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Thursday, September 17, 2015
London
The Geological Society


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Mexico is an exciting country in world exploration and production at the moment, following Mexico making changes to its law last year allowing private investment in its oil fields, ending a 76 year monopoly given to PEMEX and allowing IOCs - Majors, Independents, Start-ups - to become involved.

If you click on this link to Sierra Oil & Gas, you will see the range of opportunities nicely illustrated.

These opportunities are what we would like to hear about: please contact me if you/your company would like to make a presentation. And Richard Mcintyre if you are interested in the sponsorship/exhibiting opportunities we offer.
David Bamford

Agenda

 
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction


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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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9:40 Read Taylor - EVP
Sierra Oil & Gas
Mexico opens - Round 1

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Talk Description
Mexico auctioned two of 14 blocks in the pivotal Round One oil and gas tender on 15th July.
Both the shallow water exploration and production contracts were awarded to the same consortium made up of Mexico's Sierra Oil & Gas, U.S. firm Talos Energy and Britain's Premier Oil.
   
Read Taylor is currently Upstream Executive Director and a Founding Partner of Private Equity backed Sierra Oil and Gas Exploration. Sierra, having corporate headquarters in Mexico City, is engaged in evaluating upstream and midstream business opportunities as part of the comprehensive reform of the energy sector in Mexico.
Read has over 25 years of experience in the oil and gas industry in Latin America, Asia and Africa driving highly successful outcomes in exploration and new ventures growth, technology development, field development and operational oversight. Prior to joining Sierra, he led a successful campaign of substantial gains with Brazilian private company Petra Energia as Executive Vice President Board Member. Prior to that, he served as General Manager and President of Devon Energy Brazil where he led a team ultimately responsible for several significant discoveries in shallow and deep water offshore Brazil. Read has also worked in various international field locations in geo-technical and commercial management positions at UNOCAL and Anadarko. He holds a BS in International Business from Pepperdine University, a BS in Geophysics and an MS in Geology from University of Southern California. Read also holds a diploma from Harvard Business School in Executive Management.
Read is also Chairman and founder of RICE International Relief Organization an international humanitarian relief agency and domestic charity organization. RICE provides medical supplies, clean water, and other necessities in over 26 countries in partnership with local efforts and shelters.

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Sierra Oil and Gas, S. de R.L. de C.V. ('Sierra') is Mexico's first independent oil and gas company.
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10:15 David Sagi - Structural Geologist
Getech

The Opening History of the Gulf of Mexico - Testing Plate Models in a Global Context


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Talk Description
There are four main types of plate kinematic models that have been postulated to explain the opening history of the Gulf of Mexico:
1. rotational-translational movement, with a pole of rotation in the south-eastern Gulf of Mexico (e.g. Pindell and Kennan, 2009)
2. rotational translational movement, with a pole of rotation southwest of Mexico (e.g. Hall et al., 1982)
3. Gulf of Mexico opening contemporaneous with and as part of the Central Atlantic (e.g. Klitgord and Schouten, 1986)
4. models that suggest more complex relations with Caribbean subduction and ocean spreading (e.g. Dutch, 2009).
These models require different driving forces and modes of opening for the Gulf of Mexico, and lead to different types of margin formation across the various segments of the Gulf of Mexico.

These differences affect the history, geometry and volume of accommodation space for source rocks, seals and reservoirs, with associated impacts on ocean circulation, source to sink relations and depositional systems. Subsequent deformation phases, such as the Laramide Orogeny across Mexico, can also be represented in each plate model’s global context. Such events have a great influence on fault reactivation and, consequently, on fluid migration and trap formation.

In this talk we present a refined tectonic plate model that details the tectonic evolution of the Gulf of Mexico and highlights the impact of existing models on the development of petroleum systems. Our model is based on the interpretation of gravity and magnetic data offshore, Landsat and SRTM onshore, and public-domain data; these data were used to create a 1:1,000,000 scale structural map and also provided the foundation for building a detailed understanding of the area’s crustal types and crustal architecture. These form the foundations for a regional plate model which is constrained further by placing it into the context of a global plate model to understand the consequences on the greater global plate circuit.

With acknowledgement to Getech’s Peter Webb, Nicola Henshaw, Benjamin Franklin (now at ENI UK Ltd), Samuel Cheyney.
David holds an MSc degree in Geophysics from ELTE, University of Budapest, and a PhD in Structural Geology from Durham University. During his PhD, he studied the 3D architecture of fault zones and how different geometries impact fluid flow.
Since joining Getech in 2012, David has been working on Regional Reports and Commissions in both the South and Equatorial Atlantic, North Africa, Gulf of Mexico area and, currently, Myanmar. His main focus is the interpretation of potential fields (gravity and magnetic) data, complemented with other types of remote sensing data (e.g. SRTM and Landsat).

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10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Helen Smyth - Geological Consultant
Landmark Exploration Insights

Enhancing Exploration Concepts: A Mexico Case Study


Following a PhD and Postdoc on Indonesian geology with the SE Asia Research Group at Royal Holloway (2001-2006), Helen joined CASP (formerly Cambridge Arctic Shelf Project). At her time at CASP (2007-2013) Helen worked in a variety of Arctic projects, and successfully led research programmes in the Canadian Arctic and Barents Shelf.
Helen joined Neftex in 2014 as part of a team working on an array of short-to-medium term regional-scale geology projects. During 2015 she has worked as a geoscientist on the Gulf of Mexico, with a focus on the Mexican Burgos and Sabinas basins.
Helen’s research interests include sediment provenance, sedimentation in volcanic settings and the regional geology of Indonesia and the Canadian Arctic. Helen is treasurer of the Petroleum Group Committee of the Geological Society of London and has served on the committee since 2010.
Helen has a BSc in Geology from Queens University of Belfast (2001).

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11:50 Karyna Rodriguez - Director of Geoscience
Spectrum

Pre-salt play focused exploration strategy in the deep offshore Mexico Campeche-Yucatan basin integrating seismic RTM modeling and oil seep studies from satellite imagery


Petroleum geoscientist with 25 years of multidisciplinary experience in global offshore and onshore exploration inclined projects. She worked in companies like BG and PEMEX gaining diverse experience from regional play and prospect generation and evaluation, to working closely with high level management on their portfolio strategies. In her current role she manages Spectrum’s Geology, Geophysics and GIS technology team, working on projects on a global scale and enhancing the data library by providing technical geoscientific rational and justification.

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12:25 Chris Corona - Director of Latin America
TGS

Gigante: the first step to Getting a Comprehensive View of the Gulf of Mexico


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