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Finding Petroleum Opportunities In The Middle East

How companies are finding opportunities in Iraq, Lebanon / Israel / Cyprus triangle - Saudi Arabia
Richard Herbert
» R Herbert Associates Ltd
Mike Simmons
» Halliburton Technology Fellow for Geosciences
» Halliburton
Katya Krylova
» VP sales and marketing
» GGS Interica
Ryan Turner
» Lead Analyst with PGI's Geo-political Risk Team
» Protection Group International

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Tuesday, May 16, 2017
The Geological Society

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Our Middle East forum on May 16 reviewed how companies are finding opportunities in the Middle East - as part of the search for lower 'cost of supply' oil. This includes majors, independents, service and engineering companies.

What are the exploration opportunities nowadays in Iraq - especially Kurdistan - and what's this about offshore Iraq; what could they be if Iran were to become accessible again?

And what's going on in the Lebanon - Israel - Cyprus 'triangle'? Do the real opportunities still lie in developing dicovered resources (in the Zagros for example)?

Also, the UK's Department of International Trade has Oil & Gas High Value Campaigns under way in Iraq and Saudi Arabia, focussing on the excellent opportunities that exist in both countries for UK oil field service and engineering companies, as they seek to increase their reserves bases and therefore production potential.

This event follows our:

Finding Petroleum Opportunities In Iran event in May 2016
view the agenda and report view the delegates list

Middle East event in Oct 2015
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9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction: Session 1 - Kurdistan re-visited

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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
9:50 Benoit Vincent - Consultant Geologist
Cambridge Carbonates

Fractured Carbonate Reservoirs A geological point of view

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Benoit Vincent is working as a Consultant Geologist with Cambridge Carbonates Ltd for 2009. He obtained a BSc in the University of Grenoble, followed by a MSc and PhD from the University of Burgundy in Dijon (France) in the field of Sedimentary Geology. After a Post-Doctoral position at the French University he joined the Institut Français du Pétrole (IFP, now IFPEN) in Paris between 2002 and 2008 where he was responsible for the petrography and thin section manufacturing labs. Benoit worked on sedimentology, stratigraphy, and diagenesis of carbonates, as well as on the impact of diagenesis on reservoir properties, mainly in the Middle East.

He also participated in projects about CO2 storage and received the DEG (Division of Environmental Geosciences) Best Poster Award at the 2004 AAPG Annual Convention in Dallas. He was employed as expert Geologist in Andra (French National Agency for Radioactive Waste Management) from 2008 to 2009. His main interest is in diagenesis and petrophysics in relationship with sedimentology and stratigraphy, now working all around the world and through the entire Phanerozoic, in carbonate and clastic reservoirs.

Cambridge Carbonates
Cambridge Carbonates Ltd. is a geological consultancy that provides expertise in carbonate and evapo
10:25 Kes Heffer -
Reservoir Dynamics

Reservoir engineering of fractured systems

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Talk Description
.....from mass balance to dual-porosity simulation
Kes Heffer received an MA in Natural Sciences from the University of Cambridge in 1970 and an MSc in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Imperial College, London in 1971. He worked for BP for 29 years, initially in worldwide operations as a petroleum/reservoir engineer, and latterly in research into issues of reservoir description. Since 1999 he has been an Honorary Fellow of the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, and has conducted research and consultancy work through Reservoir Dynamics Ltd. His current main research interest is the rôle of geomechanics in the processes of fluid flow in reservoirs, and the degree to which these approach a critical point.

Reservoir Dynamics
Reservoir Dynamics Ltd conducts research and provides consultancy services on the topics of geomecha
10:45 Richard Herbert -
R Herbert Associates Ltd

Exploration Opportunities in the Middle East

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Richard Herbert is a former COO, Exploration with BP, retiring from that position in 2016. Before that he was Executive Vice-President Exploration with TNK-BP (since 2003). He was initially with BP.

R Herbert Associates Ltd

11:20 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits: Session 2 - What's Next?
11:45 Mike Simmons - Halliburton Technology Fellow for Geosciences

Potential of Stratigraphic Traps in the Middle East

My research interests encompass petroleum exploration workflows, especially integration with sequence stratigraphy; eustasy in the geological record; regional stratigraphy and petroleum geology, specifically the Middle East and Black Sea regions; applied biostratigraphy; and the history and future of geology. My career has spanned both industry and academia, working at BP, Aberdeen and Cambridge Universities, Neftex, and most recently Halliburton, where I am Technology Fellow for Geosciences and Exploration. I have a degree and PhD from the University of Plymouth and am a Visiting Professor at the University of London.

Founded in 1919, Halliburton is one of the world's largest providers of products and services to the
12:20 Katya Krylova - VP sales and marketing
GGS Interica

Modern reprocessing techniques deliver significant seismic data improvement leading to new play concepts offshore Iran

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Katerina Krylova is VP sales and marketing with GGS-Interica. Prior to her current position, she was an account manager at Paradigm Geophysical UK (2012-2015) and an EAME Business Development Manager at CGG (2010-2012). Katerina began her career as a seismic reservoir characterization geophysicist at CGG in 2005.

GGS Interica
GGS-Interica is a joint venture company which manages and licenses the Persian Carpet 2000 dataset t
12:55 Ryan Turner - Lead Analyst with PGI's Geo-political Risk Team
Protection Group International

Political, security and regulatory challenges in the Middle East

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Talk Description
The talk will touch on Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, and Israel and the eastern Med.
Ryan Turner is a Lead Analyst for PGI’s Geopolitical Intelligence team, with strong focus in the extractive industry and expertise in the Middle East. Ryan has expert knowledge of the global Oil & Gas Sector, as well as economic, political and security developments in the Middle East. He also has an understanding of the impact of political risk on the global energy market. Ryan has shared his views on security and energy market in numerous media appearances on BBC and CNBC and other networks.

Prior to joining PGI, Ryan was an Oil & Gas Analyst for a company which for the past 30 years, has had forecasts, data and analysis used by multinationals, governments and financial institutions to guide critical decisions. In this role, he worked daily with a team of country risk and sector focused analysts to provide insight and analysis in the global oil and gas market, with a regional remit focused on the Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa.

Protection Group International
PGI is a privately owned UK business offering integrated, intelligence-led risk management solutions
13:30 Close: followed by lunch and exhibits

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