide tightly linked petroleum systems
- Cenozoic plays: Away from the mega-deltas, success depends upon marrying prediction of sand distribution from sedimentological modeling and seismic interpretation, with prediction of migration paths from Mesozoic kitchens
- Compare and contrast exercises:
+ Strike-slip margins: Benin to Liberia versus the South African Agulhas Basin
+ Extensional margins 1: Senegal to Liberia versus Cameroon to Congo
+ Extensional margins 2: Angola verus Namibia to western South Africa
+ Mega-deltas: the Niger versus the Congo


Learning Objectives

Duration

5-day

Number of Participants

Max 20

Prerequisites

None

Software Used

None

Course Format

Classroom exercises and presentations

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