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PESA SA/NT – 2019 Christmas Luncheon and Industry Review – Thursday 5th December

Thursday, 5 December, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm (Australia/Sydney time)


Guest Speaker(s): Dr. Simon Brealey

Dr Simon Brealey is a petroleum geologist with 30 years experience in the oil and gas industry. His PhD was sponsored by Amerada Hess and Amoco and involved reservoir correlation between the Rob Roy and Ivanhoe Fields in the Outer Moray Firth, UKCS. The results, based on relative ammonite and dinoflagellate stratigraphies caused something of a furore in the biostratigraphy consulting sphere and he was lucky to escape with his life to a job on the rigs in the North Sea with Amoco Corp (along with Mike Dodd). Having learnt at the pointy end, Simon then graduated to exploration geology, recommending several dry holes  before his first successful discovery, the Bell gas Field in the Southern North Sea. This was followed up with the successful development of the Davy and Bessemer Gas Fields using the embryonic horizontal drilling technique to assist in guiding horizontal sections for 1500m within a 10m vertical tolerance (fortunately the Zechstein salt stratigraphy of the SNS is remarkably reliable). The lure of the Antipodes eventually proved too much and in 1997 Simon emigrated to Australia, having answered an advert in the Sunday Times for “Geologists wanted for Santos”. Over a blissful ten years he had the opportunity to lead the Acreage Evaluation Team in the Cooper Basin under such luminaries as Gibbo, Jim Day and Barry Goldstein. This wide brown land was too small though, and with Strongy and Straussy and Bruno Thomas he became part of the nebulous New Ventures team under Jacque Gouadain. This lead to active permit management in the Gulf of Suez and Western Desert which unfortunately resulted in a lot of Santos’ money being spent in the Gulf (for little result). In 2007 Simon moved to Beach Petroleum (then 40 staff), as was, and managed to take with him the Santos Egyptian acreage, which under new custodianship managed to furnish Beach with 6 producing oil fields in the Western Desert, and lots of money being spent in the Gulf (for little result). As oil raced upward of $100/bbl Beach’s ambitions grew, and on Simon’s recommendations the portfolio grew to include blocks in Romania and Albania, where lots of Beach’s money was spent (for little etc etc.). 2014 saw a move to Cooper Energy (then 24 staff) where he was charged with selling all of their overseas acreage as they moved towards the East Coast gas strategy. Along with Mark Browne he managed to sell the Sumatran exploration acreage for a staggering amount of money (given that the oil price had just cratered to under $40/bbl), and sold the producing Indonesian fields Tangai and Sukananti, to Bass Oil Limited. Bass were so impressed that a year after they purchased the fields, they asked Simon to come and help build a business around the assets. This he has been working at for the last 18 months (its about to happen, honest).

PESA SA/NT 2019 Christmas Luncheon and Industry Review

When: Thursday 5th December, 12pm for 12:30
Where: The Ballroom, Ayers House, 288 North Tce Adelaide

Join us for our annual Christmas luncheon with the 2019 Year End Oil & Gas Review presented by Simon Brealey

The presentation will look back at key developments in the oil and gas patch since last year’s PESA Christmas luncheon, comment on activities of some Australian companies and bravely make some predictions for the year ahead

Menu and Drinks

Enjoy a traditional three-course Christmas lunch. Drinks served from the bar, featuring a range of beers, wine, cider and soft drinks


PESA Members: $70

Non-Members: $85

PESA Student Members: $30

Online bookings will close at 5pm on Monday 2nd December.

Sponsor: Cooper Energy, Beach Energy, Santos & DEM

Speaker: Dr. Simon Brealey


Thursday, 5 December, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
(Australia/Sydney time)
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    Ayers House
    288 North Tce
    Adelaide, SA 5000 Australia

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