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International exploration for Unconventionals

New Ideas are desperately needed!
Neil McMahon & Ben Dell
» Kimmeridge Energy

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014
Royal Society of Chemistry

If companies are to explore successfully for unconventional oil and gas outside North America, some “new ideas” are needed.

This is because exploitation of shale oil and shale gas in North America is underpinned by access to huge amounts of data from the literally thousands of wells that have been drilled to explore in and around working petroleum systems – well logs, cuttings, cores, fluids and so on are freely available in vast amounts.

Elsewhere in the world, such a rich data base is rare and we are going to have to figure out how to identify commercially viable unconventional petroleum using our brains and a host of different measurements – from satellites, from aircraft, from folk hitting rocks with a hammer, from lab analyses, from all sorts of seismic – that is, from what some call multi-measurements. Only then can we hone in on the “sweet spots” which drive the economics of unconventional resources.

It is not yet obvious that we know how to do this - “New Ideas” are needed and success is not guaranteed.

Please join us on October 7th when we will dig into these topics and define what will bring success (and maybe who will deliver it!).

David Bamford

Media pack for this event


8:45 Arrivals and Registration. Tea & Coffee
9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction: are there any New Ideas out there?

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
9:45 Oswald Clint - Senior Analyst
Bernstein Research

Successful Unconventional Companies

Dr Clint joined Sanford C. Bernstein in 2004 and was part of the Energy Team with Neil McMahon covering the Global Integrated Oil sector.

Currently he is the Senior Research Analyst covering the European E&P and Russian Oil & Gas sectors. The Bernstein Energy franchise has become well known due to both the provocative commentary on the commodities and oil stocks, as well as the innovative research that forms the core of their frequent publications. Previously, he worked as an accountant and consultant for KPMG covering energy, gas, and chemical sectors. Dr Clint received his PhD in Geophysics from University College London where he specialised in sub-surface rock physics and is also a Chartered Accountant.

Bernstein Research
Sanford C. Bernstein is widely recognized as Wall Street's premier sell-side research firm. Their re
10:25 John Simmons - Principal Advisor
RPS Energy
"Engage before drilling" Lessons learned from communicating contested subsurface topics

Talk Description
RPS Energy provides a range of technical, commercial and project management support services to the
10:50 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Brian Horsfield - CEO

Thinking molecular - it translates into pay

Brian Horsfield is co-founder of GEOS4, and CEO. He graduated in Geology from Durham University (England) and obtained his Ph.D in Organic Geochemistry from Newcastle University. He worked in the industry for 9 years with Conoco and Arco, conducting research and service on numerous marine and non-marine petroleum provinces worldwide. His published papers include developing evaluation schemes that are now standard in the industry, inventing the MSSV pyrolysis method, and building oil-to-gas cracking kinetic models.

On the academic level, Brian is Full Professor of Organic Geochemistry and Hydrocarbon Systems at the Technical University of Berlin, Germany, as well as Leader of Organic Geochemistry at GFZ German Research Centre for Geosciences, Potsdam, Germany. He is a member of acatech, the German Academy of Science and Technology. He is director of the research project Gas Shales in Europe (GASH) and the fact-based Shale Gas Information Platform (SHIP). The evaluation of gas-in-place and producibility in unconventional hydrocarbon systems of the USA, South Africa, China and North Africa are key activities in service and research at the present time. He has more than 180 publications in leading journals.

Built on the 40+ years combined experience of its co-founders, GeoS4 is a specialised service provid
11:50 Nick Cameron - Senor Geologist
Sceptre Oil & Gas Ltd

Discovering the Main Dolomite tight light oil play of Western Poland

12:10 Neil McMahon & Ben Dell -
Kimmeridge Energy

Kimmeridge Clay: the first offshore Unconventional play

Founded in 2012, Kimmeridge Energy invests directly in unconventional oil and gas projects and asset
12:45 Lunch: Exhibits
13:45 Jon Watson - Geosciences Exploration Manager
Austin Bridgeporth Ltd

The usefulness of potential field data in unconventionals: From free data to fracture mapping

Talk Description
Shale gas exploration outside the US needs a different approach.

The lack of well information, differing land ownership issues and area scale, aside from identifying initial areas of interest, all present problems and require the need to step out to a regional level, then work inwards.

Public domain land gravity datasets across the UK and Poland (two areas where unconventional exploration is establishing itself) provide an excellent framework to regional understanding and offer a complimentary tool to focus areas of interest and seismic planning.

Moving from regional to block scale, high resolution (airborne or land) gravity and FTG datasets offer detailed information on fault mapping and structural control. The information can be obtained quickly and at low cost. With integration of well and seismic data the interpretation can be carried through to detailed geological modelling, understanding stress/strain relationships and well planning.
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
14:20 Scott Mildren - Technical Director - Geomechanics and Image Logs
Ikon Science

Beyond Brittleness Index: An improved approach for understanding the mechanical behaviour of unconventional resources.

A Geologist with 15 years of experience in petroleum geology, and geomechanics. He spent time with Z&S (Asia) Ltd (now Baker Atlas Geoscience) performing stress structural and sedimentological interpretation of resistivity and acoustic image log data. Scott was also among the academic staff at the Australian School of Petroleum and the National Centre for Petroleum Geology and Geophysics researching various geomechanical issues such as fault and cap rock seal integrity, fractured reservoirs, wellbore stability and trap risk.

Ikon Science
Ikon Science is a global geoprediction technology company providing industry leadership in the predi
15:00 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
15:30 David Bamford - Director
Future Energy Partners Ltd
Ranking European Shale Opportunities

Talk Description
Our US colleagues have shown us how to assess and develop shale resources - their knowledge and skills improve all the time but there is nothing we do not know how to do.

Can we look at potential European opportunities and figure out which might be the best?

There are some fundamental questions in considering any opportunity: what is the quality of the target shale itself; has it 'hosted' a significant, producing, petroleum province; what is it's 'fraccibility'; is there a sufficient data base to enable economic 'sweet spots' to be found; is there a vigorous oil field services sector capable of doing the work; is there strong, local, societal opposition to any developments; is there strong political backing for the enterprise?

We can use the answers to these questions to assess and later to rank any shale opportunity that comes in front of us, and I have attempted this for a number of European opportunities - Bowland Shale, onshore northern UK; Kimmeridge Clay, onshore southern UK; Kimmeridge Clay, North Sea; Posidonia Shale, onshore Northern Germany; Bazhenov Shale, West Siberia; and others.

The conclusions are, I think, surprising, and do not at all correspond to the media coverage of these opportunities!
David Bamford is well known around the oil & gas industry both as an explorer and a geophysicist. 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 undertaken asset and company valuation projects for investment banks, hedge funds and small oil companies. He has been a board director of Tullow Oil and Premier Oil.

He holds a Physics degree from the University of Bristol and a Ph.D in Geological Sciences from the University of Birmingham.

Future Energy Partners Ltd
Future Energy Partners (FEP) is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technic
16:00 Tony Grindrod - Trainer
Finding Petroleum x
A very different ball-game – present and future prospects in the UK and North America

Talk Description
There is a marked contrast between attitudes to shale oil and gas exploration in ‘data-rich’ countries and ‘data-poor ‘countries such as the UK, Poland where exploration is in its infancy and commercial production is yet to begin.

In this presentation we look at the contrast to attitudes highlighted by questions posed by educators, politicians, the media and the general public by looking at engineering, infrastructure, commercial and demographic differences between the USA and other countries which are thought to host unconventional resources.

16:30 Close followed by Wine, Exhibits, Networking

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