Student field Trip in Bulgaria

By Alexandru Popa posted 06-17-2018 08:34 AM


The geodynamic evolution of the Balkanides and the Moesian Platform

th-22nd April 2018

Between the 19th and 22nd April 2018, SPE Student Chapter University of Bucharest, SPE Student Chapter Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti and AAPG Student Chapter of University of Bucharest had the privilege to participate in the “Spring Field Trip” held in Bulgaria.

On this field trip 14 students and two coordinators, Mr. Traian Răbăgia (Director of Danubian Energy Consulting) and Mr. Relu Roban (Professor of sedimentology at the Faculty of Geology and Geophysics), took part at a geological study with several objectives:

  • The study of Cretaceous limestone formations in the Moesian Platform.
  • Sandstone concretions associated to gas emanations outcropping in Varna of Eocene age.
  • Depositional environment and facies changes from shallow to deep water.
  • Regional geology and types of structural and lithological traps for hydrocarbons resources.

The main purpose of the field trip was to understand the evolution of the Moesian Platform and the Ceahlau-Severin ocean from Cretaceous to Sarmatian. The better understanding of this evolution means that the students get a full view of how the hydrocarbons reservoirs located on this platform in Romania were formed and how the resources were generated.

The rocks that represents some of the biggest oil reservoirs in Romania, like the one from Videle, outcrops very well in Bulgaria. This is one of the rarest cases when geologists and geophysicist can observe and inspect the reservoir rock, that is at a long distance from the outcrop and buried at a depth of several km in Romania.

The biggest advantage for the students was the understanding of the regional geology, the structural and lithological traps for hydrocarbons resources.

Field trip Bulgaria

The students learned a lot form the field trip and had a great time together. Below are some of their feedback's:

  • I found this geological field trip organized in Bulgaria to be very interesting for me, especially because I saw the big picture regarding the development of Moesian Platform (Bulgarian part) and made connections with what is present in the other half(Romania). We were interested to see the last two, big deposition periods and how the Moesia Platform evolved from Cretaceous until now. And of course this development associated with the emergence of hydrocarbon reservoirs located especially in Romania. (Tiberiu Spânu) 
  • The team with whom I spent these days was full of curiosity and that gave me a good vibe. The fact that we had new students from UPG was an opportunity to exchange experience and knowledge. I would have liked to have had more days to study the beautiful outcrops! Keep up the good work! (Costea Helene) 
  • For me this practice meant a field view of theoretical notions from courses and at the same time an enrichment of knowledge. I think it was an opportunity to better understand certain concepts and to make a parallel between theory and practice. (Crina Adiaconiței) 
  • One of the great things was the involvement, communication and exchange of experience that resulted from the involvement of students from the Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti. Another positive thing was the high interest and dedication of the coordinating professors who maintained the state of geological practice throughout the field trip. Of course the moments spent with all the participants are unforgettable, a united team has formed who did not hesitate to have fun. (Cosmin Ghită) 
  • I liked the group with whom I was in this activity, people full of life! (Samuel Antonio Pitui) 
  • The geological information we received was clear and some of them were new. We found new areas of study. (Soare Mihai)

We would like to thank our sponsors and partners: OMV-PETROM, ROMGAZ, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG), Danubian Energy Consulting, University of Bucharest, Petroleum-Gas University of Ploiesti for making this field trip possible.