The North Atlantic - where are the big fields hiding?

Understanding the North Atlantic opportunity 0

Tuesday, October 30, 2012, London, The Geological Society

We would like to invite you register to attend our free half day forum in London on October 30th about where the big fields might be hiding in the North Atlantic and technologies which might help access them safely.

The event includes tools for accessing technical expertise from oil and gas experts outside your company; a case study of analysing ocean floor cores from offshore Newfoundland and Labrador; a look at offshore Nova Scotia; the case for Ireland; and using data from the West of Shetland.

Speakers include Ian Vann, formerly group vice president, exploration and business development with BP; Greg Coleman, formely group vice president HSE and security with BP, and Graham Scotton, formerly general manager of BP Angola.

Somewhat surprisingly the North Atlantic is beginning to feel like a poor cousin in exploration terms.

The South Atlantic has chalked up a series of new petroleum provinces – Deep Water Angola and Nigeria, the West Africa Transform Margin, maybe French Guiana, certainly the Santos and Campos basins of Brasil – with disappointment in the Falklands and offshore Namibia, perhaps.

In contrast, the North Atlantic has offered little recently, with next to nothing along the North American seaboard, disappointment offshore Greenland (so far), nothing much offshore Ireland, Spain and Portugal, not very much in the Norwegian Sea, modest discoveries West of the Shetlands……..

What is going on? Is it that the geoscience ‘fundamentals’ are simply not working for us in the North Atlantic or that we have not yet unravelled them?

Or, bizarrely, are the regulatory and fiscal regimes more difficult in the North?

Or is the North Atlantic simply a tougher, more hostile, place in which to contemplate a development?

If the latter two concerns predominate, then the discovery of big oil fields will change everything! Where might they be hiding?

Agenda

9:30

Hamish Wilson - Principal: also President PESGB - SLR

Welcome & Introduction


Mr Wilson was previously founder and managing director of Paras Consulting, which was acquired by RPS Energy in October 2008. He worked as an exploration geologist at BP covering the North Sea, South East Asia and Alaska, and then became BP's project manager of corporate database development.

SLR
SLR is a leading international environmental consultancy with an unrivalled reputation for providing high quality tailored services.

With offices in Europe, North America, Australasia, and Africa, SLR is one of a very small number of truly international specialist environmental consultancies. We provide global consultancy advice and support on a wide range of strategic and site-specific issues to a diverse and growing base of business, regulatory and governmental clients.

SLR is an environmental consultancy that specialises in the energy, mining & minerals, waste management, planning & development, infrastructure and industrial sectors. We also provide expert sustainability advice and project management support that spans all of these sectors.
9:40

Brian Smart, Greg Coleman, Graham Scotton - - PetroMall Ltd

21st Century Risk Management - HSE and more

Talk Description.
Frontiers such as the North Atlantic pose new risks in relation to exploration, appraisal, development, production, decommissioning and abandonment. The traditional approach of companies faced with these risks is to use their own banks of understanding, to examine what others know, to invest in the generation of new understanding, and to look over their shoulders at what other operators are doing. For companies pioneering the development of a new frontier, some of these opportunities are limited. Sourcing of relevant understanding from a diverse community is therefore key, and we look at a new way of providing access to available understanding in the context of fractured basement reservoirs.
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.
10:15

Paul Harrington - - GORE® Surveys

Analysis of preserved ocean floor cores for hydrocarbons from the east coast of Newfoundland and Labrador

Talk Description.
Over 5000 offshore ocean floor cores have been taken from the Atlantic
region of Canada. These cores are preserved and date back to the 1970's but
were never analyzed for hydrocarbons. A selection of cores dating from 2011
back to 2001 were sampled to determine if hydrocarbon signal in detectable
quantifies can be found on some of these cores. If so the scope of the
project can be expanded. Any information gained from the analysis can than
be used to help guide additional exploration efforts in areas where very
little exploration has occurred to date.
GORE® Surveys
Founded in 1958, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is a privately-held company headquartered in Newark, Delaware, USA. For more than 50 years, Gore has built a worldwide reputation for ethics and integrity in its dealings with customers, suppliers, and employees, and for taking a long-term view when assessing business situations.

Today, Gore has approximately 9,000 employees, called associates, located in 30 countries worldwide, with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, Scotland, Japan, and China, and sales offices around the world.
10:50 Tea & Coffee

11:15

Hamish Wilson - Principal: also President PESGB - SLR

Why offshore Nova Scotia?


Mr Wilson was previously founder and managing director of Paras Consulting, which was acquired by RPS Energy in October 2008. He worked as an exploration geologist at BP covering the North Sea, South East Asia and Alaska, and then became BP's project manager of corporate database development.

SLR
SLR is a leading international environmental consultancy with an unrivalled reputation for providing high quality tailored services.

With offices in Europe, North America, Australasia, and Africa, SLR is one of a very small number of truly international specialist environmental consultancies. We provide global consultancy advice and support on a wide range of strategic and site-specific issues to a diverse and growing base of business, regulatory and governmental clients.

SLR is an environmental consultancy that specialises in the energy, mining & minerals, waste management, planning & development, infrastructure and industrial sectors. We also provide expert sustainability advice and project management support that spans all of these sectors.
11:50

Graham Pritchard and Ian Vann - - Serica Energy

The case for Ireland

Talk Description.
Forty years of sporadic petroleum exploration along the Atlantic margin of Ireland have demonstrated all the required elements of a major petroleum province including the discovery of a several large fields. However, partial success has not to date been converted into the intensity of exploration that the region may merit and Ireland remains something of "the orphan child" of exploration in Western Europe. Globally the last decade has seen major success in many areas previously written off by the industry particularly in Africa, both offshore and onshore, driven largely by innovative exploration and risk management by small and medium sized companies. In this talk we intend to evaluate the potential of this margin, examine some of the elements both technical and commercial that have slowed exploration and demonstrate that major opportunities remain to be explored in our own back-yard.
Serica Energy
Serica Energy plc is an oil and gas exploration, development and production company with activities in Europe, Africa and Indonesia. The Company has built a portfolio of properties, striking a balance between hydrocarbon-producing basins, where the chances of success are high, and untested basins where success is less certain but the rewards of success are more significant.
12:25

Steve O'Connor - Technical Manager/Senior Geologist - Ikon GeoPressure

The Value of Regional Studies in the West of Shetland

Talk Description.
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Stephen is a petroleum geologist who has worked with many types of oilfield data, particularly in the areas of reservoir quality, structural geology, fault seal and pore pressure.
He started his career working on exploration assignments for Unocal and BP/Amoco, before returning to university to undertake MSc. in Sedimentology at Reading University, studying the Clair Field, West of Shetland.

After graduating, he worked as a sedimentologist for a range of consultancies and more recently he specialized in fault seal, working for Rock Deformation Research, which included working in such areas as building structural models using Petrel, petrophysical log interpretation, analysis of fault zone properties and fluid flow on a macro to micro-scale.

His current role as Technical Manager at Ikon GeoPressure involves supervising all technical aspects of worldwide project work, including producing pore and fracture pressure profiles using direct pressure measurements, petrophysical logs and seismic velocity data and incorporating results into well plans and field-scale and regional studies.

He has published papers in areas such as lateral drainage/hydrodynamics and seal breach.

Ikon GeoPressure
Ikon GeoPressure provide global best practice in subsurface pressure analysis. Delivering consulting, training and integrated technology to reduce risk and increase success from overpressure and geopressure in exploration, development and production situations. Ikon GeoPressure are part of Ikon Science, the global geoscience technology company committed to bringing innovative geoscience technology to the upstream oil and gas industry.

Ikon Science, founded in 2001, employs over 80 people and has offices in London, Durham, Edinburgh, Houston, Boulder, Lagos, Kuala Lumpur and Perth Western Australia.
13:00 Raffle prize draw, followed by lunch and refreshments

Sponsors of this event

RPS Energy
RPS Energy provides a range of technical, commercial and project management support services to the international energy industry, covering geoscience, engineering and HS&E, with offices around the world.

Chemostrat
Chemostrat is the market leader in chemostratigraphy with unparalleled global experience. We offer fully interpreted chemostratigraphy services, along with an accredited data only option (click here for more information). We have recently added stable isotope stratigraphic (SIS), magnetic susceptibility stratigraphy (MSS) and Re/Os geochronology to our portfolio of stratigraphic services. By spending a few moments on our website you can learn more about Chemostrat, the company, and the array of stratigraphic services we provide to the Oil and Gas industry.

Airbus Defence and Space
Astrium Services GEO-Information division comprises the earth observation and imagery exploitation expertise of Infoterra and Spot Image, offering sustainable geospatial solutions.

Astrium's exploration services group provides acquisition, processing, interpretation and management of geospatial data for oil, gas, mineral and engineering companies worldwide.

We provide consultancy services covering the full exploration process, from regional geological studies and natural oil seep mapping to environmental baseline analysis and terrain evaluation for pipeline and facilities planning. Our solutions cover both onshore and offshore exploration and can be delivered direct to you - in the field or the office.

The Astrium Global Seeps database covers over 60 million km² - spanning the Arctic to South America and from Europe through to the Far East and Australasia.

Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services.

Ikon Science
Ikon Science is a global geoprediction technology company providing industry leadership in the prediction of reservoir properties, pressures and fluids. It's RokDoc® software, Quantitative Interpretation, GeoMechanics and GeoPressure services all leverage the power of rock physics to integrate well, geopressure and seismic data to understand the subsurface. Ikon Science's RokDoc software platform and related services are used in over 200 leading oil, gas, energy and service companies throughout the world.

Ikon Science, founded in 2001, has over 200 staff and operates from 19 offices across the world. The company is privately owned and investors include Fleming Family & Partners and Tullow Oil plc.

ICOE Research
ICOE Research Limited is a project-oriented, innovative research center promoting technology and EHS management best practice for the global petroleum industry.

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.

IHS
IHS is the leading source of information, insight and analytics in critical areas that shape today's business landscape. Businesses and governments in more than 165 countries around the globe rely on the comprehensive content, expert independent analysis and flexible delivery methods of IHS to make high-impact decisions and develop strategies with speed and confidence.

Fugro Robertson
Fugro Robertson is one of the world's leading geoscience companies providing services and products to the upstream oil and gas industry. The organisation is now part of the Fugro group of companies, with offices in 50 countries worldwide and headquarters in Leidschendam, Netherlands. Fugro Robertson is well known and respected throughout the world as a result of its extensive experience in virtually every known and potential hydrocarbon province.

GORE® Surveys
Founded in 1958, W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. is a privately-held company headquartered in Newark, Delaware, USA. For more than 50 years, Gore has built a worldwide reputation for ethics and integrity in its dealings with customers, suppliers, and employees, and for taking a long-term view when assessing business situations.

Today, Gore has approximately 9,000 employees, called associates, located in 30 countries worldwide, with manufacturing facilities in the United States, Germany, Scotland, Japan, and China, and sales offices around the world.

Registered Delegates

Ron Daniel
Staff Geologist
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United Kingdom
Tom Davitt
Business Development
Fugro Gravity & Magnetic Services
Ireland
Ramesh Shukla
Shareholder of exploration companies
None
United Kingdom
Tony Grindrod
Trustee
AAPG Europe
United Kingdom
Martin Hodge
Business Development & Project Geophysicist
Geokinetics
United Kingdom
Nikki van der Meer
Associate
Norton Rose LLP
United Kingdom
Paul Murphy
Key Account Manager, Oil and Gas Division
Airbus Defence and Space
United Kingdom
Zyg Sarnowski
Business Developement
Geopartners
United Kingdom
Stuart Fordyce
Geologist
Novas Consulting
United Kingdom
Dan Hughes
Key Account Manager, Oil & Gas Division
Airbus Defence and Space
Alex Hall
Junior Explorationist
GlencoreXstrata
United Kingdom
Helen Turnell
Principal Consultant
NR Global Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Amanda Yensa Manor
Consultant
Amanda Yensa Manor Sole Trader
United Kingdom
Amelia de Coster
sale rep
Gore Surveys
Netherlands
Paul Johnson
Managing Consultant
PA Consulting
United Kingdom
Eleanor Murtagh
Graduate
Arkex
United Kingdom
Alexander Chalke
Partner
Grosvenor Clive & Stokes
United Kingdom
Robert Parker
Consultant
Parker
United Kingdom
Lisa Barnes
Sales Geophysicist
ARKeX
United Kingdom
James Cockings
Consultant Petroleum Geologist
Gulfsands Petroleum
United Kingdom
Brian Smart

Petromall
Malta
Ben Pleasant
Graduate Trainee in Sales and New Ventures
ARKeX
United Kingdom
Ed Walsingham

Hannon Westwood
United Kingdom
Valerie Clure
Director
Phoenix Hydrocarbon Europe Ltd
United Kingdom
Alex Richards
Business Manager - Oil & Gas
BAE Systems Detica
United Kingdom
Norman Hempstead
Director
Hempstead Geophysical Svcs
United Kingdom
John Clure
Managing Director
Phoenix Hydrocarbon Resources Ltd
United Kingdom
Graham Pritchard
Geologist
Blue Sky Geoconsulting Ltd
Jayson Marks
Partner
Holman Fenwick Willan
United Kingdom
Peter Rattey
Director
PR Exploration Ltd
United Kingdom
Ken Gardiner
Business Development
Business Development Consultant
United Kingdom
David Jenkins
Director
Hurricane Energy plc
United Kingdom
ARUNA MANNIE
Senior Exloration Geoscientist
Premier Oil
United Kingdom
Andrew Webb
Manager, Petroleum Reservoir and Economics
CGG
United Kingdom
Thomas Galgut
Consultant
Hydrogen Group
United Kingdom
John Hother
MD
Proneta
United Kingdom
Sean Waddingham
Data Library
CGGVeritas
United Kingdom
Mark Diaz
Director
IHS
United Kingdom
Josh King
Analyst
RAB Capital
United Kingdom
Anne Benfedda
Marketing Manager
Chemostrat Ltd
Richard Longhurst
Manager Released Data
IHS
United Kingdom
Elaine Hulse
Content Director
Reed Exhibitions
United Kingdom
Ceri Roach
Geologist
Chemostrat Ltd
United Kingdom
Adrian Heafford
Senior Geologist
IHS
United Kingdom
Kes Heffer
Director
Reservoir Dynamics Ltd
United Kingdom
Micky Allen
consultant
consultant
United Kingdom
Kevin Chandler
Senior Product Manager - International Logs and Seismic
IHS
United Kingdom
Robert Snashall
Consultant
RGSConsult
United Kingdom
Roger Doery
Consultant
Consultant
United Kingdom
Rhydian Williams
BD Manager EAME
Ikon Science
United Kingdom
Hamish Wilson
Associate Consultant
Richmond Energy Partners
United Kingdom
Diwin Amarasinghe
Geophysical Specialist
Consultant
United Kingdom
Stephen O'Connor
Technical Manager
Ikon Science
Norrie Stanley
Consultant
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Peter Farrington
Geophysicist
Consultant Geophysicist
United Kingdom
Alastair Fraser
Professor
Imperial College
United Kingdom
JOHN GEORGIOU
EXPLORATION CONSULTANT GEOPHYSICIST
RPS ENERGY
United Kingdom
Catherine Plowdon
Oil and Gas Analyst
Deloitte
United Kingdom
Musa Jato

Independent
Nigeria
Dawn Murton
Events Manager
RPS Energy
United Kingdom
Sophie Fresson
Intern
Education
United Kingdom
Mark Foster
Managing Director
JHKI Services Limited
United Kingdom
Aaron Lockwood
Software Sales Manager - EAME
Shearwater Geoservices
United Kingdom
Michael Simpson
Oil and Gas Researcher
Elk Investments
United Kingdom
Steven McTiernan
Chairman
Kenmare Resources plc
United Kingdom
Neil Ritson
Chairman
Solo Oil
United Kingdom
Ali Zolalemin
Director
Emeres Ltd
United Kingdom
Ludmilla Holmes

LSBU
United Kingdom
Ian Vann
Non-exec Director
Spectraseis AG
United Kingdom
Martin Riddle
Technical Manager
Envoi
United Kingdom
Mohammed Dahiru Aminu
M.Sc. Student
LSBU
Anne Hegarty
Exploration Intelligence - Analyst
Statoil UK Ltd
United Kingdom
Hugh Mackay
CEO
Europa Oil & Gas
United Kingdom
Michael Blakemore
Director
Michael J. Blakemore Ltd
United Kingdom
Daniel Barnes
Consultant
StrategicFit
United Kingdom
Gent Kadare

Evercore Partners
United Kingdom
Dominic Rorke
Geoscientist TA
Neftex
United Kingdom
Liz Orchard
Business Development Manager
TGS
United Kingdom
Olumide Ajayi
Analyst
Exclusive Analysis
United Kingdom
Zack Ollerton
Geoscientist
Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd
United Kingdom
George Reed
Director
Thorold Dewling Oil and Gas Recruitment
United Kingdom
Adam Marmaras
Event Organiser
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Marcus Wiltshire
Geoscientist
Neftex Petroleum Consultants Ltd
United Kingdom
Paul Harrington
Senior Geologist
WL GORE
United States
Karl Jeffery
Editor
Finding Petroleum
United Kingdom
Geoff Reed
consultant
Nexgas
United Kingdom
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United Kingdom
John Finder
Sales Manager
Finding Petroleum / Digital Energy Journal
United Kingdom