Red Sea and Gulf of Suez Basins – Tectonostratigraphic elements from source rocks to traps

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Principal Investigator(s):
Rasoul Sorkhabi


Value to Sponsors:
  • Better understanding of the tectono-sedimentary evolution of the Red Sea and Gulf of Suez basins for petroleum exploration with a focus on key petroleum systems elements from source rocks to traps.
  • An ArcGIS quick assessment and easy-to-use tool for analysis of petroleum plays in the region based on an integrative database that can be augmented to the internal databases of the sponsoring companies. This would help to assess data-poor frontier or deeper plays based on regionally correlatable plays.
  1. An integrative geologic model for the opening of the Red Sea and Gulf

of Suez with a focus on the impact of tectonics on synrift depositional facies, and high-resolution, standardized stratigraphic correlation of the region bordered by six different countries (Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Yemen, Eritrea, and Djibouti) which use different stratigraphic terminologies. 2.  An evaluation of pre-salt (pre-Late-Miocene) and pre-rift (JurassicEocene) sedimentary packages and petroleum plays in the Red Sea basin constrained by paleofacies reconstruction and correlatable source rocks and geochemical data. 3. Play fairway mapping of hydrocarbon prospectivity in selected key areas in the Red Sea based on a synthesis of information from wells, seismic, and other data. 4. An atlas of seismic, stratigraphic, and well data for quick reference and use.

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