W009 Carbonate and Clastic Hydrocarbon Plays in the Eastern Mediterranean Region

Course Facts

Course Code:
2 days
1.6 Continuing Education Units
16 Professional Development Hours
Certificate Issued Upon Completion


This workshop will focus on the examination of proven petroleum play com­ponents and on the characteristics and distribution of Mesozoic and Cenozoic reservoirs in the emerging hydrocarbon province of the Eastern Mediterranean. Regional stratigraphic frameworks will be reviewed and similarities and differences within the varied basins in the region highlighted along with key exploration risks. The workshop will conclude with a review of possible new exploration frontiers in the Eastern Mediterranean area.

Duration and Training Method

This is a two-day event and  will consist of lecture materials, case studies and practical exercises.

The Mediterranean Sea has been characterised by intense exploration activity during the last two decades of the last century but mainly in shallow waters. This period of activity led to the discovery of some impor­tant oil and gas fields in clastic and carbonate units that span the Triassic to the Miocene. The opening of new areas to exploration, particularly in the eastern half of the basin, the availability of new technologies to drill in deeper waters, the acquisition of new seismic data and processing techniques that have improved image­ry, and the new political and economic situation in the surrounding areas all have served to revitalize explora­tion activity in this region.

Day 1

-Regional framework and geological development of the Eastern Mediterranean region within the context of the evolution the Tethyan realm

-General stratigraphy and tectonic framework of the Eastern Mediterranean region. Principal basins studied:

  • Adriatic Basin (Croatia, Montenegro, Albania, Grecia, Italy)
  • Ionian Basin (Greece, Italy)
  • Pelagian Platform (Italy, Libya and Tunisia)
  • Herodotous Basin (Egypt, Greece, Cyprus)
  • Nile Delta Basin (Egypt)
  • Levantine Basin (Egypt, Cyprus, Israel, Lebanon)

-Previous exploration in the area and the main hydrocarbon discoveries (distribution, main characteristics, petroleum systems, lessons learned)

  • Carbonate discoveries and fields:
    • Zhor, Calypso, A4-1
    • Vega, Rospo Mare, Giove, Medusa, Juzni Jadran 3
    • Aquila
  • Clastic discoveries and fields
    • Porto Garibaldi/Porto Corsini,
    • Leviathan, Tamar,
    • Nile Delta gas and condensate fields

-Proven Petroleum Systems - review of the characteristics of the reservoirs, source rocks, traps, seals and migration pathways

Day 2

-Mesozoic Carbonate Reservoirs - depositional environments, geometries, distribution, petrophysical characteristics, diagenesis, fracturing, outcrop and subsurface analogues, main exploration issues

-Cenozoic Carbonate and Clastic Reservoirs - depositional environments, geometries, distri­bution, petrophysical characteristics, diagenesis, fracturing, outcrop and subsurface analogues, main exploration issues

-Frontier Regions/Basins

  • Levant and Herodotous Basins
  • Ionian Sea

-Country E&P Review:

  • Croatia
  • Montenegro
  • Albania,
  • Italy
  • Tunisia
  • Libya
  • Greece
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Cyprus


Who should attend

The workshop is aimed at all geoscientists with an interest in this emerging hydrocarbon province.

Prerequisites and linking courses

There are no specific prerequisites although a geological background is assumed.

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Raffaele Di Cuia

Alberto Riva