AAPG ERC Bucharest 2016
Field Trips

Field trips will be hosted on either side of the 2016 AAPG European Regional Conference.

FIELD TRIP 1 - Pre Conference, 18th May 2016

Hydrocarbon system of the Dacian Basin

Length: 1 day

Itinerary: Bucharest – Berca (mud volcanoes) – Slanicul de Buzau valley – Bucharest

Number of participants: minimum 10, maximum 25

Fieldtrip leaders: Marius Stoica (University Bucharest), Relu Roban (University Bucharest), Csaba Krezsek (OMV Petrom), Dan Palcu (Utrecht University)

The fieldtrip is an overview of the petroleum system of the Dacian Basin.

The Dacian Basin accommodates the Late Miocene and younger post-tectonic cover of the Carpathians and its foreland basin fill. The sandstones deposited in the basin are good reservoirs and are produced at a number of oil and gas fields. An excellent locality which exposes shallow-marine succession the basin fill with continuous outcrop section is in the Slanicul de Buzau valley. We visit the Late Miocene and Pliocene outcrops and discuss their sedimentology, reservoir and seal properties. Following these stops, we then drive to visit the spectacular mud volcanos at Berca. These features are due to leaking gas from depth through the Pontian shale. The commercial gas field at Berca produces this same gas.


FIELD TRIP 2- Pre Conference, 18th May 2016

History of Salt Tectonics in the Carpathians Bend Zone, Romania

Length: 1 day

Itinerary: Bucharest – Slanic Prahova (salt outcrop and mine) – Baicoi salt diapir – National Oil Museum in Ploiesti

Number of participants: minimum 10, maximum 25

Fieldtrip leaders: Schleder Zsolt  (OMV Petrom), Silviu Man (OMV Petrom), Dan Tamas (OMV Petrom),

The fieldtrip focuses on the salt tectonics of the Carpathians and its relevance to the hydrocarbon system.

Many hydrocarbon fields in the Romanian Carpathians are intimately related to salt tectonics. This was recognized in the late 19th century and the term “diapir” was introduced to geology by an outstanding Romanian geologist, Ludovic Mrazec in 1907. It was the Carpathians Bend Zone where he developed his ideas and we follow his footsteps to talk you through the historic and the modern interpretation of the area. We visit a spectacular salt mine at Slanic Prahova and discuss the salt sedimentology and deformation style there. Back on the ground, we make two stops at salt outcrops and further discuss the evolution of salt tectonics interpretations and the regional geological context. The last stop will call at the National Oil Museum in the nearby Ploiesti. The museum focuses on the history of oil production in Romania and hosts artefacts, books and maps dating back to the 19th century.

  FIELD TRIP 3 - Post Conference, 21st May 2016

Cretaceous depositional systems and tectonic evolution of the Romanian Black Sea

Length: 1 day

Itinerary: Bucharest – Cernavoda (pre-rift, Neocomian) – Tibrinu (syn-rift 1, Aptian-Albian) – Pestera (syn-rift 2, Cenomanian) – Murfatlar (post-rift, Santonian-Campanian) – Bucharest. 

Number of participants: minimum 10, maximum 25

Fieldtrip leaders: Csaba Krezsek (OMV Petrom), Antoneta Seghedi (GeoEcoMar), Razvan Bercea (OMV Petrom), Gabor Tari (OMV), 

This fieldtrip addresses the Cretaceous reservoirs of the Black Sea and their onshore analogues.

Cretaceous synrift and early post-rift reservoirs are one of the best oil producers in the Romanian Black Sea. In order to get more insights into the reservoir facies we are going to visit Cretaceous outcrops in Dobrogea (near the Black Sea) to observe the sedimentary facies and discuss the depositional systems. Core interpretations from offshore wells will be compared with outcrops, and sedimentation discussed in relation with the extensional tectonics of the Western Black Sea.