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2014 LIPE & AAPG Northern Arabia Geoscience Conference and Exhibition

New Frontiers, New Challenges

27 29 May 2014 Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand, Beirut, Lebanon

Submission deadline: 30 November 2013


Introduction from the Chairmen

On behalf of the organizing committee of the 2014 LIPE & AAPG Northern Arabia Geoscience Conference, we cordially invite you to join us in Beirut for this special conference and exhibition dedicated to geoscience in Northern Arabia and Lebanon. Since 2011, the Lebanon International Petroleum Exploration (LIPE) Forum and Exhibition has been a successful event providing a platform for government and industry delegates, consultants, and academic researchers. The various LIPEs managed to display the phenomenal progress that the Lebanese Petroleum Administration achieved for its preparation for the first Lebanon offshore licensing round. In 2014, together with AAPG Middle East we are moving one step further by hosting Lebanon in its Northern Arabia geo-context in order to enlarge the exchange platform provided by LIPE. The 2014 LIPE & AAPG Conference and Exhibition will tackle the current trends and challenges in the upstream throughout the Northern Arabian Region. Several new discoveries have been announced in the last decade in the northern part of the Arabian region, encompassing conventional and unconventional reserves and in a variety of environments. Known resources and potential remaining undiscovered hydrocarbons in this region represent a game-changer in the global oil and gas markets. There remains very significant exploration potential in the region stretching from Turkey in the north to Saudi Arabia in the south. Northern Iraqs E&P market is currently booming and is witnessing a huge surge in activity. This conference will therefore be a forum for geoscience discussion from Lebanon and other countries such as Syria, Jordan, Northern Saudi Arabia and Iraq. The organizing committee has outlined an excellent program for the conference with a comprehensive list of topics, that we hope you will find appealing. We do hope that you will grasp this opportunity to be part of the conference by contributing and presenting your work, sharing your knowledge, hearing influential decision makers and executives and networking with other geoscientist from the region and the world. We invite you to participate in this landmark event and we look forward to meeting you in Beirut. Wissam E. Chbat (Ministry of Energy & Water and the Lebanese Petroleum Administration) Fadi H. Nader (IFP Energy nouvelles)

From the Conference Organizers:

Under the leadership of Conference Co-Chairmen Wissam Chbat, Ministry of Energy and Water and the Lebanese Petroleum Administration and Fadi Nader, IFP Energy nouvelles, and the Technical Program Committee, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) and the Ministry of Energy and Water, Lebanon you are invited to participate in the 2014 LIPE & AAPG Northern Arabia Geoscience Conference.

Submittal Instructions:
All abstracts are to be submitted under a technical category. There is a character limit of 2,500 characters for the text of your submitted abstract. Please submit all abstracts, whether oral and/or poster online by following the instructions shown online or have questions, please contact Vicky Douglas via telephone: +971 4 3724201 or by email: The deadline for abstract submission is 30 November 2013.

Parallel to the conference an exhibition will take place at the Hilton Beirut Habtoor Grand. A diverse collection of products, services and techniques will be on display.

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Call for Abstracts Technical Categories

1.  Geoscience Challenges in Lebanon and Northern Arabia Partnerships with Academia  National Research Centers and Public Institutions Towards Regional R&D Projects Environment and Safety 5. Unconventional Resources in Northern Arabia Tight Gas Reservoirs Heavy Oil Oil Shale Shale Gas 9. Innovative Technologies  New Techniques (Modeling, Downhole Logging, Microseismic, 3D and 4D Seismic, EOR etc) Integrated Technologies  Accelerating the Transfer from R&D to Production Technologies for Unconventionals 6.  Case Studies and Integrated Geophysical and Geological Techniques Subsalt Seismic Imaging  New Technologies in Seismic Processing and Modeling Multi-Component Seismic Passive Seismic Non Seismic Methods


Levant and Red Sea Exploration New Plays, Leads and Prospects Petroleum Systems from Source to Traps Source Rocks Analogue Reservoirs Trap Mechanisms and Timing

10. New Play Concepts in Exploration New Exploration Concepts  New Discoveries in Northern Arabia and the Levant Region  Stratigraphic and Unconventional Plays in Northern Arabia and the Levant Region

3.  Regional Geology and Resource Potential of Northern Arabia  Geodynamics, Tectonic studies and Impact on Resources  Sequence Stratigraphy and Regional Correlations Depositional Systems  Petroleum Systems (e.g. PermoTriassic Kurrachine, Jurassic Plays, Late Ordovician Glacial Sediments) Basin Analyses


Reservoir Studies in Northern Arabia Reservoir Characterization and Modeling Geostatistical Methods Process-based Modeling of Reservoir  Heterogeneities Reservoir Quality Prediction Upscaling Methods Fluid Identifications Case Studies

11.  Risk and Uncertainty Management in Exploration Risk and Uncertainty Modeling History Matching Managing HP/HT Reservoirs Case Studies Petroleum Economics

4. Drilling and Production Challenges Deep Offshore Drilling and Production  Onshore Operations (Water Constraint Environments, Underbalanced Drilling etc.) Production from Fractured Reservoirs Production from intra-salt reservoirs

12.  HR Challenges for the Future 8.  Traps, Seals, Faults and Fracture Networks Constraining Timing of Traps Trap and Seal Integrity  Trap Geometries and Fractures Characterization Petroleum Industry  Talent Crisis and Recruitment Strategies Improvement of Developing Staff Global Competition for Talent Increasing Female Staff

Submission deadline: 30 November 2013

2014 LIPE Committees

Technical Program Committee
Co-Chairman Wissam Chbat Ministry of Energy & Water and the Lebanese Petroleum Administration Co-Chairman Fadi Nader IFP Energies nouvelles Said Al Hajri AAPG Middle East President (2013-2015) Lucient Montadert Beicip-Franlab Ali Hauwaj Dragon Oil Les Morrison EMGS Waleed Nasr Lebanese Petroleum Administration Per Helge PGS Anton Koopman Shell Ahmed Safa El-Nakkadi Schlumberger Ziad Jeha Schlumberger Simon Haddad Total