Finding Oil and Gas in Sub Saharan Africa

Offshore exploration potential / source rocks, Guinea Basin petroleum systems, Outeniqua - and ESG! 0

Friday, May 24, 2019, London, The Geological Society

At this Finding Petroleum forum, we'll look at the potential in SubSaharan Africa - where we might go from here with exploration and production.

There are, we believe, two critical issues:

Firstly, do we actually understand the way petroleum systems work - on the face of it, the answer appears to be, Not Yet!

Secondly, as investors place a greater emphsis on ESG - Environmental, Social & Governance - what does this mean for explorers who typically lead the way in Africa?

We suspect that many of our audience will think this is little to do with them, perhaps ‘beyond their pay grade’ – but consider this:

As an exploration manager, you are recommending entry to a Country that has massively important elections coming up, that has a well-known history of corruption, and where the fiscal terms and petroleum regulations are uncertain – all in addition to the normal drilling and sub-surface risks: what are you going to recommend to your executives?

And how would you then feel about an ESG audit that was carried out just like a financial audit?


This event follows our previous Africa events:

"Finding Petroleum in East Africa" event on February 25 2019
view the agenda view the delegates list

"Finding Oil and Gas in Sub Saharan Africa" event on June 25 2018
Download our report view the agenda view the delegates list

"Finding East and Southern African Oil and Gas" event in February 23 2017
download our report view the agenda view the delegates list

And our "Finding African Oil" event in January 25 2016
download our report view the agenda view the delegates list

Agenda

9:30

David Bamford - Director - Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction: a scramble for Africa?



David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Since 2004, he has been a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc, being recruited for this position especially for his exploration knowledge. He serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and was chairman of the latter, and Senior Independent Director, for 3 years prior to his retire from the board at the end of April 2014.

He was on the board of Premier Oil from May 2014 to May 2016.

He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions being Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999), and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

He has served on the boards of Paras Ltd, a small exploration and IS/IT consulting company in which he held 22% equity, until its sale to RPS Energy in 2008 and Welltec a/s, a Danish well engineering company, as the nominee of the private equity investor Riverside.

From 2012 to 201 he was on the board of ASX-quoted Australia Oriental Energy as a non-executive director.

He was a founder of Richmond Energy Partners, a small oil & gas research house, and several media companies that focus on the oil & gas sector, and has served as an advisor to Alliance Bernstein, Opus Executive, the Parkmead Group plc, and Kimmeridge Energy LLP. Since retiring from BP, he has undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies.

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events and with an online social network of nearly 10,000 members.
9:40

Julian Moore - technical director - Applied Petroleum Technology

Source rocks and phase prediction -- offshore southern Africa


PhD from Newcastle on fluid flow properties of mudstones; 12 years in BP largely in exploration - experience in Africa, New Ventures, Unconventional resources, ex-pat in India and Assurance. The last 3 and half years I have been technical director of APT UK working on a variety of petroleum system and geochemistry projects for a global portfolio of clients. Currently consulting for PetroSA on source characterisation in Block 9.

Applied Petroleum Technology
APT’s highly qualified geochemists draw on experience gained in services companies, research organizations and leading oil companies. They are available to supplement clients’ exploration teams within well evaluation, license projects, concession rounds and regional evaluations.

Our consultants will take full responsibility in the planning of geochemistry programmes for exploration wells, production wells and licensing projects, and can bring valuable input to the concession process. They will also take care of daily routine tasks, and will be available for short or long term involvement.
10:15

Nick Cameron - - First Exchange Corporation

Giant potential emerges from the Guinea Marginal Plateau (Guinea-Bissau and Guinea)

Talk Description.
The Guinea Marginal Plateau (GMP), the submarine salient of Africa that lobes south-westwards into the Atlantic Ocean from Guinea-Bissau and Guinea, is considered by FEC to widely host mature, Jurassic source rocks. This contribution uses geological and geochemical integration, plus basin modelling to outline the location of these source rocks, which in the south west underlie large closures within older Cretaceous carbonates. Confirmation of the modelling results is provided by examining a piston survey acquired by TDI-Brooks in 2001. The outcome is a significant upgrade in prospectivity. Some 400 kilometres separate the wells drilled to the north of the GMP in Guinea-Bissau from those to the south east in Guinea.
Chief Geologist for First Exchange Corporation and Fortesa International working Mauritania to Guinea. Senior author of Petroleum System reports on the MSGBC Basin and now supplying public domain observations on the regional petroleum geology to the Msgbcfirst.com blog site.

Consultant geologist since 1993 and, outside the environs of the MSGBC Basin, currently active in Angola and East Africa. Previously with Conoco with posts in Jakarta, Luanda, Houston and London. Earlier with the International Division of the British Geological Survey and based in Georgetown (Guyana), Belém (Brasil) and Bandung (Indonesia).

First Exchange Corporation
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits

11:20

Karyna Rodriguez - VP Geosciences - TGS

A source rock story from seismic data in The Gambia and Guinea Bissau


Petroleum geoscientist with 25 years of multidisciplinary experience in global offshore and onshore exploration inclined projects. She worked in companies like BG and PEMEX gaining diverse experience from regional play and prospect generation and evaluation, to working closely with high level management on their portfolio strategies.

TGS
TGS is the world's largest geoscience data company, known for its asset-light, multi-client business model and global data library. Our primary business is to provide geoscience data to energy companies worldwide. We offer extensive global libraries that include seismic data, magnetic and gravity data, multibeam and coring data, digital well logs and production data. Additionally, the company offers advanced processing and imaging services, interpretation products and data integration solutions.
11:55

Rob Crossley - Chief Geoscientist - CGG

Data-rich study on the petroleum systems of the Outeniqua Basin


Following his PhD work in the southern part of the Kenya Rift Valley, Rob gained 9 years of experience as a lecturer in the University of Malawi, followed by over 30 years of experience in the oil and gas geoscience services industry.

His geoscience service work started in 1986 with Robertson Research as Sedimentologist, and he has remained with the Robertson team in North Wales throughout, becoming part of the CGG’s Geoscience division in 2013. His early work included reservoir and field unitisation studies in the North Sea, subsurface projects along the West African margin, and outcrop to subsurface work across North Africa.

His role became increasingly petroleum geological, undertaking evaluation and exploration projects across the Middle East, India and the Far East.

He subsequently worked as lead geologist on projects in the Sea of Okhotsk, Korea, Gulf of Thailand, Pakistan, Kazakhstan and the Beaufort Sea. He was involved in helping develop our global source and reservoir prediction services through integration of large data sets by using plate modelling and palaeogeographic mapping to build a framework for modelling palaeoclimate, palaeooceanography and palaeotides.

More recently, he has been working on multiclient projects along the conjugate Atlantic margins of Africa and South America.

CGG
CGG is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to its broad base of customers primarily from the global oil and gas industry.
12:30

David Bamford - Director - PetroMall Ltd

ESG - and now for something slightly different!


David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Since 2004, he has been a non-executive director at Tullow Oil plc, being recruited for this position especially for his exploration knowledge. He serves on the Nominations and Remuneration Committees, and was chairman of the latter, and Senior Independent Director, for 3 years prior to his retire from the board at the end of April 2014.

He joined the board of Premier Oil in May 2014.

He retired from BP plc in 2003, his last four positions being Chief Geophysicist (1990-1995), Business Unit Leader (General Manager) for first West Africa and then Norway (1995-1999), and finally Head of Exploration until 2003.

He has served on the boards of Paras Ltd, a small exploration and IS/IT consulting company in which he held 22% equity, until its sale to RPS Energy in 2008 and Welltec a/s, a Danish well engineering company, as the nominee of the private equity investor Riverside.
From 2012 to 201 he was on the board of ASX-quoted Australia Oriental Energy as a non-executive director.

He was a founder of Richmond Energy Partners, a small oil & gas research house, and several media companies that focus on the oil & gas sector, and has served as an advisor to Alliance Bernstein, Opus Executive, the Parkmead Group plc, and Kimmeridge Energy LLP. Since retiring from BP, he has undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies.

PetroMall Ltd
Petromall is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technical excellence in selected fields and supplementing business management and leadership; in the face of uncertainty.

We offer truthful, professional opinion and advice; no playback of what you already know, and no spin.

Petromall was founded by 4 senior industry and academic practitioners who consider the challenges faced by today's oil and gas environment are going to require herculean acts of leadership and technical skill in the high cost provinces of the world, in order to maintain an industry that is sustainable and even recognisable compared to recent history.

Similarly nations developing an oil and gas industry face related challenges as they seek to maximise the benefits of this new wealth-creating opportunity - in a responsible manner.

Global reach

Petromall actively participates in the facilitation and conduct of seminars worldwide, in conjunction with its associate partner Finding Petroleum.

Our presence reaches parts of the globe, such as: the UK, Malta, the USA, through partners in the Middle East, North Africa and Sub-Saharan Africa.
12:45 Lunch

Sponsors of this event

Spectrum
Spectrum is established as a key player in the seismic services market. The company focuses on delivering high-quality Multi-Client seismic data and holds the world's largest 2D offshore library.

Spectrum is among the seismic industry's fastest growing companies. The Spectrum group provides innovative Multi-Client seismic surveys and high quality Seismic Imaging services to the global oil and gas industry from offices in the USA, Norway, UK, Brazil, Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.

CGG
CGG is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical and reservoir capabilities to its broad base of customers primarily from the global oil and gas industry.

First Exchange Corporation


Registered Delegates

Hugh Ebbutt
Director
A T Kearney
United Kingdom
Wayne Youngs
Division Europe/CIS
Enerflex
United Kingdom
Philip Sprackling
Manager
Onyx Capital Group
United Kingdom
Rogers Beall
Executive Chairman
Africa Fortesa Corporation
Nnamdi Anyadike
London office
Energy Correspondent
United Kingdom
Abi Mirkhani
COO
OPG Supply
United Kingdom
Paul Murphy
Key Account Manager, Oil and Gas Division
Airbus Defence and Space
United Kingdom
Mark Lonergan
Senior Business Development Manager
EPI Group
United Kingdom
Mike Rego
Independent Consultant
PetroMall Ltd
United Kingdom
Geoffrey Boyd
Field Development Consultant
Antium FRONTFIELD
United Kingdom
Avinga Pallangyo
Conference Manager
Finding Petroleum
Frederic Yeterian
Director
Philax International (UK) Ltd
United Kingdom
Julian Moore
Technical Director
APT UK
United Kingdom
Karl Jeffery
Editor
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
John Clure
Managing Director
Phoenix Hydrocarbon Resources Ltd
United Kingdom
David Craik
Consultant
Atlaslocal
United Kingdom
Michael Kang

Fulcrum Diligence
Dave Forecast
sales supervisor
Polarcus
Sean Goodman
Geophysicist
AustinBridgeporth
United Kingdom
Nick Stronach
senior geoscientist
GCA
Chris Newton
Sales Manager
Polarcus UK Ltd
United Kingdom
David Sendra
Associate Consultant
BlackRockQI
United Kingdom
Nick Cameron
Geological Advisor
GeoInsight Limited
John Scotchmer
Principal Geological Advisor - Petroleum Systems
Premier Oil
United Kingdom
Lionel Therond
Director
Blue Oak Advisory
Bryan Moseley
Geologist
Geologist
United Kingdom
Robert Snashall
Consultant
RGSConsult
United Kingdom
Joe M Boztas
Director/Interpreter
Boz Seismic Services
United Kingdom
Paul Wilson
Senior Explorationist
Glencore
United Kingdom
Rob Crossley
Chief Geologist
Robertson CGG
United Kingdom
Jodie Hunt
Marketing Geologist
CGG
United Kingdom
Toya Latham
Analyst
GlobalData
United Kingdom
David Lawton
Chief Geoscientist
SLR Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Andrew Webb
Manager, Petroleum Reservoir and Economics
CGG
United Kingdom
Norman Hempstead
Director
Hempstead Geophysical Svcs
United Kingdom
Ian Setterfield
VP Sales
Spectrum Geo
United Kingdom
Ellie MacInnes

CGG Robertson
Nick Steel
Consultant
Independent
United Kingdom
Andy Harris

SpectrumGeo
United Kingdom
John Glass
MD
Cloverfield Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Rupert Simcox
Data Analyst
Lynx Information Systems
United Kingdom
Karyna Rodriguez
Director of Geoscience
TGS
United Kingdom
Diwin Amarasinghe
Geophysical Specialist
Consultant
United Kingdom
Duncan Macgregor
Consultant Geologist
MacGeology
United Kingdom
Tim Browne

TGS
United Kingdom
Richard Walker
Consultant Geophysicist
Cornhill Economics Ltd
United Kingdom
David Peel
EVP Exploration
New Age
United Kingdom
Vladimir Ayeli
O&G Investment Analyst
VAnalytiQ
United Kingdom
Dan Kunkle
Director
Count Geophysics
United Kingdom
David Bamford
Director
New Eyes Exploration Ltd
UK
Alastair Bee

Westwood Global Energy
United Kingdom
Emma Woodward
Regional Manager, West Africa
DrillingInfo
United Kingdom
Paul Barrett
MD
OK Energy Limited
United Kingdom