Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe: 50 years of learning – a platform for present value and future success.
28-30 September 2015
Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre, London
Message from Bruce Levell, Chair of the Technical Committee
This conference is now over. What follows is a brief report. We would like to thank all those delegates who offered their constructive feedback.
Presentations have been uploaded to this site and are available, password protected, to delegates here.
The conference got off to a spectacular start with a core workshop. With guided tours through a variety of core from the North Sea, including new fields and some classic core from older fields. The unexpectedly high turn out did cause logistic problems as was clear from the conference feed back, but the enthusiasm and noise levels generated were remarkable.
Judging from the feedback the main body of the conference went well. The talks and organisation scored better than 7/10 from 80% of respondents (response rate ca 60%). A large number of the papers had been solicited by the convenors and the quality of the talks was high. The poster session was well subscribed and its location next to the refreshments ensured a steady flow of lively visitors.
Two Best paper awards sponsored by BP and Shell respectively and named in honour of the late Dave Roberts and Peter Ziegler were awarded as follows:
To Nick Schofield, of Aberdeen University for “Intrusive and extrusive sequences and their interactions with hydrocarbon systems – a key geoscience challenge?
And to Fred Hughes, of Third Energy for “North Yorkshire’s sleeping giant
Congratulations to Nick and Fred
With a theme of “ future success’ the conference was supported by student volunteers and attended by postgraduate students from the Doctoral Training Scheme in Petroleum Geology as well as 7 prize winning Masters students whose attendance was generously sponsored by Dave Roberts’ widow Robin
The convenors are now busy preparing for the special publication with a submission date for authors of 31st January. Any questions concerning the publication form authors should, in the first instance, be addressed to their session chairs.
The submission site for papers is here.
This conference attracted 530 delegates and we very much thank our generous sponsors who in straitened financial circumstances came up with support that demonstrated their collective commitment to sharing knowledge for a more efficient and effective industry.
The Petroleum Geology of Northwest Europe Conference, organised jointly by the Geological Society of London, the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB) and the Energy Institute (EI) marked a major milestone: 50 years since the first UK North Sea discovery of the West Sole gas field.
The event covered the North Sea and surrounding onshore areas, as well as exploration frontiers in the North Atlantic and the Barents Sea. The conference technical sessions comprised invited keynote speakers, selected papers and posters. The central theme “50 years of learning – a platform for present value and future success”, lead the conference sessions which focused on four areas:
- Standing on the shoulders of giants – what we have learned from past successes?
- Finding and developing more oil and gas in both mature basins and new plays
- Optimising recovery – extending the life of existing fields and re-developing old fields
- Future – what is still not understood?
- In particular, emphasis was given to crafting and selecting talks to transfer learning from the past 50 years of the North Sea to younger generations of geologists and geophysicists.
- In the same spirit of providing an opportunity to learn from the past the event featured a dedicated presentation of classic core material from a wide range of fields and discoveries.
The technical programme included the following themes:
- Key fields and fairways
- North Sea for the next generation
- Technology-lead opportunities
- Infrastructure-lead exploration and development
- Key geoscience challenges
- Northwest European petroleum systems
- New looks at mature basins – Imaging challenges in mature fields: learn from the past, invest in the future
- Regional understanding – new play fairways
- Onshore exploration and development
- Late-life fields and re-development
- Recent successes and learnings from failures
- Core material
For the full conference programme please click here.
Benefits of attendance:
- Highly topical technical programme
- Unique chance to view diverse cores from across NW Europe
- Training opportunity for young professionals
- Evening dinner and networking reception
- Highly topical technical conference packed full of real case studies
- Fully integrated poster session
‘This promises to be a major landmark in our knowledge and understanding of the Petroleum Geology of NW Europe with a range of papers and core displays that reflect the magnificent achievements of the upstream oil and gas industry and also looking forward to the challenges of recovering remaining hydrocarbons in mature basins and also the challenge of unconventional resources such as shale gas’
Mike Bowman, Professor of Development & Production Geology, University of Manchester
“The guided core tours through a diverse range of NW Europe’s reservoirs are a unique way to set the scene and open the conference.”
Boris Kostic, Regional Business Manager for Europe and Africa, Badley Ashton & Associates
“The poster sessions form an integral part of the Conference programme, and allow a great deal of innovative and exciting new work to be shown, presented and discussed by the authors and delegates”
Michael Keaveny, Business Development Manager, Petroleum Geo-Services
“The quality of the speakers and this programme will ensure that, as is now the tradition for this series of conferences, this one will be a classic”
Bruce Levell, Visiting Professor, Earth Sciences, University of Oxford
All delegates will receive an abstract book on the first day of the conference. The registration fee also includes a copy of the complete conference proceedings which will be published following the event. The volumes from previous conferences have proven to be the seminal Northwest European Petroleum references.