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Sediment Provenance Studies in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production 

5-7 December 2011, The Geological Society London

Sediment provenance studies concern the origin, composition, transportation and deposition of detritus, and are therefore an important part of understanding the links between basinal sedimentation and hinterland tectonics and unroofing. Such studies can add value at many stages of hydrocarbon exploitation, from identifying regional-scale crustal affinities and sediment dispersal patterns during the earliest stages of exploration to detailed correlation in producing reservoirs. This conference showcased the wide variety of techniques available, using examples and applications from all aspects of sediment provenance research.

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Special Publication: SP386



Major Discoveries of the 21st Century: Standing on the shoulders of giants…

25-28 September 2011, Bath England

For 30 years the Petroleum Group has tracked the development of petroleum geosciences in exploration and exploitation. To mark this milestone, ‘Major Discoveries of the 21st Century’ will focus on the highest profile petroleum discoveries and new plays of the last 10 years. Through invited talks and panel discussions the conference examined the insights gained and ask the questions “where and what next”?

In returning to the historic Pump Rooms in Bath, England this conference will be a prestigious celebration of 30 years of the Petroleum Group’s role at the forefront of petroleum geoscience.

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Source Rocks: Character, Prediction and Value

12-14 September 2011, The Geological Society London

The past decade has seen the academic community significantly advance our understanding of organic rich rocks using novel techniques and new analytical tools. The industry challenge continues to be predicting the spatial and temporal distribution of effective source rocks in places like undrilled passive margins. This collaborative conference was an opportunity for the communities to share their knowledge and understanding and their challenges ahead.

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Tertiary Fan Reservoirs of the North Sea

August 31 – 2 September, University of Aberdeen 

The discovery of the giant Forties Field in 1970 triggered a 40 year history of exploration and exploitation of Tertiary deep marine fan reservoirs in the North Sea. To date there has been no event specifically dedicated to these important reservoirs which have made such a major contribution to the success of this hydrocarbon province and continue to present opportunities from new exploration discoveries through to the re- evelopment of mature fields.

This conference aimed to showcase the geological diversity that exists across a range of depositional and structural settings and highlight the uncertainties and challenges in finding and developing hydrocarbons from these complex reservoirs.

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Special Publication: SP403


Internal Architecture, Bedforms and Geometry of Turbidite Channels

20-21 June 2011, The Geological Society London

The aim of the conference was to bring together workers on modern, outcrop, experimental and seismic studies in order to consolidate our knowledge and better integrate our understanding on the internal architecture and bedforms in turbidite channels. Turbidite channels are major conduits and repositories of sediment in the deep sea and they form important hydrocarbon reservoirs in many slope and basin-floor settings. Substantial advances in our understanding of the external geometry and gross internal architecture of turbidite channels have been made over the last fifteen years or so, largely in response to improvements in seismic image resolution. Sufficient data are now becoming available, through detailed analysis of outcrops, experimental work and studies of modern systems to focus on the detailed internal constituents of these channels, and to link them to the evolution of the gross channel form. This two-day conference will have both oral and posters sessions, and will facilitate: characterisation of the ranges of internal fill style, links to associated flow processes; consolidation of terminology; analysis of future research directions.

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New and Emerging Plays in the Eastern Mediterranean

23-25 February 2011, The Geological Society London

Recent exploration success in the Eastern Mediterranean offshore has highlighted the enormous petroleum potential of this region. Significant discoveries offshore Egypt, Libya and Israel have opened new basins and new plays for petroleum exploration, particularly in deep water. New seismic data, the results of the recent and upcoming exploration wells and licence activity offshore Lebanon, Cyprus, Libya, Tunisia and Italy will all redefine the hydrocarbon potential of this emerging region in the near future. This conference discussed new ideas on the tectonic evolution of the region, basin formation, new plays, petroleum systems, and the linkage between the onshore and the offshore. It will provide a common platform for sharing information and results between industry and academia. Basins covered: Levant, offshore Nile, Herodotus, offshore  yrenaica, offshore Sirt, Pelagian, Malta, Sicily Channel, Adriatic, and others.

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