Red Sea Exploration Workshop

19 – 21 Nov 2018 | Hurghada, Egypt


19 – 21 Nov 2018
Hurghada, Egypt

The Red Sea is a natural laboratory for the understanding of divergent plate tectonics. The rift between the Arabian Plate and the African plate has developed to the point where oceanic crust is forming along the continental margin. The Egyptian side of the Red Sea is a conjugate margin to the Saudi Arabian margin. Much academic research has focused on this birth of a new ocean. A proven petroleum system exists within the Gulf of Suez that represents the northern extent of the rift. In addition, outcrops studies show the system extends to the south. Exploration is challenging due to the complex nature of the post evaporates sequence and the presence of a thick sequence of layered evaporates of Upper Miocene age. The evaporates will provide an excellent seal for any hydrocarbons that lie beneath. However, they obscure the deeper syn-rift and pre-rift where the source and reservoir rocks are to be expected. In recent years with the introduction of detailed crustal modelling, petroleum systems modelling, modern seismic and potential field methods we feel the time is right to meet in a workshop setting to exchange ideas and focus on the problems at hand. New studies and data will support the development of new models for the Red Sea.

The workshop objective is to identify the current state of knowledge and to advance ideas to help promote Exploration in the Red Sea Basin.

Organizing Committee

  • Chair - Maurice Nessim, Schlumberger
  • Co-Chair - Mohamed Shimy, Ganope
  • Adel Ramadan Mostafa, Ain Shams University
  • Ahmad Saleh, Shell
  • Ahmed El Barkooki, Cairo University
  • Ahmed Salah, EGAS
  • Andreas Laake, Schlumberger
  • Ayman Shabrawi, Schlumberger 
  • John Brittan, ION 
  • Li Jianlin, BGP
  • Malcolm Francis, Schlumberger
  • Osama Farouk, EGPC
  • Rachael Dale, TGS
  • Samir Abdelmoaty, Rock-Hopper
  • Samir Khalil, Suez Canal University
  • Taher El Zefzaf, Ganope
  • Yousuf K Fadolalkarem, Saudi Aramco


Hyra Dalisay
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880


Who should attend?

The workshop targets geoscientists, decision makers and investors interested in understanding and assessing the exploration potential of the Red Sea. We aim at providing insights into the complex geological setting of the entire Red Sea basin. Specialist presentations and discussions will cover the geological background, i.e. rift processes, structural and stratigraphic framework and petroleum system modelling as well as acquisition, analysis and interpretation of geophysical data. The workshop location will also provide the unique opportunity for each participant to lay their hands on the petroleum system elements in a two day field trip lead by Red Sea region experts from Egyptian academia.

The setup of the workshop provides a unique opportunity to obtain deep insight into the opportunities, challenges and solutions of frontier exploration in the Red Sea in less than a week

Workshop format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts, contributed presentations, and discussions to share the experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have open and extended discussions among the participants interested in the exploration potential of the Red Sea basin. Therefore, no publication of abstracts or presentations is planned.

The workshop will be structured in 6 half-day oral sessions over 3 days. We aim for one key note speaker per session with a closing session at the end of the workshop to serve as an outlook going forward. The presentations are scheduled at 20 minutes with 10 minutes questions. After each session, 45-60 minutes discussion session will provide ample time for interaction allowing the participants to discuss in detail, learn from each other what has worked, and debate issues and challenges they face when executing their workflows. Session chairs will also serve as discussion leaders.

Call for Abstracts

The Call for Papers is closed.

The workshop objective is to identify the current state of knowledge and to advance ideas to help promote Exploration in the Red Sea Basin.

Technical Topics to be covered

  1. What we can learn from understanding of crustal processes.
  2. Models of heat flow, volcanism, uplift and subsidence in a divergent margin.
  3. Saline Giants and layered evaporites.
  4. Structural & stratigraphic framework of Red Sea
  5. Petroleum Systems in a rift setting-Global analogues On-shore examples.
  6. Gulf of Suez seismic as a laboratory for Red Sea- Challenges and results
  7. Imaging & inversion through complex media. New acquisition and processing applications.
  8. Lessons learnt “What the wells taught us?”
  9. Any Red Sea relevant topics
  10. The way forward.

Abstract Format

Max 2 page abstract + 1 figure, single column

Abstracts should include sufficient detail for the committee to judge the quality of the paper. Abstracts should be a minimum of 1 page, text plus 1 figure (optional), with a maximum of 2 pages. Abstracts should be on 8.5 x11 inch paper size, have text in Roman font, and include both text and figures. Title should be one or two-line, at the top of the page, in bold font, and size 12 points. Authors should be listed in Roman italic font, size 10 points, and located just below the title. All text must stay 1 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 target specific audiences for optimum return on investment. For a list of sponsorship opportunities and an application form for sponsorship, see the Sponsorship Packet in the Important Documents section of this page, or contact us for additional information.

Important Dates

Call for abstracts closed
21 June 2018

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