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Regional opportunities in North Africa

Perhaps the starting point here is to recognise that there is manifestly no political coherence, no unifying political entity, which covers Morocco – Algeria – Tunisia – Libya – Egypt. Nevertheless Algeria, Libya and Egypt are major petroleum-producing countries, and Morocco has surprised industry i ...

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Posted 3 days agoOpinion > North AfricaEgypt

Regional opportunities in, and around, the Caribbean

The broad Caribbean is dominated by two major petroleum-producing countries, Venezuela and Mexico, even arguably a a third, the United States way to the north. However I would like to focus on the arc of countries from Guyana, through Trinidad & Tobago and Barbados, all the way to Jamaica. Interes ...

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Posted 10 days agoOpinion > Caribbean

Turning the failing Exploration business around!

Sorry to go on about it but Exploration performance has been poor for some years. This is a rather superficial review of merely the latest poor year, 2016, focussed on the plummeting of discovered volumes to a historic low. But this narrow beam of light has allowed some to claim that this was sim ...

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Posted 18 days agoOpinion > Exploring

Do you go to work in a horse and cart?

It is now almost a year since the Go computer program AlphaGo, constructed by DeepMind, beat the world Go champion, Lee Sedol . As I understand it, a key success factor for DeepMind was that Go is a rule-based game; and machine learning from DeepMind ‘loves' rule-driven analyses and being fed tho ...

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Posted 25 days agoOpinion > Technology

Could the boards of Majors or E&Ps find oil & gas or develop it?

Domain Knowledge... A few weeks ago I made the point that folk who are trying to sell software, technology and services into the oil & gas industry would do better if they had domain knowledge, a deep understanding of the industry acquired through personal experience. Have you read Luke Johnson's ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion > UK Oil & Gas Investments

Seismic is King?

“Seismic is King!” ... ... but are there any Princes? Seismic technology has dominated geoscience, and thus the Exploration and Exploitation businesses, throughout my career in oil & gas. And within it there continues to be remarkable innovation, led by companies such as PGS. Nevertheless the “all ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion > Technology

Fail - to succeed!

Exploration is in fact a scientific enterprise – as well as a business: we make predictions and then test them with the drill bit. And we aim to learn from these tests. And try again. On a recent vacation one of my Kindle reading items was Matthew Syed's book “Black Box Thinking” . In it he uses ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion > UKNorth Sea

Yes, we have no bananas!

Some folk have asked me if this is a commentary on E&Ps operating in Kurdistan or the UK onshore or perhaps on the AIM oil & gas sector in general. Not at all, not at all!! One day on a remote planet in a parallel Universe…… A Botanist from a very very small company came across a large field fu ...

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Posted 1 month agoOpinion

W(h) ither European shale oil and gas?

The US experience with shale oil and shale gas offers a number of lessons to the rest of the world. Lessons that suggest, amongst other things, that UK onshore unconventionals will be tough to deliver. Lesson #1 seems to be that the best ‘candidate shales' are those that have acted as the source ...

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Posted 2 months agoOpinion

Exploration is a Business!

This is a commentary on the US shale revolution, by a participant: “Geology is a science. Geophysics is a science. Exploration is a Business” Given that, where do we go from here, what happens next? This quotation is usually attributed to Albert Einstein: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and ...

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Posted 2 months agoOpinion

E&P problems that are worth solving!

It is a contradiction that our industry has a reputation for being, and in fact is, very conservative when it comes to adopting new technologies and yet is made up of individuals (also known as consumers) who are anything but that: the latter will pick up a Blackberry like they are going out of fash ...

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Posted 2 months agoOpinion