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September 2

Petroleum Basins of Sub-Saharan Africa

Petroleum Basins of Sub-Saharan Africa

September 2nd, The Business Design Centre, London


This one day course presented by Duncan MacGregor, in conjunction with The 14th PESGB/HGS Conference on African E&P but available for separate registration, aims to provide an overview of the tectonic, climatic and topographic controls exerted on Sub-Saharan petroleum systems and resulting hydrocarbon distribution. 


The course will concentrate on two main settings, rifts and deepwater turbidite plays, examining the various influences on charge and reservoir in these settings. Short exercises on play cross-sections and petroleum systems charts will be used to segment the lectures on each set of basins, ordered as follows:
Overviews - Plate and Intraplate Tectonic History, Play Development and Exploration History
Pan - African Foreland Settings
Rifts - Karroo, Jurassic, Cretaceous, Neogene
Marginal and Deepwater Plays - SW Africa, Equatorial Margin, NW Africa, East Africa
Target Audience:
Young Geoscientists working on Africa & experienced staff working within licences and requiring a regional overview or refresher.                   


Spaces limited to 70 places.
Cost £270
Registration will open in March, for further information please email

The course fee includes:
Lunch and refreshments, course manual and stationery.


09.30: Overviews

11.00:  Coffee

11.20: Overviews (continued)

12.10: Exercise Part 1

12.30: Lunch

13.30: Basin Types, Key Exploration Issues and Case Studies

15.00: Coffee

15.20: Basin Types, Key Exploration Issues and Case Studies (continued)

16.00: Exercise Part 2

16.30: Basin Types, Key Exploration Issues and Case Studies (continued)


September 2

London Evening lecture African E&P Special

September 3 — September 4

Africa Conference 2015

The 14th HGS/PESGB Conference on African E&P

Always Something New Coming Out of Africa

Business Design Centre, September 3-4 2015


Pre Registration (available until the 27th August): Members £385 / Non-members £435 

Onsite Registration: Members £500/ Non-members £550

*Note to HGS Members: please download this form in order to register at the member discounted rate

If you are having any problems registering online you can also register by calling 0207 408 2000 

This annual conference, alternating between London and Houston has established itself as the primary technical E & P conference on Africa, with attendances in recent years reaching over 600, including operators, consultants, governments and academia. There will be a large poster programme in addition to the oral programme of about 25 high quality talks covering E & P in all regions of Africa.

Get a sneak preview of the conference, exhibition and show details here. 


With thanks to all the below sponsors:



The 2015 Conference promises to deliver another exceptional programme with over 25 talks on the following topics:


  • Session 1: New Exploration Hotspots, Discoveries and Prospects
  • Session 2: New Kitchens : Geodynamics and HeatFlow Modelling
  • Session 3: New Insights on Trap Types and Reservoir Geometries
  • Session 4: New Reservoirs: African Carbonates in Time and Space
  • Poster Sessions: Three sessions with over 30 posters on the topics ofGeodynamics, Reservoir Models, and Petroleum Systems & Provinces’.

Evening Lecture & Social Program

There will be an Evening Lecture entitled: ‘A review of frontier exploration in Africa since the discovery of the Jubilee Field’  by K. Myers, Richmond Energy Partners, followed by an Ice-Breaker Reception on the evening of Wednesday 2nd September (starting at 6.30pm) in The Gallery Hall of the business Design Centre, London.

A drinks reception will take place on the show floor on Thursday the 3rd September from 17.40 explore the posters, exhibition or network!


NEW Interactive Session: Seismic Workshop

This year, PESGB/HGS in association with Petroleum Geo-Services will be hosting a new Seismic Session. The session will give much greater insight into petroleum systems and geological processes that govern the African margins by way of combining a presentation of the geology and a separate seismic data visualization off of which the interpretations were made. Geologically and geographically, the topics vary greatly from the Transform Margin petroleum systems in the Ivory Coast, the Angolan deepwater Kwanza basin and the Namibian margin, to the structure and stratigraphy offshore Somalia to regional seismic interpretation and the implication for deepwater play systems in East Africa. This will give the audience, from recent graduate to Exploration Manager key understanding into fresh areas of exploration or may re-imagine more mature areas with new seismic acquisition or innovative interpretation techniques.



Once again the PESGB will be recognising the best technical contributions with its prestigious awards; made by a respected panel of industry judges. The presentation ceremony will take place at the conference close. Awards will be made for

-        Best Student Poster

-        Best Poster

-        Best Oral Paper

-        Best Seismic Presentation

See the full list of judges here  or find out more about some of our judges here

International Pavilion

The international pavilion is a central point to the exhibition floorplan and provides you with a great opportunity to meet National Oil Companies, Ministries, Governments and other promotional agencies both from the African region and around the world.


New Purbeck lacustrine limestones, UK; analogues for West African carbonates?

 We are pleased to announce that resulting from the current interest in carbonate reservoirs within the non-marine Pre-Salt deposits of West Africa the committee has been exploring new ways to incorporate core into the Africa Conference. An alternative approach, however, developed from the fact the Weald Basin of southern England represents a small analogue of a West African Pre-Salt basin.  As such the Purbeck Limestone of late Jurassic to early Cretaceous age provides an excellent analogue for the Pre-Salt carbonates.  Dan Bosence of Royal Holloway is currently sorting through the Purbeck carbonate cores and outcrop samples stored with the BGS [British Geological Survey] and some material from which will be demonstrated at the 2015 Africa Conference, with the aim of holding discussions with delegates. This can be found between booths A & G on the International Pavilion, central in the Exhibition Floor, or for more information view the abstract here.  From this we hope to arrange a field trip to demonstrate the Purbeck outcrops during the 2017 Africa Conference; you can register your interest in attending this by emailing


The Business Design Centre

Excellent central location 10 minutes from Kings Cross St. Pancras International and a short walk from Angel tube staiton

Based in the vibrant area of Islington with a wealth of local restaurants, bars, hotels and entertainment

The stunning exhibition space in the former 1861 Royal Agricultural Hall, will provide an excellent environment for presentations, networking and exhibiting.



To book accomodation, please use our partner The Corporate Team at the following website: 






The main conference committee for the 2015 London event will include Ray Bate (Chairman), Duncan Macgregor, Richard Dixon, Kevin Dale, Sean Akinwale, and Ian Poyntz.


September 16

Surrey Group Meeting

September 18 — September 20

Derbyshire Field Trip

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