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Tunisian Fold & Thrust Belt and Associated Hydrocarbon Potential

Organized by ETAP

Thursday, 15 September Saturday, 17 September 2022, 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.  |  Tunis, Tunisia

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Who Should Attend

Geoscientists, explorationists, new ventures specialists, reservoir geologists

Course Content

The structurally complex area of Northern Tunisia (onshore and offshore) corresponds to a fold and thrust belt (FTB) zone, a result of the tertiary compressional/trans-pressional tectonics (Pyrenean and Alpine). For oil and gas exploration, it represents a frontier zone despite the presence of ingredients for promising prolific hydrocarbon province as documented by numerous oil and gas seeps as well as by the encouraging results of few wells drilled in this area, particularly in its southern segment of the uppermost Miocene-Pliocene foredeep basin. The main challenge for a successful exploration activity in this area is the definition of the structural model which in return will control the trap generation, size and type and also the source rocks maturation-expulsion phases and the migration pathways. The structural model is also important to identify the best sweet spots favourable for the development of good reservoir quality, particularly for the Cretaceous and Eocene carbonates. This field trip will focus on the different structural styles in the different segments of the area using a rich amount of outcropping and subsurface data and their relationships within the petroleum systems components (source rock and reservoir Rock).

Itinerary Roster

  • Depart From: Laico Tunis Spa and Conference Center
  • Beja
  • Tabakra
  • Mateur
  • Return To: Laico Tunis Spa and Conference Center


Registration Deadline:
15 August
Food and transportation from 15 – 17 September 2022
Accommodation for the nights of 15 and 16 September 2022

Cancellation Policy

Cancellation deadline is 14 August 2022. Cancellations received on or before the 14th August 2022 will be charged $100. Cancellations received after the 14th August will be charged the full amount.


Tunisian Fold & Thrust Belt and Associated Hydrocarbon Potential
Laico Tunis Spa and Conference Center
Mohamed V Avenue, Human Rights Square
Tunis, Tunis 1001


Hassen Atallah Hassen Atallah 2022-2022 Executive Director, Numhyd, ETAP
Dr. Atallah holds a PHD in Structural Geology from El Manar University, Tunisia. Dr Atallah has more than 28 years’ experience in the oil and gas upstream industry with national and international companies. He started his career with ETAP in 1993 as Senior Geologist Exploration, joined REPSOL in 2006 where he acted as Senior Geologist New Ventures, Mediterranean & North Africa, Business Development Analyst in Middle East based in UAE and later in 2011 as Offshore Exploration Team Leader in Canary islands. In 2012 he moved to NIS Gazprom Neft as Africa New ventures Manager and he came back to ETAP in 2015 where he acted as Deputy Exploration Manager, Exploration Studies Manager and Expert/Advisor to the CEO for Upstream, Coordinator of the E&P Committee. Since 2020, Dr. Atallah has been appointed as E&P Executive Director in Numhyd, a joint venture between ETAP and Sonatrach.
Moncef Saidi Moncef Saidi 2022-2022 ETAP, Tunisia
Mr. Saidi is a petroleum geochemist. He was educated at the University of Tunis from 1980 - 1993 where he received B.S., M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Geology specialized in Organic Geochemistry. He joined ETAP in 1987 as a young laboratory engineer and participated in almost all the projects involving source rock and oil characterization as well as basin modeling. His main interests are source rock and oil characterization, oil/oil and oil/source rock correlation, reservoir geochemistry and basin modeling. He was a leader of several fieldtrips on petroleum systems in Tunisia. He has authored and co-authored more than 50 technical papers in the National and International. He was a leader of 15 geological field trips for the account of petroleum companies and 12 for the account of ETAP (field trips post EPC conference) and EAGE.