Division Profile
The International Division has provided a forum to members and guests interested in the geology and hydrocarbon potential of the world since 1985. We offer monthly free brown-bag lunchtime workshops and special social events. The lunchtime event takes place every second Wednesday of each month. It starts at noon with a 5 minute introduction, followed by a 10 minute “Rock Shot” warm-up and the 30 minute main presentation, which leaves the last 15 minutes for networking. Upcoming events are detailed below. The lunchtime events are held in the Nexen Plus 15 Conference Centre located in the Nexen Annex Building.

The “Rocks Shots” could be anything interesting and should be light. In the past we have had travelogues, world cultural heritage relationships between geology and beverages, and quick geoscience knowledge. The main technical presentation should cover geoscientific and/or broadly oil and gas related topics.

A door prize is provided by Sigma Explorations Inc., coffee and refreshments by IHS Markit, doughnuts by RPS Energy, and speaker appreciation by Chinook Consulting Services Ltd. and Alconsult International.

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Upcoming Division Talks

Petroleum Geology of the Levant Basin, Southeast Mediterranean Sea:  A Successful Exploration History

Speaker: Craig Boland   M. Sc., P. Geol. | Boland Exploration Consulting

Location: CNOOC Nexen Annex Theatre, 801-7th Ave SW, Calgary

Doors open- 11:15am, Rock Shot Presentation- 11:45am and main talk to follow
May 16, 2018


The Levant (Levantine) Basin is considered by many petroleum geologists as one of the world’s most promising and under explored petroleum regions.

The Basin development is related to the thermal subsidence and subduction of the Neo-Tethys Ocean under the Cyprus margin to the north of the basin during the collision of the Eurasian, African and Arabian tectonic plates at the end of the Cretaceous Period. The result is a closed ocean with a series of massive channelized systems originating from the proto-Nile drainage system depositing fan delta siliciclastics northwards over an extensive carbonate platform into the deep basin.

The rifting of the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea break-up throughout the Oligocene and early Miocene has provided a source of sediments described as Turbidite in nature. This outstanding quality reservoir known as the Tamar Sandstones often exceeds 300 meters in thickness with 90% quartz arenites being derived from the mature Arabian-African craton to the south. By the late Miocene the Mediterranean is experiencing the Messinian Salinity Crisis where evaporates exceed thicknesses of over 1500 meters and cap the underlying Tamar reservoirs.

The Levant Basin covers over 47,000 square kilometers which includes the exclusive economic hydrocarbon zones of Israel, Egypt, Cyprus, Lebanon and Syria. Levant is positioned in the southeast of the Mediterranean Sea; the basin’s boundaries extend from the Cyprus Arc to the north to the Nile Delta in the south, and from the Eratosthenes Seamount in the west to Israel’s shoreline in the east. A large portion of the Levant Basin is within the EEZ of offshore Israel.

The first well drill into the Levant Basin offshore Israel occurred in 1969. Although over 500 wells have been drilled both on and off shore in Israel only 50 occur in the offshore. First discovery of hydrocarbons (gas) occurred in 1999 at Noa followed by Mari B in 2000. It was not until 2009 when Noble made the first major gas discovery at Tamar which was followed up by the Giant Gas Field Leviathan. Noble continued their success with the drilling of additional gas discoveries with Dalit, Aphrodite, Dolphin, Tanin and Karish. All were multi-TCF gas fields. Shimshon and Myra were discovered in 2012 by Isramco. The super-giant gas field Zohr was drilled by Eni in 2015 in Egyptian waters. In total over 77 TCF of proved recoverable reserves have been discovered.

In 2013 the Tamar gas field was placed on production at over 1.25 BCF per day. With further development the production should exceed 2 BCF per day.

The Levant Basin talk will briefly touch on the exploration history and recent successes certainly as it relates to Pre-salt discoveries. The geological framework will be described along with paleogeography. Geophysical characteristics will be shown. From the twelve pre salt gas discoveries made since 2009 the Tanin, Karish, Shimshon, Tamar and Zohr will be described as successful case histories. The talk will conclude with discussion surrounding the Eastern Mediterranean Sea gas infrastructure.


Mr. Boland graduated from Memorial University of Newfoundland with his Bachelor of Science Honors’ degree in Geology and his Masters degree in Earth Science. During his 34 year career he has held Senior and Executive positions with both Major and Junior Exploration and Production Companies both domestically and internationally. He has explored and operated in Western Canada, Arctic Canada, Offshore Eastern Canada, South America, West, East and North Africa, South East Asia, United Kingdom onshore, North Sea, Portugal, Eastern Mediterranean, Continental US and Gulf of Mexico. Since early 2007 Mr. Boland has been the Principal of Boland Exploration Consulting where he has been providing technical evaluations, opinions, financing, energy advice and has been facilitator/broker for both startup and established energy firms worldwide. Mr. Boland is a professional member of APEGGA and the CSPG. 

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