Red Sea Exploration Workshop & Field Trip

19 – 23 Nov 2018 | Hurghada, Egypt

Workshop is at full capacity and registration is now closed!


19 – 23 Nov 2018
Hurghada, Egypt

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

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.


Hyra Dalisay
SEG Middle East
Telephone: +97143724880


Workshop is at full capacity and registration is now closed.

Registration Categories

Registration fee includes: Coffee breaks (during meeting), Lunches (Monday-Wednesday) and Icebreaker on Monday

Standard Registration Fee
US$950 (non-members) | US$850 (members)

Student/Academia Registration Fee
maximum of 5 and available on a first-come, first-served basis

Field Trip Registration Fee
maximum of 25 participants and available on a first-come, first-served basis

Cancellation Policy

Please contact

Workshop Schedule

Monday, 19 November
Registration; morning and afternoon sessions; Icebreaker

Tuesday, 20 November
Morning and afternoon sessions

Wednesday, 21 November
Morning and afternoon sessions

Who should attend?

The workshop targets geoscientists, decision makers, and investors interested in understanding and assessing the exploration potential of the Red Sea. The goal is to provide insight into the complex geological setting of the entire Red Sea Basin. Expert presentations and discussions will analyze the geological background, i.e. rift processes; structural and stratigraphic framework; and petroleum system modeling; as well as acquisition, analysis, and interpretation of geophysical data. In addition, the location of this workshop provides the unique opportunity for each participant to handle the petroleum system elements on a two-day field trip led by Red Sea region experts from Egyptian academia. In less than a week, participants will gain deep insight into the opportunities, challenges, and solutions of frontier exploration in the Red Sea.

Workshop Format

The format of the workshop will feature presentations by invited key experts in their field to share their experiences. The workshop will serve as a unique opportunity to have open and extended discussions among the participants interested in Red Sea Exploration.

Six sessions (three days). Oral presentations will be 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes of Q&A. After each session, a 30 minute moderated discussion is planned. The objective of this session is to allow participant discussion in detail, and debate what has worked and the challenges they face during their daily workflows. Session chairs will also serve as facilitators during the 30-minute open discussion.

Posters: Poster presentations will be scheduled so as to give ample time to the delegates to discuss with the poster’s author(s) the topic of the poster. Posters will be displayed in the workshop room for viewing during coffee and session breaks.

Workshop Venue

Sheraton Soma Bay Resort, Hurghada, Egypt

Relish iconic Red Sea and desert mountain views from our friendly resort, where authentic Egyptian architecture meets white-sand beaches.

When it comes to diving, Soma Bay has it all. Coral reefs extend several kilometers down to the southern tip of the peninsula. In addition, just a few minutes from the shore, seven pillars of coral rise nearly 20 meters from the sandy bottom, providing a unique diving and snorkeling experience.

Pamper yourself at the nearby Les Thermes Marins des Cascades Thalasso Therapy Center. Its full range of treatments will indulge you with luxury, wellness, and beauty. Achieve renewed harmony of mind, body, and spirit with the restorative powers of their Thalasso services.

For those who don't want to miss the opportunity to see the cradle of civilization, a one or two-day visit to Luxor (just 260 kilometers from Soma Bay) can be organized.

For room booking inquiries, please contact or

Visa Information/Invitation Letter

Workshop participants 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, contact the Egyptian Embassy nearest you. 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 into Egypt.

Technical Program

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

View full technical program schedule

Technical topics to be covered:

  • Tectonics and crustal processes
  • Gulf of Suez as a laboratory for Red Sea
  • Lessons learned: “What the wells and new data tell us”
  • Volcanism and influence of uplift on sedimentation
  • Structural and stratigraphic framework of the Red Sea
  • Full Waveform Inversion
  • Petroleum systems in a rift setting - global analogues
  • Saline giants and layered evaporates
  • Imaging and inversion through complex media
  • New acquisition and processing applications

Technical Committee

Maurice Nessim, Schlumberger
Mohamed Abdel Azim, Ganope


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

Field Trip

Highlights of a Natural Rift Laboratory

The Red Sea is a 2,000 km-long, NW-trending, continental rift system formed in response to the separation of the Arabian and African plates. It represents a modern example of an embryonic and young ocean basin formed by continental break up. Excellent exposures in the Egyptian margin of the Red Sea provide splendid opportunity to study the rift structural, statigraphic and depositional architectures as well as evolutionary stages of the rift system.

Field Trip Fee

Field trip registration fee: US$240

Field Trip includes transportation, field guide, snacks and drinks at tour stops, and hot lunch.

Registration Procedures

Participant must be registered for the RED SEA Exploration Workshop in Hurghada, Egypt before registering for the field trip and must book for one night (22 November 2018) in Movenpick Resort El Quseir. A maximum number of 25 participants can be accommodated due to limited space; registrations will be on a first-come basis.

Completed registration forms may be sent to Hyra Dalisay, Meeting Planner. All registrations must be received by 19 October 2018. No late registrations will be accepted.

Field Trip Accommodations

To book your accommodation, please fill in the Field Trip Hotel Booking Form under Important documents and email it here

Brief Itinerary


7:00 am: Depart from Hotel in Hurghada
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm: Lunch Break
4:15 pm: Drive south to Movenpick Resort, El Quseir for overnight stay


7:00 am: Leave Hotel in Quseir and drive to Hurghada
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm: Lunch Break
4:15 pm: Drive to Hurghada

Outline of Field Trip

The two-day field trip will be focusing on some key outcrops to define the main structural elements and to examine the general characteristics of the pre-rift and syn-rift stratigraphy and syn-rift depositional patterns, and eventually provide insights into the relevance of these elements to hydrocarbon exploration in the offshore area of the Egyptian Red Sea margin.

Start and end points of the fieldtrip will be at the workshop venue in Hurghada. The outcrops visited are located in the area between Safaga and Quseir, at 60 to 120 km south of Hurghada, with an overnight stop at Quseir.

The absence of vegetation due to the desert climate provides excellent outcrops for close-up study as well as correlation with the larger sections laterally and vertically of both structure and stratigraphy.

The outcrops will comprise the following onshore analogs for the offshore structural and stratigraphic settings:

  • Fault systems and shear zones representing the structural framework.
  • Relay ramps and their impact on syn-rift deposition.
  • Offsets of pre-rift formations against basement.
  • Phosphates, chalks and shales representing possible source rocks.
  • Pre-rift stratigraphic sequences as analogs for pre-rift reservoirs.
  • Fan delta reservoir analogs.
  • Unconformities representing stratigraphic trap features.

Note: The actual outcrops shown during the field trip are subject to weather and ground conditions.

List of Recommended Items to Bring on the Field Trip

  • Comfortable field shoes.
  • Sun protection to protect from intense sun at high altitudes: high SPF sun screen, sun glasses, hat or cap to protect the head, long sleeved shirts and trousers.
  • 2 T-shirts for layering due to fast changing weather conditions.
  • 1 sweater to protect from A/C in cars and buildings.
  • Water to protect from dehydration will be provided.

Field Trip Leaders

Ahmed El-Barkooky, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Samir Khalil, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Field Trip Committee

Adel Moustafa, Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt
Ahmed El-Barkooky, Cairo University, Cairo, Egypt
Andreas Laake, Schlumberge WesternGeco, Houston, USA
Gamal Ammar, Consultant, Cairo, Egypt
Samir Abdelmoaty, Rock-Hopper, Cairo Egypt 
Samir Khalil, Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt

Short Course

Global Insights into Rifting and Salt Tectonics

An exclusive one-day course sponsored by WesternGeco at the SEG Red Sea Exploration Workshop & Field Trip in Hurghada, Egypt

Date: Thursday, 22 November 2018, 08:30–17:00 (Lunch will be included)

Venue: Sheraton Soma Bay Resort, Qesm Safaga, Red Sea Governorate, Egypt

Registration: Free of charge – Register via email now

A maximum number of 30 participants can be accommodated; registrations will be on a first-come basis.

Instructor: Mark G. Rowan; Rowan Consulting, Inc.

Mark is a structural geologist with degrees from Caltech, Berkeley, and the University of Colorado. He worked in the industry and as a research professor before founding his own company in 1998, where his primary research and consulting interests are in salt tectonics. Mark has authored more than 90 papers, has been an AAPG Distinguished Lecturer and an AAPG International Distinguished Instructor, and is the recipient of the GCSSEPM Doris M. Curtis Medal and the AAPG Robert J. Berg Outstanding Research Award.

Course Content

This course provides an overview of the relationships between extensional tectonics and salt tectonics in rift basin and passive margin settings such as the Gulf of Suez and Red Sea. Topics covered include nature and origin of layered evaporite sequences relationships between rifting and salt deposition mechanics of salt deformation styles of extensional salt tectonics processes and structures of gravity-driven deformation initiation and growth of diapirs and minibasins emplacement of allochthonous salt difficulties of imaging around and beneath salt.

The course will consist primarily of lectures, supplemented by seismic-based practical exercises. No experience in salt tectonics is required.

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