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In recent years the demand for secure, domestic energy supplies has driven interest in non-conventional hydrocarbons.  Although current low oil prices have dampened enthusiasm there remains a strong interest in the opportunities offered by resources such as Heavy Oil, Oil Sands and Shale Oil. 

Focusing on the commercial opportunities for unconventional oil projects in emerging markets in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East this targeted event will provide essential information for anyone involved in the unconventional sector.   Join financiers, policy makers, project developers and a host of industry experts to share information and improve your understanding of this emerging market. 

 

Key topics include:

  • The needs and opportunities for Heavy Oils in Europe
  • Heavy Oil in the North Sea - costs, investment, risks
  • Estonian Shale Oil - challenges and risks in Shale Oil production 
  • Fossil Fuels In Turkey - Heavy Oil, Lignite, Oil Shale etc
  • Impact of economic environment on availability of finance
  • Challenges in upgrading Unconventional Oils: Instability, contaminants, integration issues
  • Challenges of engineering geological CO2 storage


 

 

This stimulating event will provide a wealth of knowledge and experience.  The quality of speakers and the breadth of topics makes this an unmissable opportunity for anyone involved in unconventional hydrocarbon developments. 

Hear from a wide range of project operators and developers
Assess the options for financing non-conventional developments and hear case studies from experienced project developers
Understand world hydrocarbon liquid resources and future supply
Learn about stakeholder issues and environmental challenges
Capitalise on interactive Q&A sessions to gather the information that will help your business succeed
Enjoy excellent networking opportunities with senior industry figures

Testimonials from SMi's Unconventional Gas conference:

“Excellent cross section of talks”
Stephen Jewell, Chief Operating Officer, Composite Energy Ltd - Unconventional Gas 2008

"Excellent topics, relevant to current interest ... good networking opportunities.”
Alistair McIntyre, Project Manager, Marathon International Petroleum - Unconventional Gas 2008

 

The conference would benefit anyone involved in Unconventional Oil, whether as an operator, investor or services provider. 

Sample job titles:

CEO
COO
Director/Managing Director
Business Development
Reservoir Engineer
Head of Unconventional Oil
Head of Heavy Oil
Head of Shale Oil
Head of Oil Sands
Head of Tar Sands
Head of Sustainable Development
Project Manager

 

 

 

Conference programme

8:30 Registration & Coffee

9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

Richard Selwa

Richard Selwa, Managing Director, R&A Energy

9:10 WORLD HYDROCARBON LIQUID RESOURCES AND FUTURE SUPPLY

Ken Chew

Ken Chew, Vice President – Industry Performance, IHS

  • Historic evolution of oil discovery, and current trends
  • World liquids production
  • Established remaining liquids resources: where we stand today - the low-end case
  • Resource growth and yet-to-find
  • Unconventional liquids: characteristics, resources and future production from oil sands, extra-heavy oil and fractured shale oil
  • Ultimate remaining liquids resources: the high-end case including resource growth, yet-to-find and the role of unconventionals
  • 9:50 THE NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR HEAVY OILS IN EUROPE

    Nigel Cuthbert

    Nigel Cuthbert, Director and Senior Vice President, Purvin & Gertz

  • Global Outlook for the crude oil markets
  • The future contribution from unconventional oils
  • The future crude oil supply to Europe
  • What are the options for heavy oil supply to the European markets?
  • The Diluent Dilemma - Convert or Dilute?
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 HEAVY OIL RESOURCES IN THE NORTH SEA – A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTOR TO FUTURE UK PRODUCTION

    Stephen Jenkins

    Stephen Jenkins, Chief Executive Officer, Nautical Petroleum

  • What is UKCS heavy oil?
  • Where is it found in the North Sea?
  • Migration, biodegradation, reservoir and traps
  • Production options and technology
  • Production costs
  • UKCS heavy oil discount myth
  • Near term production prize
  • 11:40 CASE STUDY OF HEAVY OIL IN THE NORTH SEA

    Charles Lucas-Clements

    Charles Lucas-Clements, Director of Strategy and Business Development , Xcite Energy Resources

  • Costs, Investment, risks
  • Progress made
  • Challenges remaining
  • Outlook
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 CASE STUDY: HEAVY OIL DEVELOPMENT AT PATOS MARINZA, ALBANIA

    Suneel Gupta

    Suneel Gupta, Vice President, Production and Operations, Bankers Petroleum

  • Unlocking large oil resource potential
  • Favorable business environment for investment
  • Production challenges
  • Development challenges
  • Future outlook
  • 14:30 US OIL SHALE - OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES

    Glenn Vawter

    Glenn Vawter, Executive Director, National Oil Shale Association

  • United States Oil Shale resource
  • Oil Shale projects in the United States
  • Technological advances in Oil Shale processing
  • Economic, regulatory and political challenges
  • Strategic opportunities for industry and government
  • 15:10 THE INDIAN OIL SHALE SCENARIO

    Srinivasan Raju

    Srinivasan Raju, Senior Technical Advisor to Director General, Directorate General of Hydrocarbons

  • Oil and gas demand and supply situation
  • India's efforts in exploration and exploitation of unconventional hydrocarbon resources
  • Status of investigations on oil shale
  • Outlook
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 ESTONIAN SHALE OIL - PROGRESS AND PLANS

    Alo Kelder

    Alo Kelder, Development Director, Enefit (Eesti Energia Internationally)

  • Challenges and risks in shale oil production
  • Investments and progress made
  • Future plans and outlook at home and abroad
  • 17:00 JORDAN ENERGY AND MINING – STATUS OF ITS AL LAJJUN OIL SHALE VENTURE

    Chris Morgan

    Chris Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, Jordan Energy and Mining Limited (JEML)

  • Jordan oil shales in perspective
  • Project dimensions
  • Technology
  • Current status
  • Way forward
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Hamish Wilson

    Hamish Wilson, Principal Consultant, Paras, Part of the RPS Group

    9:10 FINANCING OPTIONS FOR UNCONVENTIONAL OIL

    Paul Shapiro

    Paul Shapiro, Operation Leader, EBRD

  • What are the alternatives for financing upstream projects?
  • Securing Capital
  • What are the risks?
  • Impact of economic environment on availability of finance
  • 9:50 OIL SHALE INVESTMENT CLIMATE IN JORDAN

    Dr Maher Hijazin

    Dr Maher Hijazin, Director General, Natural Resources Authority of Jordan

  • Overview of oil shale reserves
  • Current status of oil shale Investments in Jordan
  • Investment Policy
  • Components of the contractual Concession Agreement Model
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS AND CONTROLS IN TAR SAND DEVELOPMENTS

    Shanon DiSorbo

    Shanon DiSorbo, Vice President, RPS

  • Overview of impacts
  • Options for mitigation
  • Challenges and opportunities
  • 11:40 LOW COST SOLUTIONS AND ACHIEVING COST CERTAINTY FOR THERMAL HEAVY OIL FACILITIES DEVELOPMENTS IN REMOTE LOCATIONS

    Ian Beach

    Ian Beach, Project Director, IMV Projects

  • Successfully completing numerous thermal heavy oil facilities on budget and on or ahead of schedule, including a number of large developments in recent years when cost escalation in the market has been unprecedented
  • Tools and strategies to not only achieve a degree of “cost certainty”, but also to minimize the cost of developments
  • Treating projects as programs rather than one-off projects, making best use of templating and modularization, and mitigating project risks that can lead to cost overruns
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 CHALLENGES IN UPGRADING SHALE OIL

  • Challenges:  Instability, contaminants, integration issues
  • Possible solutions
  • Integration
  • Scale of operation
  • Energy consumption
  • Sanjiv Save

    Sanjiv Save, Managing Director - Hydrocarbon Processing, Hatch

    Rajesh  Jakher

    Rajesh Jakher , Manager Upgrading - Oil & Gas Division, Hatch

    14:30 BOOKING RESERVES AND RESOURCES FOR UNCONVENTIONAL OIL

    Bryan Emslie

    Bryan Emslie, President, McDaniel International

  • Overview of existing and developing technologies for the recovery of very heavy oil, bitumen and oil shales
  • Typical booking progression from resources to reserves, what information is required
  • Unconventional oil resources and reserves classification
  • General reserves booking guidance
  • Dealing with uncertainties and risks
  • 15:10 ASSESSING THE LICENSE TO OPERATE FOR ALBERTA'S OIL SANDS

    Rob Foulkes

    Rob Foulkes, Senior Associate, Critical Resource

  • Defining the "socio-political license to operate" for resource projects
  • Stakeholder pressures around Alberta's oil sands
  • What can be learnt from resource projects elsewhere?
  • 15:50 Afternoon Tea

    16:20 CHALLENGES OF ENGINEERING GEOLOGICAL CO2 STORAGE

    David Hughes

    David Hughes, Carbon Storage Specialist, Senergy Alternative Energy

  • Choice of oil & gas fields, saline formations or coal seams?
  • Trapping mechanisms and pressure considerations
  • What is required to qualify site
  • Estimation of storage rate and capacity
  • Risk assessments
  • Facilities and wells requirements
  • Operational and measurement, monitoring & verification (MMV) issues
  • 17:00 THE ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS OF CO2 CAPTURE AND STORAGE

    Hamish Wilson

    Hamish Wilson, Principal Consultant, Paras, Part of the RPS Group

  • Key technological challenges
  • The political back drop
  • The Carbon Market
  • Economic conditions in which CO2 Capture and storage becomes viable
  • Is CCS a realistic solution to mitigate the effects of CO2 and the climate?
  • 17:40 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

    Hamish Wilson

    Hamish Wilson, Principal Consultant, Paras, Part of the RPS Group

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    CO2 Storage and the Oil Sands
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    CO2 Storage and the Oil Sands

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James
    13th October 2009
    London, United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

    Buckingham Gate 45/51
    London SW1E 6AF
    United Kingdom

    Crowne Plaza Hotel - St James

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