American Association of Petroleum Geologists

AAPG - an International Organization

February 18-20, 2003 • Algiers, Algeria

Sponsored by AAPG Research Committee

Conference Conveners

Dr Djillali TAKHERIST, Manager of Exploration Division,
Sonatrach, Activités Amont
Avenue du 1er Novembre
Bt C, IAP, BP 68 M
Boumerdès 35000 Algérie
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PHONE 213 24 81 84 45 & 39

232 Av. Napoleon Bonaparte, Boîte Postale 231
95502 Rueil-Malmaison Cedex, France,
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Programme Committee

Dr. D. Bekkouche (Vice Chair), Sonatrach
Ms. F. Braik, Sonatrach
K. Kveton, Chevron-Texaco
R. Eschard, IFP
E. Figari, REPSOL
Prof. D.G. Roberts (Tech. Program Chair), BP
F. Gauthier, Anadarko
F. Quagliaroli, ENI/AGIP


Paleozoic and Triassic Petroleum Systems in North Africa

Review Abstracts

Over 40 years of exploration for oil and gas in North Africa have yielded prolific reserves in Palaeozoic, and latterly, Triassic reservoirs. While exploration has demonstrated the diversity and complexity of both play types and petroleum systems, seismic imaging remains a key challenge in exploring several major plays. Analysis of the sequence stratigraphy of both the Palaeozoic and Triassic is crucial to reservoir prediction at both basin and field scales. Fracturing is equally important in addressing development especially in Palaeozoic plays as is an understanding of the case histories of established fields.

Key questions to be addressed during the conference include:

  • Source rocks and basin modelling
  • Plays and petroleum system of the Palaeozoic and Triassic
  • Sequence stratigraphy of the Palaeozoic and Triassic
  • Structural history of North Africa
  • Reservoir characterisation including fracturation
  • Seismic challenges for Exploration and Production
  • Field case histories

The conference will be opened by a plenary session that will overview the Exploration History of the North African Saharan Platform. The timing of the proposed meeting is appropriate as exploration of Palaeozoic systems continues to broaden across North Africa and into the Middle East. A more profound understanding of the key elements of the Palaeozoic and Triassic petroleum systems will have wide application across the region and also in other formerly connected Palaeozoic basins.

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