The Red Sea: Unlocking Future Hydrocarbon Potential

20–22 March 2022 | Hurghada, Egypt

Attendees can also participate in the exciting two-day field trip after the workshop! View detailed plan and itinerary of the field trip under 'Important Documents.' To register, please email Adrienne Maxine Lara by 14 March!

About

20–22 March 2022
Hurghada, Egypt

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 the Red Sea Exploration. The success of this workshop has made great impact not only on the understanding of the Red Sea hydrocarbon potential but further on the exploration activities and the positive response from the international oil companies to the recent bid round starting a new exploration era. The Egyptian government has taken major steps to accelerate the exploration of the Red Sea through acquiring new geophysical data, conducting geoscience studies and implementing competitive E&P terms and conditions.

The Red Sea is a promising frontier mega basin extending in five countries with potential hydrocarbon exploration opportunities. It extends southward from the proliferous Gulf of Suez rift (produced more than 12 billion BOE) where outcrops and subsurface data show that the elements of the petroleum system could extend to the south. Comparative study of analogue basins is a key to the success of future exploration in the Red Sea.

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

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

Technical Committee

Committee Co-Chair - Maurice Nessim, SEG Past President
Committee Co-Chair - Nael Abdel Rahman Mohamed Darwish, 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

Contact

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

Attend

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

Registration Fees

For Student Registrations (please note, all student non-members must submit a copy of their student ID to [email protected] to register for the event)

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks (during meeting) and Lunches (Sunday-Tuesday)

Egyptian Attendees:

Super Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 10 Feb 2022)
US$550 (member) | US$650 (non-member)

Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 28 Feb 2022)
US$650 (member) | US$750 (non-member)

Full Registration Fee (begins 1 Mar 2022)
US$750 (member) | US$850 (non-member) | US$300 (student)

International Attendees:

Super Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 10 Feb 2022)
US$980 (member) | US$1180 (non-member)

Early Bird Registration Fee (must be registered and paid before 28 Feb 2022)
US$1080 (member) | US$1280 (non-member)

Full Registration Fee (begins 1 Mar 2022)
US$1200 (member) | US$1490 (non-member) | US$300 (student)

Written notice received by 20 February 2022 entitles registrants to a full refund of the registration fee minus US$50 for processing. No refunds will be issued after 20 February 2022. Substitutions are permissible with written approval by the event organizers. Notify Adrienne Maxine Lara ([email protected]) immediately to request a substitution.

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.

The technical program will have ten (10) sessions over the course of three days with a dedicated session for the keynote presentations. Committee co-chairs will be closing the 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 a 30-minute moderated discussion before each session ends, where we will address all the questions from the audience. The objective of this moderated discussion 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.

Posters will be available for viewing in the workshop venue during the poster’s dedicated session, coffee breaks and afternoon free time following each session.

Workshop Venue

Continental Hotel, Hurghada, Egypt
Nestled in Hurghada, on the west coast of the Red Sea, the Continental Hotel Hurghada spans a total of 135,000 sq. meters, surrounded by large gardens, situated on its own wide pristine sandy beach, offering spectacular views over the turquoise water and an amazing experience of a luxury life style, combined with the warmth of true Egyptian hospitality. The hotel has every possible feature to make your stay enjoyable with a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere.

Housing/Reservations

Corporate room rates have been arranged for the following rate at Continental Hotel, Hurghada Egypt:

  • Classic Partial Sea View Room - Single Occupancy: LE 1,600 | US$102 (includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi)
  • Classic Partial Sea View Room - Double Occupancy: LE 2,000 | US$127 (includes breakfast, and Wi-Fi)

 (All above mentioned rates are per classic partial sea view room per night; inclusive all applicable taxes and service charges based on Bed and Breakfast)

For bookings, please contact Continental Hotel Hurghada directly and email their reservations at [email protected] 

Visa Information

Participants in the workshop may generate an official invitation letter from SEG. This form will generate a letter that you can print and use if required. For Visa requirements for entering Egypt,

You can get a visa before you travel from the official Visa2Egypt portal or contact your nearest Egyptian consulate. Tourist visas granted using the e-visa system are valid for a maximum of 3 months (some nationalities are excluded from allowed list for an e-visa application, please check the portal). It is advisable to get a visa before you travel, particularly if travelling for work or business.

Please note, SEG does not guarantee that you will be granted a visa, nor does it commit SEG to pay any expenses you may incur. It is the sole responsibility of the attendee to obtain the necessary paperwork for entry to UAE.

Guidelines for travelers to Egypt

Egypt is now open to all vaccinated travelers and ready to welcome you.

All persons (including those who hold Egyptian nationality) arriving from overseas must have proof of one of the following:

  • A full course of COVID-19 vaccination (completed at least 14 days prior to arrival in Egypt); or
  • A negative PCR test (taken within 72 hours prior to departure)

Passengers from all countries will be required to complete a paper health declaration (issued by your airline or on arrival) with personal details, and will need to provide confirmation of valid health insurance policy to airport authorities. Passengers arriving from countries where C19 variants of concern have been identified may be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID NOW) on arrival.

Some airlines are imposing special requirements, such as the wearing of face masks. You should check specific requirements with your airline before you travel.

VACCINATION AND PCR TEST CERTIFICATES

The Egyptian authorities have advised that PCR tests must be conducted no more than 72 hours prior to flight departure.

The Egyptian authorities have advised that COVID-19 vaccination certificates must be issued by an accredited laboratory in the country of issue and linked with a QR code. Vaccinated passengers must have received the full course of either the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Sinopharm, Sinovac, Sputnik V, and Janssen (Johnson and Johnson) vaccines at least 14 days prior to arrival in Egypt. Passengers arriving from countries where COVID-19 variants of concern have been identified may still be required to undertake a rapid COVID-19 test (ID NOW) on arrival.

ENTRY TO HURGHADA, EGYPT

The Egyptian authorities have advised that tourists arriving directly at airports in the coastal governorates of the Red Sea (Hurghada and Marsa Alam), South Sinai (Sharm El Sheikh), and Marsa Matrouh have the option of taking a PCR test on arrival for a fee of USD30 (passengers holding a COVID-19 vaccination certificate that meets the requirements are exempt). After testing you will be required to self-isolate at your hotel until you receive your test result. The Egyptian authorities will be in touch and will advise whether you need to continue self-isolating. Test results are expected to become available within 12 to 24 hours.

DEPARTURE FROM HURGHADA, EGYPT

The Egyptian Tourist Authority located in Hurghada (10-15 minutes away from the workshop venue, Continental Hurghada) caters to a PCR laboratory test with a QR code results acceptable by International Airports. You may walk-in and check their working hours at the hotel’s reception lobby. Their PCR test cost $35/ €30, a kind reminder that they do not accept any other currency except for USD or Euro and for card payment they only accept local credit cards (It is advisable to have cash on hand upon doing the this test).

You have an option to book your Uber ride going to Egyptian Tourist Authority or arrange a transportation through Continental Hurghada in advance (24 hours prior) at a cost of LE 300 / €20. If transportation is booked through Continental Hurghada you may request them to pick up your results the next day as well.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some airlines are imposing special requirements and announcing the current up to date changes of rules, such as the wearing of face masks and the required PCR test validity. You should check specific requirements with your airline before you travel.

Technical Program

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

Opening Address

H.E. Eng. Tarek El Molla, Minister of Petroleum and Mineral Resources

Opening Keynote

  • Nael Abdel Rahman Mohamed Darwish, Ganope
  • Maurice Nessim, SEG Past President

Keynote Presenters

  • Christian Gibson, Shell
  • Jason Robinson, TGS
  • Kristian Svendsen, Chevron

Technical Sessions 

  • Regional tectonics and crustal evolution of the Red Sea
  • New exploration trends in analog basins
  • Structural and stratigraphic framework of the Red Sea
  • Technologies to unveil Red Sea prospectivity
  • Understanding Red Sea subsurface through local analogues
  • Understanding Red Sea subsurface through analogues
  • New approaches to image the Red Sea subsurface

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].

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Important Dates

Register for Field Trip by:
14 March 2022

Super Early Bird Savings end:
10 February 2022

Early Bird Savings end:
28 February 2022

Call for Abstracts closed:
6 January 2022

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