The technical program is in place and registration is now open for this year’s AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, which will be held Sept. 16-19 at the Marina Bay Sands Expo and Convention Center in Singapore.
The official Singapore announcement, providing registration/housing information as well as all program and event details, was included as a separate item in the mailing of this EXPLORER.
The meeting marks the first time Singapore will host an AAPG ICE.
The 2012 meeting theme is “Asia-Pacific Resources: Fueling the Future,” and more than 400 oral and poster presentations have been selected for the technical program, which itself will be organized around five areas:
- Exploring and Developing Asia-Pacific’s Petroleum Provinces.
- Trap, Source, Reservoir and Seal Definition.
- The Past Is the Key to the Future.
- Facing the Future’s Challenges Today.
- New Dimensions in Global Unconventional Resources.
Among the specific areas that will draw the technical spotlight are looks at the Asia-Pacific’s shale gas potential, shale liquids and coalbed methane plays.
Among the special events that will be part of the program:
♦ A Discovery Thinking Forum, an ongoing presentation of the AAPG 100th Anniversary Committee’s program celebrating significant discoveries, will be held as part of the Singapore technical program – the first time the event has been part of an ICE.
The forum will feature five speakers who will discuss “Important Discoveries and Creative Thinking,” with a special focus on Europe and Southeast Asia.
Those speakers are:
- Arild Jørstad, exploration geoscientist, Lundin, who will discuss “The New Giant Johan Sverdrup Discovery, Norway.”
- Fred Wehr, exploration and development manager, Apache, David Phelps and Eric Phinney, discussing “Two Deep Mungaroo Gas Discoveries in the Carnarvon Basin, Australia – Context and Implications for Further Prospectivity.”
- Bernard Duval, associate professor, IFP, will talk on “Creative Thinking Led to 40 Years of Success in Mahakam, Indonesia.”
- Lawrence D. “Trey” Meckel III, exploration manager and chief geologist, Tately N.V., will discuss “Exploring a 19th Century Basin in the 21st Century: Seeing the North Sumatra Basin with New Eyes.”
- Sam Algar, vice president-Asia Pacific exploration, Murphy Oil, will discuss “Deepwater Northwest Borneo: Big Oil from ‘Gas-Prone’ Source Rocks and Leaking Traps.”
♦ Scott Tinker, director of the Bureau of Economic Geology and the state geologist of Texas, will speak at the ICE Featured Speaker Luncheon, discussing “The Global Energy Transition: What Will It Take to Make the Switch?”
<♦ The movie “Switch,” featuring Tinker – and which focuses on the question, “What will it really take to make the transition from oil and coal to alternative energy sources?” – will be screened as a special ICE event.
ICE registration and all program details are available online at www.aapg.org/singapore2012.