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Int'l Dinner & Meeting - Structural Evolution of the Super-Giant Gas Condensate North Field, Offshore Qatar


STRUCTURAL EVOLUTION OF THE SUPER-GIANT GAS

CONDENSATE NORTH FIELD, OFFSHORE QATAR

            North Field is one of the largest gas condensate fields in the world: one Quadrillion cubic feet of gas, plus “several Billion” barrels of condensate.  The official year of discovery has been listed as 1971, but two earlier Shell wells, drilled more than 80 miles apart from each other, are now clearly recognized as within the proven boundaries of this truly Super-Giant Gas Condensate Field.

            Stratigraphic and structural reasons for the historical growth in reserve estimates are analyzed by comparing a series of structural contour maps from base Tertiary to base Permian and older.  For other economic and political reasons, North Field was, more than 10 years after discovery, still considered “uneconomic” by USGS and international oil companies.  Eventually, more than 20 years after discovery, gradual, rather timid development efforts, had finally led to official published estimates of One Quadrillion cubic feet of gas and “many” Billions of barrels of condensate.  Some of the reasons for the resulting “costs of delays” and “lost opportunities” are discussed, along with a few ideas regarding future exploration potential within and adjacent to the greater Qatar Arch in the central Persian Gulf Region.

Speaker Louis Christian
Louis Christian, Middle East Exploration Geologist for many years, earned BSc and MSc degrees in Geology from Stanford University, and was employed by Standard Oil of California, Anglo Philippine Oil and Mobil Oil in Manila, Mobil Oil Libya in Tripoli, Mobil Oil Indonesia in Sumatra, and later, Mobil International New ...

Louis Christian, Middle East Exploration Geologist for many years, earned BSc and MSc degrees in Geology from Stanford University, and was employed by Standard Oil of California, Anglo Philippine Oil and Mobil Oil in Manila, Mobil Oil Libya in Tripoli, Mobil Oil Indonesia in Sumatra, and later, Mobil International New Ventures in Dallas, evaluating the geology and economics of proposed new ventures and start-up operations in China, Australia, Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Iran, Abu Dhabi and elsewhere.


After retirement from Mobil, he continued to research regional aspects of subsurface geology from Turkey and Israel south and east toward Saudi Arabia, the Emirates, Oman and Yemen. He published several papers in Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, the U.S. and was Middle East Consultant to Nelson Bunker Hunt in Dallas, Phil Anschutz in Denver, Amoco in Houston, Odyssey International in Zürich, and Tür-Kan Petrol in Ankara. In 2005, a 346 page Subsurface Geologic Atlas of the Middle East Region was “self- published” in 11x17 inch draft format, including structure, isopach/facies, subcrop and thermal maturation maps, historical analyses, data spread sheets and bibliography.


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Wed, Oct. 18, 2017
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central

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Brookhaven Country Club
3333 Golfing Green Drive
Farmers Branch, TX 75234
United States of America