UPSTREAM TALKS - Remote and Ultra-Deep Water Exploration in Frontier Basins: Challenges and Solutions


This talk will illustrate the challenges faced by ANCAP to carry out hydrocarbon exploration projects in the maritime basins of Uruguay.

These are both non-traditional activities for the country, as well as an unknown and complex area more than 150 km from the coast and in deep to ultra-deep waters.

MSc Pablo Gristo, who was in charge of the operational coordination and supervision of these projects, developed between 2012 and 2017, will also address the solutions found for such challenges, in environmental, security, logistics, customs and local content matters.


Pablo Gristo Savornin is the head of Geosciences at ANCAP (Uruguay's national oil company). He has 15 years of experience working as a specialist, leader or prosecutor in onshore and offshore mineral resource exploration and production projects in Uruguay, Argentina and Venezuela.

His experience includes participation in 3D marine seismic projects (40,000 km2), 2D marine and land seismic projects (15,000 km), exploration wells (5) and stratigraphic studies (15). He has participated in the design and technical supervision of dozens of oil contracts (exploration, multi-client, service contracts).

He is a Chemical Engineer graduated from the Faculty of Engineering of the University of the Republic in Uruguay, he studied a specialization in exploration and production of hydrocarbons organized by YPF and Petroskills in Buenos Aires, Argentina, and has a master's degree in petroleum engineering from Heriot University. -Watt from Edinburgh, UK. Gristo is a member of the SPE and the AIQU.