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 varsities.
A statement by the university’s spokesperson, Malam Auwalu Umar, revealed this in a statement on Monday.
He said the workshop will be held from August 20 to 24, 2023.
He said the NNPCL-sponsored short hands-on train-the-trainer (TTT) workshop is targeted at geologists, scientists, reservoir engineers, and other professionals.
According to the statement, the NNPCL built and commissioned the Center in March last year, adding that the center 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.
The workshop, “Application of Sequence Stratigraphy to Petroleum Exploration: A Case Study of the Sokoto Basin”, has 60 participants drawn from 30 universities across the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria, and it is to hold at CBN Centre for Economics and Finance, Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria.
Malam Umar said “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.
“It has been extensively used by the 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 said the workshop would involve classroom lectures with practical exercise that illustrates the application of sequence stratigraphy as a tool for hydrocarbon exploration.
“The workshop it will greatly help the participants in utilizing sequence stratigraphy as a predictive tool in identifying hydrocarbons plays, to improve the estimation of play and prospect risk in Nigeria’s inland sedimentary basins that consist of 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.
“Expectedly, the workshop is to be declared open by the Vice-Chancellor, Ahmadu Bello University, Prof. Kabiru Bala, with the Group Chief Executive Officer of the Nigerian National Petroleum Company Limited (NNPCL), Mele Kolo Kyari, as the Special Guest of Honour.
The Director, Centre for Inland Basins Studies (CIBS), Prof. Umar Adamu Danbatta, who released the itinerary of the five-day workshop, assured that all was set for the event.