Finding Oil and Gas in Sub Saharan Africa

....in diversity, opportunity! 0

Tuesday, September 19, 2017, London, The Geological Society



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What is the most sensible way to think about Sub-Saharan Africa? Perhaps by region? NW & West Africa are different from East Africa and Southern Africa is different again.

Another ‘cut’ is to think about gas and oil:

There is ‘Big Gas’ – LNG scale - offshore Mocambique and Tanzania, and now offshore Senegal and Mauritania, and in Nigeria. Will any of it be able to compete with US (Shale Gas) or Australian LNG?

There is also Gas onshore in Tanzania, there is some offshore Namibia, perhaps more suitable for in-country gas-to-power.…..

As to Oil, there is obviously major offshore production from Ghana, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Angola. And onshore there are significant discoveries in the East African rift with Uganda and Kenya leading the way; and perhaps there is a significant oil play to be made along the coast of Kenya – Tanzania – Mocambique……and, some would assert, offshore South Africa.

In reality, then, Sub-Saharan Africa is quite diverse petroleum-wise; which is one reason it has been seen as a good place to be.

In each province, we should consider Regional Politics/Security; Petroleum Geology (especially new insights); new data; opportunities; and which companies are best place to deliver, whether that be LNG, offshore oil production or regional energy supply; in particular where are the opportunities for UK companies?

Note: This event continues from our well-attended "Finding East and Southern Africa oil and gas" event in February 2017 -
download our report - see the agenda - see the delegates list

And our Finding African oil event in Jan 2016
Download our report - see the agenda - see the attendees list

Agenda

9:30

Neil Hodgson - Executive Vice President Mediterranean and Middle East Region - Spectrum

Chairman's introduction


Dr Neil Hodgson joined Spectrum in June 2012, having previously worked for BP, BG and Premier Oil at a number of Exploration Geology roles over a 25 year career. His last role prior to joining Spectrum was as Exploration Director for Matra Petroleum. Neil is focussed on developing the understanding of hydrocarbon plays in the areas of Spectrum’s Library, and finding new ways for Spectrum to do business. He manages Spectrum’s Geology, Geophysics and GIS technology team located in the UK office.

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.
9:50

Paul Dailly - Senior Vice President and Chief Geoscientist Founding Partner - Kosmos Energy

Finding Oil and Gas along the Atlantic Seaboard of West Africa north of the Equator

Talk Description.
Historically, in West Africa, upstream E ad P has been dominated by the Tertiary hydrocarbon provinces of the Niger and Congo deltas on/offshore Nigeria and Angola / Congo, together with the intervening onshore / shallow water Cretaceous plays of the West Africa Salt Basin. These provinces were for many years, and indeed still are to some extent, the preserve of the majors, super - majors and NOC's, for reasons initially related to colonial heritage and G2G relationships post - independence, and subsequently, with the advent of deepwater, due to their strong financial and operational capability.

For decades, however, from the 1970's through to the 1990's, significant exploration drilling, initially by the large IOC's, and later by the independents who had limited access to the proven, established hydrocarbon provinces, was undertaken in an attempt to open frontier / emerging basins along the Atlantic seaboard of West Africa north of the equator. Evidence of working petroleum systems was widespread, and technical success was common. Nevertheless, no new, commercially - significant oil and gas basins were unlocked.

Since the late 1990's, many companies drilled numerous dry holes and made sub - commercial discoveries, destroying significant shareholder value, damaging corporate reputations, and losing their license to explore, often in failed attempts to replicate the success of others. In the meantime, Kosmos and its predecessor company, Triton Energy, have been instrumental in delivering serial exploration success across this geography over last twenty years, playing a key role in opening each of the three, new deepwater Cretaceous basins unlocked in the region, including the Rio Muni, Tano and MSGBC basins offshore Equatorial Guinea, Ghana and Mauritania / Senegal respectively, and discovering more than 2BBO and over 50TCF in the process.

The drivers of this serial track record of exploration success, including the creative thinking and contrarian ideas and concepts, as well as the counter - cyclical strategies and initiatives will be discussed, together with the new exploration themes and opportunities which may unlock the significant remaining hydrocarbon potential and lead to further commercial oil and gas finds in the future.
Kosmos Energy
Kosmos Energy is a pathfinding oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier and emerging areas along the Atlantic Margin. We are oil finders, driven to unlock significant new petroleum systems, and to grow and mature discovered hydrocarbon basins through additional exploration success, as well as development and production.
10:25

Phil Birch - Exploration Director - Impact Oil and Gas Ltd

Can the rewards be high in Gabon's "wild west" frontier?


Phil brings over 30 years upstream oil and gas technical and business leadership experience to Impact. He has spent over 15 years with Enterprise Oil, where he took leading roles in high impact exploration and production projects. He has subsiquently built and sold three successful start-up businesses, providing significant shareholder returns and has worked with a number of Africa/Mediterranean focussed junior oil companies, including Grove Petroleum and Black Star Petroleum. Phil is a fellow at the Geological Society and holds an MBA MCS in petroleum geology.

Impact Oil and Gas Ltd
Impact Oil and Gas was founded in 2009 by experienced geoscientists who subsequently targeted a number of areas offshore South Africa with very large hydrocarbon potential.
11:00 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits

11:30

Karyna Rodriguez - Director of Geoscience - Spectrum

Crustal architecture making oil plays in East Africa


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. In her current role she manages Spectrum’s Geology, Geophysics and GIS technology team, working on projects on a global scale and enhancing the data library by providing technical geoscientific rational and justification.

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.
11:50

Gerrard Spear - Geoscience director - Lyme Bay Consulting

New MC3D over AGC Central in the MSGBC Basin. Insights and Potential

Talk Description.
MC3D = multiclient 3D
AGC Central = Agency Management and Cooperation between Guinea Bissau and Senegal (A joint government cooperation between the two countries. Again common knowledge amongst African explorers)
MSGBC Basin (Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry)

Lyme Bay Consulting
Lyme Bay Consulting's Detailed Reconnaissance Study (DRS) workflow will
identify all the structural and stratigraphic potential in your data.

Prospectivity is often overlooked due to resource constraints or when outside a study focus. Our DRS maps every seismic reflector to deliver a highly detailed understanding of your data.
12:10

Tom Bacon - Intelligence Director - Protection Group International

Political, security and regulatory challenges for the oil and gas industry in Sub Saharan Africa (15 min talk)


Protection Group International
PGI is a privately owned UK business offering integrated, intelligence-led risk management solutions. PGI specialise globally in the secure protection of our clients' assets: human, physical, legal, intellectual property, financial and operational.
12:30 Lunch & Exhibits

13:30 Close

Sponsors of this event

Protection Group International
PGI is a privately owned UK business offering integrated, intelligence-led risk management solutions. PGI specialise globally in the secure protection of our clients' assets: human, physical, legal, intellectual property, financial and operational.

Protection Group International
PGI is a privately owned UK business offering integrated, intelligence-led risk management solutions. PGI specialise globally in the secure protection of our clients' assets: human, physical, legal, intellectual property, financial and operational.

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.

Lyme Bay Consulting
Lyme Bay Consulting's Detailed Reconnaissance Study (DRS) workflow will
identify all the structural and stratigraphic potential in your data.

Prospectivity is often overlooked due to resource constraints or when outside a study focus. Our DRS maps every seismic reflector to deliver a highly detailed understanding of your data.

Registered Delegates

Hugh Ebbutt
Director
A T Kearney
United Kingdom
Philip Birch
Exploration Director
Impact Oil & Gas
United Kingdom
Tom Bacon
Geopolitical Director
Protection Group International
Jonathan Minnitt
Business Development Manager
Aker Solutions
United Kingdom
Michael Doherty
Chairman
Impact Oil & Gas Limited
United Kingdom
Peter Elliott
Consultant
PVE Consulting Ltd
Alec Jones

aker solutions
United Kingdom
Edward Prescott
Chief Geophysicist
Impact Oil and Gas
United Kingdom
Jane Quinton

QX Energy Ltd
Alexander Estrin

Alesther Ltd.
United Kingdom
Anthony Younis
Exploration Manager
Impact Oil and Gas
United Kingdom
Richard Herbert

R Herbert Associates Ltd
David Craik
Consultant
Atlaslocal
United Kingdom
Laura Sylvester

Impact Oil and Gas
Stephane GUERITTE
senior consultant
RPS energy
Paul Mullarkey
Managing Director
Auriga Energy
United Kingdom
Abbey Hunt
Geoscientist
Impact Oil and Gas
United Kingdom
Andy Lever
Principal Sedimentologist
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Steve Callan
Sales / Marketing / Business Development
BGP Marine
United Kingdom
Ahmed Elghorori
Geoscientist
Independant
United Kingdom
Martin Smith
Business Development Manager - Operations
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Antone Cerrotta
Sales & Commercial Coordinator
Bibby Maritime Limited
United Kingdom
Manouchehr Takin

Independent consultant
United Kingdom
Norrie Stanley
Consultant
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Darren Biggs
Operations Director
BlackRock QI Ltd
Tim Highfield

io oil & gas UK LLP
Chris Hayes
Well Operations Director
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Richard Taylor
Oil & Gas Analyst
BMI Research
United Kingdom
John Griffith
Upstream Advisor
JJG Consulting International Ltd
United Kingdom
Kevin Dale
Exploration Advisor : New Ventures
Sasol E & P International
United Kingdom
Erik Mielke
VP Businesss Development
Buried Hill Energy
United Kingdom
Christian Bukovics
Independent Director
JKX Oil&Gas Plc
United Kingdom
Kouakou Yao
Geologist
SCDM Energy Ltd
Robert FE Jones
Director
Caithness Petroleum
United Kingdom
Sangeeta Jordan
Researcher
JOGMEC
United Kingdom
Marine Di Matteo

SCDM Energy Ltd
Carl Fredrik Gyllenhammar
GeoScientist
CaMa GeoScience AS
Norway
jonathan bedford
Director
JXT
United Kingdom
David Webber
Seismic Operations Supervisor
Sceptre Oil & Gas
United Kingdom
Peter Farrington
Geophysicist
Consultant Geophysicist
United Kingdom
Paul Dailly
Senior Vice President and Chief Geoscientist
Kosmos Energy
David Jackson
Principal Geologist
Shearwater Geoservices
United Kingdom
Richard Walker
Consultant Geophysicist
Cornhill Economics Ltd
United Kingdom
David Peel
Technical Director
Lukoil
United Kingdom
Simon Bradbury
Director
Simelis
United Kingdom
Ian Blakeley
Global Oil & Gas Analyst, Account Development Manager EAME
Drillinginfo
United Kingdom
Lauren Mayhew
Geoscientist
Lyme Bay Consulting
United Kingdom
Steve Husbands

SLR Consulting
Emma Woodward
Regional Manager, West Africa
DrillingInfo
United Kingdom
Gerrard Spear
GeoScience Director
Lyme Bay Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
David Lawton
Chief Geoscientist
SLR Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Jimmy Boulter
E&P Data Analyst
Drillinginfo
United Kingdom
Chris Morgan
Managing Director
Lynx Information Systems Ltd
United Kingdom
Kieran Aust
Business Dev. Mgr. - Midstream Products
SNC Lavalin Oil & Gas Midstream
Martin Riddle
Technical Manager
Envoi
United Kingdom
Duncan Macgregor
Consultant Geologist
MacGeology
United Kingdom
Glyn Roberts
Director
Spec Partners Ltd
United Kingdom
Mark Lonergan
Senior Business Development Manager
EPI Group
United Kingdom
Mark Ashford
Managing Director
MACOM Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Karyna Rodriguez
Director of Geoscience
Spectrum
United Kingdom
Roger Bignell
Geological Consultant
Fairway Exploration
Christian Fenwick
CEO
MapStand
United Kingdom
Anongporn Intawong
Team Leader Geoscientist
Spectrum Geo
United Kingdom
Karl Jeffery
Editor
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Mike Larsen
Director
Metastream Ltd
United Kingdom
Neil Hodgson
EVP Mediterranean and Middle East Region
Spectrum Geo Ltd
Richard McIntyre
Sales Manager
Finding Petroleum
Darren McDonald
Managing Director
Moveout Data Seismic Services Ltd
United Kingdom
Andy Harris

SpectrumGeo
United Kingdom
Avinga Pallangyo
Conference Manager
Finding Petroleum
Fearghal Hayes
New Ventures Manager, Europe and North Atlantic Margin
NexenCNOOC
Anne-Mette Cheese
Exploration Geologist
Svenska Petroleum AB
United Kingdom
Richard McIntyre
Sales Manager
Finding Petroleum
Niels Arveschoug
CEO
North Sea Natural Resources Ltd
James Dodson
Account Manager
TGS
United Kingdom
Bryan Moseley
Geologist
Geologist
United Kingdom
Jodie Cocker
Remote Sensing Geologist
NPA Satellite Mapping
United Kingdom
Andrew Scutter
Midstream Analyst
The EIC
United Kingdom
elwyn jones
Director
GeoPartners
United Kingdom
Mike King
Oil & Gas Manager
NPA Satellite Mapping
United Kingdom
John Weston
Tecnical Director
Tridevi Energy & Resources
United Kingdom
James Gulland
Director
GeoPartners Ltd
United Kingdom
Mark Enfield
Managing Director
P.D.F. Limited (An EPI group company)
United Kingdom
Shola Labinjo
Vice President
Tudor, Pickering, Holt & Co;, LLC
Jim House
Director
GeoSeis Ltd
United Kingdom
Dave Waters
Director and Geoscience Consultant
Paetoro Consulting UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Alastair Bee

Westwood Global Energy
United Kingdom
Alexander Chalke
Partner
Grosvenor Clive & Stokes
United Kingdom
Gerry P. LOURANTOS
Managing Director
PETRO-ENERGY INTERNATIONAL
kourosh kohan
Consultant
Wood Group
United Kingdom
David Harper
Principal Consultant
Harper Associates
United Kingdom
Mike Rego
Independent Consultant
PetroMall Ltd
United Kingdom
Mansur Mohammed
Research Manager
Wood Mackenzie
Norman Hempstead
Director
Hempstead Geophysical Svcs
United Kingdom
Ryan Turner
POLITICAL RISK ANALYST
PGI
United Kingdom
Alwyn Vear
Geoscience and Exploration Manager
Woodside Energy UK
United Kingdom
Alastair Reid
Consultant
IHS
United Kingdom
Joshua May
New Ventures - Africa
PGS
United Kingdom
Deirdre ODonnell
Managing Director
Working Smart
United Kingdom
Manon Carbiener
Upstream cost analyst
IHS Markit
Frederic Yeterian
Director
Philax International (UK) Ltd
United Kingdom
Sara Stephens
Sales Manager
Zebra Data Sciences
Phil Carpenter
Business Development Manager
Ikon Science
United Kingdom
Dave Forecast
sales supervisor
Polarcus
Andrew Zolnai
Owner
zolnai.ca
United Kingdom
Peter Dolan
Founding Non-Executive Director
Ikon Science Limited
United Kingdom
Eliza Richardson

Protection Group International