The Petroleum Geology Of SE Asia Overview

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25-26 June 2018

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SE Asia is probably the most tectonically complex geological province on the planet and is characterised by numerous (30+) small boutique mostly Tertiary-aged basins. The complex nature of the basins, the extreme variation between oil prone and gas prone basins and the dominance of ephemeral non-marine charge systems makes the petroleum geology of this region globally unique and combined with the local politics and geography it offers a diverse set of opportunity types which area potentially attractive to both large and small exploration companies alike.


The PGSEA Course has a 30 year pedigree and has been attended by 1500+ geologists over this period meaning most working exploration geologists in the region have attended the course at some time in their careers. Ian Longley has presented the Petroleum Geology of SE Asia industry course ( now for more than 15 years since taking the course over from his predecessor Dick Murphy who had presented the course since 1985. The course is designed and built for working professional petroleum geoscientists in the region and it covers the regional geological evolution, the petroleum geology and the exploration history (complete with scurrilous rumours and fabled stories) of the major hydrocarbon basins of SE Asia. It concludes with a discussion of future exploration hotspots that may emerge in the future.


  • The full PGSEA course takes five (very) full days. This cut-down two day overview version of the course is intended to focus on the regional aspects of the petroleum systems, the tectonic evolution and the distribution of conventional oil and gas resources within the region.
  • It also addresses the current and future hydrocarbon activities in the region and discusses future potential exploration hotspots and emerging plays.

Brief Resume Of Presenters

Ian Longley is a regional petroleum geologist with 29 years of experience who has worked for Lasmo, Woodside, Shell and Oil Search in various locations around the planet. He has specialised in the plate tectonic evolution, regional petroleum geology, play and prospect analysis and the hunt for new exploration opportunities in the region. He has published extensively on the petroleum geology of the region and is currently enjoying working as a consultant looking at real geology. He is also joint developer of the Player ArcGIS play analysis software which is now the leading Play Analysis software on the planet used by 30+ E&P companies around the planet ( He is an increasingly average surfer and with increasing girth and floatation is also evolving into a better albeit slower ocean swimmer.


Peter Ballie, also a regional petroleum geologist, has more experience than he can remember. After a lengthy period in government (various technical roles, including technical aspects of regulation of the petroleum industry), He joined TGS in 1997, commenced work in SE Asia and has since been involved in projects throughout the region. He relocated to Singapore in 2009 and joined CGG in 2012, with whom he continues to work in Perth, Australia. He is a Past President of AAPG Asia Pacific (2011–2014) and of SEAPEX (2012–2016).

Who should attend?

  • Exploration managers and new business exploration staff managing diverse portfolios and/or looking for new opportunities in the region.
  • Exploration geoscientists including junior and recent experienced expats or new hires to the exploration industry working on assets in the region.
  • Senior national staff geologists who wish to broaden their understanding of plays in adjacent countries.
  • Any national geoscientist working in a basin close to a political border.


Note – It is assumed that all students will have a basic understanding of petroleum geology, petroleum systems and modern hydrocarbon exploration methods i.e. seismic and drilling technologies etc.

Course Outline

  • Regional Overview
    • Introduction – Geography and Recent History
    • Tertiary Evolution Models Overview
    • Petroleum Systems Overview
    • Regional Exploration History Review
    • Recent Significant Discoveries
  • Regional Overviews (may be selective depends on audience focus)
    • West Side Story
    • Sumatra
    • Java
    • Sunda Rifts
    • South China Sea
    • Borneo Delta Sags
    • East Side Story
  • Summary
    • Pulling it all together – How SE Asian petroleum geology works!
    • Future Hot Spots and Strategies for Exploration in SE Asia

Course Footprint

Venue Information

Venue information

Venue name:

Premier Oil Offices, Victoria

Venue address:

23 Lower Belgrave Street,, London, London, SW1W 0NR, United Kingdom
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