Africa

The 2017 London conference with the theme ‘New Thinking, New Technology, New Hydrocarbons’ promises to build on this success with a return of the Seismic Workshop and International Pavilion. 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.

Now in its 16th year, the conference has established itself as the premier event for technical discussions and networking on exploration and geosciences in Africa. The 2015 London conference was the largest event to date with 624 delegates in attendance including operators, consultants, governments and academia. There were 34 technical papers presented in a high quality oral programme, 30 poster presentations, complemented by a bustling show floor with 61 exhibitors.

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. 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.

 

 

Organisations wishing to sponsor the Africa SIG should contact Bethany Parkinson-Hunt, bethany@pesgb.org.uk

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