DPR, TGS move to harmonise African sedimentary basin

Dahomey basinKunle Kalejaye 23 July 2014, Sweetcrude, Lagos – The Department of Petroleum Resources, DPR, and TGS, a United State of America company based in Houston, Texas are facilitating a project on stratigraphic harmonisation of the African sedimentary basin, SweetcrudeReports has learnt.

The project, sponsored by African Petroleum Producers’ Association, APPA, is being executed under a Memorandum of Understanding with TGS.

DPR and TGS, during a four day meeting in Lagos, discussed how the project would create a harmonised regional stratigraphic framework for key producing sedimentary basins onshore and offshore in sub-Saharan African

They also deliberated on how to normalize the correlation and nomenclatures of the stratigraphic units within the key basins in Africa.

Mr. Don Kotowych, General Manager, TGS, led his company’s delegation to the 4-day meeting in DPR headquarters in Lagos and gave a technical presentation on the company’s ability to execute the project.

He noted that similar meetings were holding concurrently in Cameroun and Angola on the project.

The first phase is expected to run for six months, starting from July 2014, and is devoted to gathering data on the Exploration and Production, E&P status in APPA member-countries.

Subsequently, a detailed scope would be drawn up and presented at a later meeting to tie the project into other regions.

 DPR posted on it website stating it commitment to cooperate with TGS for a successful execution of the project by providing data through National Data Repository, and the Department was assured that TGS would treat all data made available with utmost confidentiality.

A formal project agreement is expected to be finalised between Nigeria, APPA and TGS by March 2015, after the first phase of the project has been concluded in December, 2014.

The project is designed to cover three zones namely Intracratonic Zone, Gulf of Guinea Zone and West Africa Zone.

The Intracratonic Zone covers onshore sedimentary basins in Angola, the Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Niger and Chad while the Gulf of Guinea Zone will cover onshore and offshore connecting sedimentary basin inAngola, Cameroun, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Nigeria, The Democratic Republic of Congo and the Republic of Congo.

West Africa Zone will cover offshore and onshore sedimentary basins in the Republic of Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo and Western offshore Nigeria.

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