15-18 NOVEMBER 2017


*All prices are inclusive of 6% GST & processing fee. 



Dr. Allagu Balaguru (SHELL)

Allagu Balaguru is currently working as a Principal Exploration Geologist in Shell Malaysia Regional Exploration Team since 2012. He has worked as a Senior Exploration Geologist in Talisman Malaysia particularly in Sabah Exploration from 2009-2011. Prior to this he has worked as a Senior to Staff to Principal Exploration Geologist in PETRONAS Carigali Sdn Bhd from 2001-2009, where during this time he has explored the basins around Sabah, Sarawak, Vietnam, Indonesia, Myanmar and Timor Laste. He completed his MSc (Geology) in 1997 and then carried on his research work and completed his PhD on “Tectonic Evolution and Sedimentation of Sabah” in 2001 from Royal Holloway, University of London. He has several publications to his name and has given presentations in various conferences and workshops. He is currently an active member of AAPG, GSM and IGM.

Dr. Narender Pendkar (PETRONAS)

Narender Pendkar graduated with Masters in Applied Geology from IIT (1984; India) and a Ph.D. in Geology from University of Delaware (1996; USA) all specializing in sedimentology. Beginning his professional career in 1985 with petroleum industry, experience and expertise are in petroleum geology, stratigraphy, and characterizing rock record using core, outcrop and laboratory analytical methods. With professional experience on several continents, has extensively conducted well received classroom and field workshops for academic and professional forums in the past. He is an Active Member of the AAPG, the SEPM, a Fellow of Geological Society of India, the Geological Society of Malaysia, and the Association of Petroleum Geologists (India).



Participants of this field excursion will be introduced to the tectono-stratigraphy of the North Borneo Basin by visiting outcrop areas of the Crocker, Kudat and Chert-Spilite Formations from the Kota Kinabalu to Kudat regions in Sabah. The Eocene-Oligocene Crocker and the Miocene Kudat Formations hosts a considerable amount of information on deep-water, fluvio-deltaic to shallow marine sedimentation with present day erosion allowing 3D-viewing of outcrops. The Crocker fold-thrust belt hosts the best examples of deep-water basin floor to slope fan complexes, making it the most sought after for studying fine-grained deep-water sedimentation. The Kudat Formation is a thick succession of predominantly sandy paralic to shallow marine sediments covering almost the entire northern peninsulas of Sabah. The Lower Cretaceous to Eocene Chert-Spilite Formation are part of the ophiolitic sequence that considered to provide the earliest evidence of basin development in Sabah.

Sabah, located in the northern part of Borneo and surrounded by three marginal basins: the Sulu, Celebes and South China Seas. The Cenozoic diverse structural trend and depositional framework of Sabah were the result of several regional tectonic events. Although Borneo is currently one of the least tectonically active parts of SE Asia, Paleogene events of the South China Sea was one of the most important geological processes and followed by folding and thrusting of the Crocker submarine fan. Northwest Borneo has been a heartland for hydrocarbon exploration with the discovery of major plays in Sarawak, Brunei and Sabah.

The island of Borneo has a rugged topography with the highest peaks located in the northern half of the island. The maximum elevation is Mount Kinabalu (7-8Ma) with more than 4,000m above sea level. However, most of the highest mountains in the Crocker-Rajang Range are in the range of 2,500-3,000m. Approximately 95% of the mountains in Borneo are below 1,000m. These have been affected by high erosional rates (mostly of chemical origin caused by the tropical climate with extremely high precipitation rates), which have resulted in high sedimentation rates in the basins around the island (Hall and Nichols (2002).

The objective of this three-day field trip is to gain a better understanding of the tectono-sedimentary history and stratigraphic evolution, basic depositional processes, facies development, controls on sedimentation patterns and depositional environment, reservoir geometry and architecture, and structural changes. It further aims to integrate different scales of observation and interpretation in the basin exploration.

The field trip is designed for beginner to advance exploration and development team members, with stops chosen to demonstrate the range of issues addressing exploration and development stratigraphy, petroleum system elements and reservoir distribution, geometry and architecture of NW Sabah.



Field trips are limited in size and are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis and must be accompanied by full payment.

A wait list is automatically created if a field trip sells out. We will notify you if space becomes available.

Before purchasing non-refundable airline tickets, confirm that the trip will take place, as trips may be canceled if under-subscribed.

We will continue to take registrations for field trips not canceled until they are either sold out or closed.

Prior to the field trip you will receive an itinerary with details of meeting points, transportation with the trip phone numbers and email addresses of hotels and trip leaders, etc.

Proper clothing and supplies are needed for the outdoors (hat, sun glass and sturdy footwear).

Depending on location, temperatures can vary with or without rain. Participants are advised to check local weather forecasts for latest updates.

Insect repellent and sun protection (sunscreen and hats) are highly recommended.

APGCE, the sponsoring organizations nor field trip leaders and their employers maintain insurance covering illness or injury for any individuals.

*APGCE 2017’s Field Trip programme is open to Delegates and Non Delegates!
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