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Building Southern Africa E&Ps

based on oil or gas or both?
Neil Hodgson
» VP geoscience
» Searcher Seismic
Edward Prescott
» Chief Geophysicist
» Impact Oil and Gas Ltd

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Friday, July 16, 2021

Over the last few weeks we have hosted successful Lunch’n Think Webinars on Southern Africa - Apr 30 " Is Offshore South Africa an emerging 'Super Basin' and May 21 - How can we responsibly source more gas in Southern Africa?

You can find the videos of these two events by clicking on the above links.

Two significant issues arose from the presentations and Q&A:

Technical Uncertainties: Offshore, do we understand what the source rock is and/or its maturation and/or the resulting Petroleum Systems; Onshore, how can we understand the Unconventional potential given the lack of conventional production history, and underpinning geochemical and geophysical data.

Political ‘Road Blocks’: 1) The reported South African ‘demand’ for a 20% Free Carry and 2) the active discouragement of OECD investors with respect to “fossil fuels”.

How is it possible to build a Southern African E&P – focused on Gas perhaps – given these substantive issues?

This Lunch’n Think Webinar will address these issues!


13:00 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

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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 t
13:01 Neil Hodgson - VP geoscience
Searcher Seismic

Energy Transition and South Africa’s Part in a Global Solution

Talk Description
South Africa stands with the rest of world at an important crossroads where it needs to decide where the energy to fuel its future comes from. Whilst a growing global consensus is pushing an Energy Transition away from fossil fuels, the best energy solution for both South Africa and the world is more nuanced.

In this short presentation we will look at the forces acting on the balance between CO2 emission and energy use globally, and the option that South Africa now has to significantly help the transition to a low carbon world by using a fossil fuel resource to create a powerhouse of economic growth.
Neil Hodgson is VP Searcher Seismic, a company which provides high quality exploration data and leading edge tech to the global exploration industries. He is formerly executive VP geoscience with Spectrum ASA, and exploration manager at Matra Petroleum, Premier Oil and GB Group.

Searcher Seismic
Searcher provides high quality exploration data and leading edge tech to the global exploration indu
13:15 Andrew Schrager - CEO
Monitor Exploration Ltd

Finding oil onshore Namibia (Title TBC)

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Talk Description
Techniques utilised by Monitor Exploration include:
Direct access to geophysical technologies, managed and operated by GWW and its partners (Airbus Defence, E&P Geofield), that reduce risk,time and cost to identify hydrocarbons directly and provide reconnaissance structural imaging:
Remote Sensing
Passive Seismic
Surface Geochem

giving the possibility, encouraged by nearby drilling, that oil can be found in the Owambo Basin where extensive license areas are held by Monitor.
A well-respected private investor with long experience in investment banking.

Some of his main roles include senior adviser at Renaissance Capital (emerging markets), senior advisor to Merrill Lynch (Energy & Power group throughout Russia and Central Europe), especialy the British Petroleum TNK acquisition, director of corporate finance at Lazard Brothers – advisor for both the Central Electricity Generating Board on privatization and National Power on its IPO, director of Utilyx, 2001-2012, director of GeoDynamics Worldwide since 2010.

Monitor Exploration Ltd
Monitor Exploration Limited (MEL) is a UK private exploration company, established in 2008, for onsh
13:30 Edward Prescott - Chief Geophysicist
Impact Oil and Gas Ltd

Offshore South Africa: Source rocks and the hunt for liquids

Talk Description
Despite exploration results to date having suggested a predominance of gas, we believe that offshore South Africa holds enormous promise for the discovery of giant oil volumes.

By returning to first principles of plate tectonics, kerogen type and thermal maturity, it is clear that there are large areas of the offshore which are yet to be tested by the drill bit, but which show all the fundamentals for a prolific oil-prone Cretaceous petroleum system.

In this talk we will address each of those factors and illustrate why we believe the best is yet to come for this emerging oil province.
Edward has over 15 years of global upstream experience having worked extensively in West and East Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Australia, South East Asia and India in a variety of technical roles across the whole upstream value chain.

Projects have varied from remote onshore exploration in Africa and Australia to frontier deepwater exploration in South East Asia, Australia and Africa. In Australia, Edward was responsible for the discovery of a number of significant gas fields including a play-opening discovery.

Edward has a BSc (Hons) in Geophysics from Durham University, England and a MSc in Petroleum Geology from the University of Aberdeen, Scotland. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of London.

Impact Oil and Gas Ltd
Impact Oil and Gas was founded in 2009 by experienced geoscientists who subsequently targeted a numb
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