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PESA Vic/Tas November Technical Meeting – Offshore Senegal

Wednesday, 20 November, 2019 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Guest Speaker(s): Jon Keall, FAR Limited

Jon is a geologist with almost thirty years’ experience in oil and gas exploration both internationally and within Australia. He began his career with BHP, working on basins around Australia and New Zealand. He later moved into a new ventures role which led him further afield, into new opportunities around SE Asia, Africa and India. Jon has spent the last ten years with FAR Limited, with a primary focus on Africa. His experience spans the full exploration cycle from identification and capture of new acreage, through prospect generation to drilling and discovery of hydrocarbons.

Prior to 2014, the Mauritania-Senegal-Guinea Bissau-Conakry (MSGBC) Basin was largely viewed as a petroleum backwater with low levels of drilling activity. There had not been an offshore well in Senegal for 35 years and there had never been a deep water well. This changed abruptly with large oil discoveries in offshore Senegal at FAN-1 and SNE-1, SNE being the largest oil discovery in the world for 2014. Successful appraisal of SNE has more than doubled the volume estimates and further drilling in northern Senegal and Mauritania by other companies has resulted in large gas discoveries which have cemented the MSGB Basin as a new global exploration hot spot. Jon will discuss the exploration history of the area in the context of the petroleum systems of West Africa.


Wednesday, 20 November, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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    Henry & The Fox
    525 Little Collins Street
    Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia



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