Upcoming Division Talk

Colombia Oil: Alberta 40 years younger

Speaker: Jon Noad | Gran Tierra
Location: geoLOGIC Room (2nd Floor), Aquitaine Tower, 540-5th Avenue S.W., Calgary
September 11th, 2019 - 12:00noon

*CSPG members can register for free and track their CPD hours!

Colombia is currently the fourth largest producer of oil and gas in South America, but it is recognized that this country has enormous potential reserves. In many ways it lies at a point some distance in Alberta’s past, with plentiful opportunities for exploration and production from a series of stacked reservoirs. Four major basins have been defined in Colombia, and today’s presentation will focus on the Middle Magdalena Valley Basin (MMV). This was the first basin to actively produce oil in Colombia, but holds significant remaining potential at a variety of stratigraphic intervals ranging from the Jurassic to the Pliocene in age. A short talk cannot do justice to the entire spectrum of reservoirs, so we will concentrate on two of them, one carbonate and one clastic dominated succession. 

The Cretaceous La Luna Formation is one of South America’s premier source rocks, supplying oil to the great fields of Venezuela’s Bolivar Coastal Belt, as well as underlying the basins of Colombia. The La Luna produces under natural flow within the MMV, and is a distal ramp carbonate with high TOC values. The clastic Lisama Formation is Paleocene in age, and comprises fluvio-estuarine channel deposits, as well as shallow marine intercalations representing relative highstands. Carefully chosen analogues from both Canada and Venezuela, including the Duvernay and McMurray Formations, will be presented to demonstrate how they can provide crucial insights when developing these new reservoirs. By the end of this talk you should have gained an appreciation for the petroleum geology of Colombia, as well as an understanding of what information should be utilized when evaluating relatively unexplored reservoirs in the subsurface.

Jon Noad graduated from Imperial College, London in 1985 and started work in the gold and platinum mines of South Africa. From here he turned to submarine cable laying, and completed a Masters in Dinosaur Provincial Park. This led to a geology PhD. in eastern Borneo, after which he joined Shell. International exploration led to a move to Canada in 2006, and he has since worked at several oil companies, as well as teaching at Alberta and Mount Royal universities. He currently works for a Colombian oil company. Jon loves travel, running, photography and hot curries.

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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