Characterizing Hydrocarbon Reserves in East Africa & Indian Ocean Margins Workshop

19–20 April 2021 | Maputo, Mozambique


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Due to the ongoing global health concerns of the COVID-19 virus, the ‘Characterizing Hydrocarbon Reserves in East Africa & Indian Ocean Margins Workshop’ is rescheduled to 19 – 20 April, 2021. We appreciate your continued support and understanding. Please do not hesitate to Anneke de Klerk at [email protected] for any further questions.


19–20 April 2021
Maputo, Mozambique

The workshop will address questions about maximizing the resource potential of the Indian Ocean basins through geoscience and the integration of multi-domain data.

Exploration activity and development investment continue to increase around the western margins of the Indian Ocean. The recent announcement of the development of major fields offshore Mozambique demonstrate the commercial potential of the region and will stimulate further effort to exploit this margin.

The Rovuma basin in Tanzania and Mozambique demonstrates world-class reserves exist in the Indian Ocean margin.

  • What lessons can we learn from today’s discoveries that will further the exploration potential along the Indian Ocean Margins?
  • What lessons can we learn from the characterization of these new reserves? 
  • What can be done to increase understanding of these reserves and improve production efficiency? 
  • How can geophysics help manage uncertainty during the E&P lifecycle?
  • What new ways of integrating and analyzing data will enable real time decision makers to improve efficiency and optimize cost? 

The goal of this workshop is to integrate findings and enable optimization of exploration and development in the western Indian Ocean to maximize E&P potential.  Our aim is to share knowledge between existing operators, new players, young professionals and students.

Organizing Committee

Committee Co-Chair: Mohamed El-Toukhy, Schlumberger
Committee Co-Chair: Augusto Macuvele, INP
Committee Co-Chair: Marco Marchesini, ENI

  • Achimo Mussa, Center of Excellence for Oil and Gas
  • David Owen, Shell
  • David Went, TGS
  • Edward Habgood, ExxonMobil Exploration Company
  • Elias Xavier Felix Daudi, Organization of African Geological Surveys
  • Friso Veenstra, Geological Survey in Netherlands (TNO)
  • Manika Prasad, Colorado School of Mines
  • R.K Srivastava, ONGC


Anneke de Klerk
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712710
Email: [email protected]


Who should attend?

The workshop targets geoscientists, decision makers, and investors interested in developing their understanding of frontier exploration and new field development across the western margins of the Indian Ocean. Providing a forum for specialized presentations and discussions across the range of proposed workshop topics offers a unique opportunity to obtain deep insights into the opportunities, challenges, and solutions required to explore for and develop new reserves along the margin.

Workshop format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts who will share their experiences. The workshop will provide a unique opportunity for open and extended discussions among the participants.

Eight sessions (two days). We will aim for one keynote speaker per session with a closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as the outlook going forward. The oral presentations are comprised of 20-minute talks followed by five minutes of Q&A. After each session, a 30-minute discussion session is planned. The objective of this session is to allow participants to discuss in detail and learn from each other what has worked for them and debate the issues and challenges facing them during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders during the 30 minutes.

Poster presentations are welcome to give ample time to the delegates to discuss the poster topic with the author(s). Posters will be available for viewing in the workshop room during coffee breaks and afternoon free time following each session. Students are encouraged to submit poster presentations for the workshop.

Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts submission deadline: 15 January 2021

Submit your abstract to [email protected]

This workshop will aim to address the following topics:

  1. Regional and basinal geologic setting
  2. Discovery successes and future possible analogues
  3. Seismic imaging of passive margins and compressive delta settings
  4. The impact and potential of non-seismic methods
  5. Techniques for the successful characterization of reservoirs
  6. The power, integration, and analysis of multi-domain digital data
  7. Effective reservoir monitoring of large gas fields
  8. Economics and commercialization of gas in East Africa

Other considerations: fiscal, environmental, and technical capacity building for the new opportunities

Abstract Format

Max two-page abstract + one figure, single column

Abstracts should include sufficient details for the committee to judge the quality of the submitted work. Abstracts should be a minimum of one page, text plus one figure, with a maximum of two pages. Abstracts should be on 8.5 x 11 inch paper size, text in Roman font, and include both text and figures.

Title should be one or two lines, at the top of the page, in bold font, and size 12 point. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 point, and located just below the title. All text must stay one inch clear of the margins of the page. Submissions should be in Adobe Acrobat PDF format.

Sponsorship Opportunities

To maximize exposure and visibility for our partners, we offer an array of unique sponsorship opportunities designed to suit a range of budgets with specific target audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities download the Sponsorship Form or email [email protected] for more information.

Submit Abstract

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closes:
15 January 2021

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