The Red Sea: Unlocking Future Hydrocarbon Potential

20–22 March 2022 | Egypt

Considering the ongoing changes in guidelines and travel restrictions by countries and organizations, the organizers and technical committee have collectively decided to move the workshop to 2022. New call for abstracts deadline is 6 December.


20–22 March 2022

This workshop is under the patronage of:
H.E. Eng. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources

In November 2018 SEG, in collaboration with GANOPE, held the first workshop on Red Sea Exploration. The success of this workshop has made a great impact not only on the understanding of the Red Sea hydrocarbon potential but also on the exploration activities and the positive response from the international oil companies to the recent bid rounds starting a new exploration era. The Egyptian government has taken major steps to accelerate the exploration of the Red Sea, acquiring new geophysical data and conducting geoscience studies with consideration of similar rift-basins worldwide.

The Red Sea is a promising frontier mega basin with potential hydrocarbon exploration opportunities for prospective stakeholders. It extends southward from the proliferous Gulf of Suez rift where outcrops and subsurface data show that the elements of the petroleum system should also extend to the south. Comparative study of analogue basins is a key to the success of future exploration in the Red Sea.

Following the successful 2018 workshop, SEG and the Egyptian oil sector believe it is the right time to assess what progress is being made, what still needs to be tackled and lesson learned from the new data. Moreover, how can we achieve our ultimate goal to accelerate Red Sea exploration and unlock its hydrocarbon potential?

This workshop will focus on the Egyptian Red Sea, global similar basins, and emerging technologies, particularly for offshore hydrocarbon exploration and case studies from around the world.

Technical Committee

Committee Co-Chair - Maurice Nessim, SEG President
Committee Co-Chair - Alaa ElBatal, Ganope

  • Adel El-Emam, Kuwait Oil Company
  • Ahmed Abdelhady Mohamed, Wintershall Dea
  • Ahmed El-Barkooky, Cairo University
  • Ahmed Salah, COREX| Premier Oilfield Group
  • Alessio Checconi, TGS
  • Ali Abdelaziz, Austinbridgeporth / ABI
  • Ayman Shabrawi, WesternGeco
  • Azwari Huslan Mohd, PETRONAS
  • Benjamin Mee, Shell
  • Damian O’Grady, Chevron
  • Ferdinando Rizzo, ENI
  • Gad El Qady, National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG)
  • Hesham Hendy, BP
  • Hesham Naem, Ganope
  • Malcolm Francis
  • Mark Davies, Austinbridgeporth / ABI
  • Mike Watson, ION
  • Pedro Baptista, Mubadala Petroleum
  • Sami Amin, Subsea 7
  • Samir Abdelmoaty, United Oil & Gas Egypt
  • Samir Zalat, PetroAmir / North Petroleum International Company - NPIC

Organizing Committee

  • Marina Aziz Ibrahim, Ganope
  • Mostafa AbdulGhaffar Ahmed, Ganope
  • Samir Zedira, WesternGeco
  • Sugandha Tewari, WesternGeco
  • Waleed Badr, WesternGeco


Adrienne Maxine Lara
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143712856
Email: [email protected]


This workshop is under the patronage of:
H.E. Eng. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources

Who should attend?

The workshop targets regional and international geoscientists, engineers, experts, decision makers, and investors interested in understanding the exploration potential of the Red Sea. The workshop will provide insights into the complex geological setting of the entire Red Sea basin through various well designed sessions including rift processes, structural and stratigraphic framework, petroleum system modeling, geophysical data acquisition, processing and interpretation, innovative technologies as well as deep water drilling.

The workshop will also provide a unique opportunity to study the surface geology and examine the outcrops in a two day well designed field trip lead by Red Sea region experts from Egyptian academia.

Workshop format

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

Ten sessions (three 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 delegates ample time 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: 6 December 2021
Submit your abstract to [email protected]

We invite abstracts for the following topics – oral and posters:

  1. Hydrocarbon exploration approaches and strategies
  2. Surface geology and link to subsurface models
  3. Tectonics and crustal evolution of the Red Sea
  4. Petroleum systems in active rifts
  5. Structural and stratigraphic framework
  6. Application of advanced technologies applied in similar basin globally - New acquisition and processing applications
  7. Analog studies and experience from similar worldwide basins - Worldwide opportunities and challenges
  8. Velocity model building, multiple attenuation imaging and inversion through complex media
  9. Non-seismic data and the integration with seismic data
  10. Deepwater drilling challenges and recent technology advancements

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 and benefits, please contact us at [email protected].

Submit Abstract

Important Dates

Call for Abstracts closes:
6 December 2021

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