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Unconventional hydrocarbons are looking to play a very significant role in meeting shortfalls in the predicted future global oil demand. The new investment opportunities and technological breakthroughs are now allowing companies to extract value out of reservoirs previously seen as unfeasible and economically unviable.

SMi’s 2nd annual Unconventional Oil conference will bring together project developers, financiers and leading industry experts to provide you an insight into the opportunities and examine challenges for the development of Heavy Oil, Oil Shale and Oil Sands.
 

 

 

  • Understand key strategies to maximise the potential of your Unconventional Oil reservoirs

 

  • Analyse the global market dynamics to spot best opportunities for your business

 

  • Assess the economics of non-conventional projects and the impact of the current financial climate

 

  • Benchmark on the success of your industry peers by learning about their new project developments

 

  • Capitalise on excellent networking and information gathering opportunities
     
  • CEO
  • COO
  • Managing Director
  • Reservoir Engineer
  • Head of Unconventional Resources
  • 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

James Elston

James Elston, CEO, Realm Energy

9:10 GLOBAL MARKET DRIVERS FOR HEAVY OIL: NEEDS AND OPPORTUNITIES

Colin Birch

Colin Birch, Vice President, Purvin & Gertz

  • Production trends in heavy/unconventional oil
  • Drivers of price differerentials between heavy and light crudes
  • Review of recent trends and future prospects
  • 9:50 SELEX-ASP: ELIMINATING THE NEED FOR HEAVY OIL UPGRADING

    Wang  Xingyi

    Wang Xingyi , Deputy Chief Engineer, Cnpc

  • Producing high yield clean feedstock suitable for conventional refinery processes
  • Bringing heavy and extra heavy feedstock in line with conventional oil processing costs and CO2 emissions
  • Eliminating the need for diluents in pipeline transportation of heavy oil
  • Using simple processes to ensure low technical and commercial risks
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 UNCONVENTIONAL SURVEY TECHNIQUES FOR UNCONVENTIONAL OIL

  • Intro to Magnetotellurics (MT) and other electrical imaging techniques
  • Challenges with traditional survey techniques  and unconventional oil
  • Unconventional Oil evaluation, monitoring  and production optimization using  MT
  • Robert  Hearst

    Robert Hearst, Senior Geophysicist, Quantec Geoscience

    Rusty  King

    Rusty King, Account Representative -Oil and Gas Sector , Quantec Geoscience

    11:40 NORTH SEA CASE STUDY IN HEAVY OIL: AN UPDATE

    Charles Lucas-Clements

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

  • Xcite’s strategy for the development of the Bentley field
  • Progress to date
  • Key issues solved in the path to develop
  • Why is this approach different and how can smaller players play in the majors space
  • Repeatability
  • Issues for the future
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 EESTI ENERGIA’S UNCONVENTIONAL OIL PROJECTS

    Harri Mikk

    Harri Mikk, Member of the Management Board; Minerals, Oils, Biofuels , Eesti

  • Shale oil meets growing industry needs to source alternative methods of oil production
  • Enefit's shale oil production technology is the most efficient, environmentally friendy, proven and profitable.
  • Enefit is increasing production capacities and introducing upgrading techniques to yield high-quality transportation fuels
  • Oil shale countries worldwide such as Jordan, China, Morocco and the USA are already turning to Enefit's shale oil solutions.
  • 14:30 IS OIL SHALE SO DIFFICULT?

    Jim Schmidt

    Jim Schmidt, Director, Procom Consultants

  • Many have tried and the industry is still in its infancy- Why?
  • Making oil is easy: A review of problems of the industry
  • A way forward
  • 15:10 UNCONVENTIONAL OIL SHOULDN’T BE EQUALLY CLASSIFIED AS RESERVES AS CONVENTIONAL OIL

    Mamdouh G Salameh

    Mamdouh G Salameh, International Oil Economist & World Bank Consultant ,

  • The potential of Unconventional oil is overvalued.
  • Production of unconventional oil will not offset the decline in conventional oil production in coming years.
  • Unconventional oil in terms of rate of production, recovery rate, cost of production and the environmental impact.
  • 15:50 Chairman’s Closing Remarks, Close of Day One followed by Afternoon Tea

    8:30 Registration & Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    James Elston

    James Elston, CEO, Realm Energy

    9:10 PARIS BASIN SHALE OIL: POTENTIAL AND RECENT EVOLUTION

  • Paris Basin: historical production and investments
  • Paris Basin Shale Oil: geology, source rock, comparison with the Williston Basin
  • Size of the prize
  • Joint venture between Toreador Energy France and Hess Oil France
  • Recent activity in the basin
  • Possible development approach
  • Q&A
  • Tony Vermeire

    Tony Vermeire, Commercial Director, Toreador Resources Corporation

    Craig M  McKenzie

    Craig M McKenzie, President and CEO , Toreador Resources Corporation

    9:50 NEW TECHNOLOGIES OPENING UP NEW UNCONVENTIONAL RESERVES

    John Redfern

    John Redfern, President, PetroVerde Inc

  • Billions of dollars of Canadian Investment have resulted in a new generation of Heavy Oil Production Technologies
  • Unlike SAGD and other "Conventional" technologies these new techniques are both Greener and more cost effective
  • The talk highlights PetroVerde's application of these technologies to unlock new reserves in North America and Internationally
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee

    11:00 THE AL LAJJUN 15,000 BPD OIL SHALE PROJECT – JORDAN

    Chris Morgan

    Chris Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, Jordan Energy and Mining

  • Project back ground and dimensions
  • Work completed and current status
  • Process Technology and Oil upgrading update
  • Risk parameters and profile
  • Way forward and future potential
  • 11:40 ENHANCED OIL RECOVERY AND UNCONVENTIONALS IN EUROPE

    Roelof Platenkamp

    Roelof Platenkamp, Former Vice President and Director, Shell International Oil Products

  • Significant target for IOR/EOR in Europe, offshore and onshore
  • Ultimate Recovery Benchmarking and Production Optimization are underutilized
  • Why is the scope for EOR not recognized on this side of the Atlantic?
  • 12:20 Networking Lunch

    13:50 EXPLORING AND PRODUCING FROM SHALE PLAYS IN THE OIL WINDOW: “BAKKEN UP THE RIGHT TREE”

    James Elston

    James Elston, CEO, Realm Energy

  • Review of unconventional light oil plays- horizontal oil resource plays
  • Contrast with other unconventional oil plays, oil sands, onshore heavy oil, kerogen shale Adapting shale gas techniques to shale oil plays
  • Myths and conundrums in extracting oil from shales
  • New plays and challenges within and outside North America and Realm Energy's focus plays
  • 14:30 EXOLA LTD (PROVIDENCE RESOURCES PLC SPV) - IRISH OFFSHORE UNCONVENTIONAL OIL PLAYS - FINDING NEW OIL IN OLD WELLS

    John O’Sullivan

    John O’Sullivan, Technical Director , Providence Resources Plc

  • The North Celtic Sea Basin offshore Ireland plays host to numerous undeveloped heavy and high pour point (HPP) oil accumulations with total in-place resource potential of up to c. 2 Billion barrels STOIIP
  • EXOLA is currently assessing the Baltimore and Ardmore Lower Cretaceous heavy oil accumulations with total resource potential of c. 500 million STOIIP
  • EXOLA also holds interests in the Hook Head and Barryroe HPP oil discoveries which have resource potential of up to c. 1.25 billion barrels STOIIP
  • World class Jurassic source rocks means that there is significant potential in the basin for further major oil accumulations
  • 15:10 Afternoon tea

    15:40 ASSESSING THE LICENSE S 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?
  • 16:20 CAN UNCONVENTIONAL OIL GO GLOBAL?

    Nick Grealy

    Nick Grealy, Publisher, No Hot Air

  • Lessons from the US Shale Gas experience
  • Unconventional Oil.Ready for primetime or a permanent sideshow?
  • Shale Oil prospects in the UK, France and Jordan
  • Regulation and the environment: New extraction processes require new thinking
  • Shale Gas to Gas Liquids (GTL) - the best of both worlds?
  • 17:00 Chairman’s Closing Remarks and Close of Day Two

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    London W8 5SR
    United Kingdom

    Copthorne Tara Hotel

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel London Kensington is an elegant contemporary four-star hotel in prestigious Kensington, located just a two minutes walk from High Street Kensington underground station, making exploring easy. The hotel offers well-appointed and comfortable guest rooms combining Standard, Superior and Club accommodation. Club rooms offer iconic views over the city and include Club Lounge access for complimentary breakfast and refreshments. Guests can sample the authentic Singaporean, Malaysian and Chinese cuisine at Bugis Street, traditional pub fare at the Brasserie Restaurant & Bar or relax with a delicious drink at West8 Cocktail Lounge & Bar.

    The Copthorne Tara Hotel boasts 745 square meters of flexible meeting space, consisting of the Shannon Suite and the Liffey Suite, ideal for hosting conferences, weddings and social events. Facilities include access to the business centre 24 hours a day, fully equipped fitness room, gift shop, theatre desk and Bureau de Change. With ample onsite parking outside the London congestion charge zone and excellent transport links via Heathrow Airport, the hotel is the perfect location for business or leisure stays. The hotel is within close proximity to the shops of High Street Kensington, Knightsbridge and Westfield London, Olympia Conference Centre, Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Palace and Hyde Park.

     

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