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Finding Petroleum Opportunities In The Middle East


How companies are finding opportunities in Iraq, Lebanon / Israel / Cyprus triangle - Saudi Arabia
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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
London
The Geological Society

Our Middle East forum on May 16 reviews how companies are finding opportunities in the Middle East - as part of the search for lower 'cost of supply' oil. This includes majors, independents, service and engineering companies.

What are the exploration opportunities nowadays in Iraq - especially Kurdistan - and what's this about offshore Iraq; what could they be if Iran were to become accessible again?

And what's going on in the Lebanon - Israel - Cyprus 'triangle'? Do the real opportunities still lie in developing dicovered resources (in the Zagros for example)?

Also, the UK's Department of International Trade has Oil & Gas High Value Campaigns under way in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, focussing on the excellent opportunities that exist in both countries for UK oil field service and engineering companies, as they seek to increase their reserves bases and therefore production potential.

Note: This event continues from our past event held in

May 2016 - See the agenda and report - see the delegates list

Also our past Middle East event in
Oct 2015 - See the agenda and report - see the delegates list

Please contact me if you want to present!

David Bamford

Agenda

 
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction: Session 1 - Kurdistan re-visited


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9:50 Benoit Vincent - Consultant Geologist
Cambridge Carbonates

Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs A geological point of view


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Benoit Vincent is working as a Consultant Geologist with Cambridge Carbonates Ltd for 2009. He obtained a BSc in the University of Grenoble, followed by a MSc and PhD from the University of Burgundy in Dijon (France) in the field of Sedimentary Geology. After a Post-Doctoral position at the French University he joined the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP, now IFPEN) in Paris between 2002 and 2008 where he was responsible for the petrography and thin section manufacturing labs. Benoit worked on sedimentology, stratigraphy, and diagenesis of carbonates, as well as on the impact of diagenesis on reservoir properties, mainly in the Middle East.

He also participated in projects about CO2 storage and received the DEG (Division of Environmental Geosciences) Best Poster Award at the 2004 AAPG Annual Convention in Dallas. He was employed as expert Geologist in Andra (French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management) from 2008 to 2009. His main interest is in diagenesis and petrophysics in relationship with sedimentology and stratigraphy, now working all around the world and through the entire Phanerozoic, in carbonate and clastic reservoirs.

Cambridge Carbonates
Cambridge Carbonates Ltd. is a geological consultancy that provides expertise in carbonate and evapo
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10:25 Kes Heffer -
Reservoir Dynamics

Reservoir engineering of fractured systems


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Talk Description
.....from mass balance to dual-porosity simulation
Kes Heffer received an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1970 and an MSc in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1971. He worked for BP for 29 years, initially in worldwide operations as a petroleum/reservoir engineer, and latterly in research into issues of reservoir description. Since 1999 he has been an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, and has conducted research and consultancy work through Reservoir Dynamics Ltd. His current main research interest is the rôle of geomechanics in the processes of fluid flow in reservoirs, and the degree to which these approach a critical point.

Reservoir Dynamics
Reservoir Dynamics Ltd conducts research and provides consultancy services on the topics of geomecha
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10:45 Richard Herbert -
R Herbert Associates Ltd

Exploration Opportunities in the Middle East


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Richard Herbert is a former COO, Exploration with BP, retiring from that position in 2016. Before that he was Executive Vice-President Exploration with TNK-BP (since 2003). He was initially with BP.

R Herbert Associates Ltd

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11:20 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits: Session 2 - What's Next?
11:45 Mike Simmons - Halliburton Technology Fellow for Geosciences
Landmark Exploration Insights

Potential of Stratigraphic Traps in the Middle East


Following a PhD on Middle East geology, joined BP and worked in a variety of roles in international exploration (1985 - 1996). Took time out from industry to be the Shell-funded Head of Department at Aberdeen University (1996 - 2001) and then led the CASP research group at the University of Cambridge (2001 - 2003) before joining ex-BP colleagues at Neftex (2003 - Present). Neftex is now part the Landmark business unit within Halliburton.

My role at Neftex was initially to lead the geoscience development of the organisation with the creation of our proprietary model of biostratigraphically-calibrated eustatic sea-level change as a tool and framework for interpreting and correlating data and the prediction of the key elements of petroleum systems. At the same time I promoted the release of value from the huge amounts of published geoscience data that are often overlooked in the exploration process. In the last few years I have worked extensively with the industry to help Neftex achieve exceptional business growth through understanding the needs of explorationists involved in basin screening and promoting the solutions Neftex provides.

I have been appointed as an Halliburton Technology Fellow with responsibility for Geosciences. The role includes promoting geoscience innovations and applications both within Halliburton and externally. I am currently researching Middle East stratigraphy and also have interests in the following:

Petroleum exploration workflows, especially integration with 3D technology and application of sequence stratigraphy.
Regional geoscience, specifically the Middle East and Black Sea regions
Utilization of published geoscience data and information
Geoscience career development
Applied biostratigraphy

My research interests are reflected in a number of publications and scientific presentations made over my career. I am an Honorary Professor at the University of London and Scientific Associate of The Natural History Museum

Landmark Exploration Insights
Landmark Exploration Insights (formerly Neftex), is a product family within Landmark, a business lin
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12:20 Katya Krylova - Sales Director
GGS Interica

Modern reprocessing techniques deliver significant seismic data improvement leading to new play concepts offshore Iran


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Katerina Krylova is a Sales Director at GGS-Interica. Prior to her current position, she was an account manager at Paradigm Geophysical UK (2012-2015) and an EAME Business Development Manager at CGG (2010-2012). Katerina began her career as a seismic reservoir characterization geophysicist at CGG in 2005.

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GGS-Interica is a joint venture company which manages and licenses the Persian Carpet 2000 dataset t
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12:55 Ryan Turner - Lead Analyst with PGI's Geo-political Risk Team
Protection Group International

Political, security and regulatory challenges in the Middle East


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Talk Description
The talk will touch on Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Israel and the eastern Med.
Ryan Turner is a Lead Analyst for PGI’s Geopolitical Intelligence team, with strong focus in the extractive industry and expertise in the Middle East. Ryan has expert knowledge of the global Oil & Gas Sector, as well as economic, political and security developments in the Middle East. He also has an understanding of the impact of political risk on the global energy market. Ryan has shared his views on security and energy market in numerous media appearances on BBC and CNBC and other networks.

Prior to joining PGI, Ryan was an Oil & Gas Analyst for a company which for the past 30 years, has had forecasts, data and analysis used by multinationals, governments and financial institutions to guide critical decisions. In this role, he worked daily with a team of country risk and sector focused analysts to provide insight and analysis in the global oil and gas market, with a regional remit focused on the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Protection Group International
PGI is a privately owned UK business offering integrated, intelligence-led risk management solutions
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