Syn-rift lacustrine carbonates; cycles, microbial mounds, and brackish to hypersaline facies models; Purbeck Group, Wessex Basin, UK. Analogues for south Atlantic pre-salt carbonates?

The lacustrine limkestones of the Purbeck Group were deposited in a shallow lake on the western margin of the Wessex Basin during its late syn-rift phase of basin evolution. The field trip will demonstrate the palaeoenvironmental setting of these limestones in the latest Jurassic and show how this lake was firstly brackish water and later hypersaline. The lower, brackish phase, of the Purbeck limestones are characterised by in-situ, highly porous, thrombolitic microbial mounds that reveal complex and irregular shapes. These microbial mounds are surrounded by, and interdigitate with, an inter-mound packstone-grainstone facies and together are arranged in high-frequency lacustrine cycles capped by paleosols. This fieldtrip will demonstrate these complex and highly variable carbonate facies and compare them with the pre-salt carbonates of the South Atlantic. This new work on the Dorset Purbecks represents the results of a 4-year industry funded research project at Royal Holloway University of London.


2nd – 4th September 2017 with Dan Bosence &  Arnaud Gallois

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Sequence Stratigraphy For Petroleum Exploration

This two-day short course is designed to introduce the principles,concepts and practical methods of sequence stratigraphy as a fundamental component of the petroleum exploration workflow. Sequence stratigraphy is an informal chronostratigraphic methodology that provides a practical means of subdividing the stratigraphic record, permits the identification and prediction of facies, and documents the time-transgressive nature of lithostratigraphic units.

Through a mix of lectures and exercises the course will utilise outcrop, core, well log and seismic data to provide a hands-on,learning experience in sequence stratigraphy. The exercises include classic case studies from which many sequence stratigraphic concepts were originally developed.

With Vitor Abreu, Abreu Consulting and Training & Chris Edwards, ERC Equipoise Ltd

9-10 October 2017 • PESGB Training, Croydon

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or combine with the Deep Water Course for a 10% discount!

Reservoir Characterization of Deep Water Systems – Impact from Exploration to Production

This course examines the aspects of deep water reservoir models critical to exploration and production.   Participants will learn how to interpret and map environments of deposition (EoD’s) in deep water systems and understand how the different EoD’s and sub-EoD’s behave as reservoirs. Engineering data is integrated with the EoD interpretations to improve predictions of reservoir performance.  Examples and exercises link 1-D core information to well-logs and seismic data in order to create 3-D views of the reservoir-scale depositional systems.  The class discusses the evolution of concepts in deep water models, emphasizing recent approaches that integrate experimental and numerical models, quaternary analogues, and ultra-high resolution data. The improved understanding of the depositional system has led to better description and prediction of deep water reservoirs at both exploration and production scales.


With Vitor Abreu, Abreu Consulting and Training & Chris Edwards, ERC Equipoise Ltd

11-13 October 2017 • PESGB Training, Croydon

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or combine with the  Sequence Stratigraphy course for a 10% discount!

Africa Conference Exhibition Booths go on General Sale

Exhibition booths are selling fast so book yours soon before you miss out!

Complementing  the  technical  conference, the  exhibition  space  will  feature industry operators, service companies and national oil  companies  and  professional organisations.

Some of the main benefits include opportunities to:

  • Connect with over 650 professionals
  • Showcase your latest projects
  • Raise your profile at the primary technical E&P conference on Africa


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Exhibition goes on general sale

North Sea Petroleum Geology Course Controls on the Geological Development and Evolution of the North Sea Petroleum Province

The PESGB are pleased to announce the much-anticipated return of the well-established North Sea Course. Registration is open now; be sure to book soon as there is a limited number of places available to this popular course!

The North Sea Course is a well-established training opportunity for members of the Oil and Gas Industry interested in gaining a comprehensive insight into the controls on petroleum prospectivity in the North Sea Basin. The PESGB are pleased to announce that the next offering of the 3-day course will take place in May at the PESGB Training Centre, Croydon.

The course will again be led by Professor John Underhill, who is supported by a group of leading experts from industry and academia who contribute their experience and knowledge of finding, developing and producing oil and gas from all of the prospective basins present in the North Sea.

The course reviews the structural, stratigraphic and sedimentological components of the North Sea petroleum system and provides an overview of their respective role in hydrocarbon generation, migration and trapping in the various sub-basins. It also focuses on reservoir geology, development history and exploitation of the remaining reserves.

Whilst the course covers all the elements of the petroleum system in the mature basin, its content is foundered on the basin’s structural and stratigraphic history and takes delegates on a journey from Late Palaeozoic reservoirs in the Southern North Sea and through to the youngest Tertiary plays of the Central and Northern North Sea.

The course is continually updated from previous ones and the presentations will provide delegates with the latest insights on petroleum exploration and development success in the basin are included.

9-11 May 2017, PESGB Training Centre Croydon

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North Sea Course

Tectono-Stratigraphy, Sedimentology and Reservoir Geology of the Cleveland Basin Jurassic – North Sea Reservoir Analogues

A 2 day field trip to examine the classic Jurassic coastal sections of the Cleveland Basin, Yorkshire. We will address the tectono-stratigraphic development of the Cleveland Basin within the context of the development of the North Sea Rift system, and examine the sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy and reservoir geology of fully marine to fluvio-deltaic Lower, Middle and Upper Jurassic strata. We will place emphasis on correlation of the examined outcrop sections to subsurface data from the UK and Norwegian North Sea. We will also utilize heritage onshore borehole and recently acquired digital outcrop LIDAR data to address the heterogeneity and 3D architecture of the examined reservoir sections.

The trip will be of interest to exploration and production geoscientists working the Mesozoic of the North Sea/Atlantic Margin Basins, or anyone with an interest in the interaction of tectonics and sedimentation, reservoir scale sedimentology (fluvial, tidal, deltaic, shelfal systems), body and trace fossil application to facies, palaeoenvironmental, and stratigraphic analysis, and recent advances in the digital capture and utilisation of outcrop data as subsurface analogues.

The coastal sections we will examine are within the North York Moors National Park, a classic area of natural beauty, and will comprise cliff, foreshore and local inland outcrops. Walks from the car are modest in length but do include some steep sections along the coastal path and down to the foreshore, which is tidal and locally slippery underfoot. The trip will commence in Whitby on Friday the 9th June and end in Scarbourgh on Sunday the 11th June. Accommodation will be in Whitby. If time permits we will also visit William Smiths Rotunda Museum in Scarbourgh at the end of day 2.

9-11 June 2017

Led by Ian Sharp, Statoil/University of Bergen &
John Howell, University of Aberdeen

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Attend the FINAL Surviving the Downturn Workshop in Aberdeen next week!

The Copthorne Hotel,
Tuesday 28 February 2017, 10.30-12.30

Refreshments will be provided

These free events are open to all PESGB members regardless of age and experience 

Andrea Pearce is an experienced Business Psychologist who has worked with many people who want to find work, or change careers. She is delivering a series of FREE 2 hour workshops for PESGB to inspire and motivate through the current downturn, covering helpful areas such as influencing mindset and self-belief; recognising personal values and transferable skills; developing networks and accessing/influencing the unseen job market; empowering to tell and sell influential stories, including through social media; making an impact at interviews; and keeping motivated through set-backs.

Each workshop covers one or two of these areas, using a mixture of individual, pair and group activities to keep things interesting and fun. Even more importantly will be the opportunity to get to know each other better, networking and building a stronger support group. All the activities and tools are proven to work, both through research studies, and more meaningfully, people who use these tools go on to find work or more fulfilling careers. You will be challenged to think differently, will go away with new tools and ways of thinking to try out, and will also have fun!

All the workshops will build on the previous ones, but can also be attended as stand-alone sessions.

Coming up next week…

Come along for this final workshop, where you can connect with other people, plus share experiences and ideas towards getting back into work, building back up your self-esteem and motivation. Andrea will be leading discussions and activities around exploring career options, overcoming barriers and creating your future story

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What Geoscientists Need To Know About Developments

Geoscientists are tasked with reviewing new ventures opportunities and generating prospectivity. However, not all exploration successes lead on to successful developments. This one day workshop is aimed at geoscientists of all levels who are involved in exploration, in particular, but also appraisal, development and production who would like to better understand what makes a good development opportunity and how to critically asses technical data associated with this.

  • What makes an exploration discovery into a successful development?
  • What issues you need to consider when looking at exploration prospects

o    Reservoir quality and distribution (different reservoirs, pore types)

o    Connectivity (stratigraphic and structural

o    Fluids and pressures

o    Well test data and what they mean

o    Recovery mechanisms and development plans

  • Non technical issues – over/under sizing facilities, politics (stranded discoveries) etc.


The workshop will use taught material, plus several practical examples.

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