Executive Body of the APG -Delhi Chapter
|Regional Vice President||Mr. Pawan Kumar|
|Regional Secretary||Mr. R.K. Pati|
|Regional Treasurer||Ms. Gargi Sengupta|
APG Delhi Chapter, which came into being on June 1, 2006, enables the members of the geo-scientific community based in Delhi-NCR to keep themselves abreast of the developments in the upstream E&P sector, as also to share their experiences with fellow members. To fulfil this objective various events have been organised in past two years. A brief of these is furnished below:
A technical Meet was organised by Association of Petroleum Geologists (APG), Delhi Chapter under the sponsorship of ONGC Videsh Ltd. on 20thJuly 2018,at “The Park”, New Delhi.
The APG-Delhi Chapter has been revived earlier this year from a dormancy of almost five years with the election of new office bearers i.e. Mr. Pawan Kumar as Vice President, Mr. R.K. Pati as Secretary and Ms. Gargi Sengupta as Treasurer.
The event was graciously attended by eminent dignitaries of the Petroleum geoscientists' forum, including Dr. N. K. Verma, MD-ONGC Videsh, Mr. A. K. Dwivedi, Director (Exploration)-ONGC and Patron-APG, Dr. P. Chandrasekaran, Director (E&D), OIL, Mr. Sudhir Sharma, Director (Exploration)-ONGC Videsh, distinguished speakers Mr. Pinakadhar Mohapatra from Vedanta-Cairn and Dr. Debnath Basu from Schlumberger.
The session was inaugurated by lighting of lamps followed by a brief introduction of all the dignitaries by the Secretary, APG Delhi Chapter. Mr. Pawan Kumar-Vice President of APG Delhi Chapter extended warm welcome to the august gathering.
The first lecture of the session was delivered by Mr. Pinakadhar Mohapatra, Vedanta-Cairn, on "Advances in Stratigraphic Trap Exploration and impact on Subtle Traps: Exploration outlook in India". Mr. Mohapatra emphasised on the fact that with the end of the era of “easy oil”, exploration activities in less obvious stratigraphic or subtle traps within the matured basins is gaining momentum and success in such ventures needs strong integration of data with advanced technologies. He explained that subtle/stratigraphic entrapments and uncommon reservoir conditions like turbidites and carbonate reefs account for most of the aerially extensive global giant fields. Understanding these plays are essential, and analogies from other basins need to be drawn for exercising in our domestic areas. However, one should be wary of overusing these analogies. Innumerable unexpected successes have reactivated presumably matured basins by thinking “out of the box” and thorough integration of all available data while taking the aid of technological advances.
The highly enriched first presentation was followed by the second lecture of the evening, “Thin Bed Reservoir characterization: A workflow standardisation case study”, delivered by Dr. D. Basu from Schlumberger. Dr. Basu, who has had the honour of working with several eminent geologists like Dr. Bouma and Dr. Posamantier, began his lecture by visually enticing the audience with the formation of a turbidite. He emphasised that turbidite flows result in the deposition of thin sand bedswhich subsequently form subtle pays and are prevalently available in deep-water settings. They are not only more numerous, but also aerially more extensive. These turbidite sands are of very good reservoir quality and have been successfully probed in Gulf of Mexico, West Africa and Asia (Myanmar and KG Basin in India). Dr. Basu further elaborated typical standardised workflow to explore and monetise these reservoirs with the help of analogues.
The session stirred the inquisitiveness in several attendees and there were a flood of queries to both the speakers.
The extremely informative and thought provoking technical discussions were followed by concluding statements and technical takeaway from the eminent dignitaries present at the gathering.
Dr. P. Chandrasekaran, Director (E&D), Oil India Ltd. thanked and complimented APG-Delhi Chapter for organising the technical meet and emphasized that such technical sessions should be conducted more frequently.
Mr. Sudhir Sharma, Director (E), ONGC Videsh Ltd. mentioned that APG Delhi chapter is very close to his heart as he was one of its founder members in 2006. He was very pleased to see the chapter live again after half a decade and sincerely hoped that the chapter will gain back its lost glory under the able leadership of Mr. Pawan Kumar. He appreciated the topics discussed and emphasized that these are the two most important areas which can lead us to greater success in the time to come.
Mr. A. K. Dwivedi, Director (E), ONGC summarised that the talks by the two eminent speakers were highly enlightening and a great learning experience. He complimented the APG Delhi Chapter in general and Mr. Pawan Kumar in particular for conducting the technical seminar. He complimented the house for taking keen interest in learning new ideas, techniques and emerging technologies. He expressed that he would be looking forward for such opportunities in future.
Dr. N. K. Verma, MD-ONGC Videsh Ltd. concluded that the talks by both speakers were very interesting and informative. The prime motto of the meet is to share knowledge and experience, and both the topics have highlighted the same. He complimented APG Delhi Chapter for conducting the technical seminar after a long gap of time. He appreciated the message conveyed through the lectures that we need to come out with “out of the box” thinking and leave the conventional wisdom behind. He emphasized that such gatherings need to be held more frequently to provide a platform for such interactive exchange and flow of ideas among the petroleum geoscientists.
The encouraging words and suggestions from the eminent dignitaries provided ample threads for the audience to ponder over and left the gathering looking forward for more such opportunities of technical enlightenment.
The session was concluded with a vote of thanks by Ms. Priyanka Banerjee and was followed by refreshments and dinner.
A technical session on the theme “Eocene Oil and Gas Fields of Upper Assam, India” was organized by the Chapter on July 8, 2011. The event was sponsored by Oil India Limited (OIL). It started with a talk titled “OIL’s Exploration for Eocene Play in Upper Assam Basin” by Mr. Indrajit Barua, Chief Geologist and Mr. Pradip Kumar Paul, Chief Geophysicist. This was followed by a talk on the theme “Managing OIL’s Eocene Fields” by Mr. Saloma Yomdo, Deputy Chief Engineer (Reservoir) and Dr. Manoj Kumar Sarmah, Research Scientist.
Mr. Saloma Yomdo and Dr. Manoj Kumar Sarmah presenting the talk on management of OIL’s Eocene fields
It was for the first time that the geoscientists from OIL were sharing their experiences from the platform provided by APG-Delhi Chapter. The tightly structured talks successfully gave the esteemed members inkling into how the exploration and development cycle is unfolding itself in the OIL-held acreages north of the ONGC’s Banamali-Lakwa-Kuargaon corridor.
The APG-Delhi Chapter organized a technical seminar in New Delhi on Aug 27, 2010 where two eminent geoscientists from ONGC Videsh Limited shared their experiences in the field of exploration risk management and reservoir management in case of heavy oil recovery.
Dr J Peters, through an articulate presentation of the case history of the Block 24, Syria, highlighted how an exploration strategy with a suitable mix of G&G interpretation skills, use of modern technology and ability to take a calculated risk leads to success in hydrocarbon exploration. The punch line of his talk was “Taking a risk and drilling a prospect does not guarantee hydrocarbons, however not taking the risk guarantees no hydrocarbons.”
Mr Khireshwar Bora dealt in great detail with the various challenges and possibilities in heavy oil scenarios.
Mr Bora very effectively demonstrated how a meticulous use of various techniques for flow assurance (such as steam injection) and production enhancement (such as use of horizontal wells) has lead to substantial gains in Middle Magdalena Valley, South Colombia. He emphasized that the time for heavy oil was now, as most of the light oil resource was under depletion.
Mr. S.K Srivastava spoke at length about present status of the NELP regime, hydrocarbon resource base of the country, challenges and the way forward for the country in E&P business. The highlight of his talk was that there lies a huge yet-to-find potential for both the conventional and non-conventional hydrocarbons in the country. He also shed light on various challenges facing the upstream hydrocarbon sector in the country.
The gathering was also addressed by Mr. D.K. Pande, Patron APG, and Director (E), ONGC.