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Petroleum System, Plays Structures and Reservoirs
Northern Red Sea, Egypt


April 14 - 18, 2019

Instructor : M. DARWISH, Ph.D.


Geologists, Geophysicists, Reservoir Engineers, Supervisors and Managers


This course is tailored to provide and support an in-depth working knowledge considering the petroleum systems elements in the northern Red Sea region. Having in consideration the rifting stages and sediment fill within the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Province, highlighting the pre- and syn-rift sequences, structurel style, reservoirs and source rock. The Oligo-Miocene Rifting stages controlled the structural architectures and sedimentary facies distribution.

This region will be shown and presented through the main tectonostratigraphic events and their impact on accommodation and facies preservation. The sequence stratigraphic framework will be addressed through well defined field analogues. Petroleum Systems including source/reservoir and trap styles will be in comparison with both Gulf of Suez and Red Sea.

Registration is required at least five weeks prior to the course date to assure issueing the desert permits


Day One: Cairo
  • Holiday Inn Hotel, Presentation of the Petroleum system of the Red Sea and outlines on the field stops

Day Two: Travelling Cairo - Quiseir with short Stops
Meeting Point: Infront of EREX Office at 6.00am, El Salam Tower, 115 Misr Helwan Street, Maadi, Cairo.

On Road From Cairo to Quseir.

  • Pre-Rift and Syn-Rift Succession along the main Galala Road (Short Stops for Paleozoic, Triassic, Cretaceous and Eocene new road cuts)
  • Zaafarana Accommodation Zone where Zaafarana (Warda) Oil Field encompassing Miocene Clastics derived from the main Wadi Araba incised systems.
  • St. Paul area (Optional), an example of Pre-Rift (N-S) Structural Patterns where Nubia-type sandstones are seen as potential sedimentologic. Structural plays in the offshore settings. On Road Issran Field (Oil from fractures carbonates, Miocene and Eocene ??) will be overviewed.

(Overnight at Quseir)

Day 3: Quseir area (sourthern reaches of Gebel Duwi)
  • Wadi Ambagy across Pre-Cambrian Basement rocks, that onlapped by the Syn-Rift Miocene Systems.
  • Basement/Nubia sandstones, outcrops and contacts.
  • Upper Cretaceous-Lower Tertiary sequences
    • Duwi Phosphates
    • Dakhla shales (oil source rocks)
    • Tarawan chalk
    • Thebes Formation (deep water turbidites)

(Overnight at Quseir)

Day 4: Quseir - Safaga (northern reaches of Gebel Duwi)
  • Um El Huetat area
  • Pre-Rift - Syn-Rift analogues and facies models.
  • Model of alluvial fan/fan delta complex, developed during the different stages of eustatic sea level falls (Possible grading to deep water fan system, offshore part)

Wadi Hamadat (South of Quseir)

  • An Example of doubly plunging hanging-wall synclines.
  • Pre-Rift sequences enhanced the accommodation of fault progradation folding (Khalil and McClay, 2002).

(Overnight at Quseir)

Day Five: Travelling Day back to Cairo


First day will be held at the Holiday Inn Hotel Maadi, Cairo. The participants will drive to Cairo-Quseir-Red Sea to continue the course. The return will be in afternoon of the last day.


Inclusive of refreshment and lunch at the Holiday Inn Hotel, Maadi. Transport by 4X4 vehicles to/from Cairo-Quseir-Red Sea, with full accommodation.


DR. M. DARWISH has obtained his B.Sc. in 1968 from Cairo University and Ph.D. in 1979 from Bucharest University. He is EREX Consultant for Sedimentology and Professor in Cairo University for Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology. During the last fifteen years, Dr. Darwish has offered appreciated consulting services on sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy for the oil companies in Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Gulf area.