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Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The Geological Society

So far in this decade Exploration has been both disappointing and gas prone – we explorers have a performance problem!

And then (2014 onwards) of course with the crash in oil price, companies – if they have been lucky enough to survive – have slashed exploration budgets.

And now there are the rumblings of a ‘next phase’ from the Majors – “let’s chase small stuff with shorter lead times”, “big isn’t best”, “anyway there’s Iran opening up” etc etc.

Not a great time to be an explorer?

Well, here’s the thing…..

In around 3 years’ time, there will be a global supply problem with the Majors short of new barrels.

So we have two or three interesting questions to answer:

Where should we be exploring?

How should we be exploring; where is improved performance going to come from?

Who is going to do it, if the Majors have ‘given up’?

We at Finding Petroleum aim to focus a handful of events on these topics, beginning on September 20th at the global level: which regions offer the most promise and which the least? And then we will consider in turn Mexico & the Caribbean; Performance Improvement using Machine Learning/Analytics; North Africa & the Eastern Mediterranean; Unconventionals.

Please drop me an e-mail if you would like to contribute….

David Bamford http://www.findingpetroleum.com/event/Finding-New-Exploration-Ideas/beadb.aspx


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Oxford based journalist and consultant, who writes about business, especially the global energy business including exploration. Also editor Oxfordprospect.co.uk. Writes about a variety of topics including production, power generation including renewables, innovation, investment, markets, technology, regulation, leadership, policy making and management.


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