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Exploration, Technology and Business


£450
SPECIAL FULL DAY EVENT

Wednesday, January 20, 2010
London
Inmarsat Conference Centre

Our first Finding Petroleum Conference - on 20/21 January - focussed on Exploration and Technology, and how they combine to make companies successful, successful at their chosen Business. In planning the two days, we considered four threads:

1. Which companies are being successful, especially in Exploration?
2. Where are they being successful; or where might they be successful in the future?
3. What does this say about Technology; which technologies are being 'pulled on' by successful explorers?
4. Where are the technology companies that will enjoy future success?

That's the programme we put together, badgering lots of folk to give a presentation, calling in one or two favours, and we thank all the presenters for stepping up to the plate.

With only two or three exceptions, presenters were also willing to allow us to offer downloads of their presentations and we thank them for that too.

Agenda

 
8:15 Arrivals and Registrations
9:10 David Bamford - Director
FindingPetroleum

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.

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9:20 Oswald Clint - Senior Analyst
Bernstein Research

Who are the successful explorers today?


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Talk Description
Learn what it takes to be at the forefront of exploration.
Dr Clint joined Sanford C. Bernstein in 2004 and was part of the Energy Team with Neil McMahon covering the Global Integrated Oil sector.

Currently he is the Senior Research Analyst covering the European E&P and Russian Oil & Gas sectors. The Bernstein Energy franchise has become well known due to both the provocative commentary on the commodities and oil stocks, as well as the innovative research that forms the core of their frequent publications. Previously, he worked as an accountant and consultant for KPMG covering energy, gas, and chemical sectors. Dr Clint received his PhD in Geophysics from University College London where he specialised in sub-surface rock physics and is also a Chartered Accountant.

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10:00 Peter Sharland - Managing Director
Landmark Exploration Insights

Integrating and visualising global geoscience data – demo of an emerging earth model


Peter Sharland is both Managing Director of Neftex and an active member of the technical team. His role mixes company management with technical interpretation. Peter co-founded Neftex in 2001 after leaving LASMO following the company's acquisition by ENI. He has specific responsibility to continue to grow the company.

Peter has worked on several global geoscience projects with different companies and clients (world petroleum systems, KSF, exploration renewal, YTF etc.), as well as project work in the Middle East, North Africa and the Former Soviet Union (Russia, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, and Caspian Region generally). Peter was lead author of the book Arabian Plate Sequence Stratigraphy. Peter is in demand as a corporate advisor and for his technical skills.

Peter received his BSc in Geology from London University in 1983, and has over 20 years of industry experience with BP, LASMO, LL&E, and as a geoscience consultant. He was brought up in West Africa, and his interests include the evolution of Man, astrobiology and the future of the energy industry.

Landmark Exploration Insights
Landmark Exploration Insights (formerly Neftex), is a product family within Landmark, a business lin
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10:30 Coffee and Tea
11:00 Chris Matchette-Downes - founder
MD Oil

Finding hydrocarbons in East Africa & the western Indian Ocean


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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

MD Oil
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11:30 Peter Hutchison - Managing Director
Scotforth Ltd

Finding Petroleum From Space: RSDD-H Exploration Surveys


Peter graduated from Aberdeen University, Scotland in 1973 with a First Class Honours in Geology. He joined British Petroleum and worked worldwide in a range of senior exploration and management positions. In 1988 Peter graduated from the Sloan Program at Stanford University, with a Masters in Management Science. In 1993 Peter set up his own company and has worked since then as an international consultant to the oil and gas industry. In 1997 he set up the initial joint venture with BPC-93 in Belarus before Scotforth was incorporated in 2000.

Scotforth Ltd
Scotforth's unique "RSDD-H" exploration surveys provide a rapid, low cost prospectivity assessment o
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12:00 John Siegfried - EVP Operations
ARKeX

Full Tensor Gravity Gradiometry as an exploration tool


John Siegfried joined ARKeX in 2006 and was the Chief Operating Officer and then CEO from 2010 until 2014. John has a BSc in Marine Science and has over 30 years’ of exploration industry experience. He has worked in all aspects of exploration including management positions as Country Manager for Western Geophysical, operational positions as Global Operations Manager for Western Geophysical and technical positions as Global Operations Support Manager for WesternGeco/Schlumberger.

ARKeX
ARKeX provides airborne and marine geophysical surveys for the oil & gas exploration industry. It sp
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12:00 Lunch
13:30 Dr Keith Myers - Founding Partner
Richmond Energy Partners

Mid-cap exploration performance 2008-2009


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After completing a Ph. D. at Imperial College, Keith joined BP in 1987 as a geologist. Following a variety of technical roles, he became a Senior Commercial Advisor in 1996 when he led several major negotiations for new business access as well as Business Strategies for BP’s business in West Africa and BP’s Strategic Alliance with Statoil. Since 2000 Keith has been an advisor to numerous energy companies on strategy and partnership issues Keith founded Richmond Energy Partners in 2006 to provide independent advice to investors in smaller oil and gas companies. Richmond Energy advise some of the largest funds and institutions investing in the sector. Keith takes a keen interest in oil sector governance and served on the organising committee of the Good Governance of the National Petroleum Sector Project at the think tank Chatham House.

Richmond Energy Partners
Richmond Energy Partners was founded in 2006 and provides independent advice to investors in smaller
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14:00 Bente Bue - General Manager
IPRES

Integrated approach to upstream decision making


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Bente Bue has many years of experience from various Norwegian oil companies. She started in exploration, moving on to project manager for a broad range of new ventures evaluations as well as being responsible for asset portfolios . Late 2007 she joined IPRES as a senior adviser, with a remit to improve the IPRISK decision support tools with associated work processes, and manage/facilitate customer projects using the IPRISK software.

Bente holds a Cand.Real degree from Institute of Geosciences, University of Oslo, Norway.

IPRES
IPRES, established in 1995, develops and markets the IP Suite of software tools and offers a full ra
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14:30 Hamish Wilson - Principal: also President PESGB
SLR

Exploration Risk Management


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.

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15:00 Coffee and Tea
15:30 Andrew Lodge - Principal
StrategicFit

Creating value from rift basin exploration-SE Asia story


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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.
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16:00 Gareth Smith - Managing Director
Exprodat

Spatial Integration at the basin and play level


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Gareth Smith is Managing Director of Exprodat Consulting. Prior to Exprodat, Gareth worked for Landmark Graphics as a technical consultant, and for Sun Oil as a Geologist. Gareth has worked in the E&P industry for over 20 years.

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Exprodat, based in London, provides Geographical Information Service (GIS) consulting and software t
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16:30 Paul Maton - Principal Consultant
Energistics

Collaborative technologies for exploration


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Dr Paul Maton is a principal consultant for Energistics, the not for profit organization based in Houston which develops standards for data exchange in oil and gas, including PRODML for sharing production data, WITSML for sharing well data and RESQML for transfer of geological and reservoir models. Members include Baker Hughes, BP, Chevron, ExxonMobil, Halliburton, ONGC, Saudi Aramco, Schlumberger, Shell, Statoil, Total and Weatherford.

Energistics
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8:15 Arrivals and Registrations
9:15 David Bamford - Director
FindingPetroleum

Welcome and 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.

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9:20 Angus McCoss - Exploration Director
Tullow Oil

Tullow - Geology before geography


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Angus McCoss was appointed to the Board in December 2006. He joined Tullow in April 2006 as General Manager Exploration. A geologist with a PhD, he has 21 years of wide-ranging exploration experience, working primarily with Shell in Africa, Europe, China, South America and the Middle East. He has held a number of senior positions within Shell including Americas Regional Vice President Exploration and General Manager of Exploration onshore and offshore Nigeria.

Tullow Oil
Tullow Oil plc is one of the largest independent oil and gas exploration companies in Europe. The Gr
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10:00 Andrew Zolnai - Owner
Zolnai.ca

Web 1-2-3 for Petroleum


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Andrew Zolnai promotes web mapping and volunteer geo info at Zolnai.ca. For almost a decade in EMEA he held geospatial lead and subsurface integration positions. The prior decade in the US he was petroleum manager with Esri and senior consultant Landmark Halliburton. His first decade in Canada he held various positions in petroleum data management, GIS and field mapping. He is Certified Petroleum Geologist with over a dozen refereed and industry publications.

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10:30 Coffee and Tea
11:00 Greg Herrera - Partner, Aberdeen Office
Energy Ventures

The parallels of technology investment and exploration success


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Formerly with Simmons & Company, MRMD C, Rototec, Gyrodata.

RGIT HND Mechanical & Offshore Engineering, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

RGIT BENG Engineering Technology, The Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, Scotland.

Board member of Ziebel and Sigma Offshore.

Energy Ventures
Established in 2002, Energy Ventures manages/advises four venture funds with a total committed capit
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11:30 Cristina Puig - Senior Technology Analyst
ITF

ITF Delivering New Technology- A proven Process


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Cristina Puig is senior technology analyst at ITF, a not for profit organisation owned by oil operators and service companies, which aims to identify industry needs for new technology and encourage companies to develop it. So far it has faciliated 151 new oilfield technology projects to the market, securing direct ITF membership funding of more than £45 million.

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12:00 Gordon Stove - Co-Founder & Managing Director
Adrok

Innovative geophysical technology for prognosing location of subsurface hydrocarbons before drilling


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Goal:
To develop and implement innovative technologies to help find hydrocarbons and minerals vital to the world’s health and welfare.

Responsibilities:
Strategic Technology Planning and Innovation in Upstream Oil & Gas, as well as Mining.
Coaching and managing staff
Financial management and wealth creation
Overseeing key operations in our provision of Geophysical Survey Services
Intellectual Property creation and protection
Technology and Product development
Health & Safety – ensuring that our staff returns home safely every day.

Background:
Gordon has over 10 years’ experience in developing and applying geoscience technologies. He is co-founder and shareholder of Adrok Ltd and since Adrok’s inception Gordon has managed technology developments and the company’s global services business. Gordon’s a Member of the Energy Institute, PESGB, EAGE, SEG, AAPG, the Scottish Oil Club, Institute of Directors and the Caledonian Club. Gordon supports young entrepreneurs as a Business Mentor for Business Mentoring Scotland, as well as for the Prince’s Trust Youth Business Scotland. Gordon holds a BSc (Hons) in Geography from the University of Edinburgh, is a PRINCE2 Registered Practitioner and completed the School of CEOs.

Adrok
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12:30 Lunch
13:30 Hamish Wilson - Principal: also President PESGB
SLR

Conjugate margins of the North Atlantic


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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
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14:00 Dr. Alan Gibbs - Technical Director
Midland Valley Exploration

Innovation in thinking or more technology? What makes the difference?


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The founder of Midland Valley, Alan deals with global leadership and strategy along with MVE's technical profile and business objectives.

Alan has worked as an academic, senior specialist in a state company and is founder and director of Midland Valley. He is responsible for a number of seminal publications in the application of structural geology to oil and gas exploration and production. Over the last 20 years he has been involved in projects globally in several cases seeing projects through several technical and commercial cycles.

As a decision maker he has steered technical and commercial development of an international technical group and in managing change.

Midland Valley Exploration
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14:30 Evgeny Landa -
Geomage

MultiFocusing – Beyond Conventional Seismic Processing


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Evgeny Landa received a Master degree (1972) in geophysics from Novosibirsk University (USSR) where he worked in geophysical service company as a research geophysicist between 1972-1981. After immigrating to Israel in 1981, Landa started to work for Geophysical Institute of Israel and received his Ph. D. degree in geophysics from Tel Aviv University (1986) . In 1987-1988 and 1989-1990 he worked as a postdoctoral scholar and visiting scientist at the Institute Physic de Globe in Paris and Elf Aquitaine in Pau. Coming back to Israel he was appointed Head of Seismic Department and R&D of the Geophysical Institute of Israel (1991-2002). Landa is one of the authors of the GeoDepth software package which was developed in Paradigm under his supervision (1992). Starting from 2002 Landa works in Pau (France) as a Director of OPERA (Applied Geophysical Research Group). His research interest include seismic data processing, velocity model stimation and imaging.

Geomage
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15:00 Coffee and Tea
15:30 Richard Swarbrick - Managing Director
Ikon GeoPressure

Low pressures to high pressures – how regional overpressure mapping helps find trapped hydrocarbons


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Before founding GeoPressure Technology, Dr Richard Swarbrick completed a PhD in sedimentology/tectonics at Cambridge University, and subsequently worked as a geologist for Mobil for ten years from 1979. During that time he worked in exploration and production assignments in both the UK and USA.

In 1989 he began teaching petroleum geology and related courses at the University of Durham where he continues to be involved in research and teaching.

Between 1994 and 2001, Dr Richard Swarbrick was also the principal investigator of GeoPOP (GEOsciences Project into OverPressure), a multi-disciplinary research group funded by 16 oil/gas companies.

Richard has taught courses in many of oil centres around the world, either as open courses or in-house training companies. He consults widely and continues to present conference papers and publish articles relating to sub-surface pressures.

Ikon GeoPressure
Ikon GeoPressure provide global best practice in subsurface pressure analysis. Delivering consulting
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16:00 Jim Harris -
Fugro Robertson

Global palaeogeography and palaeo-Earth systems: source and reservoir facies prediction and the reduction of exploration risk in frontier basins. Application to the Kara/Yamal Basin in the Russian Arctic


Fugro Robertson is one of the world's leading geoscience companies providing services and products t
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