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.
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.
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…)
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.