Africa’s Thermal Regime and its Impact on Petroleum Systems Course

There has been increased attention in recent years to Africa’s past and present thermal regime, as recent discoveries (particularly those of gas and continuing into 2019) have frequently demonstrated the influence of high heat flow events.

This workshop has the objective of improving our knowledge of Africa’s thermal history to enable improved predictability of source rock maturity and hydrocarbon phase, particularly by enabling analogue constrained input to basin modelling.

There will be four sessions with two speakers each, looking at the themes of the Present Day thermal regime (including presentation of a database with over 2000 points), analysing the Past, hydrothermal events and specifics of deep water West Africa. Each of these will include a discussion session where the limited audience of 30 will be encouraged to share their own experiences.

We are delighted that SDP International are sponsoring this course.


9.00-10.30 : What we know/the Present Day. Source rocks of Africa. Present Day thermal regime of Africa and its controls. – Duncan Macgregor, MacGeology and Christine Yallup, Halliburton

10.30 – 10.45 : Break

10.45- 12.30 : Modelling the Past. Approaches and Pitfalls. High heat flow events on extended and transform margins – Helen Doran, Ola Geoscience and Tiago Cunha, Intergrated Geochemical Interpretation

12.30 – 13.30 : Lunch

13.30-15.00 : Hydrothermal and Extreme Events. Hot fluids in Kwanza/Senegal Basins. Multiple hot events in Algeria/NW Africa. Nick Cameron, GeoInsight Ltd and Duncan Macgregor, MacGeology

15.00 – 15.15 : Break

15.15-16.30 : Case Studies, West Africa – Helen Doran, Ola Geoscience and Roger Baudino, Repsol



PESGB Members: £290.00 + VAT = £348.00

Non-members: £330.00 + VAT = £396.00

Registration has now closed for this course.