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Brian Maxted
» Chief Exploration Officer, Director and Founding Partner
» Kosmos Energy
Tom Bacon
» Intelligence Director
» Protection Group International

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Tuesday, September 19, 2017
The Geological Society

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?

We welcome presentations on any of these subjects; please get in touch with me if you have something to say!
David Bamford

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


9:30 Neil Hodgson - Executive Vice President Mediterranean and Middle East Region

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 is established as a key player in the seismic services market. The company focuses on deliv
9:50 Brian Maxted - Chief Exploration Officer, Director and 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 is a pathfinding oil and gas exploration and production company focused on frontier an
10:25 Speaker from -
Oil company

Offshore Brazil (Title TBC)

11:00 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Ben Sayers - Project Developer

Namibia (talk title to be confirmed)

Ben is a petroleum geologist with over 10 years upstream industry experience. He has been focussed on Africa for the majority of his career with recent focus on the North West Atlantic Margin.
Ben has an MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Royal Holloway and a BSc in Geography & GIS from University of Greenwich; previously employed for a Moroccan-based operator Ben now works for TGS and is based in their London office.

TGS is the leading energy information company, providing geoscience data to the global energy indust
11:50 Speaker from -

(20 min talk)

Spectrum is established as a key player in the seismic services market. The company focuses on deliv
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)

PGI is a privately owned UK business offering integrated, intelligence-led risk management solutions
12:30 Speaker from -
Lyme Bay Consulting

(15 min talk + 5 mins for questions)

Lyme Bay Consulting's Detailed Reconnaissance Study (DRS) workflow will
identify all the structu
13:00 Lunch & Exhibits
13:40 Speaker from -
Technology / service company

14:15 Speaker from -
Technology / service company

14:50 Close - coffee

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Finding Oil and Gas in Sub Saharan Africa

London, Sept 19, 2017

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