Finding Oil and Gas in Sub Saharan Africa

Building on the success of Kosmos, Tullow and more in West and East Africa 0

Monday, June 25, 2018, London, The Geological Society


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Chris Matchette-Downes, founder of the East Africa Oil Group, presented his group's work on understanding Western Indian Ocean hydrocarbons - based on analysing oil samples, potential field data (gravity / magnetic), continental reconstruction and geological understanding.

Rogers Beall, chairman of FORTESA talked about opportunities in the "MGSBC" basin (The Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry). FORTESA claims to be Northwest Africa’s only fully vertical integrated oil and gas company.

We had talks from seismic companies Spectrum and TGS, and the Virtual University of Uganda, training petroleum engineering skills via distance learning.

This event continues from our:

"Finding East and Southern Africa oil and gas" event in February 2017
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And our "Finding African oil" event in January 2016
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Agenda

9:30

David Bamford - Director - Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction



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.
9:35

Chris Matchette-Downes - founder - East Africa Oil Group

The origin and distribution of Western Indian Ocean hydrocarbons and likely location of commercial oil – EAOG’s approach using its oils data, potential fields, continental reconstruction and petroleum geological understanding

Talk Description.
As the name suggests East Africa Oil Group or EAOG is a group created to explore for oil plays along the flanks of the Western Indian Ocean from Cape Town northwards to Somalia and oceanwards from Madagascar to the Comoros, Seychelles and the Cambay region of India.

The group comprises five explorers who have been continuously active in this region, either individually and collectively, with various companies over the last couple of decades. During that time some 270 oil occurrences have been examined, mostly by directly obtaining and analysing oil samples. The results are now integrated with their local and plate settings. The result is that EAOF understand the origin and distribution of the East Africa margin hydrocarbons and are able to determine where commercial oil will most likely be found.

The Finding Petroleum presentation will both explain our approach and provide insight into the our understanding of this emerging hydrocarbon province.
Chris has been in the upstream business for over 30 years, including time with BP, BG and more recently Black Marlin Energy. A petroleum geochemist, Chris is well-respected for work done in both East Africa and in the greater Caribbean region and has undertaken several geoscientific reviews of the region since 2003. He was a founder of Black Marlin which was sold in 2010 for 100 + mln USD. He is a renowned expert and often speaks at international conferences and seminars on the subject of oil and gas exploration. In addition, he has a track record of finding and securing commercial deals. MSc., BSc., CGeol

East Africa Oil Group
As the name suggests East Africa Oil Group or EAOG is a group created to explore for oil plays along the flanks of the Western Indian Ocean from Cape Town northwards to Somalia and oceanwards from Madagascar to the Comoros, Seychelles and the Cambay region of India.

The group comprises five explorers who have been continuously active in this region, either individually and collectively, with various companies over the last couple of decades. During that time some 270 oil occurrences have been examined, mostly by directly obtaining and analysing oil samples. The results are now integrated with their local and plate settings. The result is that EAOF understand the origin and distribution of the East Africa margin hydrocarbons and are able to determine where commercial oil will most likely be found.
10:10

Rogers Beall - Executive chairman - Fortesa International

The MSGBC’s proven Super Giant petroleum system and where FORTESA’s contribution to uncovering it has been focused

Talk Description.
- How the MSGBC basin delivered the world's largest oil field discoveries (2014) and largest gas field discoveries (2016)
- Where discovered hydrocarbons came from / how new proof of multiple source rocks may expand the MSGBC play area searches
- Why it the MSGBC was neglected for so long
- Fortesa's fully vertical Operations Structure, i.e. Upstream, Midstream and Downstream using local capability instead of outsourcing

Note: MSGBC Basin is Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea Bissau and Guinea Conakry

Fortesa International
Introduction to AFRICA FORTESA

Established 1997; Onshore Gas-to-Power Since 2002, w/ 94% Local Content
Pipeline; Senegalese Management & up to 180 Employees; Community Involvement
Fortesa's Sister Co. (Africa Onshore Drilling Ltd.) Owns Two Complete Drilling Rigs That Reside in Senegal

Stable Gas and Liquids Production, with Large Installed Domestic Markets
Sustainable Gas Sales Agreement(s)
Gas price > $8 per MMBTU
Senegal Thermal Power Plants ready to accept Gaz

Forward Plan: Shallow Drilling Prospects ready to go
Seeking Cenomanian Gas Field(s) in 2017 for Increased Gas Production
Increase 2017 efforts towards Deeper Exploration for Cenomanian & Albian Reservoirs

Deeper Cenomanian & Albian Play Fairways Already De-risked On Trend with Cairn + Up-dip from Kosmos
Exploitation Permit estimated to contain additional reserves
Diender Permit Deeper UN-RISKED RESERVES are:
Significant Gas in Senonian & Cenomanian Formations
Likely Hydrocarbons in the Albian Formations & Deeper
10:45

Mikki Hall - Chief Marketing Officer - Virtual University of Uganda

Meeting East Africa's oil and gas training needs through high quality online learning

Talk Description.

  • Discoveries of several billion barrels of oil and hundreds of TCF of natural gas in Eastern Africa in recent years, for sale to markets around the Indian Ocean. It may be the most exciting place in the world for resource extractive industries today.
  • Challenges training local staff - including travel costs and visa difficulties for training in traditional western institutions, lack of high quality local institutions, need for training without taking workers out of employment
  • Challenges to western oil companies in meeting local content requirements
  • Similar training challenges in mining, agriculture and tourism
  • Rebranding of Virtual University of Uganda as Nexus International University, to meet these challenges with high quality online masters programs


Mikki is a creative, results driven market strategist with a proven track record of achieving market share targets and driving change. This includes defining competitive market strategies in fast-paced international education environments including product, pricing, proposition, brand and integrated campaigns.
Experienced in product development and launch, Mikki has introduced agile product development processes to ensure proposed products are relevant, competitive and reach market quickly. This includes launch of new and innovative online and blended learning offers.
A strategic thinker and leader of major customer focused change programmes, Mikki’s hands-on approach always keeps a strong focus on customer needs, analytics and data-driven customer acquisition and retention. Matched with her digital achievements on transformation programmes in implementing CRM and CMS systems, email, website and social media solutions she works tirelessly to get the strategy right and then drive it through delivery.

Virtual University of Uganda
The Virtual University of Uganda (VUU) is a private university, fully licenced by the Uganda National Council for Higher Education and recognised by other Higher Education accrediting authorities. It is a member of the Inter-University Council for East Africa and other regional university fora.

As the first entirely online university in the Africa region, we are proud to be part of the vanguard in the technological revolution in university education.

We aim to bring premier learning resources to professionals who wish to obtain a postgraduate qualification without having to take time off work, be away from family, or travel to an outside country.

Currently, we offer programmes in the fields of Public Health, International Development, ICT for Development, Business Administration, and Oil & Gas Management. Other programmes are under development.

Note: VUU is currently in the process of rebranding to to Nexus International University (registration pending approval with Ugandan authorities)

11:10 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits

11:35

Dr. Anongporn Intawong - Team Leader Geoscientist - Spectrum

Oil prospects in the Mozambique channel: Where incipient subduction meets passive margin

Talk Description.


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.
12:10

Felicia Winter - Interpretation Geophysicist/Potential Field Analyst - TGS

Somaliland reveals untested plays on TGS data

Talk Description.


With a background in potential field data analysis and interpretation gained during various offshore expeditions with the Polar and Marine Research Institute 'Alfred-Wegener-Institute Bremerhaven' (Germany) Felicia has worked the past 5 years in TGS’ Geotechnical Interpretation team, before she joined the Africa and Middle East group. TGS now extensively incorporates gravity and magnetic crustal modelling studies as part of regional seismic interpretation products, assessing new frontiers and survey planning.

As an experienced geoscientist her work focussed on seismic facies and play fairway analyses of 2D and 3D surveys and basin modelling. Including potential field data analyses in any study has the advantage of identifying the tectonic framework in the study area - a necessary step when entering a little explored basin. Thermal modelling is also a crucial component of TGS’ onshore products and well based studies with the objective of a full prospectivity or potential exploration assessment.

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.
12:45 Close: Lunch & Exhibits

Sponsors of this event

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.

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.

MD Oil
MDOIL's purpose is to assist governments promote their neglected oil and gas exploration acreage in frontier areas to international oil and gas companies by; the analysis of vintage data sets; providing new geochemical and geological analysis; new geological understanding, modern digital data packages and by creating frontier exploration groups or companies to attract investment.

Fortesa International
Introduction to AFRICA FORTESA

Established 1997; Onshore Gas-to-Power Since 2002, w/ 94% Local Content
Pipeline; Senegalese Management & up to 180 Employees; Community Involvement
Fortesa's Sister Co. (Africa Onshore Drilling Ltd.) Owns Two Complete Drilling Rigs That Reside in Senegal

Stable Gas and Liquids Production, with Large Installed Domestic Markets
Sustainable Gas Sales Agreement(s)
Gas price > $8 per MMBTU
Senegal Thermal Power Plants ready to accept Gaz

Forward Plan: Shallow Drilling Prospects ready to go
Seeking Cenomanian Gas Field(s) in 2017 for Increased Gas Production
Increase 2017 efforts towards Deeper Exploration for Cenomanian & Albian Reservoirs

Deeper Cenomanian & Albian Play Fairways Already De-risked On Trend with Cairn + Up-dip from Kosmos
Exploitation Permit estimated to contain additional reserves
Diender Permit Deeper UN-RISKED RESERVES are:
Significant Gas in Senonian & Cenomanian Formations
Likely Hydrocarbons in the Albian Formations & Deeper

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.

Registered Delegates

Hugh Ebbutt
Director
A T Kearney
United Kingdom
Henry Lang
Director UK and Africa
Ensure Environmental Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Matt Tyrrell
Principal Geoscientist
PGS
United Kingdom
Rogers Beall
Executive Chairman
Africa Fortesa Corporation
Martin Riddle
Technical Manager
Envoi
United Kingdom
Frederic Yeterian
Director
Philax International (UK) Ltd
United Kingdom
Geoffrey Boyd
Field Development Consultant
Antium FRONTFIELD
United Kingdom
Jorgen Keyser

Equinor
United Kingdom
John Clure
Managing Director
Phoenix Hydrocarbon Resources Ltd
United Kingdom
Muktadir Ur Rahman
Director
Apex Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Karl Jeffery
Editor
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
David Contreras
Gegional Geoscience Manager
Polarcus
United Kingdom
Julian Moore
Technical Director
APT UK
United Kingdom
Avinga Pallangyo
Events Manager
Finding Petroleum
John Scotchmer
Principal Geological Advisor - Petroleum Systems
Premier Oil
David Craik
Consultant
Atlaslocal
United Kingdom
Jeremy Berry
BD Director
GCA
United Kingdom
Colin More

Prospect Geoscience
United Kingdom
Paul Mullarkey
Managing Director
Auriga Energy
United Kingdom
Nick Cameron
Geological Advisor
GeoInsight Limited
Tim Archer
Managing Director
Reid Geophysics Limited
United Kingdom
Alan Edwards

Beagle Geoscience Limited
United Kingdom
Bryan Moseley
Geologist
Geologist
United Kingdom
Robert Snashall
Consultant
RGSConsult
United Kingdom
David Sendra
Associate Consultant
BlackRockQI
United Kingdom
Neil Mundell
Consultant Geophysicist
Geoseismix Ltd
United Kingdom
Martin Smith
Business Development Manager - Operations
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Joe M Boztas
Director/Interpreter
Boz Seismic Services
United Kingdom
Norman Hempstead
Director
Hempstead Geophysical Svcs
United Kingdom
Terry Devine
Asset Development Manager
Schlumberger
United Kingdom
Ken Agu
Executive Director
Bresson Energy Limited
United Kingdom
Phil Carpenter
Business Development Manager
Ikon Science
United Kingdom
David Jackson
Principal Geologist
Shearwater Geoservices
United Kingdom
Chris Matchette-Downes
MD & Owner
CaribX and MDOIL Limited
United Kingdom
Abbey Hunt
Geoscientist
Impact Oil and Gas
United Kingdom
Phil Thompson

Shell
Andrew Webb
Manager, Petroleum Reservoir and Economics
CGG
United Kingdom
Neil Simons
Consultant
Independent
United Kingdom
Rageh Omaar

Somops
James Andrew
Busines Development Mgr EAME
CGG
United Kingdom
Mike Hibbert
Independent consultant
Independent consultant
United Kingdom
Karyna Rodriguez
Director of Geoscience
Spectrum
United Kingdom
John Glass
MD
Cloverfield Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
John Ciccarelli
Senior Reservoir Consultant
io oil & gas consulting
United Kingdom
Anongporn Intawong
Team Leader Geoscientist
Spectrum Geo
United Kingdom
Micky Allen
consultant
consultant
United Kingdom
John Griffith
Upstream Advisor
JJG Consulting International Ltd
United Kingdom
Ian Setterfield
VP Sales
Spectrum Geo
United Kingdom
Peter Allen
consultant
consultant
United Kingdom
Christian Bukovics
Independent Director
JKX Oil&Gas Plc
United Kingdom
Rob MacDonald
GIS Analyst
SpectrumGEO
Peter Farrington
Geophysicist
Consultant Geophysicist
United Kingdom
Neville Brookes
Principal Commercial Geoscientist
Lloyd's Register
United Kingdom
Andy Harris

SpectrumGeo
United Kingdom
Richard Walker
Consultant Geophysicist
Cornhill Economics Ltd
United Kingdom
Rupert Simcox
Data Analyst
Lynx Information Systems
United Kingdom
Richard Brink

svl
Canada
Graham Clevett
Managing Director
Cornhill Economics Ltd
United Kingdom
Paul Spencer
Senior Production & Seismic Data Manager
Lynx Information Systems Ltd
United Kingdom
isa Warsame
Business development executive - energy
Tessella
Ian Newth
Director
Count Geophysics
United Kingdom
Mark Ashford
Managing Director
MACOM Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Chris Anderson
Sales Director
TGS
United Kingdom
Dan Kunkle
Director
Count Geophysics
United Kingdom
Mike Larsen
Director
Metastream Ltd
United Kingdom
James Dodson
Account Manager
TGS
United Kingdom
David Boote

DBconsulting Ltd
United Kingdom
David Bamford
Director
New Eyes Exploration Ltd
UK
Ben Sayers
Business Development Manager, AME
TGS
United Kingdom
Stephen Norman
Business Development Manager
DNV GL
United Kingdom
Mike King
Oil & Gas Manager
NPA Satellite Mapping
United Kingdom
Felicia Winter
Interpretation Geophysicist/
TGS
Brian Donnelly
Consultant Geophysicist
Donnelly
United Kingdom
Greg Coleman
CEO
Petromall
United Kingdom
Diveena Danabalan
Upstream Energy Analyst- Oil and Gas
The EIC
United Kingdom
Emma Woodward
Regional Manager, West Africa
DrillingInfo
United Kingdom
Mike Rego
Independent Consultant
PetroMall Ltd
United Kingdom
Mikki Hall
Chief Marketing Officer
Virtual University of Uganda
Jimmy Boulter
E&P Data Analyst
Drillinginfo
United Kingdom
Henry Dodwell
Consultant
PetroVannin
United Kingdom
Andrew O'Connell
Senior Geologist
Xodus Group
Nnamdi Anyadike
London office
Energy Correspondent
United Kingdom
Susanne Lehndorfer
Operations Geophysicist
PGS