North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean

Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Lebanon, Cyprus, Israel 0

Monday, December 12, 2016, London, The Geological Society


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They vary in scale but every country along the southern edge of the Mediterranean has an oil & gas industry – from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia and Libya, to Egypt, Israel, Lebanon (and Cyprus).

And the maturity varies too, from rank exploration to gas development projects to mature oil production.

As assets each is interesting in its own right, and we welcome presentations on them.

There is also a question as to whether there is any regional theme other than geography and, arguably, politics?


Note: This event continues from our past Africa events held in:

January 2016 - download our report view the agenda view the delegates list

October 2015 "Opportunities in the Middle East and the Levant" - download our report view the agenda view the delegates list

January 2015 - view the agenda view the delegates list









Agenda

9:30

Andrew Lodge - Principal - StrategicFit

Welcome & Introduction


Andrew is now a Principal at StrategicFit and a Non-Executive Director at Egdon Resources.

Previously, he joined Premier Oil plc’s Board as Exploration Director in April 2009 from Hess where he was Vice President, Exploration, responsible for Europe, North Africa, Asia and Australia for nine years. Prior to that, he was Vice President, Exploration, Asset Manager and Group Exploration Advisor for BHP Petroleum, based in London and Australia. Prior to joining BHP Petroleum, Andrew worked for BP as a geophysicist. He has an honours degree in Mining Geology from the University of Wales and a Masters in Applied Geophysics from the University of Leeds. He is a fellow of the Geological Society.

He retired from Premier Oil in June 2015.

StrategicFit
StrategicFit is a strategy consulting firm specialising in the upstream oil and gas industry.

We help companies, licence partnerships and stakeholders make difficult decisions they can be confident in.

Through decision analysis, a collaborative strategy process and sector expertise, we'll give you
a clearer way forward.
9:50

Greg Coleman - CEO - Independent Resources Plc

Morocco to Egypt overview - and the case for regional consolidation


Independent Resources Plc
Independent Resources plc is an AIM quoted company with expertise in the geology of, and operations in, the Mediterranean basin. It is focused on acquiring and developing production and low risk exploration opportunities.
10:25

Arthur Snell - Managing Director, Intelligence - Protection Group International

The political, security and regulatory landscape across North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean

Talk Description.
Arthur will speak about the current political, security and regulatory landscape across North Africa and the Eastern Mediterranean. In a period of particular uncertainty and instability in this region, his talk will include Algeria’s looming succession crisis, Libya’s struggle for political stability and Egypt under Sisi. He will also assess the ongoing threat of Islamic State and the persistent presence of Al-Qaida in the Islamic Maghreb. The newer markets of Lebanon, Israel and Cyprus provide a contrasting perspective, as does Morocco and Tunisia, where the challenges relate less to security and more to understanding the regulatory and contracting landscapes.

Arthur was in the UK’s foreign service for 16 years in a variety of intelligence and diplomatic roles. This work took him to some of the world’s most challenging environments including Iraq, Yemen, Afghanistan, Nigeria and Zimbabwe. From 2011-2014 he was Britain’s Ambassador to Trinidad & Tobago where he worked to support a range of major UK oil and gas companies as well as other significant inward investors. Since 2014 Arthur has worked in the business intelligence industry, managing a range of complex projects for extractives, multinationals and financial services clients. A published expert on international security and policy issues, Arthur has first class degrees from the universities of Oxford and London.

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.
11:00 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits, followed by: EGYPT

11:20

Øystein Lie - Project Manager MC Middle East and CIS - PGS

Exploration opportunity offshore Egypt

Talk Description.


Graduated from Curtin University of Technology, Australia with a MSc. in Exploration Geophysics in 1998. Employed by PGS and has worked in different positions. Started in the Data Processing department in 1999 and moved into the MultiClient department in 2007. Currently he is Project Manager for the Middle East and CIS group based in the headquarters of PGS in Oslo. Øystein has been involved in and developed projects in Russia, Greece, Cyprus, Lebanon and Egypt.

PGS
PGS is a dedicated marine geophysical company. We provide images and 3D models of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. Our business is technology driven and we offer a broad range of seismic, electromagnetic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, reservoir characterisation, interpretation and field evaluation. The PGS MultiClient seismic library is among the largest and most modern in the industry. Around 60% of the 2D data and almost 30% of all 3D data has been acquired with GeoStreamer®, the industry's first true broadband marine seismic system. The result is subsurface images of greater clarity, accuracy and reliability.
11:55

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

A sight for Zohr-eyes – the search for the next North African carbonate super-giant


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.
12:30 Lunch & Exhibits, followed by OFFSHORE

13:00

Alex Birch-Hawkins - Interpretation Geophysicist - TGS

Israel: Seeing Deeper - Imaging new play concepts sub-salt following Clari-Fi Broadband reprocessing

Talk Description.
TGS have recently completed the PSTM reprocessing of the Israel 2001 2D Seismic survey. Significant uplift in data quality from 15 years technological advances will be demonstrated through vintage and current seismic displays.

This has enabled a much better image of the deeper section which has brought in to focus more play concepts and better trap definition in both proven and the potential new plays. This talk will highlight the improvements and explore new geological thinking in the Levant Basin.

An Interpretation Geophysicist with six years' experience in the oil and gas industry; specialist in 2D and 3D seismic interpretation, play fairway analysis, prospect generation, depth conversion, volumetrics, well log analysis and AVO analysis. Alex has worked on multi-client and proprietary projects for international operators, seismic survey acquisition planning and late sales. Project areas include mature and frontier basins across Africa, NW Europe, the Americas and Oceania

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.
13:35

Sigrun Stanton - Regional Geoscientist - Landmark Exploration Insights

An investigation into the Cenozoic fault timing along the North African offshore margin: Implications for the prediction of offshore plays

Talk Description.
To date, exploration success along the offshore North African margin has been highly variable, with major successes largely limited to the Tunisian and Libyan Pelagian province in the 1970s and the more recent offshore and deep-water gas discoveries of the Levant and Nile Delta basins. A few smaller finds have been made in the offshore of western Morocco and north-eastern Libya, but further exploration has frequently led to failure elsewhere. Nevertheless, since ENI’s Zohr discovery in 2015, there has been a renewed interest in the offshore North African margin, attracting potential future investment in the deeper water areas and offshore frontier basins.

Much of this variability in exploration success is driven by a heterogeneous and complex structural history between the western, central, and eastern Mediterranean basins, leading to difficulties in the prediction and assessment of play types. The importance of understanding the tectonic history of the Mediterranean is therefore essential when considering the future exploration potential of this margin.

Reconstructing the geodynamic context and establishing the relative timing of associated structural events can be used to predict the presence and timing of the various play elements and plays that may be present in the underexplored and frontier offshore basins, as well as providing potential new plays in mature basins. Exploration risk can also be reduced, by highlighting areas where structural events have had an adverse or positive effect on the petroleum system.

Landmark Exploration Insights
Landmark Exploration Insights (formerly Neftex), is a product family within Landmark, a business line of Halliburton. We specialise in the collation, integrations and interpretation of large geoscience dataset and the delivery of these as subsurface models. We are recognised as industry leaders in the provision of web-based sequence stratigraphic products and their global application. Our integrated global geological database - the Neftex Earth Model delivers data, knowledge and insight to help our clients better understand geological risk in their exploration and investment activities.
14:10

Simon Baer - Project Geoscientist - PGS

New emerging plays in the Eastern Mediterranean

Talk Description.
The Eastern Mediterranean is a significant hydrocarbon province where many of the gas discoveries are biogenic in origin. The recent giant “Zohr” discovery highlighted the regional potential in carbonates and anticipated license rounds in 2017 has further increased interest and focus on Lebanon, Cyprus and West Egypt. Indications for the existence of analogues to the “Zohr play” are present throughout the region and many areas remain significantly under-explored despite adjacent blocks being extensively explored and bearing notable amounts of proven hydrocarbon reserves.
Simon holds a Master of Science with specialization in applied geophysics from RWTH Aachen, Germany and wrote his Master’s Thesis at the Schlumberger Research Center in Stavanger, Norway. Simon is also an alumnus of the University of Cape Town, South Africa where he gained a Bsc (Hon.) in geology. Simon joined the PGS Reservoir department in 2011. In the previous two years he has worked exclusively with Eastern Mediterranean geology focusing primarily on west Egypt, Lebanon and Cyprus.

PGS
PGS is a dedicated marine geophysical company. We provide images and 3D models of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. Our business is technology driven and we offer a broad range of seismic, electromagnetic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, reservoir characterisation, interpretation and field evaluation. The PGS MultiClient seismic library is among the largest and most modern in the industry. Around 60% of the 2D data and almost 30% of all 3D data has been acquired with GeoStreamer®, the industry's first true broadband marine seismic system. The result is subsurface images of greater clarity, accuracy and reliability.
14:45 Raffle Prize: Close

Sponsors of this event

Landmark Exploration Insights
Landmark Exploration Insights (formerly Neftex), is a product family within Landmark, a business line of Halliburton. We specialise in the collation, integrations and interpretation of large geoscience dataset and the delivery of these as subsurface models. We are recognised as industry leaders in the provision of web-based sequence stratigraphic products and their global application. Our integrated global geological database - the Neftex Earth Model delivers data, knowledge and insight to help our clients better understand geological risk in their exploration and investment activities.

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.

Landmark Software and Services (Halliburton)
For more than 25 years, Landmark has been providing solutions to E&P challenges through the continuous development and enhancement of our leading high-science software and technology services. With over 350 patent filings since 2001, we recognize that solving your challenges of today, and those of tomorrow, requires constant innovation around everything we do.

StrategicFit
StrategicFit is a strategy consulting firm specialising in the upstream oil and gas industry.

We help companies, licence partnerships and stakeholders make difficult decisions they can be confident in.

Through decision analysis, a collaborative strategy process and sector expertise, we'll give you
a clearer way forward.

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.

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.

PGS
PGS is a dedicated marine geophysical company. We provide images and 3D models of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. Our business is technology driven and we offer a broad range of seismic, electromagnetic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, reservoir characterisation, interpretation and field evaluation. The PGS MultiClient seismic library is among the largest and most modern in the industry. Around 60% of the 2D data and almost 30% of all 3D data has been acquired with GeoStreamer®, the industry's first true broadband marine seismic system. The result is subsurface images of greater clarity, accuracy and reliability.

PGS
PGS is a dedicated marine geophysical company. We provide images and 3D models of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. Our business is technology driven and we offer a broad range of seismic, electromagnetic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, reservoir characterisation, interpretation and field evaluation. The PGS MultiClient seismic library is among the largest and most modern in the industry. Around 60% of the 2D data and almost 30% of all 3D data has been acquired with GeoStreamer®, the industry's first true broadband marine seismic system. The result is subsurface images of greater clarity, accuracy and reliability.

PGS
PGS is a dedicated marine geophysical company. We provide images and 3D models of the subsurface that oil companies use to find oil and gas reserves. Our business is technology driven and we offer a broad range of seismic, electromagnetic and reservoir services, including acquisition, imaging, reservoir characterisation, interpretation and field evaluation. The PGS MultiClient seismic library is among the largest and most modern in the industry. Around 60% of the 2D data and almost 30% of all 3D data has been acquired with GeoStreamer®, the industry's first true broadband marine seismic system. The result is subsurface images of greater clarity, accuracy and reliability.

McKenzie Art
Alexandra McKenzie is resident artist for Finding Petroleum and Digital Energy Journal and specialises in oil and gas, shipping and heavy engineering art.

You can see her work on the websites and programs for Finding Petroleum events and on the cover of Digital Energy Journal.

Limited edition artwork is available on sale at the Finding Petroleum event - including the artwork used on the current edition of Digital Energy Journal, available as a hand coloured lino print.

She is available for commissions, including for corporate offices, homes, banners and publications - as an interesting conversation piece or to develop interest in your products.

You can meet Alex at coffee time and lunch in the Geological Society library.

Registered Delegates

Hugh Ebbutt
Director
A T Kearney
United Kingdom
Lawrence Jackson
Senior Account Executive
IHS
United Kingdom
Charlie Pembroke
Risk Consultant
Protection Group International
Geoffrey Boyd
Field Development Consultant
Antium FRONTFIELD
United Kingdom
Sian Evans
Research Postgraduate
Imperial College London
Arthur Snell
Managing Director, Intelligence
Protection Group International
Sergey Drachev
Co-founder
ArcGeoLink Ltd.
Mark Foster
Managing Director
JHKI Services Limited
United Kingdom
Peter Elliott
Consultant
PVE Consulting Ltd
Maria Mackey
Energy Sector
AWS
United Kingdom
John Griffith
Upstream Advisor
JJG Consulting International Ltd
United Kingdom
Krisztina Kovacs
Manager, PwC Deals Strategy - O&G
PWC
United Kingdom
Andrew Gilmore
Head of Business Development - Oil & Gas
Babcock Energy & Marine Services
United Kingdom
Christopher Tiratsoo
editor
Journal of Petroleum Geology
United Kingdom
Robert Stevens

Richmond Energy Partners
United Kingdom
Sisila Pathirana
Geophysicist, Africa New Ventures
BP
Jonathan Brown
geophysicist
KUFPEC
United Kingdom
Samira Melloul
Manager
RJ Energy / PEL
Ahmed El Gazzar
Regional Geologist, Africa New Ventures & Regional Exploration
BP
Toni Gaudelli
Senior Account Manager
LandMark
Martin Smith
Business Development Manager - Operations
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Bryn Austin
Director & Geological/Geophysical Consultant
Brynterpretation Ltd
United Kingdom
Sigrún Stanton
Regional Geoscientist
Landmark Exploration Insights
Norrie Stanley
Consultant
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
OLIVER WHITFIELD

Buried Hill
Somar Abdullatif
Senior Geoscientist
Leinster Oil
United Kingdom
Mark Jones
Business Development Manager
Saipem
United Kingdom
Andrew Webb
Manager, Petroleum Reservoir and Economics
CGG
United Kingdom
David Peel
Technical Director
Lukoil
United Kingdom
Simon Casey
Marine Sales Manager
Shearwater GeoServices
James Andrew
Busines Development Mgr EAME
CGG
United Kingdom
Chris Morgan
Managing Director
Lynx Information Systems Ltd
United Kingdom
Simon Gozzard
Exploration Geoscientist
Shell
John Glass
Consultant Geologist
Cloverfield Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Brian McCleery
Director
M2C Energy Advisers
United Kingdom
Andrew Pollock
?Geologist - Global New Ventures
Shell
David Craig

Count Geophysics
David Pilling
Head of Oil & Gas
Nedbank Capital
United Kingdom
Pete Nolan
Exploration consultant
SHP
United Kingdom
Tom Richards
Regional Manager, North Africa
Drillinginfo
United Kingdom
Thomas Jewell
Neftex Champion - Middle East & North Africa
Neftex (Halliburton)
United Kingdom
Neil Carmichael
CEO
Siren
United Kingdom
Chad Barnes
Upstream Analyst
Energy Industries Council
United Kingdom
Fearghal Hayes
New Ventures Manager, Europe and North Atlantic Margin
NexenCNOOC
Kieran Aust
Business Dev. Mgr. - Midstream Products
SNC Lavalin Oil & Gas Midstream
Tom Pepper

Energy Intelligence
United Kingdom
Mike King
Oil & Gas Manager
NPA Satellite Mapping
United Kingdom
Neil Hodgson
EVP Mediterranean and Middle East Region
Spectrum Geo Ltd
Mark Lonergan
Business Development
EPI Group
United Kingdom
Graham Pazdzierski
Director
Oolithica
Jevon Hilder
Vice President, Mediterranean and Middle East
Spectrum Geo Ltd
Mark Stanley
Director Business Development
EPI Ltd
alessandro lanfranchi

Oolithica Geoscience Ltd
Nigel Flood
Multiclient Sales Manager
Spectrum Geo Ltd
United Kingdom
Jorgen Keyser

Equinor
United Kingdom
Greg Coleman
CEO
Petromall
United Kingdom
Per Christian Alsgaard

Statoil
Pete Rumelhart
Project Manager Africa New Opportunities
ExxonMobil
Jamie Main
Director
PGI
United Kingdom
Andrew Lodge
Principal
Strategic Fit, Egdon Resources
Ivan Fabuel-Perez
Senior Exploration Geologist Africa New Opportunities
ExxonMobil
Ryan Turner
POLITICAL RISK ANALYST
PGI
United Kingdom
Vibhusha Raj Sharma

StrategicFit
United Kingdom
Roger Bignell
Geological Consultant
Fairway Exploration
CHARLES BROWN
Business development director
PGI Ltd
Joseph Pape
Exploration Advisor
Stratochem Services
United Kingdom
Avinga Pallangyo
Events Manager
Finding Petroleum
Simon Baer

PGS
Jon Ford
Consultant
Tedstone Oil & Gas
United Kingdom
Alexandra McKenzie
artist
Finding Petroleum
Matt Tyrrell
Principal Geoscientist
PGS
United Kingdom
Ben Sayers
Business Development Manager, AME
TGS
United Kingdom
Richard McIntyre
Sales Manager
Finding Petroleum
Matthew Pyett
Project Geoscientist, New Ventures - Africa, Mediterranean & Middle East
PGS
United Kingdom
Alex Birch-Hawkins
Geophysicist
TGS
United Kingdom
Karl Jeffery
Editor
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Øystein Lie
Project Manager MC Middle East and CIS
PGS
James Dodson
Account Manager
TGS
United Kingdom
Alexandra Jackson
analyst
Gas Strategies
Iain Brown

PGS
United Kingdom
Robert Hayes
Subsea Support Manager
Wood Group
United Kingdom
Chris Boot
Business Development
Getech
Thomas Hansen
?Geoscientist
PGS
United Kingdom
Helen Ricketts
Business Development Manager
Wood Group Kenny
United Kingdom
Waclaw Jakubowicz
Managing Director
Hampton Data Services
Frederic Yeterian
Director
Philax International (UK) Ltd
United Kingdom
Todd Jensen
Middle East and North Africa Data Analyst
Wood Mackenzie
United Kingdom
David Jenkins
Director
Hurricane Energy plc
United Kingdom
David Contreras
Gegional Geoscience Manager
Polarcus
United Kingdom