DEVEX History

DEVEX 2013

In the 10th year of DEVEX the conference continued with the proven formula of the conference lasting 2 days with parallel sessions, which included the exhibition, poster session and fieldtrip. We again had 2 keynote speakers, one for each day of the conference. This year we lined up Nick Gee, Senior VP at Weatherford for the Wednesday and Rob Peters, E&P Director at Maersk North Sea.

This year at DEVEX we had a very wide range of topics that fell under this year’s theme of Maximizing our Diverse Resources. All the presentations were very high quality and this year we had a high proportion of operator presentations which may demonstrate increase in North Sea activity. DECC also played a larger part in the technical programme this year with their 2 presentation, ‘The PILOT EOR Workstream: Progress to Date’ and ‘Stewardship: Best in Class?’ We also introduced an ‘Underdeveloped Resources’ session which incorporated the hot topic of unconventionals. The exhibition grew in size this year as we had the most ever participants, this also seemed to represent the activity increase in the North Sea, with companies wanting to promote themselves in the hope to recruit new talent. The poster session was busy with 20 posters, the new layout of poster boards encouraged more groups to step up and participate.

At the pre-conference core workshop, cores were displayed from a range of depositional environments from the CNS Triassic & Chalk and the SNS Carboniferous and Permian, with well logs and maps providing supporting material. Twenty-five delegates were treated to an educational guided tour from four experts whose irrepressible enthusiasm was also entertaining. The event was not just a ‘show and tell’ and participants were involved in lively discussions. Core viewings are always interesting to both first-timers and seasoned geologists alike and this event was no exception. The variety of the core, the differences between the displays and the stories they told will have offered something for everyone who came along. The organising committee would like to thank ConocoPhillips for the release of relevant core material and sponsoring the event; to Iron Mountain Dyce for the use of their facilities and laying out the core; and finally to our presenters :- Triassic -Neil Meadows (Redrock International ); Chalks -Graham Aplin(Senergy); Carboniferous/Permian: Roddy McGarva and Stuart Buck (Task Geosciences).

The core workshop was organised by Hugo Lawrence (ConocoPhillips); Jim Ritchie (Senergy) and Richard Arnold (Baker Hughes Reservoir Services). The Young Professionals organised a lunch time work shop to explore the future of energy in and around Aberdeen. The workshop took the form of a panel debate, with the panel made up of Mr Ken Innes, Production Academy Manager of Shell representing the Oil and Gas industry, Mr Andrew Donaldson, Renewables Director of Petrofac representing the Renewable energy industry, Mr Brian Nixon, Chief Executive of Decom North Sea Decommissioning and Mr Gordon Macintosh, representing Director of Enterprise, Planning & Infrastructure of Aberdeen City Council. The panel where moderated by Mr John Harris President of Gaffney, Cline & Associates. The audience were asked a number of questions by the moderator, the final being “Do you think Aberdeen will still be the Oil and Gas Capital of Europe in 2023”, with 53 % of people believing that it would not be the capital in 2023. The debate focused on a number of issues such as the great crew change, skills needed in the industry and entrepreneurship. The subject of Aberdeen’s future was the main topic of the debate, with the panel explaining the future potential of Aberdeen after the north sea’s oil production ends. There were many comparisons drawn between Houston and Aberdeen. At the end of the debate the fourth question was re-asked and this time there was a major reversal, with over 65% of the audience believing Aberdeen would still be the oil and gas capital of Europe in 10 years’ time. The YP team would like to thank everyone involved in helping making the event such a success.

The Stonehaven field trip went off successfully with a visit to see the Highland Boundary Fault and the Highland Boundary Complex (HBC). The evening was dry and sunny with a gentle breeze and an overview of the importance of Stonehaven as the boundary between the Scottish “highlands” and “lowlands” demonstrated. The closure of the Iapetus Ocean and the volcanic and shales of the HBC interpreted as a portion of oceanic crust was explained. This was followed by a quick visit to the fishing hamlet of Cowie to see the Old Red Sandstone outcrops and the locality of the fossil Pneumodesmus newmani, the oldest air-breathing animal found to date. A splendid meal was then enjoyed at the Marine Hotel. Many thanks to Dominic McCormick for running the field trip and thanks to his colleagues for providing HSE and first aid cover.

Devex Committee 2013