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Finding Oil in Mexico and the Caribbean

What are the opportunities for exploration and production in Mexico, Jamaica, the Caribbean?
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Read Taylor
» Group CEO
» Bear Energy LLC
Tom Bacon
» Intelligence Director
» Protection Group International
Karyna Rodriguez
» Searcher Seismic
Neil Ritson
» LGO Energy

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Friday, October 21, 2016
The Geological Society

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The Gulf of Mexico/Caribbean is a fascinating petroleum province, surrounded on 3 sides by the US Gulf of Mexico, and Mexico’s and Venezuela’s mainly onshore riches.

And then in what we could call the outer island chain, Trinidad has a long history – from the early part of the 20th Century – of onshore oil exploration and production and major offshore gas production, Barbados has minor oil production onshore (~1000boepd if I remember rightly), and Jamaica and Cuba have ambitions to get exploration under way.

So a big area to contemplate with many petroleum systems.

Do we understand this complexity and is it possible to predict that are remaining unexplored, potentially prolific, plays and if so where are they?

Is there a regional theme or are these simply a set of unconnected country-based petroleum provinces sitting aroud one large basin?

This event continues from our past Mexico event held in

September 2015
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9:30 David Bamford - Director
Future Energy Partners Ltd

Chairman's introduction and overview

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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 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
9:35 Read Taylor - Group CEO
Bear Energy LLC

Price Discovery and access in emerging oil and gas basins: The case of Mexico and Latin-America

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Read B. Taylor, is now the CEO and President of Bear Energy LLC. Bear is a Private Equity backed company focused on offshore producing assets in Brasil.

Read is also Global Exploration Strategy-Advisor to Executive Management Board at Wintershall Dea

Previously Read was Upstream Executive Director and Board Member of Sierra Oil and Gas Mexico. Sierra created a preeminent position in the high potential offshore Sureste Basin having over 2.3MM acres. Sierra in 2017, drilled its first exploration well with the successful, multiple award winning Giant Zama Field discovery with over 1.7 bn bls OOIP. Sierra recently was sold to L1 Wintershall DEA. Zama was the Discovery of Year 2017. The Sale was the Deal of the Year 2018.

Previously Read was Senior EVP and Board Member of a Private Brazilian Energy, Mining and Renewables Group. Prior to that he served as General Manager of Devon Energy Brazil Ltd. Mr.Taylor has worked for energy industry notables UNOCAL and Anadarko in various international field locations in technical and commercial management positions. His background includes Business development, M&A, geophysics-geology, operations and development, gas marketing, and legal negotiations. He has successful experience in over 26 countries including Myanmar, Indonesia, Thailand, China, Brazil, Egypt, Central and East Africa.

Mr. Taylor is Chairman and founder of RICE International Relief a non-profit humanitarian organization dedicated to providing medicines and water purification to those in need around the world. RICE has been involved in global relief projects in Thailand,Myanmar,Kenya, Israel, Haiti, Philippines etc. RICE provides support to medical clinics and homeless shelters in USA including a facility in Corona Ca. with several partnering organizations.

Mr. Taylor has a B.Sc. in International Business from Pepperdine University, a B.Sc. in Geophysics and M.Sc. (Masters) degree in Geology from University of Southern California, USC. Mr. Taylor also hold a Diploma from Harvard Business School in Executive Management 2011.

Bear Energy LLC
Bear is a Private Equity backed company focused on offshore producing assets in Brasil.
10:10 Tom Bacon - Intelligence Director
Protection Group International

Mexico: An overview of the investment and operating climate.

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Tom will analyse the key political, security and regulatory challenges of investing in the Mexican onshore and offshore markets. The presentation will assess the progress of Mexico's licensing rounds to date and the key ongoing investment considerations or companies in country. It will detail local political dynamics in Mexico and assess the security picture affecting foreign companies, with a particular focus on oil and gas operations.
PGI is a privately owned UK business offering integrated, intelligence-led risk management solutions
10:45 Karyna Rodriguez -
Searcher Seismic

Chasing the Norphlet Play Fairway in the Deep Water Campeche Basin Offshore Mexico

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Petroleum geoscientist with 25 years of multidisciplinary experience in global offshore and onshore exploration inclined projects. She worked in companies like BG and PEMEX gaining diverse experience from regional play and prospect generation and evaluation, to working closely with high level management on their portfolio strategies.

Searcher Seismic
Searcher provides high quality exploration data and leading edge tech to the global exploration indu
11:20 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:40 Neil Ritson - CEO
LGO Energy


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Mr Ritson holds a Bachelor degree in Geophysics. He has worked in the energy sector for over 35 years’, initially with BP plc, where he held the roles of International Chief Geophysicist, Head of Geoscience Research and Business Unit Leader for both Norway and Alaska Exploration.

Subsequently Mr Ritson managed the international operations of Burlington Resources Inc. and more recently he was CEO at Regal Petroleum plc before founding the Vanguard Energy Group where he was Chairman and CEO.

Mr Ritson is the Chairman of Solo Oil plc, the Managing Director of NR Global Consulting Limited and a Director of Marylebone Consulting Limited. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Enovation Resources Limited, a Bermudan registered private company active in the UK North Sea.

LGO Energy
LGO Energy's operations comprise of four main Trinidad assets; the Goudron Field, the Icacos Field,
12:15 Chris Corona - Director of Latin America

Caribbean "Gigante" multi-client seismic

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TGS is the world's largest geoscience data company, known for its asset-light, multi-client business
12:50 Multiple -
Panel Discussion
Is there a Regional aspect or is this just a collection of countries?

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David Bamford (Petromall)
Chris Matchette-Downes (CEO Caribex and MDOil)
Neil Ritson (CEO LGO Energy)
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