SPE/AAPG Africa Energy and Technology Conference 5 - 7 Dec 2016 Safari Park Hotel Nairobi City, Kenya


Monday, December 05

09:00 - 10:00
Opening Ceremony

Paul Britt
American Association of Petroleum Geologists

Janeen Judah
Society of Petroleum Engineers

10:30 - 12:20
Executive Plenary Session: Africa in the 21st Century; Frontier Plays and Challenges
Moderator(s) Patrick Obath, Adam Smith International Africa Limited

This session is an opportunity for high-level executives to share and discuss their knowledge and vision on where Africa is headed in the energy world and what challenges lie ahead. The focus will be on East Africa but the floor is open to discuss any region of Africa and topics ranging from economics, intra-regional cooperation, energy mix, pressure points and sustainability.


​Patrick Obath
Adam Smith International Africa Limited


​Emeka Ene
Oildata Inc and Xenergi

​Keith Hill
President and CEO
Africa Oil Corp

Andrew Kamau
Principal Secretary
State Department for Petroleum 
Ministry of Energy and Petroleum

Christopher Smith
Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
U. S. Department of Energy


Dr. Scott W. Tinker
Director, Bureau of Economic Geology
The University of Texas at Austin

MaryJane Mwangi 
Ag. CEO 
National Oil Corporation Kenya (NOCK)

12:20 - 12:50
Keynote Address: Powering Africa through Natural Gas and LNG Development
Speaker(s) Christopher Smith, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Presented by:
Christopher Smith, Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy, U.S. Department of Energy

Major natural gas discoveries in sub-Saharan Africa pose great opportunities for both exporters and importers to integrate into global energy markets, develop domestic industries including power generation, and build regional and global partnerships. 

A prerequisite for LNG and other natural gas deals is building human capacity in African countries to create a shared understanding with industry of the complex factors that lead to project success.

A new publication by Power Africa, executed by the US Department of Energy and multiple international experts addresses this need, focusing on the realities of gas resources, markets, financing, stakeholder alignment, operations, and environmental protection, among other issues.

This presentation will describe the conclusions from this new "LNG Handbook" that will hopefully contribute to the responsible use of Africa's abundant gas endowment to build economic opportunity and energy access for millions of citizens.


Christopher Smith
Assistant Secretary for Fossil Energy
US Department of Energy

14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 1: East African and Central Rifts: Basin Structure and Tectonics
Session Chairpersons Bill Bosworth, Apache Egypt Companies; Joe Versfelt, Apache Egypt Companies

Oil and gas exploration of the onshore East Africa and Central Rift System has spanned decades. Some early oil exploration eff orts focused on large onshore or rift lake tracts while others were focused on long recognised mapped oil seeps or oil shows in older wells. Relatively recent oil discoveries in Uganda and Kenya have resulted from such keen focus. With oil development now ongoing and with an eye to export, exploration activities are naturally focused on deploying technology to push the envelope of producing basin petroleum systems and to find the next prospective basin. This session highlights ongoing work to further understanding of the role of tectonics and the basin structure, as exploration continues the eff ort to identify new resources in both established producing basins and on-trend basins.


The Role of Neotectonics in Oil Migration, Lake Turkana Region, Kenya

Presenter: Jan Witte, Falcon Geoconsulting

Co-authors: Daniel M. Trümpy, Hans-Georg Babies


Early-Stage Extension in the Southwest East African Rift: Integration of New Seismic Reflection Data

Presenter: Chris Scholz, Syracuse University

Co-author: Douglas Wood


Integrated Geophysical Interpretation of Kerio Valley Basin Stratigraphy, Kenya Rift

Presenter: Godfred Osukuku, National Oil Corporation of Kenya

Co-authors: Abiud Masinde, Bernard Adero, Edmond Wanjala, John Ego


14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 2: Drilling Challenges and Optimisation
Session Chairpersons Joseph Bagal, Welltec Africa; Bernard Oboarekpe, Shell

Operators have been drilling increasingly challenging wells to increase recovery of existing assets. Some of the challenges are the uncertainties of the seismic data, the narrow margin window in HPHT or high permeability sands, the thermal stresses induced by high temperature, the wellbore stability, mud losses, and hardware installation.

This session will discuss technologies that can help to reduce these uncertainties through better identification of the target while drilling, mitigating mud and cement losses that can jeopardise the integrity of the well, managing bottom hole pressures within a narrow drilling window in high permeability sands. African case histories of these technologies and processes will be presented, paving the way for the future of energy on the continent.


Bottom Hole Pressure Management in a Highly Permeable and Narrow Margin MPD Operation

Presenter: Ugochukwu Oseme, Shell

Co-authors: Sunday Awe, Obinna Amah, Adeyemi Erinle, Ayodele Akinfolarin, Timothy Ibrahim, Vincent Roes


Liner Hanger Installation in Offshore Challenging Well Conditions

Presenter: David Luna, Weatherford

Co-authors: Roberto Elizalde, Wantuadi Diwaku


Wellbore Strengthening in Narrow Margin Drilling

Presenter: Babatunde Salawu, Shell  

Co-authors: Ugochukwu Oseme, Ogochukwu Benyeogor, Sunday Awe, Obinna Amah, Adeyemi Erinle, Ayodele Akinfolarin


16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 3: East African Rifts: Petroleum Systems
Session Chairpersons Dr. George Muia, Kenya Pipeline Corporation; Chris Scholz, Syracuse University

Oil and gas exploration of the onshore East African Rift System has spanned decades. Some early oil exploration efforts focused on large onshore or rift lake tracts while others were focused on long recognised mapped oil seeps or oil shows in older wells. Relatively recent oil discoveries in Uganda and Kenya have resulted from such keen focus. With oil development now ongoing and with an eye to export, exploration activities are naturally focused on deploying technology to push the envelope of producing basin petroleum systems and to find the next prospective basin. This session will explore new insights on existing data, and how new approaches are yielding new perspectives on the search for new resources in the East African Rifts.


Petroleum Geochemistry of Loperot-1 Well in Lokichar Basin, Kenya

Presenters: David Katithi, David Opar, National Oil Corporation of Kenya


A Preliminary Assessment of the Hydrocarbon Potential of Kerio Valley Basin: Gravity and Magnetic Interpretation

Presenter: Abiud Masinde, National Oil Corporation of Kenya

Co-authors: Cleophas Simiyu, Innocent Murunga, Dr. George Muia, Aaron Waswa, Justus Barongo


The Greater Etom Area (GEA): A New Phase of Exploration in the South Lokichar Basin, Turkana County, Northern Kenya

Presenter: Kevin Christopherson, Tullow Oil


16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 4: Well Design and Operations
Session Chairpersons Elike Mawuli, Tullow Oil; Bernard Oboarekpe, Shell

With the progress of technology, operators are drilling more deviated wells and longer horizontal sections. This presents challenges on well design and operations to achieve zonal isolation between heterogeneous zones, control the production of sand and unwanted fluids, plug and abandon efficiently, and execute projects flawlessly in remote locations.

This session will discuss technologies and processes that allow successful sand control operation in long horizontal sections with filtercake removal, alternative methods of conveying perforating guns in these horizontal sections, and technologies that allow meeting the well construction regulations for well barriers. World case histories will be presented as well as applications in the 21st century for the African energy.


Well Design and Successful Field Installation of Openhole Sand Control Completions with Acid Stimulation in a Highly Deviated Well in Vietnam

Presenter: Bharathwaj Kannan, Halliburton

Co-authors: Thong Nguyen, Khoa Tran, Son Tran, Hung Vu Viet, Trang Nguyen Nam


A Case Study of the Successful Deployment of Tractor Conveyed Perforation in Highly Inclined Well

Presenter:  Oloruntoba Isehunwa, Shell Petroleum Development Company

Co-authors: Ademola Ogunrinde, Joy Eze, Allen Aka Boms


Annular Barrier as an Alternative to Squeezes in Challenging Wells: Technology Review and Case Histories

Presenter: Joseph Bagal, Welltec Africa

Co-authors: 'Gbenga Onadeko, Paul Hazel, Vibjorn Dagestad


Tuesday, December 06

11:00 - 12:30
Technical Session 5: Somalia and Analogs: Mesozoic Gondwana
Session Chairpersons Dr. James Granath, Granath & Assoc Consulting Geology; Jan Witte, Falcon Geoconsulting

The rift basins of Somalia represent an array of Mesozoic extensional basins similar to the western examples in the Central African Rift System (CARS). They share many characteristics with those, but also with the Yemen basins across the Gulf of Aden. To date, only shows of hydrocarbons and small developments have been realised, but recent exploration in the region reveals good potential for hydrocarbon resources. This session offers a fresh evaluation of Somalian petroleum system basins and hydrocarbon play elements, and identification of key basins for prospectivity. Context of petroleum exploration in the greater region comprising the Horn of Africa and East Africa places Somalia in perspective of ongoing exploration efforts. Topics will include basin analyses of the offshore Jubba, Mid Somali High basins and the onshore Odewayne basins as well as the rifted basins (Guban, Nogal and Daroor) in northern Somalia.  This session covering an underexplored part of Africa promises to deliver the latest insights on petroleum exploration in the onshore and offshore Somalian area.


Source Rocks of Somalia - A Regional Assessment

Presenter: Daniel Trümpy, DT EP Consulting AG

Co-authors: Jan Witte, Immanuel Weber, Joao da Ponte Souza


Petroleum Potential of Rift Basins of Northern Somalia - A Fresh Look

Presenter: Jan Witte, Falcon Geoconsulting

Co-authors: Daniel Trümpy, Jürgen Meßner, Hans-Georg Babies


Petroleum Exploration Potential on Abu Gabra Formations in Fula Sub-basin, Muglad Basin, Sudan

Presenter: Ke Weili, Research Institution of Petroleum Exploration and Development, PetroChina, Beijing, China

Co-authors: Zhang Guangya, Liu Aixiang, Zheng Yonglin, Yu Yongjun


11:00 - 12:30
Technical Session 6: The Importance of Health, Safety, Environment and Social Responsibility
Session Chairpersons Manuel O. Graças de Deus, Chevron Africa & Latin America; Dr. Connie Martinon, Total and University of Nairobi

Globally, and especially in Africa, our industry continues to face serious challenges, risks, accidents and injury associated with the workplace environment.  These create personal hardships, financial costs and a poor image for the energy industry in general.  Thus, issues of health, safety, environment and social responsibility is of great interest and concern to all businesses. Today, more than ever, industries and organizations cannot ignore the impact of their activities on surrounding communities and their environment.

This session will offer an important opportunity for participants to reassess and reflect upon their development strategy in order to improve the well being of people within the industry, as well as those of different stakeholders and their environment.  Presentations and discussion will help delegates understand the varied dimensions of these challenges. Specifically, they will examine issues of incidents, what factors influence human behavior, and the question of accident prevention. The session will culminate in a discussion on the overall environmental protection in terms of sustainable development, using different case studies from Africa and showcasing opportunities and challenges associated with both local and national content.


Application of Analytic Hierarchy Process to Identify the Most Influencing Human Factors (HFs) and Performance Influencing Factors (PIFs) in Process Safety Accidents

Presenter: Augustine Ifelebuegu, School of Energy, Construction & Environment - Coventry University

Co-authors: Stephen Theophilus, Olayinka Abikoye, Andrew Arewa, Victor Esenowo


Solar Power for Sustainable Offshore Petroleum Exploration and Production in Africa

Presenter: Samuel Tawiah, University of Mines and Technology

Co-authors: Solomon Marfo, Daniel Benah Jnr


Drill Cuttings and Fluid Disposal; A Kenyan Case Study

Presenter: Esther Mburu, Kenyatta University

Co-authors: Lilian Simiyu, Allan Rukunga


14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 7: North Africa - Where Are We Today?
Session Chairpersons Bill Bosworth, Apache Egypt Companies; Terry Engelder, Pennsylvania State University

Oil and gas exploration in North Africa is steadily changing. While in recent years the region’s oil and gas industry has been buffeted by regional geopolitical winds and commercial challenges, it continues to be carried forward by both technology application in established plays as well as dramatic new discoveries in new play concepts. The hydrocarbon resources of North Africa continue to grow from its traditional base because of new thinking and determination. From regional technical integration to the reservoir scale characterisation tools, this session highlights the application of new technology and comprehensive analysis in established plays.


Pre-Messinian Petroleum Systems and Trap Styles in the Offshore Western of Nile Delta; an Integrated Geological and Geophysical Approach

Presenter: Omar Shenkar, Shell

Author: Mostafa Ali


Nuclear Logging While Drilling in Complex Lithology – Solution for a Glauconitic Sandstone Reservoir

Presenter: Ahmed Abouzaid, Baker Hughes

Co-authors: Holger Thern, Mohamed Said, Mohammad ELSaqqa, Mohamed Elbastawesy, Sherin Ghozlan


Structural Inversion, Reactivation and Extensional Detachment and Their Influence on the Formation and Preservation of Hydrocarbon Accumulations in Northern Western Desert of Egypt

  Presenter: Ziming Sun, Petroleum Exploration and Production Research Institute of SINOPEC


14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 8: Maximising Recoveries Through Effective Reservoir Management
Session Chairpersons Patrick Kiome, National Oil Corporation of Kenya; 'Gbenga Onadeko, Welltec Africa

Mature oil and gas fields are characterised in many cases by the presence of existing production infrastructure and export schemes. Capacities designed for peak production as per existing conditions at that time are often negatively affected by the ongoing ageing of the infrastructures and process facilities.

Reservoir management is the practice of maintaining knowledge of the producing conditions of the reservoir to a high enough degree for optimising volume recovery, and delivering high quality reserves forecast. It is the application of operations and decisions by which a reservoir can be measured, developed, produced, and monitored from discovery through to abandonment.

Economic recovery of resource volumes will in large part depend on how well the reservoirs are monitored and how data is captured and analysed. They form the basis by which operational decisions are implemented. Increasing the knowledge of performance of the reservoir, taking swift operational decisions and the reduction of execution time are important outcomes from a successful reservoir management plan. 

In this session, considerations to correctly identify bottlenecks in the integrated system and the judicious application of appropriate surveillance methods along with proven intervention technologies are addressed; all aimed at optimal operability and availability to maximise asset value.


A New Tool-less Layered Fracturing Technology and Its Pilot Application in Deep Thick Formations

Presenter: Daobing Wang, China University of Petroleum

Co-authors: Fujian Zhou, Hongkui Ge, Xiongfei Liu, Sergio Zlotnik, Yang Shi, Xiangtong Yang, Xuefang Yuan, Xiuhui Li, Yanxin Tan, Tingting Luan


Production Optimization in a Marginal Field through Established Reservoir Management Techniques – A Case Study

Presenter: Toluse Williams, Midwestern Oil and Gas Company

Co-authors: Victor Okolo, Amarquaye Martey


Field Evaluation of Improved Oil Recovery Methods of a Libyan Oilfield

Presenter: Augustine Ifelebuegu, School of Energy, Construction & Environment - Coventry University

Co-author: Zydan Zydan


16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 9: New Frontiers in Exploration for Africa
Session Chairpersons David Blanchard, DB Global Energy Consultants; Bill Bosworth, Apache Egypt Companies

Africa has experienced arguably the world’s most successful exploration programs over the past decade. Yet many regions and parts of basins remain very much underexplored. In order to fully realise the hydrocarbon potential of this vast continent our industry will need to apply ever more sophisticated exploration techniques and seek to understand the region’s geology at all scales of observation, from the tectonic plate to basin architectures to the pore space. This session will include presentations that address all of these issues and provide an opportunity for in-depth discussions about the future of exploration technologies in Africa.


Regionally Connected Structural Systems: The Power of the Big (Continental-Scale) Picture

Presenter: Dr. James Granath, Granath & Assoc Consulting Geology

Co-author: William Dickson


Advancing Models of Facies Variability and Lacustrine Source Rock Accumulation in Rifts: Implications for Exploration 

Presenter: Chris Scholz, Syracuse University


A Review of the Leading Technologies that Can Make a Difference in the Search for and Production of Hydrocarbons

Presenter: Terry Engelder, Pennsylvania State University

Co-author: Yaneng Zhou


16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 10: Technology Applications to Maximise Field Recoveries
Session Chairpersons James Okereke, Chevron Nigeria; Salahuddeen Tahir, Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation

Oil and Gas wells are drilled to drain reservoirs while injection wells introduce fluids (gas, water, chemicals etc.) to maintain an optimal reservoir pressure or to effectively sweep the reservoir. The global average primary recovery from reservoirs varies between 25% and 30% with some operators in some geographical areas able to achieve up to 50%. Advances in gas lift and other improved oil recovery (IOR) techniques have been deployed globally.

Operators seek to increase maximum reservoir contact by drilling horizontal wells or multi-lateral wells and also by deploying different types of completion technologies to optimally drain the reservoir. Wells have also been configured with different hardware to manage the zonal contribution/injection and intelligently manage reservoir pressure. These wells are referred to as smart wells. Over the life of a well, enormous amounts of data are collected, usually with the objective of using them to gain insights into the behaviour of the reservoir or to interpret events in the wellbore. This session will cover experiences with the use of a combination of technologies and data to maximise recoveries from hydrocarbon reservoirs.


Innovations of Gas Lift in Prolific, Long-perforations, and Multilayered Wells, Case Study in Sudan

Presenter: Ruifeng Wang, Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, China National Petroleum Corporation

Co-authors: Xueqing Tang, Lirong Dou, Jie Wang, Shengbao Wang, Jianshun Wang, Junhui Shi


Cost Effective Directional Drilling and Logging While Drilling Operational / Maintenance Model Aids an East Africa Operator to Deliver their Remote Location Exploration Campaign

Presenter: Iain Lunney, Halliburton


Novel Well Flow-control Valve for Flexible Well Completion and Application in Commingled Production of Oil and Gas in West Africa

Presenter: Joseph Bagal, Welltec Africa

Co-authors: Maximilien Hallaire, Paul Hazel


17:35 - 19:45
Movie Night – SWITCH: Discover the Future of Energy

Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas, Austin will introduce the movie and there will be a 20 minute Q&A session once the movie has ended.

Energy impacts every aspect of our lives – yet energy remains a vast and complex subject. Together with director Harry Lynch, I set out to take a look at the global energy scene. We did not create a script ahead of time and then shoot video to tell a story that we had already determined. We set out instead to explore and learn and let the story evolve.  With personal visits to 20 of the world’s leading energy sites in 11 countries, and over 50 filmed interviews with top industry, academic and government leaders, we explored the complex world of energy and developed an objective forward view of energy supply, demand, efficiency, infrastructure and scale. We made several discoveries, some anticipated and others less expected, in our attempt to unravel the global energy scene. Some things we learned:

  • Energy, the economy and the environment are intimately linked.
  • Fuels used for 20th century transportation and electricity ­– oil and coal ­– are available, affordable and reliable, and thus difficult to replace.
  • Natural gas and nuclear are becoming the foundational global energies of the 21st century.
  • Renewable sources of energy can supplement regional supply, but require major advances in energy storage and backup to replace coal, natural gas, and nuclear.
  • The enormous scale of global energy demand is difficult to comprehend but made very apparent in the film.
  • The pace of energy supply transitions is controlled by infrastructure, economics, materials, thermodynamics, kinetics and policy, and thus “the switch” does not happen quickly.
  • The energy mix is driven by energy security; affordable, available, reliable and environmentally sustainable.
  • Energy security should be the goal of energy policy.
  • Energy efficiency is underappreciated; individual behavior matters.

Wednesday, December 07

08:30 - 10:30
Panel Session: Petroleum Regulation and Contract Sanctity; Ensuring an Orderly and Sustainable Future
Moderator(s) David Blanchard, DB Global Energy Consultants; Gbenga Onadeko, Welltec Africa

This session is an opportunity for representatives to share and discuss their knowledge and vision on where Africa stands on industry regulations, particularly with respect to environmental stewardship. Countries in East Africa have started formulating regulations and the first fundamental set is just now being rolled out. Are these regulations sufficiently comprehensive to protect life and property as well as the environment? Could, or should, a uniform basic regulatory code be adopted by all countries in Africa similar to the API? Each country has individual needs that also need to be addressed and made an integral part of the governing regulations. Contract sanctity remains a concern for operators, shareholders and governments alike but views sometimes differ on what that actually means. Potential topics for discussion related to agreements are contract terms, renegotiated port-discovery, taxes imposed outside of contract terms and national content expectations.


​David Blanchard
DB Global Energy Consultants

​Gbenga Onadeko
Welltec Africa


​Sam Abraham
Geothermal Project Manager

Luca Dragonetti
Managing Director
ENI Kenya

Ernest Rubondo
Executive Director
Petroleum Authority of Uganda

Phillip Steyn
Vice President & Chief Operating Officer
Rhino Resources

11:00 - 12:30
Technical Session 11: Shale Reservoirs
Session Chairpersons Scott Durocher, TransGlobe Energy Corporation; Terry Engelder, Pennsylvania State University

The Niger Delta-Benue trough opened in the late Jurassic-early Cretaceous with the formation of a number of sub-basins including the Abakaliki and Anambra Basins of southeastern Nigeria. This session will focus on details of the source rocks of southeastern Nigeria in an effort to assess their potential as gas shales. Potential discussion during this session on Nigerian gas shale might include the effect of a relatively high geothermal gradient in the Anambra basin where source rock over-maturation might be a problem. Other discussion topics include the structural style of these basins and the impact that differences in structural style might have on gas shale prospectively.


Prospects and Challenges of Developing Unconventional Resources in the Anambra Inland Basin of Nigeria

Presenter: Mosto Onuoha, Petroleum Geology University of Nigeria

Co-author: Chidozie Dim


Shale Oil and Gas in East Africa (Esp. Tanzania), with New Ideas on Reserves and Possible Synergies with Renewables

Presenter: Henk Duyverman, TerraDatBroker

Co-author: Emma Msaky


Hydrocarbon Generation Indication from Source Rock to Reservoir Rock: Case Studies of Anambra and Abaliki Basins South-Eastern Nigeria

Presenter: Rita Onolemhemhen, University of Ibadan

Co-authors: Samuel Salufu, Sunday Isehunwa


11:00 - 12:30
Technical Session 12: Commercialisation and Regulatory
Session Chairpersons Elike Mawuli, Tullow Oil; Martin Mungai, National Oil Corporation of Kenya

The oil and gas industry has enjoyed tremendous exploration success in East Africa during the past decade but very little of the discovered resources have been commercialized. While there are a multitude of factors responsible for the protracted delays the resulting hiatus provides the industry with breathing space to assess the long-term impacts, both positive and potentially adverse, for the region. In addition to market forces, it is critical for industry and governmental partners to ensure there is a regulatory regime in place to provide a standard framework for the future. Building both infrastructure and capacity are obviously crucial to successful commercialization however, both require sufficient data, planning and execution for success and environmental stewardship. This session provides the speakers viewpoint of the challenges faced and for solutions to ensure hydrocarbons reach market in manner that is expedient, safe, environmentally sustainable and creates value for the stakeholders.


Mozambique Natural Gas Condensate Analysis: Offsetting Production Royalties with Production By-Products


United States Experience Regulating Unconventional Oil and Gas Development

Presenter: Edith Allison, Americal Association of Petroleum Geologists


What Will It Take to Commercialise Petroleum Resources in the East Africa Region; The Case of Developing Oil Refinery in Uganda

Presenter:  Irene Batebe, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development - Uganda

Co-authors: Dozith Abeinomugisha, Benjamin Ariho


12:45 - 13:25
Luncheon Keynote - Energy Security, Energy Poverty, and Peace
Speaker(s) Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas, Austin

Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, University of Texas, Austin

Global energy consumption occurs on a scale that is difficult to comprehend. Although the global demand for energy continues to grow with population and industrialization, the rate of growth is slowing, owing mostly to improvements in energy efficiency and energy education.

The global energy mix is driven by the need for energy security—having energy sources that are affordable, available, reliable, and environmentally sustainable. Because fossil fuels are reasonably secure, they represent 85% of the global energy mix today. Although fossil resources are ultimately finite, vast amounts of oil, natural gas, and coal remain. Continued supply depends on a combination of advances in technology, economics, and demand. In other words, demand for fossil fuels will decrease as more secure energy options come along.

Secure energy underpins modern economies. But over 2 billion people living in undeveloped and underdeveloped nations have very little access to energy today; they live in energy poverty. Because all aspects of modern life depend on secure energy, energy poverty equates to economic poverty. This, secure energy is an important step in lifting undeveloped and developing nations from poverty, and diminished poverty represents a step toward peace. 

14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 13: African Continental Margins
Session Chairpersons Elizabeth Desser, Consultant; Joe Versfelt, Apache Egypt Companies

Most offshore oil exploration has been successful in West Africa, but recent major offshore gas discoveries in East Africa demonstrate more prospectivity than previously thought. In addition to the Eastern Mediterranean discoveries, it can be anticipated that many frontier offshore African margins will yield considerable hydrocarbon resources to drive development across the whole of Africa. This session offers a selection of papers concerning some of the more frontier Indian Ocean African margins related to Gondwana breakup, but also revisits some of the more successful areas of West Africa and touches on some new play concepts.


Comoros - New Evidence and Arguments for Continental Crust

Presenter: John Milsom, Gladestry Associates

Co-authors: Phillip Roach, Christopher Toland, Don Riaroh, Chris Budden, Naoildine Houmadi


New Viewpoint on the Geology and Hydrocarbon Prospectivity of the Seychelles Plateau

Presenter: Dr. James Granath, Granath & Assoc Consulting Geology

Co-authors: Rolf Rango, Peter Emmet, Colin Ford, Robert Lambert, Michael Kasli


New Insights in the Evaluation of Reserves of Selected Wells of the Pletmos Basin Offshore South Africa

Presenter: Mimonitu Opuwari, University of the Western Cape

Co-author: Samir Elamri


14:00 - 15:30
Technical Session 14: Reservoir Engineering (I) - Reservoir Production Potential Optimisation Case Studies
Session Chairpersons Geofrey Angudubo Arumdri, ATP

The need for improved forecasting as well as improved reservoir and well production performance cannot be over emphasised in the present context of historically low oil and gas commodity prices. Efforts of most oil and gas producing companies are in the areas of maximising production and controlling operational expenses. These papers highlight case studies with the ultimate goal of improving the characterisation, thereby generating more accurate production forecasts.


Performance-Based Comparison for Fractal Configured Tight and Shale Gas Reservoirs with and without Non-Darcy Flow Impact

Presenter: Salam Al-Rbeawi, Middle East Technical University-Northen Cyprus Campus


Water Influx Predictions in Reservoirs with Aquifer Drive Using the Two-Phase Reservoir Integral Type Pseudo-Pressure with Applicability in Gas Hydrate Reservoirs

Presenter: Melvin Kome, Freiberg University of Mining and Technology

Co-author: Mohd Amro


A Cost Effective, Fit-for-Purpose Single Well Producer-Injector Completion Strategy for Improved Recovery of Oil: Case Study in Niger Delta

Presenter: Pranav Dubey, Indian Institute of Technology (Indian School of Mines)

Co-authors: Adrian Okpere, Gideon Sanni, Ifeanyi Onyeukwu


16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 15: Natural Gas Storage and CO2 Sequestration
Session Chairpersons Sam Abraham, Geothermal Project Manager; Joseph Bagal, Welltec Africa

This session provides insights on natural gas storage and CO2 sequestration for their applications in Africa.

Natural gas is part of the African energy mix for the 21st century and presents the challenge of being difficult to store. This session will present modeling of natural gas storage and transport, as well as the infrastructure needs and economics to enable a development across the African continent.

The future of energy in Africa requires enhancing oil recovery and reservoir drainage. CO2 flooding case history will be presented as well as some innovations in carbon capture and sequestration that allow a positive impact on the environment.


Mathematical Model of Energy Storage in Gas Hydrate and its Flow in Natural Gas Pipeline Systems

Presenter: Oluwatoyin Akinsete, Univeristy of Ibadan

Co-author: Sunday Isehunwa


Forecasting the Domestic Utilization of Natural Gas in Nigeria (2015-2020)

Presenter: Rita Onolemhemhen, University of Ibadan

Co-authors: Jumai Adaji, Sunday Isehunwa, Adeola Adenikinju


Innovations in Carbon(iv) Oxide Capture and Sequestration for Operations, Engineering and Technology

Presenter: Simiyu Lilian, Kenyatta University

Co-author: Sandra Konez

16:00 - 17:30
Technical Session 16: Reservoir Engineering (II) – Unconventional / Difficult Reservoirs and Mature Fields Case Studies
Session Chairpersons Geofrey Angudubo Arumdri, ATP; Olalekan Olafuyi, University of Benin, Nigeria

Unconventional reservoirs (generally non-clastics), as well as mature fields and other difficult reservoirs such as complex gas cap fields continue to be important in today's challenging industrial context. This session features papers analysing geophysical, geological as well as engineering data from these complex reservoirs.


Rock Compressive Strength: A Correlation from Formation Evaluation Data for the Niger Delta

Presenters: Babatunde Salawu, Olumayowa Onabanjo, Shell

Co-author: Dr. Reza Sanaee


Successful Application of Clusterization Development Strategy for Small and Scattered Fields in West Africa

Presenter: Research Institute of Petroleum Exploration and Development, China National Petroleum Corporation

Co-authors: Yi Xiaoling, Yuan Xintao


Significant Production Improvement of   UltraLow Permeability Granitic Reservoirs to Develop Heavy Black Oil, Utilizing Channel Fracturing Technique

Presenter: Nelly Abbas, Petrobel

Co-authors:  Mostafa Kortam, Samir Siso, Ahmed Salah, Atef Hesam,  Andrea Cilli, Ahmad Kamar, Fatmaelzahraa Khafag