Lunch'n Think Webinar: Unconventionals in Southern Africa

....is there a globally significant gas volume available onshore in the region? 0

Friday, May 21, 2021, Webinar, Online

A question that we need to examine carefully is whether the US ‘shale gale’ can be exported to other countries.

Back in 2013 the US EIA assessed 137 shale formations (in 95 basins) in 41 countries outside the USA where significant volumes of shale gas resources might be found. Essentially this was a ‘bottom up’ exercise collating large amounts of reported data but if you look at the list, it almost entirely confirms a now known ‘top down’ truth – that prolific oil or gas shales had already fed a major conventional oil or gas province. So unsurprisingly the US, Russia, Algeria, China figured in the ‘top 10’ countries for technically recoverable shale gas.

But….. there are some ‘frontier’ regions and countries in the list, mainly of a smaller scale and so further down the ranking. However, Southern Africa contains one ‘top 10’ potential resource sequence, the Karoo, which is believed to hold 30 -390 Tcf in South Africa alone (and the Karoo formations stretch into Namibia, Botswana and Zambia).

Note however the Petroleum Agency of South Africa comments on the lack of geophysical and geochemical data!

In addition, in South Africa, Coal Bed Methane is well known from its occurrence in underground coal mining, where it presents a serious safety risk.

The coal deposits in South Africa are found within the Karoo basin and fault bounded rift basins further north. These basins are host to large volumes of coal and where the coal is concentrated with methane gas, this holds potential for significant future sources of energy.
In this Webinar David Bamford of Future Energy Partners will consider the ‘realities’ of unconventional gas in the Karoo from Namibia and Zambia and into South Africa.

Agenda

13:00

David Bamford - Director - Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction



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.

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on the latest technological developments. It does this via hosting regular events and with an online social network of nearly 10,000 members.
13:05

David Bamford - Director - Future Energy Partners Ltd

An onshore gas future for South Africa?


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 joined the board of Premier Oil in May 2014.

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.

Future Energy Partners Ltd
Future Energy Partners (FEP) is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technical excellence in selected fields and supplementing business management and leadership; in the face of uncertainty.

We offer truthful, professional opinion and advice; no playback of what you already know, and no spin.

FEP was founded by 4 senior industry practitioners who consider the challenges faced by today's oil and gas environment are going to require herculean acts of leadership and technical skill in a transforming, transitioning, industry, in order to maintain an energy supply that is sustainable and even recognisable compared to recent history.

Similarly nations developing an oil and gas industry face related challenges as they seek to maximise the benefits of this new wealth-creating opportunity - in a responsible manner.

Global reach

FEP actively participates in the facilitation and conduct of seminars and webinars worldwide, for example in conjunction with its associate partner Finding Petroleum.

Our presence reaches parts of the globe, such as: the UK, the USA, Sub-Saharan Africa, with partners wherever we work.
13:30 Q&A

14:00 Close

Sponsors of this event

Registered Delegates

Mike Cooper
MD
1st Subsurface
United Kingdom
Andrew Shrager

Geodynamics Worldwide
Italy
Mark Jones
Global Sales Director - Oil and Gas
Logstor
United Kingdom
Gordon Stove
Co-Founder & Managing Director
Adrok
United Kingdom
Jon Ferrier
CEO
Gulf Keystone Petroleum
United Kingdom
Andrew Foulds
Director
Petrafiz Ltd
United Kingdom
George Booth
Partner
BoothLaw
United Kingdom
Lawrence Jackson
Senior Account Executive
IHS
United Kingdom
Mike Rego
Independent Consultant
PetroMall Ltd
United Kingdom
Carl Fredrik Gyllenhammar
GeoScientist
CaMa GeoScience AS
Norway
Kyle Hodge
Technical Research Analyst
IHS Markit
United Kingdom
Answa de Lange
Asset Manager
PetroSA
South Africa
John Glass
MD
Cloverfield Consulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Analene Enslin
Technical Research Principal
IHS Markit
South Africa
Denis MOUGENOT
Chief Geophysicist - retired as consultant
Sercel-retired
France
Rick Donoghue
Director
Crescus Ltd.
United Kingdom
Philip Birch
Director
Impact Oil and Gas
United Kingdom
Sigve Hamilton Aspelund
Independent consultant
Sigve Hamilton Aspelund
David Boote

DBConsulting Ltd
United Kingdom
Nick Steel
Consultant
Independent
United Kingdom
Chris Holmes
Sales Manager
Stratum Reservoir
United Kingdom
Jimmy Boulter
Regional Manager
Enverus
United Kingdom
Abimbola Durogbitan
GM Geosciences
Independent Consultant/Nigerian Association of Petroleum Exolorationists UK/EUROPE COORDINATOR
United Kingdom
Iain Esau

Upstream
United Kingdom
Greg Coleman
CEO
Future Energy Partners
United Kingdom
jarryd thomas
Equity Analyst
JP MORGAN
South Africa