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Field Trips

1. North East Bab (NEB) Field | Abu Dhabi, UAE

This field trip has reached its maximum number of capacity, and no more participants can be accommodated. Registration for our other field trips is still available.


North East Bab (NEB) asset is located 31 km from the UAE capital, Abu Dhabi. The asset comprises of three producing fields: Al Dabb’iya, Rumaitha, and Shanayel.  Al Dabb’iya field lies on a coastal shallow and deep marine area, while Rumaitha and Shanayel fields lie onshore. The developed fields cover an area greater than 1,400 km2.

The NEB is located in one of the most environmentally sensitive areas that include desert, sea, mangroves, salt marshes, coral reefs and Sabkha, all supporting diverse wildlife species. The marine environment is both highly sensitive and of great ecological importance.  In addition, the area is also of archaeological significance.  New technologies and management systems were implemented to minimize the impact of ADCO's operations on the environment.

NEB is the first ADCO full field development which is built with an i-field concept i.e. real time data acquisition and analysis (IAOM—Integrated Asset Operating Model / FDIS—Field Data Integrated System via a collaboration Centre (CWE—Collaborative Work Environment).

These included:

Field Wide Implementation of Water-Alternating-Gas (WAG) Injection System

ADCO’s first full field miscible gas and WAG injection process was implemented to maintain the field's reservoir pressure and enhance oil recovery from field start-up. All produced gas is re-injected to improve ultimate recovery.

Artificial Islands

With most of Al Dabb'iya field's concession located along the coastlines and in shallow marine areas, artificial islands were constructed to facilitate drilling wells to access the reserves located offshore.

Well Clustering

Offshore clustering technologies were adopted to minimize the “footprint” of the new production and injection facilities. Cluster drilling enabled wells to be drilled from a common location on a 10 metre surface well spacing.

Pipeline Corridoring

Due to the environmentally sensitive areas, the development facilitated the implementation of buried pipeline corridoring design that eliminated the risks of having pipelines scattered all over the field concession areas.

Smart Wells Completions and Down Hole Gauges

Smart wells completions technology was implemented in some of the wells (gas producers).  And in some strategic wells, down-hole gauges were installed in order to acquire subsurface data in real time.

Intelligent Field (i-Field) Technology

Application of intelligent-field technology enabled interfacing the field process monitoring and control systems with ADCO business applications, facilitating real-time field production data/information sharing via the local and corporate network infrastructure.


50 USD

Please note: A maximum number of 35 participants can be accommodated. This will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Sunday, 9 November


2. Oman Field Trip: Unconventional Hydrocarbon Potential in the Arabian Oil Province? A close look at the basin architecture, source rocks and rock properties of the Late Cretaceous/Cenomanian Sequences of the Arabian Platform (Natih Fm, Oman)

This field trip has been cancelled, but registration for our other field trips is still available.


Field Trip Leaders: Volker C. Vahrenkamp, ADCO; Philippe Razin and Carine Grelaud, University of Bordeaux

Oil and Gas production from unconventional resources are a game changer in the oil industry.  While success stories are abounding from the North and South Americas, China and North Africa, little is known about the unconventional potential in the heartland of the Arabian oil province. This field trip explores the source rocks and source rock distribution of the Late Cretaceous (Cenomanian) Natih Fm in Oman (equivalent to Shilaif, Mishrif and Safaniya Fms of the UAE and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia). In the spectacular outcrops of the Adam Foothills we will observe platform to basin transitions, stacking of source rock sequences, fracture behaviour and other features that critically determine the success of Unconventional plays associated with carbonate source rocks. Outcrop observations are extended into the subsurface using regional well and seismic data. Discussions will focus on sweet spot exploration as determined by basin architecture, source rock deposition and distribution, rock properties and stimulation techniques.

HSE and Logistics
The trip will be fully catered by a professional outfitter and requires only moderate physical fitness (walking up steep hill slopes). 


1800 USD

Registration Deadline: 15 October

This includes:

      1. Overnight in Muscat Golden Tulip for night from 7th to 8th
      2. All food, catering, camp outfitting (tents, beds, sleeping bags, etc..) for 8th & 9th
      3. Transport in 4WD including HSE trained drivers
      4. Costs for trip leaders/ guide books, etc.

Please note: Overnight accommodation will be tents. A minimum number of 12 participants is required for this field trip to be confirmed. A maximum number of 21 participants can be accommodated.  This will be on a first come first serve basis. ** Flights are additional and are the responsibility of participants.


Saturday, 8 November


Assembly in parking lot of Golden Tulip Hotel near Muscat (Oman) Airport


Departure to Jebel Madmar, various outcrops and stops during the day (regional geological


Arrival in Jebel Salakh near Adam, Oman.  Camping and dinner (all tents, beds, sleeping backs, food, etc. catered) 


Dinner, talks and discussions

sunday, 9 November


Departure from Camp site and continuation


Close-out discussions & return to Muscat Airport


Arrival at Muscat Airport (approximate)

3. Field Trip to the Modern Sabkha Environment | Abu Dhabi, UAE

Field Trip Leaders: Abdulla Al Mansoori, ADCO; Hesham Shebl, ZADCO; Ali Al Shamry, ADCO; Ibrahim Al Ali, ADCO; Ismail Al Hosani 

The modern carbonate-evaporite depositional environments along the Abu Dhabi shoreline and offshore Abu Dhabi belong to the few areas of the world where the geoscientist can observe the interplay between carbonate and evaporite sedimentation.

Supratidal (sabkha) to intertidal and shallow subtidal (microbial mat and peloid-skeletal tidal-flat) environments will be studied in the vicinity of Al-Qanatir Island.

Al-Qanatir Island

In the vicinity of the road to Al-Qanatir Island participants will be able to study a complete and undisturbed lateral facies succession from the upper supratidal to the lower intertidal and shallow subtidal:

  • Upper supratidal stranded beach ridges
    • Topographic highs, some cm above the adjacent upper sabkha environment
  • Upper sabkha (upper supratidal)
    • Surface covered by polygonally-cracked halite crust
  • Middle sabkha (middle supratidal)
    • Surface covered by finely-crystalline, whitish anhydrite polygons
  • Lower sabkha (lower supratidal)
    • Surface covered by shiny, sparkling gypsum crystals
  • Upper to lower intertidal microbial mat
    • Crenulated or crinkled microbial mat above gypsum mush facies
    • Blistered and pinnacle microbial mat
    • Polygonal and tufted microbial mat
  • Lowermost intertidal to shallow sub-tidal
    • Peloid-skeletal tidal-flat

Many of these depositional environments and facies successions correspond to those observed in cores from the subsurface of the Arabian Peninsula.


50 USD

Please note: A maximum number of 30 participants can be accommodated. This will be on a first-come, first-serve basis.


Sunday, 9 November


4. GASCO—Habshan Complex

http://www.gasco.ae/web/images/imgBusPlant.jpgHabshan Complex is located approx. 155 km from Abu Dhabi. It is one of the biggest gas processing plants in the world and most critical infrastructure establishment. The plants are divided into two divisions, namely Habshan & Bab and Habshan 5, the distance between the two is 15 km. The main products are Sales Gas, NGL, Condensate and Sulphur.


50 USD

Please note: A maximum number of 70 participations can be accommodated, with two groups of 35 people taking two seperate tours. One tour will explore Habshan & Bab and the other tour will explore Habshan 5. This will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


sunday, 9 November


Departing Sheikh Khalifa Energy Complex, GASCO-HQ, Khalifa Street, Abu Dhabi


Welcome drinks, refreshments/snacks


HSE induction




Tour of Habshan & Bab or Habshan 5 Plant




Departure to Abu Dhabi

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