Distinguished Lecture – Tunisia

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

AAPG & SEG members group photo at the just concluded distinguished lecture on carbon sequestration by John G. Kaldi in Tunis.

Distinguished Service Award – William P. Bosworth

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


William P. Bosworth of Apache Egypt, is currently the Egypt delegate to the AAPG House of Delegates, and amongst the recipients of this year’s distinguished service award. The award is presented to those who have distinguished themselves in singular and beneficial long-term service to AAPG. This year there are nine recipients of the honor:

  • Hussain M. Al-Otaibi, Saudi Aramco, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia.
  • Donna S. Anderson, EOG Resources Inc., Golden, Colo.
  • William P. Bosworth, Apache Egypt Companies, Houston.
  • Peter Burri, Burri Oil and Gas Consulting, Basel, Switzerland.
  • Michael R. Canich Jr., Sylvan Energy, Pittsburgh.
  • David R. Cook, retired, Maldon, England.
  • Mark Cooper, Sherwood Geoconsulting, Calgary, Canada.
  • Brett J. Fossum, ConocoPhillips, Houston.
  • Steven M. Goolsby, Goolsby Brothers & Associates, Lakewood, Colo.

Egypt Barrel Simulation

Sunday, December 1, 2013

The IBA Simulation is a brainchild of AAPG’s Young Professionals Chapter of Egypt. Coordinated by AAPG YP Lead for North Africa, Ola Adly and supervised by Prof. Ahmed Neizy El Barkoky, the IBA simulation is similar to the global AAPG IBA competition in structure and organization and allows for fresh graduate geoscience students with less than 6 months oil industry experience to join in teams of five under an academic advisor, and act as an exploration team required to evaluate an area beginning from geoscience regional studies, to risk assessment and final recommendation. Student teams are involved in seismic and well log interpretation, petroleum system evaluation and reserves calculation within the two month period allowed for the project. Datasets are obtained locally and winning teams are selected by geoscience industry experts within Egypt.

The aim of the simulation is to reduce the gap between theory and practical petroleum geoscience experience and students are expected to “think outside the box”, look at new exploration models and enhance their soft skills. The IBA simulation exercise was started two years ago and this year witnesses the third Egypt simulation event which was concluded on 8th December 2013 at Sky Resort, Cairo. The closing event had the Honorable Minister of Petroleum Resources of Egypt, Engr. Sherif Ismail in attendance.

The first IBA simulation event took place in 2011 and saw the participation of 150 students in 30 teams from 11 universities. The simulation event of 2012 also had 11 universities participating, including Helwan and Alexandria Universities. This year saw the participation of 23 teams from 12 universities.

Angola Chapter hosts Mussulo Bay field trip

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The AAPG Angola Chapter held the first field trip of the chapter on 16th November 2013. The field trip had twenty five participants made up of geoscience students, and earth scientists from local companies including BP, ExxonMobil and Total. The field trip focused on modern wave dominated Barrier Island/Lagoon Systems of Mussulo bay being flow unit analogues for Cretaceous reservoirs of Angola. The trip was planned by members of AAPG Angola Chapter headed by Antonio (Ginho) Ingles and sponsored by Chevron Angola.  Tony Lomando and Ray Garber of Chevron Angola, were field instructors.

Local Student Chapter Leadership Summit L-SCLS

Monday, November 25, 2013

The AAPG is accomplishing giant strides within Africa. This year has seen the establishment of AAPG’s regional office in Lagos, Nigeria and the inauguration of the Angolan Chapter. AAPG Africa recently hosted Student Chapter leaders from African Universities to her second Local Student Chapter Leadership Summit, L-SCLS on the continent. The Program was hosted jointly with the Nigerian Association of Petroleum Explorationists, NAPE – an affiliate of AAPG from 10-11 November 2013 during NAPE’s 31st Annual International Conference and Exhibition. Attendees represented AAPG student chapters from Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya. The goals of the summit were vision building, value creation and development of leadership virtues. AAPG Africa is using this leadership summit as part of a drive initiative towards the establishment of new and active Student Chapters on the continent by the end of next year. This drive will see more geoscience students in Africa, benefiting immensely from the presence of AAPG in the region.

NAPE – 31st Annual International Conference & Exhibition

Thursday, November 21, 2013


THEME: Stimulating Exploration and Reserves Growth in a Maturing Basin

DATE:    10-14 November 2013

The Nigerian oil and gas industry has witnessed the largest number of divestment and acquisition activities, bringing new players to a risky business of oil and gas exploration and production. With assets changing hands, it is hoped that farmees will be able to drive a new wave of exploration activities in the Niger Delta. It is against this backdrop of events that NAPE decided on this year’s theme “Stimulating exploration and reserves growth in a maturing basin”.

The conference took place at the Eko Hotel and Conference Centre, Lagos from 10th-14th November, 2013. This was the first NAPE conference to be organized by a female president-elect of the association. The conference was preceded by six geoscience short courses and a field trip to the Eastern Dahomey Basin of South West Nigeria. The opening ceremony, technical sessions, workshops and other events were well attended. OPEC was at the event, represented by Dr. Taher Najah. (more…)