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  • Poverty, Carbon and the Role of Natural Gas

    Contains 1 Component(s) Recorded On: 05/23/2019

    AIPN 2019 Boulos Lecture originally presented at the International Petroleum Summit in Houston Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin Each year AIPN hosts an annual lecture series in honor of Alfred J. Boulos, former AIPN president and highly-regarded international petroleum negotiator. The AIPN 2019 Boulos Lecture, presented at the International Petroleum Summit, May 23, 2019, featured Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Austin, on the topic of poverty, carbon and the role of natural gas. Economic poverty and climate change are two major challenges facing humanity. At the heart of economic poverty lies an energy paradox: energy cannot lift the world from poverty, yet poverty cannot be ended without energy. Over 2 billion people in the world suffer from some form of energy poverty. At the heart of climate change lies another energy paradox: climate models suggest that current warming results from combustion of fossil fuels producing carbon dioxide, yet 85% of the world’s energy that is needed to adapt to climate change comes from fossil fuel combustion. Reducing global poverty, and realistic carbon policies, are not mutually exclusive. There exists a “radical middle” that can address both, and still preserve a healthy global economy. Natural gas has a major role to play.

    AIPN 2019 Boulos Lecture originally presented at the International Petroleum Summit in Houston

    Dr. Scott W. Tinker, Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

    Each year AIPN hosts an annual lecture series in honor of Alfred J. Boulos, former AIPN president and highly-regarded international petroleum negotiator. The AIPN 2019 Boulos Lecture, presented at the International Petroleum Summit, May 23, 2019, featured Dr. Scott Tinker, Director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Austin, on the topic of poverty, carbon and the role of natural gas.

    Economic poverty and climate change are two major challenges facing humanity. At the heart of economic poverty lies an energy paradox: energy cannot lift the world from poverty, yet poverty cannot be ended without energy. Over 2 billion people in the world suffer from some form of energy poverty. At the heart of climate change lies another energy paradox: climate models suggest that current warming results from combustion of fossil fuels producing carbon dioxide, yet 85% of the world’s energy that is needed to adapt to climate change comes from fossil fuel combustion. Reducing global poverty, and realistic carbon policies, are not mutually exclusive. There exists a “radical middle” that can address both, and still preserve a healthy global economy. Natural gas has a major role to play.

    Dr. Scott Tinker

    Director, Bureau of Economic Geology, The University of Texas at Austin

    Dr. Scott W. Tinker works to bring disparate groups together to address difficult challenges. Dr. Tinker is director of the Bureau of Economic Geology, the State Geologist of Texas, and a professor holding the Allday Endowed Chair at The University of Texas at Austin. He has served as president of the American Geosciences Institute, the Association of American State Geologists, the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, and the Gulf Coast Association of Geological Societies. Dr. Tinker has received the Campbell Medal, Halbouty Medal, and Boyd Medal, the highest honors given by the AGI, AAPG and GCAGS respectively. He is a Fellow of the Geological Society of America. In his visits to nearly 60 countries, he has given 700 keynote and invited lectures to government, industry, academic, and general audiences and he serves on many boards and advisory councils. Tinker co-produced and is featured in the award-winning energy documentary film Switch, which has been screened in over 50 countries to more than 15 million viewers and is used on thousands of K-12 and college campuses. Dr. Tinker formed the not-for-profit Switch Energy Alliance and is working on a new film project, Switch On, addressing global energy poverty.

    For additional videos and information visit Switch Energy Alliance at Switchon.org.

  • Thoughts on Negotiations

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    Harry Sullivan, Marleen Bergman, David Bishopp and Mick Jarvis discuss their thoughts about negotiations.

    Harry Sullivan, Marleen Bergman, David Bishopp and Mick Jarvis discuss their thoughts about negotiations. 

  • Practical Issues Arising out of the Joint Operating Agreement

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    Originally presented at the AIPN 2015 International Conference in Mexico City This mini‐workshop evaluates practical issues arising in the AIPN International Joint Operating Agreement, with a special focus on civil law issues arising under this agreement.

    Originally presented at the AIPN 2015 International Conference in Mexico City

    This mini-workshop evaluates practical issues arising in the AIPN International Joint Operating Agreement, with a special focus on civil law issues arising under this agreement.

  • Navigating Risks: Key Issues Impacting the Security of Investments in Hydrocarbon Projects

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    How does one factor in the contract terms (Administrative Rescission, Stabilization Clauses and Change in Law, Cure Period, Penalties and Damages, etc.) and regulations in a company’s risk management strategies? Panel members take attendees through a maze of potential pitfalls.

    How does one factor in the contract terms (Administrative Rescission, Stabilization Clauses and Change in Law, Cure Period, Penalties and Damages, etc.) and regulations in a company’s risk management strategies?

    Panel members take attendees through a maze of potential pitfalls.

  • Worldwide E&P Capital Sourcing and Project Financing in Different Cash Flow Cycles

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    Originally presented at the AIPN 2015 International Conference in Mexico City Presenters evaluate cash flow cycles, overall risk (contractual, legal, political, etc.) and global competitiveness and how they could affect sourcing capital and project financing for E&P projects.

    Originally presented at the AIPN 2015 International Conference in Mexico City

    Presenters evaluate cash flow cycles, overall risk (contractual, legal, political, etc.) and global competitiveness and how they could affect sourcing capital and project financing for E&P projects.

  • Global Energy Briefing: An Industry Poised for Change

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    This session focused on the urgency for change forced by a series of crisis – first the 2008-9 financial crisis then the 2014 commodity price drop related to the “era of abundance”. In the long term the industry could be facing a discovery crisis, with the lowest amount of new oil added last year since 2002. A closer look at the record reveals that we are still relying more on increasing production from existing fields than new discoveries.

    This session focused on the urgency for change forced by a series of crisis – first the 2008-9 financial crisis then the 2014 commodity price drop related to the “era of abundance”. In the long term the industry could be facing a discovery crisis, with the lowest amount of new oil added last year since 2002. A closer look at the record reveals that we are still relying more on increasing production from existing fields than new discoveries. In fact the global discovered reserves were less than 12 billion barrels in 2015. The current investment environment is causing quandaries in many countries as they face direct fiscal pressure and try to balance the need to secure short-term revenue and the demand for investment. As a result companies have been looking hard at their DNA and asking tough questions about what assets, what geography, what size, what structure and what skills they will need to be competitive in the future.

    NOCs have been asking about sustainability of their model of providing dividends to the government and employment and maintaining production. Governments are being forced to look at opening and or modifying their terms to secure the income they need. When one looks at a map of what is available for business these days it covers most of the globe. In the end it boils down to who provides the most competitive model, with the best risk and reward balance.

  • Mexico Energy Reform: Lessons Learned

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    With the implementation of the Mexican Energy Reform now going on two years, and with the rapidly changing global energy landscape, what lessons can we learn from the first three bidding rounds?

    With the implementation of the Mexican Energy Reform now going on two years, and with the rapidly changing global energy landscape, what lessons can we learn from the first three bidding rounds?  Our presentation will focus on three key concepts

    1. What indications have the results from the bidding rounds provided to the oil & gas community about the prospects of successful energy reform in Mexico?
    2. What challenges lie ahead in the oil & gas industry for the rest of 2016, and for 2017 and beyond?
    3. How will the recent shake up at Pemex effect the chances for JV partnerships to spur investment in oil & gas?
  • Joint Venture Management

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    Joint Venture Management

    Joint Venture Management

    James English

    Sr. International Negotiator, Anadarko Petroleum Corporation

    James English has 14 years of experience in the oil & gas industry with a primary emphasis in upstream oil & gas transactions, acquisitions & divestitures (corporate & asset), deep water exploration & development (commercial & legal), unconventional exploration & development (commercial & legal), international arbitration, and selected experience with midstream agreements and planning especially as it pertains to monetization of natural gas (pipelines, LNG, ammonia, etc). 

    Nathanial Scott

    Corporate Business Development, Noble Energy Inc.

    Nathanial Scott is a member of Noble Energy’s Corporate Business Development team focused on mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. His current work includes strategic corporate evaluations, asset evaluations and divestitures both in the United States and internationally. Mr. Scott has experience in government and commercial negotiations concerning operated and non-operated assets, new ventures and farmout efforts in West Africa and other international locations. Prior to his time at Noble, Mr. Scott gained extensive experience in assembling, developing and divesting conventional and unconventional land plays in various basins across the United States. Mr. Scott is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma College of Law

  • Draft for Success: Remember your Audience

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    Draft for Success: Remember your Audience

    Draft for Success: Remember your Audience

    Norman Nadorff

    Special Counsel - Mayer Brown, LLP

    Norman Nadorff is Special Counsel for Mayer Brown LLP. His practice centers on international energy law and ethics law compliance. For 30 years, Norman served as in-house counsel for major oil companies in a variety of locations and positions. He was Senior Counsel for BP in Angola from 2006 to 2015 as well as Legal Manager for BP Brazil and ARCO Indonesia, where he held two expatriate assignments in the 1990’s. Due to his extensive expatriate experience, Norman is adept at finding practical solutions to thorny legal issues facing foreign subsidiaries and in developing national legal departments. Norman has drafted and negotiated a wide range legal instruments, including host government, farmout, joint operating, EPC, drilling, gas sales, shareholder and project finance agreements. At ARCO, Norman wrote the Company’s policies on Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, U.S. Anti-boycott laws and U.S. Export Regulations. He has participated in corruption, fraud, conflict of interest and hostage-taking investigations. Norman has been Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Houston Law Center since 2012 and has taught Drafting and Negotiating International Petroleum Agreements in several U.S. and foreign law schools. In 2006, he played key roles in the creation of a pioneering international oil and gas master’s program at Angola’s national law school, which is now in its tenth year. Norman lectures frequently on anti-corruption law, effective contract drafting and development of local talent. Norman holds a Juris Doctor degree from The Ohio State University College of Law and a master’s degree in Spanish and Portuguese from Saint Louis University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and was a Fulbrig.

  • Key Issues in Reserves Analysis

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    ​This video presentation discusses the main definitions for oil and gas reserves and resources in use around the world today.

    This video presentation discusses the main definitions for oil and gas reserves and resources in use around the world today.  The criteria to be met are addressed and the differences between project risk and recovery uncertainty are explained.  The challenges and opportunities provided by unconventional resources is also reviewed.  Finally, the discussion focusses on the derivation of value.

    Bob George

    Principal, Ulysses Petroleum Management

    Bob George has over 45 years industry experience.  He formed Ulysses Petroleum Management in 2018 after spending 40 years with Gaffney, Cline & Associates where he was Regional Director for GCA’s Americas operations, having also worked in and managed its offices in the UK and Singapore. 

    Bob divides his advisory roles between assignments covering strategy and commercial / valuation matters, typically for either Acquisitions and Divestment due diligence or Expert opinion and testimony, and on advisory work for Governments and Ministries/Agencies on petroleum policy, petroleum fiscal systems, and licencing.  

    Bob began his career in 1972 as a wellsite geologist with a small wellsite geology company, Garmac, based in Singapore and Indonesia, as well as working for Getty Oil and Bank of America.

    He has a BSc (Honors) in Earth Sciences from Leeds University and an MBA from the Open University, both in England. Bob has been a member of the SPE and AAPG since the mid-1970s, and is also a member of the Association of International Petroleum Negotiators. 

    Rawdon Seager

    Technical Director: Global Quality Assurance - Gaffney, Cline & Associates, LLC

    Rawdon Seager is a reservoir engineer with over 40 years of experience in the international oil and gas arena and has carried out numerous field studies, reserve assessments, and asset evaluations.  He has also given expert testimony during arbitration hearings.  During that time he has lived and worked internationally, and for the past 14 years has been based in Houston where he is Global Director of Quality Assurance for Gaffney, Cline & Associates.   

    Rawdon developed JCORET-approved training materials on the proper evaluation and reporting of oil and gas reserves and resources and he has presented the course more than 100 times to over 2,000 attendees over the past ten years.   

    In 2007, Rawdon was invited to join the Society of Petroleum Engineers (SPE) Oil and Gas Reserves Committee (OGRC) and was a member of the team working on the Application Guidelines.  He was invited to return to the OGRC as Chairman in 2011, initiating a review of the PRMS in light of recent significant changes in the industry.  

    Rawdon has been an active member of the Society of Petroleum Evaluation Engineers (SPEE) since 2003 and is currently on their Board of Directors.  In 2016 he was invited to join the SPEE’s Reserves Definition Committee. 

    Rawdon began his career in 1972 as a Petroleum Engineer with Shell International in Malaysia, Brunei, the Netherlands and Australia. In 1980 he joined Roy M. Huffington, Inc. in Indonesia where he became Petroleum Engineering Manager, before joining GCA in 1985 with whom he has held senior positions in the United Kingdom, Singapore, Argentina, Venezuela and the USA.   

    He has a BSc (Honors) in Physics from Bristol University, England and an MSc (Distinction) in Petroleum Reservoir Engineering from Imperial College, London.  Rawdon has been an active member of the SPE and SPEE for many years.  He is also a member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the UK Energy Institute, and is a Chartered Petroleum Engineer in the UK.  He is also registered as a European Engineer with FEANI.