The North Africa Research Group (NARG) is founded in 2000 which brings together academia, industry, and other local stakeholders to undertake petroleum geoscience research across northern Africa. The Research Group is a collaboration of researchers from Heriot Watt, University of Manchester and TU Delft. Major research areas reflect the broad research interests of the sponser companies and the university and some of which carried out are Sedimentology; Reservoir characterisation; Shale-gas and mudrock diagenesis; Digital outcrop and reservoir modelling; Sequence stratigraphy and regional chronostratigraphy; Basin modelling and geochemistry; Source to sink studies; and Deepwater systems.
NARG Consulting has been undertaking research studies on oil industry for the past 10 years, developed the expertise of North Africa geology from leading academics and consultants. Work falls into four categories - Fieldwork, Regional reports and evaluations, Field courses, Training and Workshops. The research group has access to leading research facilities in the collaborating universities, with particular focus on Apatite Fission Analysis (Bremen), 3D Seismic Interpretation (Manchester), Petroleum Engineering laboratories (Heriot-Watt). NARG has considerable field geology experience, having undertaken extensive campaigns in Egypt, Libya, Morocco, and Algeria.
The research group provides access to world-class facilities and industry standard software at the collaborating Universities. Facilities include X-ray Diffraction (XRD); Scanning Electron Microscope (SEM); Ion probe and noble gas mass spectrometers; Cold cathodoluminescence, UV fluorescence microscopes and fluid inclusion stages; X-ray fluorescence (XRF); Inductively Coupled Plasma Atomic Emission Spectroscopy (ICP-AES); Inductively Coupled Plasma Mass Spectrometer (ICP-MS); Pyrolysis (GC and GC-MS). Software includes: Schlumberger Petrel; VRGS (Virtual Reality Geological Studio); RocDoc; Oasis Montaj, MATLAB; Zetaware; Genex and TemisPak basin modeling software; Pertromod and so on.