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Rowan Edwards
» project geologist
» CGG NPA Satellite Mapping
Neil Ritson
» Chairman
» Solo Oil

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Thursday, February 23, 2017
The Geological Society

At one time South & East Africa was considered a petroleum backwater and saw little or no exploration.

Now we have a huge gas province offshore Mozambique and Tanzania and a rift valley oil province in Uganda and Kenya.

So two regional questions arise immediately:

1. Does the rift valley oil play extend further north, and southwards, perhaps as far as Zambia?

2. Did the source rock that generated all that offshore gas first deliver an oil play, one that we have not yet found and, if Yes, where is it?

And if such potential opportunities and prospects exist, which companies are in the pole position to find them; or is a regional consoldiation required first?

These are the themes we will address in our upcoming Forum; and we are looking for insightful presentations

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 (

Note: This event continues from our past Africa events held in

December 2016 - see the agenda - see the delegates list

January 2016 - see the agenda - see the delegates list

October 2015 - opportunities in the Middle East and the Levant - see the agenda - see the delegates list - see the report

January 2015 - see agenda - see the delegates list

March 2014 - see the agenda - see the delegates list

April 2013 - see the agenda - see the delegates list


9:30 Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1:
9:40 Mike Rego - Independent Consultant
PetroMall Ltd
East Africa: lessons learnt and non-deepwater future potential

Talk Description

Since 2003, exploration activity along the coastal margin of East Africa has been at its most intense since exploration began in earnest in the 1950’s. However despite much effort, with many promising indications for oil both onshore and offshore, in all of this time there has been only one commercial oil discovery in contrast to the 150-200 Tcf of gas that has been recently discovered offshore.

The deepwater has been phenomenally successful in terms of exploration drilling success, yet despite the same or similar source rocks being present, the limited exploration efforts in the nearshore and onshore environments have failed to match the level of deepwater success. Much of this lack of success can be attributed to differences in both exploration culture and methodology. Although there have been the occasional encouraging results, onshore and nearshore exploration activity has never achieved the same momentum or success as for the deepwater. This can be partially attributed to the regulatory frameworks, the type of companies willing to explore the coastal margin and a general lack of enthusiasm shown by contractors to tender for work there.

Re-examination of available well data and structural geology along the coastal margin has refined the interpretation of pre-break up tectonics and stratigraphy. This in turn has re-enforced the exploration potential by identifying a possible new regional oil play with additional possibilities for gas and perhaps opportunities for shale oil or heavy oil sands. Such opportunities should be more attractive to smaller independent exploration companies unwilling or unable to participate in the more costly deepwater environment. However, to make this happen in the current economic climate a fresh approach to exploration culture and methods will be required along the strategy chain to better de-risk projects, and shorten the lead time to first production. More flexible terms from host governments, better sharing of data and knowledge by and between host governments and exploration companies, and potential pooling of resources by contractors, are all required to bring exploration costs down and better de-risk prospects to increase exploration activity and achieve improved levels of success in a lower revenue environment.

Formerly the Exploration Director for Aminex PLC, Mike graduated from University College of Swansea, Wales, with a Geology degree and joined SSL - Seismograph Services (England) Limited - and was posted to Libya processing onshore seismic data prior to returning to the UK and working as a seismic interpreter on UKCS speculative seismic data.
In 1985 Mike joined BP as a geophysicist, initially in the Far East Regional Appraisal Group, prior to postings to San Francisco to work on the onshore San Joaquin Basin of California, and Cairo, Egypt, to work on the Gulf of Suez and the Western Desert, before returning to London at the end of 1989 to work on deepwater West Africa.

In 1991, Mike joined LASMO initially working on West Africa, but also sub-Saharan Africa including the Seychelles. Mike then joined the Russia group, focussed on new opportunities mainly in West Siberia, leaving in 1993 and working as an independent consultant on West Siberia and West Africa, until joining Phibro to work on the White Knights Joint Venture in West Siberia until 1998, at which point Mike joined Aminex initially in the Tatarstan and Komi semi-autonomous Republics of Russia. In late 2001, Mike persuaded Aminex management that East Africa offered low cost opportunities with little competition, yet potentially large rewards, resulting with Aminex entering Tanzania in 2002.

PetroMall Ltd
Petromall is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technical excellence in se
10:15 Rowan Edwards - project geologist
CGG NPA Satellite Mapping

The influence of basement structure and drainage networks on prospectivity in the East African Rift System (20 min talk)

NPA have 30 years experience as one of the world's leading specialists in deriving geo-information f
10:35 Dr. Anongporn Intawong - Team Leader Geoscientist

Future giant discovery in the Outeniqua Basin, offshore South Africa (20min talk)

Spectrum is established as a key player in the seismic services market. The company focuses on deliv
11:00 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Nick Tranter -

Offshore Madagascar: hydrocarbon potential in frontier basins

TGS is the leading energy information company, providing geoscience data to the global energy indust
11:50 Neil Ritson - Chairman
Solo Oil


Introducing Solo Oil

Oil and gas Investment company
Listed on the London AiM Ma
12:25 Darran Lucas - Exploration and New Ventures Director
Sasol Petroleum International


Sasol Petroleum International (SPI) develops and manages the group's upstream interests in oil and g
13:15 Lunch & Exhibits, followed by Close at 2pm:

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