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Opportunities in Mature Provinces and Super Basins

How can we make a step change in improving investability of older fields?
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David Bamford
» Director
» Finding Petroleum
Owen Sutcliffe
» Manager, Exploration Insights
» Landmark Exploration Insights
Neil McMahon
» Managing Partner
» Kimmeridge Energy
Chris Wheaton
» Investment Manager
» Stifel
Rob Gill
» Consultant
» Future Energy Partners Ltd
Daniel Baltar
» Global Exploration Advisor

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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
The Geological Society

They say the best place to find oil is an oilfield. We'll be exploring some new ideas how to do this at our mature fields forum on February 21, with talks from Kimmeridge Energy, Landmark Exploration Insights (Halliburton, formerly Neftex), investment banking firm Stifel (Chris Wheaton) and Rob Gill, formerly EAME business development manager with Advisian Worley Parsons.

Mature Provinces around the world can offer significant opportunities for innovative companies in a low oil or gas price world - much infrastructure has already been built and the location of the great majority of resources/reserves is known.

Topics we'll cover include the 'superbasins' concept (a basin which has produced 5bn boe and has about 5bn boe left, with typically multiple source rocks, such as the Permian Basin, Northwest German Basin, and more, see more here) and why that might be useful; Kimmeridge Energy's plans for the Permian and beyond, ideas from an investor's perspective on how to improve economic recovery from the North Sea, and ideas about developing satellite fields, with subsea tiebacks and standardised minimum facilities platforms.

This event follows our:

March 2017 event "Finding & Exploiting new petroleum resources in Europe"

March 2016 event "Finding & Exploiting new petroleum resources in Europe"


9:30 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum


Talk Description
Welcome and 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
Finding Petroleum was established to help the oil and gas industry network, and stay up to date on t
9:35 Owen Sutcliffe - Manager, Exploration Insights
Landmark Exploration Insights

Illuminating the Geology of Super Basins: The Next Big Thing for Exploration?

Talk Description
The recently publicized concept of “Super Basins” provides geologists with an exciting opportunity for exploiting hydrocarbons in low risk settings where topside infrastructure is well established and the subsurface is known to contain (often multiple) prolific petroleum systems. The main differentiator between Super Basins and their less hydrocarbon-rich counterparts is a proven production of >5BBOE and a remaining recoverable resource of >5BBOE. Across the globe, c. 25 Super Basins have been identified. By its very definition, the Super Basin concept relies heavily on what is known in the subsurface today and is extremely beneficial at identifying short-term cycle production opportunities. However, as a concept, the term Super Basin reveals little about the heterogeneous nature of the known petroleum systems or whether any potential for new exploration opportunities of significance exists. In particular, are there new plays to be exploited? And if so what are they and what are the likely resources associated with them?

We will discuss how an integrated, holistic process of geological evaluation reveals the true anatomy of the petroleum systems in these basins. This demonstrates that in these exceptional basins, the petroleum systems within them can be far from simple and often have variable levels of exploration associated with them. Furthermore, the nature of generation, dispersal and capture of hydrocarbon change is also illuminated with diffusive and more focused charge end-members being clearly recognized. This differentiation of Super Basins provides a realistic basis for defining geological analogues, a framework for comparing similar petroleum systems and for making inferences about the new exploration potential within them. There must some new life in some of these show dogs yet!

Paper authors: Owen Sutcliffe, Mike Simmons, Dan Slidel & Michael Treloar
Landmark Exploration Insights (formerly Neftex), is a product family within Landmark, a business lin
10:10 Neil McMahon - Managing Partner
Kimmeridge Energy

The Permian Basin – Evolution of a Perfect Petroleum System

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Dr. McMahon is Managing Partner of Kimmeridge Energy

He was formerly Director of Research at Kimmeridge Energy and is responsible for private investments, particularly outside the US, and for developing Kimmeridge’s geological research and screening capabilities. Prior to this role, Dr. McMahon was a Senior Equity Research Analyst for the Global Integrated Oils at Sanford C. Bernstein, where he was ranked 1st in the 2009 Institutional Investor Survey, for the third time. Dr. McMahon covered 18 of the largest integrated oils and refiners. He joined Sanford C. Bernstein in 2002.

Before joining Sanford C. Bernstein, Dr. McMahon was an Engagement Manager at McKinsey, based in both Houston and London, where he had been since 1999. At McKinsey he mainly advised petroleum and electric power and natural gas clients and undertook proprietary research within McKinsey’s industry practices. Prior to McKinsey, Dr. McMahon worked in the oil industry as a geoscientist with British Petroleum (BP) and British Gas (BG) before moving into consulting with Arthur D. Little where he became a manager in its Global Energy Practice.

Dr. McMahon received an honors degree from The University of Edinburgh in Geology and Geophysics where he later undertook further research to complete a BP sponsored Ph.D. in 1995. Dr. McMahon has also published a number of technical and management-oriented papers in leading oil and gas industry journals, and currently sits on the board of Durham University’s energy research group.

Kimmeridge Energy
Founded in 2012, Kimmeridge Energy invests directly in unconventional oil and gas projects and asset
10:45 Coffee & Tea; Exhibits
11:15 Chris Wheaton - Investment Manager

The prize: turning the North Sea into an oil and gas factory

Chris Wheaton was formerly European energy sector analyst with Allianz and energy investment analyst with T Rowe Price.

"Having trained as a Chemical Engineer, I've spent over half my 20 year career as a stockpicker and stockmarket analyst following the Oil & Gas industry and global energy markets. I've also analysed and stockpicked across sectors as diverse as financials, transport, and media. I've been fortunate to be an analyst on the energy sector during a time of extraordinary change in the global energy industry, and to take advantage of the stockpicking opportunities this rate of change has generated. With a lot of hard work I've been top ranked among my investment peers in Europe by some of the biggest global energy companies for the quality and depth of my analysis and my investment insight not just for the short-term, but on the key strategic issues facing industry CEOs."

Stifel is a full-service wealth management and investment banking firm, established in 1890 and base
11:50 Rob Gill - Consultant
Future Energy Partners Ltd

Wellhead platforms, financing schemes and contracting strategies

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Talk Description
Developing satellite discoveries using subsea tie backs or standardised min facs platforms with innovative financing schemes
Rob Gill is formerly EAME business development manager with Advisian Worley Parsons,

Future Energy Partners Ltd
Future Energy Partners (FEP) is a unique oil and gas advisory service which prides itself on technic
12:25 Daniel Baltar - Global Exploration Advisor

What will it take to revive offshore superbasins?

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Daniel Baltar is the Global Exploration Advisor for EMGS ASA.

Is responsible for the integration of CSEM measurements in existing workflows and business models. Previously he founded Cycle Petroleum and was its exploration director from 2018 to 2021. He has had a lead role in the integration of EM data into the exploration workflow, starting with Pemex's campaign in the deep-water Gulf of Mexico, the largest CSEM acquisition in the history of the technology. Furthermore he has developed and published some of the key integration algorithms and workflows bridging exploration performance, play and prospect evaluation, and resistivity rock physics analysis. Also Daniel has worked as an explorationist and seismic QI in many different basins and depositional environments. Also, he has experience in digitalization, pore pressure prediction and shallow hazard analysis. He holds an MSc in Hydrocarbon Exploration and Production form ISE/Heriot-Watt and a degree in Physics.

EMGS is a Norwegian, leading market share Geophysical company focused on the acquisition, processing
13:00 Close: Lunch & Exhibits

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