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An introduction to shale gas (& oil) for non-geoscientists

One day training course
conducted by Dick Selley

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Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Geological Society

The seminar is designed to provide an introductory overview of shale gas (& oil) exploration and production for financial analysts, bankers & lawyers familiar with the topic but lacking any formal education in it. It assumes little prior geo-scientific knowledge. After attending this seminar participants will be able to understand and discuss technical shale gas issues with professional geoscientists and engineers.

Special Offer
All delegates who register for this course will receive a FREE signed* hardcover copy of Dick Selley's book "Elements of Petroleum Geology".
It's 472 pages and valued at £80.

About the trainer

Dick Selley is a Senior Research Fellow and Emeritus Professor of Petroleum Geology at Imperial College, London. Dick has been involved in the exploration for petroleum in the UK and abroad for 50 years both employed in industry, as an academic researcher and as an independent consultant. It is over 25 years since he drew attention to the UK’s shale gas resources, first to HMG and then to the wider world. His research was ignored for many years. He now works nationally and internationally as a consultant in shale gas exploration. Dick was the first witness summoned to give evidence to the Parliamentary Select Committee of Enquiry into Shale gas in February 2011. He is a co-author of the 2012 Royal Society/Royal Academy of Engineering report on shale gas & hydraulic fracturing.

Dick Selley has received various national and international honours including the Silver Medal of the Geological Society of London awarded for excellence in petroleum geoscience. He is an Honorary Member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of GB.

* Delegates registering a week in advance will receive a signed copy. Others will receive a non-signed copy.



9:00 Arrivals and Registration - tea / coffee
9:15 SESSION 1

  • Differences between conventional & unconventional petroleum systems
  • Technical parameters for successful shale gas (&oil) exploration

10:30 Tea & coffee
10:50 SESSION 2

  • Shale gas production technology
  • Hydraulic fracturing
  • Decline curves

12:15 Lunch Break
13:00 SESSION 3

  • UK shale gas potential
  • European shale gas potential
  • Global shale gas potential

14:45 Tea & coffee
15:00 SESSION 4

  • Geopolitical factors affecting shale gas production
  • Environmental concerns affecting shale gas production
  • Q & A

16:30 Close


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