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  • Paul Lundy, Senior Reservoir Engineer, Schlumberger Sonsub International
  • Ruud Zoon, Vice President Floating Production, Bluewater Energy
  • Paal Helsing, Vice- President Subsea and Downhole Processing, Norway Kvaerner Oilfield
  • Ian C. Calder, Director – Engineering, ABB Vetco Gray UK
  • Francis Neill, Managing Director, Expro North Sea
  • John Pothecary, Director Geoscience, Hydroseach Associates
  • Tom Windle, Geologist Southern North Sea Developments, Actis Geoscience
  • Paul Versnel, Geophysical Sales Manager, ARK Geophysics

    A two day intensive conference which will help you;

  • · Understand the criteria for strategic value and monetary value
  • · Gain an insight into the most recent technological developments in the North Sea oil and gas market
  • · Investigate the technology that is being used in the North Sea
  • · Learn about the development of advanced subsea technology and its impact on the environment and safety in North Sea exploration
  • · Gain an insight into the changing relationships between service companies and operators
  • Conference programme

    8:30 Registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    Peter Foreman

    Peter Foreman, Chief Executive, Traprain Consultants

    9:10 EXPLORATION PERFORMANCE & STRATEGY EVALUATION IN THE NORTH SEA

    Hamish Wilson

    Hamish Wilson, Managing Director, Paras Consulting

  • Performance Review
  • Strengths and Weaknesses
  • Competitive Advantages
  • Strategy Review
  • New Entrants: The Future of the North Sea?
  • 9:40 SMALLER RESERVES, SHORTER LIFE, HIGHER RISK - EXTRACTING VALUE

    John Pothecary

    John Pothecary, Director Geoscience, Hydrosearch Associates

  • The need for a better understanding of production uncertainty
  • Using all data sources
  • Linking Sub-surface uncertainty through to the commercial model
  • 10:20 SUBSEA PROCESSING DRIVERS AND CHALLENGES

    Paal Helsing

    Paal Helsing, Vice President Subsea and Downhole Processing, Kvaerner Oil Products

  • How the technology will be qualified and commercialised
  • Main application areas
  • Key technology development programmes
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 THE CHANGING FACE OF THE UKCS

    David Cox

    David Cox, Consultant, Wood Mackenzie

  • Liquid production has peaked and gas production is expected to peak in the next few years
  • Reserve placement in the sector is low
  • Remaining opportunities are relatively small in a global sense and often technically challenging
  • Active asset market provides opportunities for companies to rationalise or grow
  • New companies looking at UK opportunities
  • 12:00 CURRENT DEVELOPMENTS IN THE NORTH SEA

    Paul Versnel

    Paul Versnel, Geophysical Sales Manager, ARK Geophysics

  • Feasibility study and the results
  • Outcome and the results and the impact for the North Sea
  • Trials of new technology over an offshore reservoir
  • Application in the North Sea
  • 12:40 Lunch

    14:00 DEVELOPING RISK MODELS

    Dr. Charles Bradley

    Dr. Charles Bradley, Managing Director, DBA

  • Role that risk analysis plays in oil and gas developments
  • Utilising the models available
  • Applying the models to Iraqi oil and gas development
  • 14:40 CURRENT ISSUES IN DISPUTE RESOLUTION IN THE OIL & GAS INDUSTRY

    Hew R. Dundas

    Hew R. Dundas, Principal, Dundas Energy Services

  • Dispute resolution (1): an international perspective
  • Dispute resolution (2): a North Sea perspective
  • The options: current advantages/disadvantages
  • Current legal issues affecting dispute resolution
  • Current trends and developments
  • Where do we go next
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 THE CHANGING FACE OF NORTH SEA PRODUCTION - THE RISE OF SUBSEA, DATA AND INTELLIGENCE

    Francis Neill

    Francis Neill, Group Head of Marketing, Expro North Sea

  • Subsea - driving costs and lead times down
  • Real time production data
  • Intervention - using data to improve recovery
  • The next step change?
  • 16:20 LEGAL ASPECTS: RESPONSES TO CURRENT CHANGES IN THE NORTH SEA WORKING ENVIRONMENT

    Ned Swan

    Ned Swan, Partner, Simmons & Simmons

  • The FSMA OMP/EMP regime
  • Market abuse and energy trading
  • Regulatory changes from Europe
  • The Long arm of US regulation
  • 17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Day One

    8:30 Re-registration and Coffee

    9:00 Chairman's Opening Remarks

    David Fassom

    David Fassom, Director, Hannon Westwood Associates

    9:10 NEW AND ADVANCED OFFSHORE TECHNOLOGIES

    George Cooper

    George Cooper, Business Development Manager, Sonsub

  • Expectations of the operator and the role of the contractor
  • Modern exploration techniques. ROV – solution for diverse activities
  • How to meet requirements of deepwater developments and marginal fields
  • Cost-effective solutions
  • Environmental protection
  • 9:40 UNDERSTANDING THE ENVIRONMENT OF THE END GAME SITUATION

    Tom Windle

    Tom Windle, Director, Actis Geoscience

  • Recognising the players and various strategies in the end game scenario
  • Understanding the drivers and motives of the participants
  • Selecting the best strategy to gain an acceptable return and maintain a competitive advantage
  • Implementing the chosen strategy and communicating your intentions to all stakeholders
  • Mitigating risks and avoiding the hazards of marginalisation
  • 10:20 THE BEAULY OILFIELD - CREATING AND SHARING VALUE FROM A MARGINAL DISCOVERY

    David Sherrard

    David Sherrard, Director Field Development, Reservoir Management

  • Small oil fields - delivering recoverable reserves of 3MMstb
  • Risk and Reward between Owners, Development Contractors, Processors and Transporters
  • Delivering 10,000 b/d from a field which under conventional measures may not have been developed
  • Sustained performance - All stakeholders have realised a successful outcome
  • Key elements of non –prescriptive contracting methodology
  • 11:00 Morning Coffee

    11:20 FORGET DISPUTE RESOLUTION - TRY DISPUTE PREVENTION

    Jim Daniels

    Jim Daniels, Managing Director, Daniels Drilling

  • Dick & Jane explanations of the contract. Helps the contract parties avoid misunderstanding
  • The greater the distance from the battle the more courage displayed. The need for local leadership
  • NF92 - the Norwegian standard construction contract and how it avoids disputes
  • The role of a Devil’s Advocate to ensure the claim foundations are solid enough to prevent the case collapsing.
  • Always chase the money. The expenditures reveal the problems
  • Early neutral evaluation: saves litigation or arbitration costs
  • 12:00 NORTH SEA CONSTRUCTION IN THE NEW ERA: IT’S ALL IN THE GAME

  • The Game – only marginal returns available to both operator and contractor
  • The Strategies - fast track projects - reduced manpower - lower margins – avoid risk
  • The Play - understand obligations and contractual environment. Recognise the claim game
  • The Result – for a fair draw - settle issues as soon as they arise
  • Neither side can afford the time, money or manpower for a drawn out dispute
  • Its all in the game – address the issues – no disputes
  • Richard Beynon

    Richard Beynon, Director, ExAm Consultants

    Walter Hamilton

    Walter Hamilton, Director, ExAm Consultants

    12:40 Lunch

    14:00 THE KEY VALUE DRIVERS FOR ECONOMIC FIELD DEVELOPMENT

    Ian C. Calder

    Ian C. Calder, Director – Engineering, ABB Vetco Gray UK

  • Main features of mature nature of the North Sea: infrastructure, smaller fields for developments

    How oil price and fiscal burdens effect manufacturers

  • Technology and commercial services

    ‘Traditional’ service company role versus the role required for the future

  • How to get an adequate return on investment
  • Investment in new facilities and technology
  • The critical key aspects in the development process
  • The risks involved in execution and ensuring timely first oil
  • 14:40 FLOATING PRODUCTION

    Ruud Zoon

    Ruud Zoon, Vice President Floating Production, Bluewater Energy Services

  • Marginal field developments
  • Reserves, production and oil price uncertainty
  • Lease versus purchase
  • Cost and financing issues
  • Safety and environmental performance
  • 15:20 Afternoon Tea

    15:40 VALUE CREATION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH SERVICE COMPANIES

  • Changing relationships between service companies and operators
  • Concepts for value addition
  • New commercial agreements to further working relationships
  • We accept part of a risk of development
  • Paul Lundy

    Paul Lundy, Senior Reservoir Engineer, Schlumberger

    Jim Pearson

    Jim Pearson, Business Development Manager, Schlumberger

    16:20 THE FUTURE FOR INVESTMENT IN THE NORTH SEA - FISCAL CHANGES AND THEIR IMPACT

  • Recent tax instability, in particular the 2002 budget changes
  • Economic effects of the changes
  • The impact on investment in the short and long term
  • Implications for acquisitions and disposals of North Sea assets
  • The changing nature of new investors and the potential impacts of fiscal changes
  • Julian Small

    Julian Small, Tax Partner, Andersen

    Kenneth McKellar

    Kenneth McKellar, Head of Andersen, Petroleum Services

    17:00 Chairman's Closing Remarks and Close of Conference

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