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Finding Oil in Central & South America

Brazil, Mexico, Colombia, Argentina
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Julian Bessa
» VP exploration
» Echo Energy
Jon Watson
» Geosciences Exploration Manager
» Austin Bridgeporth Ltd

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Monday, October 28, 2019
The Geological Society

At our "Finding Oil in Central and South America" forum, Julian Bessa, VP Exploration, Echo Energy will give a talk on investing in Argentinian E&P. Echo is a mid-cap Latin American exploration company based in London, which announced on Monday last week a commitment to buy five mature producing blocks in the Austral Basin, Southern Argentina.

Lucía López Esquivelzeta, Senior consultant with Control Risks Group, will give an update of non technical risks for oil and gas operations in Mexico.

Neil Hodgson of TGS will speak about Argentina's second license round opportunities.

Jon Watson, geosciences exploration manager with Austin Bridgeporth, will talk about using non-seismic methods in exploration with case studies from onshore/offshore Mexico and onshore Colombia.

John Weston, technical director of Ulysses Petroleim Management, will talk about the E&P landscape in Brazil, with opportunities for companies from independents to super majors, including with Petrobras disposals.

People interested in environmental, social and governance issues for oil and gas companies have plenty to get their teeth into in Central and South America. As an example, the Economist reports that Ecuador just withdrew a decree eliminating fuel subsidies after "a fortnight of protests, rioting and looting". It also reports that in Bolivia, a reduction in gas revenues, the profits from which had been distributed to the poor, is a factor in giving Bolivian president Evo Morales his "toughest re-election battle yet" - since he was first elected in 2006. And the Operação Lava Jato criminal investigation into corruption at Petrobras, with allegations of awarding contracts to construction firms at inflated prices, continues.

This event continues from our Central & South America events held in:

October 2018
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and Mexico events held in:

October 2016
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September 2015
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9:30 Karl Jeffery - editor
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction

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
9:40 Julian Bessa - VP exploration
Echo Energy

Investing in Argentinian E&P

Echo Energy is a full cycle, exploration led, gas focused AIM-listed E&P with an exciting
10:15 - Senior consultant
Control Risks Group

Non-technical risks landscape for Oil & Gas operations in Mexico

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We are a specialist global risk consultancy that helps organisations succeed in a volatile world. Th
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Neil Hodgson - VP geoscience
Searcher Seismic

Argentina 2nd Licence Round Opportunities

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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
11:50 Jon Watson - Geosciences Exploration Manager
Austin Bridgeporth Ltd

The use of non-seismic methods to aid successful exploration. Case-studies from onshore/offshore Mexico and onshore Colombia

Jonathan Watson is Interpretation Manager at Bridgeporth who has extensive experience in acquisition, processing and interpretation of potential field data within the oil and gas industry.

Jon has worked for over 15 years within the industry, starting as a processor, and then moving onto interpretation geophysicist and then team leader of interpretation department at an airborne acquisition company. He has worked predominantly in gravity and magnetics worldwide, particularly in its integration with seismic data , and has experience in working internationally.

Jon has a BSc from Manchester Metropolitan University and MRes from UCL-Birkbeck, has been external supervisor to a number of MSc students and involved in research projects within the petroleum industry. Jon is now responsible for a growing team of interpretation geophysicists at Bridgeporth.

Austin Bridgeporth Ltd
AustinBridgeporth comprises two global providers of geoscience services. Austin Exploration, who hav
12:25 John Weston - Technical Director
Ulysses Petroleum Management

Brazil's E&P Landscape: Petrobras Disposals to Pre-Salt Giants - Opportunities for Independents to Super Majors

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Talk Description
This review will include the technical opportunity from exploration to rehabilitation against the political/legal/commercial realities and access to funding.

13:00 Lunch & Exhibits

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