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Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of AAPG and the Organizing Committee, it is my pleasure and honor to welcome you to the 2018 International Conference and Exhibition (ICE) under the theme “Shaping the Future in a Changing Energy Landscape” at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, South Africa. As the theme implies this is a pivotal time in our industry and we will be discussing our current realities, the challenges, and the opportunities that will drive our industry into the future.

I am delighted to welcome you to Cape Town, a city renowned not only for its unique geological and geographical setting but also the exceptional warmth and hospitality of its people. It is therefore not a coincidence that Cape Town is having the singular honor of being the first city in Africa to host the AAPG ICE again after the outstanding success of Cape Town 2008, which had more than 1,950 participants in attendance.

From its formation in 1917 through today, the purpose of AAPG has remained the same — foster scientific research, advance the science of geology, promote technology, and inspire professional conduct. As the world’s premier professional geoscience association, with more than 30,000 members in 129 countries, AAPG provides a unique platform for formulating solutions to the key challenges facing the energy industry through sharing the ideas that drive innovations in our industry to solve not only the challenges of today but those of tomorrow.

With the 2018 Cape Town ICE being co-located with Africa Oil Week at the International Convention Centre, this meeting provides a unique opportunity for geologists, geophysists, petrophysicists, and other petroleum industry professionals from all over the world to not only to connect and share knowledge, develop their skills, discover technology innovations, and network with their peers, but to also meet with decision makers, top industry executives, and decision makers.

The global energy landscape has changed significantly in the last decade, and this trend is expected to continue. The impact of increased production from unconventional oil has disrupted the traditional global oil and gas demand and supply balance. In Africa, the era of world-class deep-water discoveries in the Gulf of Guinea seems to have given way to huge gas discoveries in East and Southern Africa. Thrown into the mix are renewables, which are fast becoming a formidable source of energy. All these topics and their impact on the future energy mix will be discussed at this conference.

From the hundreds of outstanding abstracts received, 494 exceptional abstracts have been selected for oral and poster presentations. The technical program is focused around 14 core themes:, History of Petroleum E&P in Africa; Conventional Reservoirs; Unconventional Resources; Exploration and Production in Mature Basins; New and Emerging Exploration Basins; Deep-water Exploration and Production; Petroleum Systems, Basin Modeling, and Risk; Tectonics, Basins, and Trap Formation; Integration of Geophysics with Geology; Deriving Value from the Integration of Geoscience; The Increasing Importance of Gas; Innovation and Technology; Business and Regulatory Environment; and E&P and the Environment We Live In.

An outstanding array of industry professionals from all over the world will participate and share during the sessions. There will be an executive plenary titled, ‘Global Energy Supply and Demand: Where Does the Road Lead’ as well as an Africa executive plenary session on ‘Capitalizing on Africa’s Success; Energy for Economic Prosperity.’ There will be four special sessions of invited talks on the History of Petroleum E&P in Africa; the Increasing Importance of Gas; Business and Regulatory Environment; and E&P and the Environment We Live In. There will also be exciting and informative field trips, short courses, and special programs for students and young professionals to complement this outstanding program.

An event of this magnitude is only possible due to the dedication and tireless commitment of the technical team, members of the Organizing Committee, the AAPG staff, members of affiliate and sister organizations, and the army of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to make this conference a success. But above all we owe a debt of gratitude to the companies who are not only participating and exhibiting but also providing financial support and technical content for the presentations and have also allowed their employees to be part of this extraordinary event.

On behalf of the Organizing Committee, welcome to Cape Town! Thank you for joining us at the premiere geoscience conference of the year and what promises to be a truly rewarding week. I encourage you to be active participants — share freely and openly, ask questions, challenge thinking, renew old relationships, and make new ones.


‭Femi Esan ‬

ICE 2018 General Chair
Principal Consultant, ROXOIL ENERGY