AAPG ERC Cyprus 2017

About the conference

The Mediterranean is a vast area with a long geological history composed of different sedimentary basins and different tectonic settings. Despite geological complexities, several very large hydrocarbon discoveries have been made in clastic and carbonate reservoirs that span in age from Triassic to Pleistocene. 

Recently in the eastern part of the Mediterranean, impressive gas discoveries have been made: Tamar (2009), Leviathan (2010), Aphrodite (2011) and, most recently, Zohr (2015). Overall, the exploration activity has been intermittent and often focused in very limited portions of the basin. 

A large part of the Mediterranean is underexplored and the use of new seismic acquisition and drilling technologies together with recent discoveries in new plays have revitalised interest in the entire area. 

This conference aims in bringing together players in the area to share experiences and understanding of the petroleum systems and new ideas to overcome the challenges that are still present in the region and to unlock further hydrocarbon potential.

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Who should attend? 

This is a conference for upstream oil and gas industry professionals as well as academic researchers and students with an interest in petroleum exploration and regional geology.


Theme 1: Tectonic Evolution of the Mediterranean 

  • Regional Tectonics of Western and Eastern Mediterranean 
  • Tertiary rifting
  • Salt Tectonics 
  • Tertiary Paleogeography 
  • Thrust Belt Systems (Greece, Albania, Montenegro, Croatia, Italy) 
  • Foredeep and Foreland settings

Theme 2: Stratigraphy and Reservoir Characterisation

  • Meso-Cenozoic carbonate platforms in the Neo-Tethys: facies, stratigraphy and source rock distribution 
  • Sequence stratigraphy and stratigraphic challenges in the Tethys 
  • New and Proved Carbonate, Siliciclastic reservoirs 
  • Tectonic vs Climatic Control on Carbonate depositional systems 
  • Impact of Diagenesis and Reservoir characteristics 
  • Impact of fault and fractures on Reservoir performances 

Theme 3: Petroleum Systems

  • Mesozoic Plays in the Tethys 
  • New and Emerging Plays in the Mediterranean Basins 
  • Basin Modelling and Petroleum Systems 
  • Use of analogues to constrain exploration and appraisal uncertainties 
  • Types and Distribution of source rocks 

Theme 4: Next Exploration frontiers

  • What next in the Great Levant (Israel, Lebanon and Syria) 
  • What next in the “Northern” Margin (Turkey, Cyprus) 
  • What next in the in the “Southern” Margin (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Malta)

Theme 5: Geophysical Methods and Technologies

  • Seismic Acquisition and Processing 
  • New Technologies Advantages and Seismic Imaging 
  • Subsalts seismic imaging improving 

Theme 6: Drilling in the deep water and deep targets

  • Drilling Technology Advances 
  • Drilling Optimization 
  • HP-HT and E&P Challenges