AAPG Angola Chapter Inauguration

The need for a dedicated community for geoscientists to come together under a common platform, especially for technical discussion and networking precipitated the formation of the new AAPG Angola Chapter board. Geoscience representatives from Chevron, Total, Gaffney-Cline, BP, Exxon and UAN University came together for their first meeting in July. The chapter’s inaugural event was held Oct. 9, 2013 at the Hotel Tropico in Luanda.

Among the distinguished guests was Angola’s Minister of Petroleum José M. Botelho de Vasconcelos, who gave the keynote speech, in which he acknowledged AAPG as a world class professional organization and highlighted the benefits to Angola of AAPG’s presence in the country. The event included a technical presentation given by Christian Seyve of Total Angola, titled, “Mussulo Bay: A Modern Analog for Key Angolan Oilfields.” Other distinguished guests at the event included Sonangol’s administrator for upstream, and managing directors of Chevron, ExxonMobil, Total, ConocoPhillips, BP, Statoil, Maersk Oil and Schlumberger.

Fifteen fourth- and fifth-year geoscience students from Agostinho Neto University helped with the event as volunteers.