The Ahmadu Bello University Zaria Centre for Inland Basins Studies (CIBS) is to host a five-day sequence stratigraphy workshop for 60 petroleum scientists drawn from 30 Nigerian universities.
Malam Auwalu Umar, the university’s spokesperson, in a statement dated Monday, August 14, revealed that the workshop will be held from August 20 to 24, 2023 at CBN Centre for Economics and Finance of the institution in Zaria, Kaduna State.
According to Umar, the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL)-sponsored short hands-on train-the-trainer (TTT) workshop is targeted at geologists, scientists, reservoir engineers, and other professionals.
He said the NNPCL built and commissioned the Center in March last year, adding that the centre is expected to share at the training workshop some reflections on the benefits of the application of sequence stratigraphic techniques (SST) for the delimitation of petroleum systems of inland sedimentary basins, with special focus on Sokoto basin.
Themed “Application of Sequence Stratigraphy to Petroleum Exploration: A Case Study of the Sokoto Basin”, the workshop has 60 participants drawn from 30 universities across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
“Significantly, sequence stratigraphy is a branch of stratigraphy that deals with the order, or sequence, in which depositionally related stratal successions (time-rock) units were laid.
A local newspaper, 21st Century Chronicle reported that the Spokesperson said that the workshop has been extensively used by academia and industry as a valuable tool in basin analysis and modelling of the several parameters that govern sedimentation, and frontier exploration of hydrocarbons in the inland basins.
“The workshop aims to help participants gain a thorough understanding of the concepts and practical application of sequence stratigraphy to hydrocarbon exploration – using the Sokoto basin as a case study,” he added.
The workshop would involve classroom lectures with a practical exercise that illustrates the application of sequence stratigraphy as a tool for hydrocarbon exploration.
“The workshop will greatly help the participants in utilizing sequence stratigraphy as a predictive tool in identifying hydrocarbon plays, to improve the estimation of play and prospect risk in Nigeria’s inland sedimentary basins that consist of the South-eastern sector of Lake Chad basin, the Lower, Middle, and Upper Benue Trough, Anambra basin, the Mid-Niger (Bida) basin, and the Sokoto basin,” the statement read in part.