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Africa Special Interest Group

AFRICA Special Interest Group [Overview 2012 – 2013]

The First PESGB Special Interest Group meeting was a one-day event held in 1998 on West Africa the success of which led to a second one-day conference on Southern Africa and the Falklands in 1999 at which a PGS paper identified the prospectivity of the Rovuma Basin.  It is surprising that it took so long to develop this promising hydrocarbon target.

In order to build on the success of our Africa SIG and establish our conference as an annual event, a link with the Houston Geological Society was proposed whereby the venue would alternate annually between London and Houston.  It was agreed that the financial arrangements for London and Houston would be handled separately by the PESGB and the HGS with profits being retained by the parent organisation.

This association has proven to be very successful with both sides benefitting in terms of organisational improvements and reaching out to a larger delegate base.  The first joint PESGB/HGS meeting was held in London in 2002.  In 2007 the London Africa Conference re-located for that year only to Cape Town and presented, for the first time, a field excursion to examine the Tanqua Karoo turbidites.  

Following on from the success of the 2015 Africa Conference, where delegate numbers reached 650 for the second time and  exhibitor numbers increased, we are looking forward to providing a technical programme that, under the guidance of Helen Doran, will continue to provide the essential  information and expertise required by delegates working  in Africa.

For those working within the Cretaceous Pre-Salt basins of the South Atlantic we are also planning to run a pre-or post-Conference field trip [timing dependant on tides] to study the carbonates of the Weald Basin: an analogue of the larger lacustrine basins of West Africa and Brazil.  Also the success of the Seismic Pavilion in 2015 ensures that this will be repeated in 2017. 

Getting in Contact

If you would like to sign up to the Africa Special Interest Group, so you can customised updates from the PESGB, please contact the PESGB on or update your interests at your member page here.

The Africa SIG is organised by:

Ray Bate: Duncan MacGregor:

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