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ICE 2018 Forums and Special Sessions

The ebb and flow of the world’s energy supply and demand is increasingly complex. A combination of technology and human ingenuity has led to a renaissance of oil and gas resource discoveries that provide abundant, and relatively cheap, energy for the world. Yet sovereign and local governments mandate a larger portion of our energy needs be sourced from renewables. While it’s clear that petroleum is an incredibly compact and portable source of energy, as well as being the building block for a myriad of materials upon which our world relies, it is equally evident that geopolitical forces are determined to steer the world away from burning oil and gas. However, recent estimates of the world’s recoverable petroleum supply will easily fuel the world through the end of the 21st century. Will petroleum continue to be the world’s dominant energy source? What role will renewables play and is there a balance between petroleum and renewables that wisely utilizes both.‬‬

‭Invited Speakers:‬‬
  • Kholly Zono, Acting Group CEO, PetroSA
  • Michael Collins, CEO, Salym Petroleum Development
  • Maurice Nessim, President, Schlumberger WesternGeco
  • ‭Don Bagley, Vice President, Business Development, ExxonMobil Exploration Company‬
  • Elizabeth Schwarze, Vice President Global Exploration, Chevron

Africa has seen phenomenal success during the past 10–15 years in the upstream sector of the oil and gas business. Giant world-class discoveries have been made across the continent in virtually all basins and in countries who were written off as un-prospective even a few years ago. Will the pace of discoveries continue and what does an abundance of energy mean for Africa’s economic prosperity? This panel of senior executives from IOCs and NOCs will address the future of upstream and how best to translate exploration and production success into an economic sea change for the people of Africa.

Invited Speakers
  • ‭Dr. Maikanti Baru, Group Managing Director, NNPC
  • Olalekan Akinyanmi, CEO, Lekoil Limited
  • Ndubuisi Maduemezia, Vice President and General Manager, Sub Saharan Africa, Schlumberger
  • Guy Maurice, Senior Vice President, Africa, Total E&P
  • Carlos Zacarias, President, The National Institute of Petroleum (INP)

The special session is dedicated to new realities on the adoption of cleaner energies, oil price “competitiveness,” and rising world energy consumption, the stage is being set for the emergence and/or dominant change to gas driven economy. Contrary to popular belief about gas just being another fossil fuel with dangerous emission rates, natural gas has been proven to emit the least carbon dioxide (CO2) and with the world still very far from a complete move away from fossil fuels, it is important that we begin to explore gas development as a cheaper and cleaner alternative. With deliberate advocacy, the industry and regulatory bodies must begin to critically consider workable fiscal and development options that the exploration of gas needs to operate within. In Africa alone, we have giant gas discoveries in offshore Mozambique, Egypt, Tanzania, Angola, and Nigeria, and to meet the rising increase in demand, it is forecasted that supply will increase to around 70% by year 2040. Invited talks in this session will propose and cover workable gas term models, ongoing discussions around locally suitable fiscal policies, possible impacts, and current integration plans with the production of other heavier fossil fuels and renewable energies. Talks will also highlight efficient systems for gas exploration through development to utilization.

Invited Speakers
  • Omar Mitha Chairman, ENH
  • Niall Kramer CEO, South Africa Oil and Gas Alliance

This special session will reflect on the journey of the oil and gas sector on the African continent. ‘Africa, Cradle of Mankind,’ is a continent blessed by an abundance of natural resources that has been explored for centuries. Invited speakers will delve into the history of the oil and gas industry in Africa and reflect on the socio-economic impact it had on development of African nations and its citizens. Stories of the early exploration programs based solely on field work to today’s technology intensive program will be discussed along with stories of the hard-earned discoveries and the serendipitous discoveries made on the way. The session aims to also cover the rise and changing fortunes of African NOCs as well as the International Oil Companies (IOC) active in Africa over recent times.

Invited Speakers
  • Dr. Kehinde Ladipo Senior Exploration Advisor, Lekoil
  • Justin Cochrane Associate Director for Sub-Saharan African Regional Research, Upstream Intelligence, IHS Markit
  • Keith Myer President, Research, Westwood Energy Group

In this technical panel the participants will discuss what technologies they have used to help make discoveries around the globe and revitalize mature super basins. Many of the super majors and NOCs are merging datasets to help them identify new opportunities that otherwise would be overlooked. The panelists will also delve into the topic of big data analytics with the goal of having a discussion around the practical applications that companies are using big data for today. Many times, we hear how data sets are siloed either because departments within companies keep their datasets separated or applications are not compatible with each other. Accessibility may be a factor as well as our ability to manipulate and digest such large amounts of data. Is there a risk of our engineers and geoscientists accepting analytic results without a QC process in place? How concerned is the industry that the old “black box” argument applies to big data analytics and what have they done to proactively ensure real value is extracted?

Invited Speakers:
  • Tolulope Ewherido, Vice President, Technical, ExxonMobil
  • Eric Hathon, Director Exploration, Cairn Energy
  • Khalid Al Zamil, Administrator, Exploration & Petroleum Engineering Computer Center, Saudi Aramco
  • TBC, Schlumberger

The international business of oil and gas exploration and production is subject to a myriad of global as well as country-specific factors and influences. The global economy, changing energy use trends, valuation methods and reporting, as well as local business operating environments all play a vital role in shaping the landscape. Invited speakers in this session will share their expertise, ideas, and insights on topics such as:

  • ‭Resources and Reserves Reporting‬‬
  • ‭Fiscal Regimes‬‬
  • ‭Decommissioning and Abandonment‬‬
  • Business Value of Research‬‬
  • ‭Business Response to‬ Changing Energy Mix‬‬
  • ‭Social Responsibility‬‬
  • ‭Local Business Environment‬‬
Invited Speakers
  • Narendra K. Verma Managing Director & CEO, ONGC Videsh Ltd
  • Eniola Oludedmi Petroleum Economics / Delivery Solutions Lead, Sub Sahara Africa, Schlumberger
  • Diepiriye M. Tariah Managing Director Integrated Data Services Limited, NNPC Group

The impact of oil and gas exploration and production activities on the environment has become an increasingly important topic. Current ease of access to information has raised issues such as the use of fossil fuels and pollution, climate change and protection of the environment, to everyday household topics of discussion and conversation. Invited speakers in this special session will share their knowledge, experiences, and insights on topics such as:

  • ‭Carbon Capture and Sequestration‬‬
  • ‭Advances in Fracking Technologies‬‬
  • ‭Environmental Risk in Deep-water Drilling‬‬
  • ‭Coastal Management‬‬
  • ‭Exploration Activity and the Effect on Biosphere‬‬
  • Managing Non-Technical Risks in Exploration‬‬
  • ‭Impact of E&P Activities on Deep and Shallow Aquifer‬‬
  • Environmental Impact Assessment‬‬
  • Waste Management
  • ‭Induced Seismicity‬‬
Invited Speakers
  • Dr. Malcolm Francis Exploration Lead SSA, Multiclient, WesternGeco

The Super Basin Forum will be a new focus for high impact energy related forums for AAPG. AAPG is pleased to introduce this inaugural Forum at the Cape Town South Africa ICE with four notable presentations relevant to the conference theme: “Shaping the Future in a changing Energy Landscape.” This focus is a new initiative for AAPG’s Second Century. The vision is that this forum will become a recurring theme at AAPG International Conferences. Follow-up papers will be preserved online and in AAPG publications.

These presentations will also show how geoscience matters and how rocks tell the story. We want to frame the world’s most petroliferous basins with an understanding of the boundary and layer conditions. This includes the richness, distribution, maturity, and position in the stratigraphic column of the source rocks. It also includes an appreciation of the reservoirs, seals, and structural configuration.

Super basins are shifting attention away from frontier exploration toward established mature basins as a key source for tomorrow’s oil and gas supplies. Super basins are established producers with at least 5 billion boe produced and 5 billion boe remaining recoverable, two or more petroleum systems or source rocks, stacked reservoirs, existing infrastructure/oil field services, and access to markets (IHS Markit). Horizontal drilling and multi-staged horizontal fracturing are driving the onshore super basin renaissance. The Permian Basin in Texas, Gulf of Mexico, and Middle East basins are prototype oil and gas prone super basins. And Africa has many of its own Super Basins!Energy is where you find it. We are seeing an energy Renaissance using new technology. Basins formerly thought of as “mature” basins have new surprises using the Total Petroleum Systems approach. Peak oil is a concept defined by a population of energy accumulations known, detectable, and producible at a particular time and place. When there are “multiple” peaks to a basin historical hydrocarbon production graph, it means that we were not fully grasping the true potential of basins with new technology. We will focus on the technology transfer and best practice sharing of new technologies that can be applied in various basins.

Topics to be addressed include:
  • What makes your super basin special and unique and what can we learn from it?
  • What are the critical geoscience elements that contribute to success?
  • What is the exploration/production history, and what are the major plays with remaining potential ‒ conventional, unconventional, and field growth.
  • What are key innovations in your super basin like: adoption of horizontal drilling, hydraulic stimulation, completing and ‬drilling techniques, and seismic imaging that helped unlock the ‬potential and what is needed to grow it further?
  • How do “above ground” issues like politics, access, mineral ownership, and geography influence realizing the full resource ‬potential of your super basin?
  • Will the basin be a regional or global disrupter?
Co-Chairs:

Charles A. Sternbach, AAPG Past President (2017‒18) & Nosa Omorodion, Director, Nigerian Independents, Schlumberger

Invited Speakers:
  • Exploration Creativity in the Golden Age of Super Basins and What AAPG is Doing About Them: Charles A. Sternbach, AAPG Past President (2017‒18)
  • Giant Basins of Africa: The More We Explore the More We Find: Adebayo Akinpelu, Managing Consultant, Fixital
  • North Africa – A Rejuvenated Super Basin: Andrea Cozzi, Vice President, Exploration North/East Africa and Middle East, ENI
  • East Africa and Mozambique, Waking a Sleeping Super Basin: Brian Russel Frost, Distinguished Geophysical Advisor, International New Ventures, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation‬‬
  • Basins and Petroleum Systems of the Middle East: Sa’id Al Hajri, Manager, Geological Operations Department, Saudi Aramco