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Lunch'n Think Webinar: Unconventionals in Southern Africa


....is there a globally significant gas volume available onshore in the region?
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Friday, May 21, 2021
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A question that we need to examine carefully is whether the US ‘shale gale’ can be exported to other countries.

Back in 2013 the US EIA assessed 137 shale formations (in 95 basins) in 41 countries outside the USA where significant volumes of shale gas resources might be found. Essentially this was a ‘bottom up’ exercise collating large amounts of reported data but if you look at the list, it almost entirely confirms a now known ‘top down’ truth – that prolific oil or gas shales had already fed a major conventional oil or gas province. So unsurprisingly the US, Russia, Algeria, China figured in the ‘top 10’ countries for technically recoverable shale gas.

But….. there are some ‘frontier’ regions and countries in the list, mainly of a smaller scale and so further down the ranking. However, Southern Africa contains one ‘top 10’ potential resource sequence, the Karoo, which is believed to hold 30 -390 Tcf in South Africa alone (and the Karoo formations stretch into Namibia, Botswana and Zambia).

Note however the Petroleum Agency of South Africa comments on the lack of geophysical and geochemical data!

In addition, in South Africa, Coal Bed Methane is well known from its occurrence in underground coal mining, where it presents a serious safety risk.

The coal deposits in South Africa are found within the Karoo basin and fault bounded rift basins further north. These basins are host to large volumes of coal and where the coal is concentrated with methane gas, this holds potential for significant future sources of energy.
In this Webinar David Bamford of Future Energy Partners will consider the ‘realities’ of unconventional gas in the Karoo from Namibia and Zambia and into South Africa.

Agenda

 
13:00 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.

Finding Petroleum
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13:05 David Bamford - Director
Future Energy Partners Ltd

An onshore gas future for South Africa?


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
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