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discoveries offshore Egypt, big interest in Cyprus and developments in Israel, Lebanon
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Speaker from
» Energean Oil and Gas
Mark Hamilton
» Senior Geophysicist
Karyna Rodriguez
» Director of Geoscience
» Spectrum
Duncan Macgregor
» MacGeology

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Friday, September 20, 2019
The Geological Society

The Eastern Mediterranean has suddenly become a very interesting part of the world for the oil and gas industry – after discoveries offshore Egypt and Cyprus, projects in Greece and Israel, a license round in Lebanon and Albania coming into interest again.

The idea of oil in Greece and Albania is not new, but the interest has certainly grown in recent years. Gas in Cyprus and Egypt is very interesting, although perhaps there is limits to what the market can absorb. Lebanon so far appears very intruigng for explorers.

At our forum on Sept 20 we’ll shed some light on developments, including with talks from Energean Oil and Gas, the first big success story in Greece and now Israel – and also PGS and Spectrum.

This event continues from our:Opportunities in the Eastern Mediterranean event in September 2018

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9:30 Welcome & Introduction: followed by SESSION 1:
9:40 Speaker from -
Energean Oil and Gas

Energean Oil & Gas (LSE:ENOG) is an independent E&P company focused on developing resources in the E
10:15 Mark Hamilton - Senior Geophysicist

Exploration opportunities and prospectivity in the eastern Mediterranean

PGS is a dedicated marine geophysical company. We provide images and 3D models of the subsurface tha
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:20 Karyna Rodriguez - Director of Geoscience

Grand Tour of post-Zohr Mediterranean Prospectivity

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.

Spectrum is established as a key player in the seismic services market. The company focuses on deliv
11:55 Duncan Macgregor -

Biogenic Gas Systems of the Eastern Mediterranean

Talk Description
This century has seen a surge in biogenic gas discoveries worldwide, particularly in deepwater settings, with fields having been found of much larger scale and therefore of much greater commercial significance than previously found.

This talk reviews and revises the physical and biological models applicable to biogenic gas generation, trapping and preservation with reference to recent discoveries in the Eastern Mediterranean, including the Zohr and Tamar fields.

Key success factors are shown to contrast strongly with those for exploration for thermogenic petroleum and include: low seabed temperature and high seabed pressure, low geothermal gradient, a supply of type iii kerogen, high sedimentation rate, early seal compaction and perhaps most crucially of all, syn-sedimentary trap formation. Comparison can be made of these factors between the Zohr and Tamar systems and predicted systems in frontier regions such as Lebanon and Greece.

A key issue affecting field size and therefore commerciality is the often complex relationship between generation and trap formation, which controls degree of trap fill, including the effects of the Messinian lowstand. However, this has the upside that trap volume remains available for thermogenic petroleum generated from deeper source rocks.

The interplay between biogenic and thermogenic systems may thus be a strong control on the commerciality of new fields, which are generally likely to be smaller than the giants found to date.
Macgeology is the personal company of Duncan Macgregor, a well known consultant petroleum geologist
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13:00 Lunch & close

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