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Explore onshore Southern Africa - not just deep, deep, water!

.......will help mitigate 'energy poverty' more than more and more dep water!

Friday, February 9, 2024

It's very exciting to contemplate the reemergence of offshore oil & gas, especially deep water, with momentous decisions to be taken in corporate offices in Houston, London, Stavanger, Paris etc, as enthusiastically greeted here:
but I'm not sure that solving 'energy poverty' in Africa by supplying gas to needy domestic markets sits at the top of the Majors' priorities - I hope they will prove me wrong!

Maybe onshore E&P in Sub-Saharan Africa offers a way forward, and this will be the focus of our two Sub-Saharan webinars during 1H 2024.

This is the 1st of them and it focuses on southern Africa onshore, especially Namibia, South Africa, Zimbabwe, perhaps Zambia, with companies such as ReCon Africa, Monitor Exploration, Invictus Energy active:

I hope Robin Sutherland, an ex-colleague from the heyday of Tullow Oil, will have a good story to tell……


13:00 Karl Jeffery - editor
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introducton

Karl Jeffery is editor and co-founder of Digital Energy Journal, and conference producer of Finding Petroleum. He is also publisher of Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator, and co-founder of Digital Ship, a publishing and events company covering digital technology for the deep sea maritime industry. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

Finding Petroleum
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on t
13:10 Robin Sutherland - Technical Lead
Monitor Exploration Ltd

Monitor (and Invictus) exploration campaigns in Namibia and Zimbabwe, and an update on South Africa (Title TBC)

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Robin has a degree in Geophysics (BSc Hons Edinburgh) and has been exploring for oil, gas and minerals on the African continent for over 35 years.
He has held a variety of technical and leadership roles in African businesses, joining the highly respected Energy Africa team in Cape Town in 1997, prior to the transformational discoveries in Equatorial Guinea, and leading Tullow’s exploration team through the discovery and appraisal of the Jubilee and TEN fields in Ghana before becoming Tullow’s exploration GM for the continent in 2015.

Robin joined the Monitor team as a senior adviser in 2021 and has since contributed significantly to the company’s strategy, business plan and technical understanding.

Monitor Exploration Ltd
Monitor Exploration Limited (MEL) is a UK private exploration company, established in 2008, for onsh
13:40 David Bamford - Director
Future Energy Partners Ltd

Q&A followed by Close no later than 1415

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 technic

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"Interesting and entertaining speculation about the future plus excellent update on land seismic acquisition."

Richard Walker (Consultant Geophysicist)


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