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Tuesday, November 5, 2013
London
The Geological Society

Any reviews of recent global exploration activity show that the deepwater of the South Atlantic has been a ‘hot spot’, both over the 5 years from 2008, and remaining buoyant last year and this. Especially favoured have been the sub-salt of Brazil, the West African Transform Margin – especially in Ghana – and its ‘conjugate’ in Surinam and French Guiane, and latterly the sub-salt of the Angola, perhaps especially the Kwanza basin.

These follow up on the earlier history of prolific discoveries in the deepwater of Angola, Brazil’s Campos basin, and (to some extent) Nigeria.

Indeed, the region long seems to have had a magnetic attraction for explorers who have been drawn to it as 8 year old’s are drawn to the football, like a swarm of bees!

The general exuberance has led to arguably optimistic claims now being made for the deepwater of Morocco, Uruguay, Namibia whilst the Falkland Island’s offshore resources seem persuasive for academics but resist early development (or so it seems: one of our Finding Petroleum number has, we recall, previously offered to drink all the oil that’s developed around the Falkland Islands in the immediate future - recent drilling seems to reveal that so far he is safe!).

So where to now?

Are we looking at more deepwater Brazil; certainly the interest in 2013’s licence rounds seems to indicate so, despite the ANP and Petrobras heavily stacking the (poor) terms in their favour?

Will Cobalt International’s Kwanza sub-salt discovery bring more activity, more discoveries to the fore?

Perhaps the time has come for the deep waters, and older rocks, of Mauritania?

Or will the drive simply be into deeper and deeper water everywhere?

We welcome presentations that suggest answers to these questions! Please contact David Bamford via the Finding Petroleum website.

Agenda

 
13:00 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee
13:30 Alastair Fraser - EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience
Imperial College

Welcome


Professor Alastair J. Fraser has recently (June 2010) been appointed to the newly created post of EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience. He holds a BSc from Edinburgh University (1977) and a PhD from Glasgow University (1995), both in Geology. Al previously worked for BP as a Petroleum Geologist/Exploration Manager for over 30 years. His career in petroleum exploration, has taken him to most corners of the world including N. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Far East. Following the BP Amoco merger, he led the team which made the significant Plutonio discovery in Block 18, deepwater Angola. He is the author of many papers on the petroleum geology of extensional basins most notably on the North Sea Jurassic and northern England Carboniferous.

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13:35 Alastair Fraser - EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience
Imperial College

A long and winding road - exploration in the South Atlantic


Professor Alastair J. Fraser has recently (June 2010) been appointed to the newly created post of EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience. He holds a BSc from Edinburgh University (1977) and a PhD from Glasgow University (1995), both in Geology. Al previously worked for BP as a Petroleum Geologist/Exploration Manager for over 30 years. His career in petroleum exploration, has taken him to most corners of the world including N. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Far East. Following the BP Amoco merger, he led the team which made the significant Plutonio discovery in Block 18, deepwater Angola. He is the author of many papers on the petroleum geology of extensional basins most notably on the North Sea Jurassic and northern England Carboniferous.

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14:10 Paul Markwick - Technical Director
Getech

The evolution of sediment supply to the South Atlantic margins


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Talk Description
The supply of clastics into sedimentary basins has major implications for hydrocarbon prospectivity. Timing and character (grain size, composition, texture) are a function of hinterland evolution: the interplay of tectonics, climate and surface processes. Here we examine how geomorphological techniques are used to reconstruct palaeoriver systems, and how these results can then be used together with palaeogeography, palaeoDEMs and palaeoclimate to provide insights into probable sediment supply through time.
Such methods have particular resonance for current exploration in sub-salt and deep-water settings where data is sparse.
Paul has over 25 years experience in academia and industry. He began his career at BP back in the 1980s where his work included upwelling predictions using conceptual climate models, palaeogeographic mapping, cyclostratigraphy and oil from coals. In 1989 he started his PhD with Professor Fred Ziegler, as part of the Paleogeographic Atlas Project at the University of Chicago. His work on palaeoclimate proxies brought together palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, database design and management and statistics. This was followed by a post-doc with Professors Paul Valdes and Bruce Sellwood at the University of Reading applying palaeoclimate models to the southwest African coast as an exploration tool for placer diamonds. In 1998 he joined Robertson Research (now CGG-Robertson) where he developed the palaeogeographic and predictive source rock models, which subsequently became central to the “Merlin” project. He joined Getech at the end of 2004 to set up the Petroleum Systems Evaluation Group and became group manager in 2006. He joined Getech’s board in 2008 as Geological Director and became Technical Director in 2010.

Paul continues to actively pursue academic research and has convened two conferences on Palaeogeography (Cambridge 2008) and Predictive Lithofacies Modelling (Snowbird 2006), as well as publishing numerous papers on topics as diverse as glacioeustacy, Antarctic tectonics and palaeogeography, database design, the K/T extinction, biodiversity and climate, palaeoclimate proxies and drainage analysis.

Paul has is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Universities of Bristol and Leeds.

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14:45 Coffee & Tea
15:15 Dr Keith Myers - Founding Partner
Richmond Energy Partners

REP's Wildcat Data Base and exploration along the West Africa Transform Margin & beyond!


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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.

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15:50 Gregor Duval - Senior technical manager EAME
CGG

New insights brought by broadband seismic data on the Brazil – Angola conjugate margins


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Talk Description
My talk will focus on the Brazil – Angola Atlantic conjugate margins where we have acquired some large broadband 3D seismic datasets that have revealed new information about the geology.
Gregor has over 13 years of experience in the oil and gas exploration geoscience services industry. He started his career with Veritas DGC as Geoscientist, taking on various technical roles to support the Geological Services team of the then Data Library business activities focusing mainly on the interpretation of G&G data to characterise oil and gas prospectivity in various basins around the world.

The company was taken over by CGG in 2007 and Gregor has dedicated his career since to the Geoscience support team of the Multi-Client and New Ventures division. He leads this team since 2011 as Senior Technical Manager for the Europe, Africa and Middle-East region. His experience covers exploration in the North Sea basins, Atlantic Margin basins, West Africa, the Mediterranean Sea, the Caspian Sea and the Banda Arc basins in Indonesia. He has an MSc in Geology from the National School of Geology of Nancy in France and an MSc in Geophysics from the School and Observatory for Earth Sciences of Strasbourg.

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16:25 Craig Koch - Senior Geoscientist
PGS

South West Africa: Frontiers and Prospects


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It's a review of the frontier basins of Southern Angola and Namibia, using regional 2D GeoStreamer seismic to understand the underlying basin structures and the potential petroleum systems.
Craig has an MSci in geology from UCL, and an MPhil in Palaeoceanography and Micropalaeontology from Bangor University. He has 6 years of industry experience, all gained from the service sector, including 1 year as a geoscientist in the Reservoir group at PGS and 5 years as a geologist and Neftex. He has worked as a general geologist in the Black Sea and Caspian regions, as well as the Mediterranean and West Africa.

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17:00 Raffle prize draw, followed by Close
17:10 Please join us in The Goat Tavern pub for networking
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Please join us for informal networking at the Goat Tavern.

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