Mesozoic and Cenozoic Carbonates of the Neo-Tethys, Naples – EVENT CLOSED

Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonates of the Neo-Tethys: old and new concepts for petroleum exploration

Co-chairs: Raffaele Di Cuia (GEPlan Consulting), Mariano Parente (University of Naples Federico II)


Event Schedule:

Conference: 25-26 March 2014, Naples, Italy

Pre-conference field trip (one day) : 24th March 2014 – SOLD OUT

Post-conference field trip (one day) : 27th March 2014 – SOLD OUT

Post-conference field trip (two day) : 28th-29th March 2014 – SOLD OUT

This event will take place from the 25-26 March 2014 in the beautiful city of Naples, located at the  doors of the southern Apennines, a carbonate dominated fold-and-thrust belt where the largest onshore Europe oil complex was discovered in the early 90’s (the Val d’Agri and Tempa Rossa oilfields). The reservoir in these fields is held in Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonate sequences.

After decades of intensive research on carbonate rocks and depositional systems, the 3D characterization and modeling of carbonate reservoirs still pose great challenges. Effective solutions to these challenges would carry huge economic impact in terms of appropriate field development plans of HC discoveries, additional recovery (EOR and IOR) from mature carbonate reservoirs and of successful exploration and development of new carbonate plays.

This conference will bring together geoscientists from the oil industry and the academy to share knowledge and lessons learned in different fields and to discuss the plans for future research (by Aaron ). The session themes will honor the wide spectrum of stratigraphic, diagenetic and structural heterogeneity of carbonate reservoirs. The regional focus will be on Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonates of the Neo-Tethys Ocean, which host some of the world largest oil and gas accumulations in the Mediterranean, North African and Middle East regions.

The venue of the conference is strategically positioned with respect to the southern Apennines fold-and-thrust belt, which is largely made of carbonate rocks.  Many concepts relevant for the exploration of carbonate plays can be beautifully illustrated by outcrop analogues in the southern Apennines. Fractured carbonates, dolomitization types and styles and the geology of the Val D’Agri carbonate-reservoir oilfields will be the topics of pre- and post-conference field trips.

Planned technical sessions

  1. Regional facies distribution in the Meso-Cenozoic carbonate platforms of the Neo-Tethys Ocean
  2. Intraplatform basins and source rocks of carbonate petroleum systems
  3. Dolomitization processes and dolomitized reservoirs
  4. High resolution stratigraphy of carbonate platforms: old and new tools
  5. Petrophysics of carbonate reservoirs
  6. Old and new petroleum plays in Mesozoic and Cenozoic carbonates
  7. Tectonic vs climatic control on carbonate depositional systems
  8. Mechanical stratigraphy and fracture behavior of carbonates
  9. Carbonate-dominated fold-and-thrust belts
  10. Extensional tectonics and geological setting of pre-, syn- and post-rift carbonate successions
  11. Carbonate successions involved in strike-slip tectonics
  12. New advances in Virtual Outcrop Models for visualization of geological objects

Click here to view the Technical Programme

Who should attend? This event should be attended by geoscientists and engineers from the oil and gas industry working on exploration and development of carbonate reservoirs. Participation by academic researchers and graduate students working on carbonates is also most welcome.

Planned field trips (pre and post conference)

Pre-conference field trip (one day) : 24th March 2014 Mechanical stratigraphy and fracture distribution in Cretaceous platform carbonates of the Sorrento Peninsula (Southern Apennines) (1 day)

Post-conference field trip (one day) : 27th March 2014 Contrasting dolomitazion styles in the Mesozoic of the Sorrento Peninsula (Southern Apennines) (1 day)

Post-conference field trip (two day) : 28th-29th March 2014 A platform to basin transect in the Campania-Lucania Apennines: insights into the geology of the Val d’Agri/Tempa Rossa oilfields (2 days)

For further information on field trips please click here


Venue: Grand Hotel Parkers –

If you need to arrange accommodation please see the list of hotels below which are all located nearby:

Grand Hotel Parkers –

Excelsior Hotel –

Royal Continental Naples –

If you have any questions contact AAPG Europe at or call +44 (0) 207 434 1399.

Contact Us:

For Programme enquiries please contact Francesca Ghigi at

For Sponsorship enquiries please contact Fionn Devine at

For Marketing and Media enquiries please contact Anisha Patel at


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