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Global Hotspots - where can we find big oil & gas fields

Deepwater, increasingly Onshore....Mexico, Myanmar, Russia, Kurdistan and more!
Graham Mayhew
» Executive Vice President of Africa Business Unit
» Spectrum
Ivan Sandrea and David Bamford
» Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

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Tuesday, May 14, 2013
The Geological Society

It is fashionable to identify deepwater – especially in the South Atlantic, unconventionals – especially in North America, and the Arctic – offshore Alaska, Russia, perhaps Greenland – as the ‘hot spots’ in the current global exploration scene.

This is probably true when looking in the rear view mirror or, given what appear to be the limited aspirations of most Majors today, saying “me too!” and/or peering at smaller, more agile competitors. If we get out our crystal balls, is this picture going to remain true looking forward; what can we say about what explorers will be doing over the next 18 months? What will the world of global exploration look like when we review, around this time in 2015, what happened in 2013 and 2014?

This Forum will take a good look at 2012 in the rear view mirror. Which small-medium sized companies have been successful and where; where indeed have the ‘hotspots’ been? How has this played out in terms of mergers and acquisition activity; who has survived, who has gone under, who has been bought out?

Then, looking forward, can we make any sort of prediction where the ‘hotspots’ of 2013 and 2014 will be? Where are exploration companies going to be drilling frontier wells and perhaps, as an even better leading indicator of future activity, where are seismic (and other geophysical) companies shooting multi-client data?

No doubt deepwater will continue, but if so where? Perhaps the much heralded international move onshore is upon us? Or perhaps relatively out of favour areas such as SE Asia will rise again (either because of or perhaps in spite of the geopolitical pressures in the South China Sea?).

If you would like to make a presentation at this topical event, please contact David Bamford via the Finding Petroleum website; if you are interested in sponsorship or exhibiting, please contact Terry O’Donnell in the same way.


9:00 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction

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.

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9:40 Dr Keith Myers - Founding Partner
Richmond Energy Partners

Reflections on 2012

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After completing a Ph. D. at Imperial College, Keith joined BP in 1987 as a geologist. Following a variety of technical roles, he became a Senior Commercial Advisor in 1996 when he led several major negotiations for new business access as well as Business Strategies for BP’s business in West Africa and BP’s Strategic Alliance with Statoil. Since 2000 Keith has been an advisor to numerous energy companies on strategy and partnership issues Keith founded Richmond Energy Partners in 2006 to provide independent advice to investors in smaller oil and gas companies. Richmond Energy advise some of the largest funds and institutions investing in the sector. Keith takes a keen interest in oil sector governance and served on the organising committee of the Good Governance of the National Petroleum Sector Project at the think tank Chatham House.

Richmond Energy Partners
Richmond Energy Partners was founded in 2006 and provides independent advice to investors in smaller
10:15 Paul Markwick - Technical Director

The importance of integrating global tectonic settings, climatic evolution and palaeogeographic response in identifying the next exploration hotspots

Paul has over 25 years experience in academia and industry. He began his career at BP back in the 1980s where his work included upwelling predictions using conceptual climate models, palaeogeographic mapping, cyclostratigraphy and oil from coals. In 1989 he started his PhD with Professor Fred Ziegler, as part of the Paleogeographic Atlas Project at the University of Chicago. His work on palaeoclimate proxies brought together palaeogeography, palaeoclimatology, database design and management and statistics. This was followed by a post-doc with Professors Paul Valdes and Bruce Sellwood at the University of Reading applying palaeoclimate models to the southwest African coast as an exploration tool for placer diamonds. In 1998 he joined Robertson Research (now CGG-Robertson) where he developed the palaeogeographic and predictive source rock models, which subsequently became central to the “Merlin” project. He joined Getech at the end of 2004 to set up the Petroleum Systems Evaluation Group and became group manager in 2006. He joined Getech’s board in 2008 as Geological Director and became Technical Director in 2010.

Paul continues to actively pursue academic research and has convened two conferences on Palaeogeography (Cambridge 2008) and Predictive Lithofacies Modelling (Snowbird 2006), as well as publishing numerous papers on topics as diverse as glacioeustacy, Antarctic tectonics and palaeogeography, database design, the K/T extinction, biodiversity and climate, palaeoclimate proxies and drainage analysis.

Paul has is a Visiting Research Fellow at the Universities of Bristol and Leeds.

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10:50 Ed Collins - Oceania Team Leader, Neftex
Landmark Exploration Insights

The Bight Basin: From Regional Context to Licence Block Evaluation

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Landmark Exploration Insights (formerly Neftex), is a product family within Landmark, a business lin
11:25 Lunch & refreshments - Sponsored by Spectrum
12:00 Graham Mayhew - Executive Vice President of Africa Business Unit

Potential deepwater hotspots

Graham has 30 years’ experience in the seismic industry, having previously worked for Western Geophysical, Cogniseis, Landmark and WesternGeco in various managerial roles. During the last 14 years Graham has been focusing his efforts on developing new ventures and the Multi-Client business in Africa for WesternGeco where his last role was Multi-Client manager for Europe and Africa. Graham’s current role at Spectrum – Executive Vice President of Africa Business Unit - is to further grow their presence in Africa.

Spectrum is established as a key player in the seismic services market. The company focuses on deliv
12:35 James Buckley - New Ventures Geoscientist

Pre-salt exploration in the Santos Basin

Talk Description
The pre-salt Santos Basin exploded onto the international scene in 2005 with the drilling of the first well on the Tupi structure – now known as Lula . Costing in the region of $270m, this did not only represent a triumph of engineering; it was the biggest discovery in the Americas since Cantarell in Mexico, 1976. With this 6.5 billion barrel oilfield, and the Santos Basin’s pre-salt plays still having a lot more to offer, Brazil is certainly the focus of much attention on the international energy stage.

This presentation gives an overview of the exploration in the basin, before taking an in-depth look at the geological challenges associated with reservoir prediction in the pre-salt. Finally, we will look at what the future holds for the Santos Basin – are there more big fields waiting to be found?
James is a New Ventures Geoscientist in CGG's Multi-Client & New Ventures team.
He is 24 years old, and completed his MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from Royal Holloway in September 2012. Since graduating, he has been working as a New Ventures Geoscientist at CGG. His MSc independent project revolved around understanding carbonate facies distribution in the pre-salt of the Santos Basin – the aim is to take this research to the next level, providing an interesting insight into the future of this exciting exploration frontier.

CGG is a fully integrated Geoscience company providing leading geological, geophysical and reservoir
13:10 Ivan Sandrea and David Bamford -
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Future onshore 'hotspots'

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Ivan Sandrea is a senior advisor to the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies and a global consultant.

Ivan’s previously served as President and COO for the Energy Intelligence Group (EIG) in London. Prior to joining EIG, Ivan was Vice President of Global Strategy and Business Development, and Vice President of International E&P Strategy for Statoil (4 yeas). During his career at Statoil he established world class units within the firm covering both business intelligence and strategy development (London and Oslo). Prior to his position at Statoil, he was Head of Oil Supply at the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC), and was responsible for the supply and oil balance sections of the OPEC Monthly Report and the supply section in the annual World Oil and Industry Outlook reporting directly to the Secretariat and the Economic Commission Board (Austria). At OPEC, Ivan also acted as the technical liaison with non-OPEC countries and represented OPEC at the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Classification in Geneva. Ivan is also familiar with the financial community and before working at OPEC was Associate Vice President for Oil & Gas Equities at Merrill Lynch. He is trained as a petroleum geologist and began his career at BP Exploration International where he worked in exploration, operations, and commercial positions in Venezuela, Norway and Egypt.

Ivan is currently active as a Senior Research Advisor at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies (UK); member of the Oxford Energy Policy Club; co-founder, Board Member, and lecturer of strategy at the Executive Energy MBA program at Vienna’s Wirtschaftsuniversität (WU) in Austria; member of the UNECE Expert Group on Resource Classification (Geneva);Board Member of KleineHerzen (Austria), a non-profit organisation dedicated to supporting orphans children in Russia and Ukraine. He has published over 16 papers and contributed to a number of books and publications.

He was recently appointed as a trustee to the Energy Policy Research Foundation, Inc. (Washington, D.C.). EPRINC, a non-profit think tank established in 1944, provides research and analysis of contemporary petroleum issues.
Ivanholds a BSc. in geology from Baylor University, a MSc. and MBA from Edinburgh University and attended the BerkleyExecutive Leadership Program. He is married and has one son.

David Bamford is one of the founders of Finding Petroleum.

Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
The Oxford Institute for Energy Studies was founded in 1982 as an autonomous centre for advanced res
13:45 Raffle draw and tea & coffee

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