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Super Basins 9 - Has East and Southern Africa's time come?

Yes, Breakthrough Moments!
Mike Cooper
» Technical director
» 1st Subsurface Oilfield Management
Mike Rego
» Independent Consultant
» Future Energy Partners Ltd
David Bamford
» Director
» Finding Petroleum

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Thursday, September 29, 2022

East and Southern Africa are at Breakthrough Moments

It may feel quite sudden but East and Southern Africa suddenly has lots of ‘new petroleum’ - oil in Kenya and Uganda, huge gas volumes offshore Tanzania and Mocambique, condensate offshore South Africa, and - most recently - potentially huge amounts of oil and gas offshore Namibia.

Most explorers were willing to dismiss these areas 20 years ago - I remember doing it!

Whereas the concept of ‘stranded’ oil resources was until a few months ago front and centre for many people in western countries, there’s now much more focus on Energy Security and as a consequence the realization that Africa might have a major role in providing petroleum to Europe and elsewhere.

Every stage of the exploration-appraisal-development-production cycle is visible - from bright exploration ideas, to discoveries that have only just been announced, to significant appraisal needed, to developments under way, to ‘first gas imminent’.

Needless to say, this work needs to be done to ‘international standards’, a clear priority being that the host-country citizens benefit from these developments, not just IOCs, resource-hungry nations and an in-country ‘elite’.

It’s clearly in the interest of the economic development of East and Southern Africa countries, and their people, that development of these crude oil and natural gas resources happens, and in a way that alleviates the Energy Poverty that still exists in much of the region.


13:00 Karl Jeffery - editor
Finding Petroleum

Welcome & Introduction

Karl Jeffery is editor and co-founder of Digital Energy Journal, and conference producer of Finding Petroleum. He is also publisher of Carbon Capture Journal and Tanker Operator, and co-founder of Digital Ship, a publishing and events company covering digital technology for the deep sea maritime industry. He has a BEng in chemical engineering from Nottingham University

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13:05 Mike Cooper - Technical director
1st Subsurface Oilfield Management

The oilfields, gasfields and discoveries of Southern & East Africa - where next for this under-explored region?

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Talk Description
An overview of Namibia/S Africa (Orange & Outeniqua etc) and the Tanzania-Mozambique (Rovuma basin), possibly touching on other basins very briefly.
Mike Cooper is Managing Director at 1st Subsurface, a multidisciplinary consultancy specialising in subsurface management, exploration and asset strategy. 1st Subsurface supplies the TROVE oil and gas industry databases. These databases contain detailed geoscience & technical data on every field, discovery and open-source prospect for the basins covered.

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13:25 Mike Rego - Independent Consultant
Future Energy Partners Ltd

Review of Exploration Opportunities in East Africa (Title TBC)

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Talk Description
Mike will present the review on behalf of two co-authors, Nick Cameron and David Boote.

The recent news about Wentworth buying in to Ntorya, and an article over the weekend in The Citizen newspaper in Dar es Salaam, suggests things are changing for the better...

Over the last 5 years we have individually or as a group worked on the petroleum systems and exploration potential from various angles, but particularly from mid-Mozambique to Somalia, albeit to different degrees of focus.

Our main focus has been northern Mozambique to southern Kenya.
In 2008 Mike oversaw the Kiliwani North gas discovery for Aminex in Tanzania, followed in 2012 by the onshore Ntorya gas discovery in 2012, a Middle Cretaceous discovery estimated at the time to consist of approx. 1.2 Tcf GIIP.

In 2014 Mike resigned from his role as Exploration Director at Aminex and took on the role of Exploration Manager for PICO in Cairo, Egypt, however this only lasted some 3 1/2 months as Mike contracted a virus that led to heart failure – fortunately whilst back in the UK for Henley Regatta. Mike made a full recovery, just in time for the oil price to slide down to $20. As a result of poor timing of falling ill, Mike has since been working as an independent consultant with a primary focus on East Africa and North Korea, when not fighting to keep his ageing Land Rover on the road, and gazing out at the Sticklepath Fault from his study at home on Dartmoor in Devon.

Mike graduated from University College of Swansea, Wales, with a Geology degree and joined SSL - Seismograph Services (England) Limited - and was posted to Libya processing onshore seismic data prior to returning to the UK and working as a seismic interpreter on UKCS speculative seismic data.

In 1985 Mike joined BP as a geophysicist, initially in the Far East Regional Appraisal Group, prior to postings to San Francisco to work on the onshore San Joaquin Basin of California, and Cairo, Egypt, to work on the Gulf of Suez and the Western Desert, before returning to London at the end of 1989 to work on deepwater West Africa.

In 1991, Mike joined LASMO initially working on West Africa, but also sub-Saharan Africa including the Seychelles. Mike then joined the Russia group, focussed on new opportunities mainly in West Siberia, leaving in 1993 and working as an independent consultant on West Siberia and West Africa, until joining Phibro to work on the White Knights Joint Venture in West Siberia until 1998, at which point Mike joined Aminex initially in the Tatarstan and Komi semi-autonomous Republics of Russia. In late 2001, Mike persuaded Aminex management that East Africa offered low cost opportunities with little competition, yet potentially large rewards, resulting with Aminex entering Tanzania in 2002.

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13:45 David Bamford - Director
Finding Petroleum

Q&A followed by Close no later than 14:15

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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