Devex 2018 Chairperson's Report


As DEVEX Chairperson, I chose to open the 2018 Keynote Session with a statistic which I find both fascinating, and staggering.

Over the last year, 820 million barrels have been sanctioned from existing fields. This wasn’t from new discoveries, nor exploration activity. This was achieved from looking harder at existing fields and finding those extra barrels, through re-development, subsea tie-backs and drilling activity.

As the oil and gas industry begins to show signs of recovery, the lessons we have learned and the new ways in which we found ourselves working have carried through to the point we have arrived at today – working together from pore space to pipeline.

It is why we hear such interesting papers from Operator companies on how they are finding new ways to increase production, while keeping tight budgets. We hear from service companies of all sizes as they explore new ways in which we can use data and technology to understand, discover, produce and learn even more.

The opportunities still exist, it just often requires a new perspective to make them happen and ensure their sustainability.

It has been my privilege to once again Chair the DEVEX conference which brought together the perfect mix of high quality technical presentations, intensive workshops, a Field Trip to the Hopeman Sandstones, a specific session just for Young Professionals, and our ever-popular Core display.

We were delighted to receive Core from ConocoPhillips’ ‘J’ Fields, as well as Shell’s Greater Marnock Field. I would like to thank both companies for their contribution and it truly did make for an excellent display.

Speaking of Core, we also introduced a new element to DEVEX 2018 in the form of one-of-a-kind speaker gifts. These unique Core gifts were pieces of either Rotliegendes Core provided by ConocoPhillips, or Dunlin Core provided by Fairfield. The entire DEVEX Committee would like to express their gratitude to ConocoPhillips and Fairfield Energy for donating the Cores, Corex Premier for cutting them, and Iron Mountain for allowing us to pick them up from the warehouse. Last but not least, a big thank you to committee member and Aberdeen Director of PESGB, Henk Kombrink, who led the whole process and ensured our speakers left the conference with a fascinating gift.

I would like to sincerely thank our conference partners who allow us to run this conference free for the first 300 delegates, as well as our sponsors who cover many elements of the conference. I’d also like to thank the 2018 committee who worked hard to put together a wonderful programme which gives value to our delegates. I’d like to thank all our speakers and poster session contributors for taking the time to submit their abstract, as well as all our Session Chairs and Co-Chairs who kept things moving seamlessly.

Planning is already underway for 2019 and we can’t wait to see you there.

Brenda Wyllie, DEVEX 2018 Chairperson