EAGE Workshop on the Mesozoic Intrashelf Basins of the Middle East

8 - 13 October
Ras al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates
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The Field Trip & 1-day Workshop

EAGE Workshop on the Mesozoic Intrashelf Basins of the Middle East 

Exploring for Conventional and Unconventional Reservoirs, linking intrashelf basin subsurface exploration models with Arabian Plate field outcrop models.


The first objective of the Workshop is to revisit the Mesozoic subsurface depositional models and their petroleum systems. Focus is towards understanding the 3D subsurface depositional systems based on information from seismic data, drilled wells and the current understanding of their complexities in exploration. The second objective is to study field outcrops in similar Mesozoic intrashelf basin settings to further improve 3D depositional models of both the Jurassic and Cretaceous reservoirs found in outcrops in Oman.

Focus: Towards the understanding of the Mesozoic intrashelf basins by seeking ways to reduce uncertainty and risk in exploration.  The emphasis will be on revisiting the exploration potential of intrashelf basin margins and their deeper basin equivalents using case studies from the Babb, Jafurah and Gotnia basins, linked to Arabian platform field outcrops.


The Middle East Mesozoic intrashelf basins contain some of the largest oil and gas fields, with hydrocarbon resources that are supported by a world class petroleum system. On the Arabian platform, the production of oil and gas from conventional and unconventional reservoirs have provided the world with a continuous supply of hydrocarbons. Oil and gas production have continued apace as it remains the life blood of industry even with the drop in oil prices over the last few years. Much effort has been focused on both the Mesozoic - Jurassic and Cretaceous conventional and unconventional reservoirs, and the continued revisiting of the successes in exploration and production is considered essential towards reducing risk and improving productivity. This Workshop is a follow-up from the inaugural 1st Workshop held May 15, 2016 as it seeks to further develop understandings of the 3D geological model of intrashelf basins and their petroleum potential. In this Workshop the Babb, Jafurah and Gotnia intrashelf basins are targeted. A field trip to Oman over 5 days is considered essential to this 2nd Workshop and selected outcrop examples will be visited to highlight the field scale examples of syn-tectonic sedimentation and related basin development. The search for hydrocarbons continues in the Mesozoic as studies have revealed an unknown quantity of undiscovered oil and gas is yet to be found.  

While the investment climate remains challenging and the cost per barrel of oil on the market remains uncertain, there is need to forge on with the evaluations of these intrashelf basins to improve finding success and reduce cost. One way is to continue progressing towards the understandings of the hydrocarbon provinces, applying technical best practices to approaches, merging experiences from the exploration business coupled with understandings from the field outcrops. The Arabian Mesozoic carbonate platform is extensive, thousands of wells have been drilled from fields and yet exploration continues relentlessly in the search for hydrocarbons.


  • 1 day of technical sessions
    • Part 1 – focus on exploration case studies of the Mesozoic section – Jurassic and Cretaceous, of the Babb, Jafurah and Gotnia intrashelf basins found distributed across the Arabian platform.
    • Part 2 - focus on exploration case studies of the Mesozoic section along with a ½ day fieldtrip.
  • 5 days of field work (Oman) to study intrashelf basin margin outcrops, stratal geometric configurations, impact of tectonics and reservoir distribution. Focus will also be both on the basin margins and deeper basin outcrops.

Read more about the 5-day Field Work

Download the Workshop and Field Trip Programme here

Registration for the workshop will open on 1 July 2017