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SPECIAL FULL DAY EVENT

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
London
The Geological Society

Finding Petroleum are pleased to announce our first full day event, taking place across two venues.

The day will consist of quality talks from industry leaders, as well as a large area to browse stands.

In this one day event, we will be looking for innovations in African exploration. Where might they be found; what are the key exploration themes; what new technologies do we need?

Some 'hotspots' might be:

Shale oil/shale gas:
Are the most promising rocks the Silurian 'hot shale' of North Africa and, at the opposite end of the continent, the Karoo of South Africa?

East African oil:
Can the oily rift plays of Uganda and, now, Kenya be extended to the north, into Ethiopia, and to the south, perhaps as far as Malawi? Is there a new oil play along the coastal margin/transition zone of Kenya and Tanzania?

Interior Intra-cratonic basins:
Can we figure out how to explore the data-poor regions of Chad, the CAR and the Sudans? Do early experiences of onshore Brazil offer some clues?

Sub-salt:
Is the sub-salt (or should that be the pre-salt?) of offshore Angola as significant as that offshore Brazil? Does this play extend into onshore Angola?

We welcome presentations and exhibits that reflect and address the themes outlined above: contact David Bamford and Terry O'Donnell, respectively, via the website.

Media pack for this event

Agenda

 
9:00 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum
Welcome & Introduction:

Talk Description
Africa - a great place to be or the only place to be!

The morning session will focus on "below ground" themes?

What does the Petroleum Geoscience tell us about the opportunties that remain?

In addition to Duncan Macgregor's insightful presentation on the 6 trends of note in Africa, I've carefully chosen presenting companies for this morning session.
   

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 Duncan Macgregor -
MacGeology

6 hottest trends in Africa


Talk Description

  • The six most active trends in sub-Saharan Africa – East Africa offshore, EARS, Pre-Salt, Equatorial Margin Cret turbidites, NW Africa Cret turbidites, Namibia
  • Whats working and what (so far) is not?
  • Plays, regional controls, petroleum systems and chronostratigraphy of each system
  • Critical factors controlling success or failure in each trend
  • Reservoir quality – a key commerciality issue – what are the controls?
  • Phase – where are the liquids and the importance of source rock type and history
  • Where do we go next in each trend?

Macgeology is the personal company of Duncan Macgregor, a well known consultant petroleum geologist
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10:15 Catherine Hill - Structural Geologist
Getech

The Tectonic Evolution of Africa - New insights into margin evolution from potential fields data


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Talk Description
As part of Getech’s Globe new ventures platform, Getech has been carrying out detailed Tectonic Evolution studies at a regional scale in a number of areas. Most recently, in 2013, Getech completed Tectonic Evolution reports for the Equatorial Atlantic and South Atlantic and we are continuing the series with a report for the East Africa margin. These reports add to Getech’s existing reports for the East African Rift System and North Africa to provide a complete structural and tectonic coverage for the whole of Africa.

The Tectonic Evolution reports are typically separated into three technical aspects:

1) Structural mapping at 1:100,000 scale, underpinned by Getech’s extensive gravity and magnetic data.

2) Verifying this interpretation with the aid of 2D gravity and magnetic profiles and regional depth-to-basement grids.

3) Integrating this data into the global plate model.

The talk draws on examples from the Tectonic Evolution reports for East African and the South Atlantic to show how this workflow has led to new insights into the evolution of these margins.
Catherine Hill joined Getech in 2007 as a Structural Geologist. She completed her undergraduate degree in Environmental Earth Science at the University of East Anglia, and her Masters degree in Structural Geology and Geophysics at the University of Leeds.

In her time at Getech, Catherine has worked on a range of Regional Reports and Commissions. Most recently, Catherine managed The Tectonic Evolution of the Equatorial Atlantic Report and she is currently managing The Tectonic Evolution of East Africa Report.

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10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Neil Hodgson - Executive Vice President Mediterranean and Middle East Region
Spectrum

A new seismic tool to reduce source maturity risk in unexplored basins: Example from the Luderitz Basin offshore Namibia


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Talk Description
Seismically derived geothermal gradient mapping conflated with the recently de-risked source rock in the Luderitz Basin provides a method for defining an oil generative window and constraining source rock maturity risk. This under-utilized technique is not exclusive to Namibia, and its application in many other deepwater clastic basins provides a tool for constraining source rock maturity in countless undrilled frontier basins around the world.
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.

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11:50 Roberta Masotti - Senior Geophysicist
TGS

Harper Basin Prospectivity clarified by the Sunfish 3D survey


Talk Description
The Sunfish 3D seismic survey, comprising approximately 6,200 km2 of deepwater 3D long offset seismic data was acquired in 2013 following evidence of prospectivity from 2D seismic surveys acquired between 2001 and 2010.

Exploration wells drilled in the Liberia Basin have proven a working Upper Cretaceous petroleum system in the deepwater. This play is defined as turbiditic sands in slope fans sourced by Albian-Turonian source rocks and sealed by deepwater shales.

The Harper Basin offshore Liberia lies between the Liberian Basin, to the north, and the Ivorian/Tano Basin to the southeast. The basin covers approximately 20,000 km2 extending from shelf to basin floor. It is an embayment between two pronounced transform ridges formed by transpression: Grand Cess to the north and Cape Palmas to the south. It is clearly separated from the adjacent basins by these transform fault systems with its southern limit defined by the St Paul Fault Zone.

The geological structure and tectonic history of this basin is similar to that of the adjacent basins. The Ivorian/Tano Basin is a proven oil producer that contains several large oil fields including the recently developed Jubilee Field. The Liberian Basin is still relatively early in the exploration cycle but has had recent successes with Narina-1 (2012) and Bee Eater (2013) both in LB-09 which have discovered light oil in Turonian, Cenomanian and Albian sandstones in fan systems covering an area greater than one hundred square kilometres.

This paper presents examples of 3D pre-stack migration results across Blocks LB2, 3, 4 & 5 plus results from 2D data across Blocks LB1-7 with AVO analysis showing clear indications of prospectivity in this undrilled basin including large channel systems of Cenomanian to Maastrichtian age.
Roberta is a Senior Geophysicist with almost 20 years’ experience gained in research and consulting for leading oil and gas operators. Often working in multidisciplinary teams Roberta has been actively involved in exploration, development and production geophysics, principally on the UK and Norwegian Continental Shelf. Some of these projects comprised seismic interpretation for prospect identification and successful application submissions for exploration licensing rounds.

Her more recent work has included detailed prospectivity analysis of offshore Liberia and Sierra Leone using TGS 2D/3D data.

Roberta has a PhD in Geophysics from Leicester University and an MSc in Geology from Milan University (Italy). She is based in the TGS London office.

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12:25 Darren Burrows - CGG Airborne, Johannesburg
CGG

Improving Seismic using FALCON Gravity Gradiometry – Examples from Gabon and Uganda: by Darren Burrows - CGG Airborne, Johannesburg


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Darren has worked for Fugro Airborne Surveys (now CGG) for the past 7 year, previous companies include Anglo American and Harmony Gold. He obtained his B.Sc Hons degree in geophysics from the University of the Witwatersand in 2005. Currently, Darren is Business Development Manager for CGG Airborne, but spent 4 years processing and interpreting airborne data for various clients.

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13:00 Lunch; Exhibits
14:00 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum
The afternoon session

Talk Description
In the afternoon we will be switching to success stories in Africa and what can be done to manage "above ground" risks?
   

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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14:05 Alex Vines - Research Director
Chatham House

Managing 'above ground' risk in Africa


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Alex Vines has been Head of the Africa Programme at Chatham House since 2002, and in 2008 became Director for Area Studies and International Law. He first joined Chatham House as an Associate Fellow of the British Angola Forum in 1999 and has written extensively on Angola. From 2005 to 2007 he was a member and Chair of the UN Panel of Experts on Côte d’Ivoire. He served from 2001 to 2003 on the UN Panel of Experts on Liberia. The proliferation of small arms and light weapons remains one of his key areas of expertise. He has worked across southern Africa and was an officer for both UNOMOZ in Mozambique in 1994 and UNAVEM II in Angola in 1992. He has had a long association with Human Rights Watch and served as their Senior Researcher on Business and Human Rights. He serves on the editorial board of several leading journals and writes regularly for publications around the world. He was awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours in 2008 in recognition of the work he has done in founding and developing the Chatham House Africa Programme.

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14:40 Stuart Amor -
PetroMall Ltd

Sub-Saharan Oil and Gas - No Sign of a White Elephant


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Stuart has worked at both bulge bracket and regional European investment banks (Credit Suisse, ING and Unicredit). He has followed the global oil and gas sector since graduating from business school over 15 years ago, covering all types of oil and gas companies (including the European majors, Russian oil and gas companies and junior names). Stuart has written the research for several oil and gas equity raisings and was Credit Suisse’s lead analyst in both LUKoil’s and Gazprom’s IPOs in Russia. As Head of Equity Research at ING, he has overseen the research of more than a dozen other transactions.

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15:15 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
15:45 Phil Birch - Exploration Director
Impact Oil and Gas Ltd

A deep water exploration strategy - playing in the majors' back yard


Talk Description
Africa creaming curves clearly suggest significant remaining exploration potential in deep and ultra-deep water plays. This presentation gives a summary of these plays offshore West Africa and asks if small independent explorers can play a part in extracting the significant remaining value.
Phil brings over 30 years upstream oil and gas technical and business leadership experience to Impact. He has spent over 15 years with Enterprise Oil, where he took leading roles in high impact exploration and production projects. He has subsiquently built and sold three successful start-up businesses, providing significant shareholder returns and has worked with a number of Africa/Mediterranean focussed junior oil companies, including Grove Petroleum and Black Star Petroleum. Phil is a fellow at the Geological Society and holds an MBA MCS in petroleum geology.

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16:20 Jon Watson - Geosciences Exploration Manager
Austin Bridgeporth Ltd
Integrating potential field data with seismic, geochemistry and structural geology

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Jonathan Watson is Interpretation Manager at Bridgeporth who has extensive experience in acquisition, processing and interpretation of potential field data within the oil and gas industry.

Jon has worked for over 15 years within the industry, starting as a processor, and then moving onto interpretation geophysicist and then team leader of interpretation department at an airborne acquisition company. He has worked predominantly in gravity and magnetics worldwide, particularly in its integration with seismic data , and has experience in working internationally.

Jon has a BSc from Manchester Metropolitan University and MRes from UCL-Birkbeck, has been external supervisor to a number of MSc students and involved in research projects within the petroleum industry. Jon is now responsible for a growing team of interpretation geophysicists at Bridgeporth.

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16:30 Anthony Franks OBE - Partner
Mars Omega LLP

Which African country will make the most headlines in 2014?


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Within Mars Omega LLP, Anthony is responsible for managing and controlling the extensive information networks, as well as directing and working with the analysis team to create reports for clients, and also works with Hamish MacDonald in the Liaison and Mediation service.

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16:40 John Siegfried - EVP Operations
ARKeX

The unique contribution of FTG in African exploration


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John Siegfried joined ARKeX in 2006 and was the Chief Operating Officer and then CEO from 2010 until 2014. John has a BSc in Marine Science and has over 30 years’ of exploration industry experience. He has worked in all aspects of exploration including management positions as Country Manager for Western Geophysical, operational positions as Global Operations Manager for Western Geophysical and technical positions as Global Operations Support Manager for WesternGeco/Schlumberger.

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