The Super Basin Forum will be a new focus for high impact energy related forums for AAPG. AAPG is pleased to introduce this inaugural Forum at the Cape Town South Africa ICE with four notable presentations relevant to the conference theme: “Shaping the Future in a changing Energy Landscape.” This focus is a new initiative for AAPG’s Second Century. The vision is that this forum will become a recurring theme at AAPG International Conferences. Follow-up papers will be preserved online and in AAPG publications.
These presentations will also show how geoscience matters and how rocks tell the story. We want to frame the world’s most petroliferous basins with an understanding of the boundary and layer conditions. This includes the richness, distribution, maturity, and position in the stratigraphic column of the source rocks. It also includes an appreciation of the reservoirs, seals, and structural configuration.
Super basins are shifting attention away from frontier exploration toward established mature basins as a key source for tomorrow’s oil and gas supplies. Super basins are established producers with at least 5 billion boe produced and 5 billion boe remaining recoverable, two or more petroleum systems or source rocks, stacked reservoirs, existing infrastructure/oil field services, and access to markets (IHS Markit). Horizontal drilling and multi-staged horizontal fracturing are driving the onshore super basin renaissance. The Permian Basin in Texas, Gulf of Mexico, and Middle East basins are prototype oil and gas prone super basins. And Africa has many of its own Super Basins!Energy is where you find it. We are seeing an energy Renaissance using new technology. Basins formerly thought of as “mature” basins have new surprises using the Total Petroleum Systems approach. Peak oil is a concept defined by a population of energy accumulations known, detectable, and producible at a particular time and place. When there are “multiple” peaks to a basin historical hydrocarbon production graph, it means that we were not fully grasping the true potential of basins with new technology. We will focus on the technology transfer and best practice sharing of new technologies that can be applied in various basins.
Topics to be addressed include:
- What makes your super basin special and unique and what can we learn from it?
- What are the critical geoscience elements that contribute to success?
- What is the exploration/production history, and what are the major plays with remaining potential ‒ conventional, unconventional, and field growth.
- What are key innovations in your super basin like: adoption of horizontal drilling, hydraulic stimulation, completing and drilling techniques, and seismic imaging that helped unlock the potential and what is needed to grow it further?
- How do “above ground” issues like politics, access, mineral ownership, and geography influence realizing the full resource potential of your super basin?
- Will the basin be a regional or global disrupter?
- Exploration Creativity in the Golden Age of Super Basins and What AAPG is Doing About Them: Charles A. Sternbach, Past President AAPG (2017‒18) and Halbouty visiting Chair of Geology and Geophysics at TAMU
- North Africa – A Rejuvenated Super Basin: Lorenzo Meciani, Jonathan Craig, ENI
- East Africa and Mozambique, Waking a Sleeping Super Basin: Brian Russel Frost, Distinguished Geophysical Advisor, International New Ventures, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation
- Basins and Petroleum Systems of the Middle East: TBC, Saudi Aramco
- Giant Basins of Africa: The More We Explore the More We Find, Adebayo Akinpelu, Managing Consultant, Fixital