Many fields judged to be marginal may have huge
potential value if re-evaluated because of the variable nature of the key
factors upon which that judgement has been made. Oil price volatility, improved
technology and methods, changing standards, legislation and attitudes,
continuing research, new investment are just a few of the fundamental
characteristics of the oil and gas sector which is renowned for the complexity
and scale of its investment decisions.
Marginal projects in which there is usually considerable ‘sunken cost’ can become investable if their lower risks can be leveraged to improve returns.
Re-evaluation to determine whether a more suitable development plan can attract financing is key to transforming the economics of marginal or stranded fields, maximising recovery from mature (‘late life’) fields or even kick-starting larger development projects with early production systems.
MFDevCo and its Consortium apply this approach to identify their projects and are able to manage those projects through their lifecycle from opportunity screening, suitability assessment and financing through engineering to production and decommissioning. We welcome the opportunity to discuss how our approach can be applied to transform your assets.
Alan has wide experience in mining, petrochemicals and oil and gas. He commenced his career with Anglo-American (mining) before becoming Risk Advisor for the Norwegian Petroleum Directorate from which time, he has worked almost exclusively in the oil industry. During the last 10 years, he has focused on marginal field development strategies and most recently, gas-to-wire opportunities. Alan has a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, a MSc in Management Studies, and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
Alison has over 20 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, initially in evaluation of risks within major offshore projects, undertaking, for example, Safety Cases and regulatory assessments in many projects such as Hibernia (ExxonMobil), White Rose (Husky) and Terra Nova (Suncor) and for many operators in the North Sea and other locations. Previously Managing Director of RMRI, Alison is presently Managing Director of MFDevCo working on marginal field development strategies with particular focus on gas-to-wire opportunities which are of considerable interest as a ‘cleaner2greener’ transition strategy. She has a BSc in Mathematics and a PhD in Electrical Engineering and Electronics, and is a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institute of Marine, Engineering, Science and Technology (IMarEST).
Michael has over 40 years’ experience in the oil and gas sector, the majority of which has been on offshore projects. His wide experience has encompassed detailed engineering, concept, FEED and EPIC phases of project execution, project engineering and project management with specific expertise in the detailed engineering of subsea and platform production facilities. He has worked on many projects and in a variety of positions, for example, Project Manager, SubSea Systems on White Rose (Husky Energy), Project Manager, Otter Field Development (ODE Limited) and Lead Project Engineer on Girassol Field Development (Elf Exploration). These projects represent a small subset of his wide experience. Michael is a Registered Subsea Engineer, a Member of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and a Member of IMarEST.
Peter-Giles has extensive experience in the power, energy and civil aerospace sectors in the UK and Africa. Peter initially worked in airline technical management in South Africa before moving into energy, working on nuclear design, safety case and licensing. Following this, he worked on Eskom’s primary energy strategy involving the development of large-scale coal projects and the negotiation of long term, high value commercial contracts with coal majors including BHP Billiton and Glencore. Peter relocated to the UK, working for Rolls-Royce on civil nuclear power programmes gaining wide knowledge of the UK energy sector and of gas turbine technology. Peter holds a BSc in Aeronautical and an MSc in Mechanical Engineering and is Technical Manager at MFDevCo.
Dominic has worked in the Oil and Gas industry for over 20 years, and has extensive experience in organisational structuring and planning, management, finance, taxation, negotiation, administration and business development. He has worked with some of the most recognised companies in the industry including ExxonMobil, Centrica and Shell, along with small independent companies, playing a significant role in establishing innovative new ventures, supporting growth and IPOs. Dominic holds an MSc from Liverpool University in International Management with a specialisation in Oil and Gas and is CIMA qualified.
Ivo has 40 years’ experience in the shipping and offshore oil and gas sectors, primarily within engineering, procurement, construction, installation and commissioning (“EPCIC”). He has extensive technical experience including shipyard operations and as project manager working for Transocean, MODEC and AMFELS. As CEO of the OSX Group, Ivo oversaw the construction, ownership and operation of FPSOs. Mr. Dworschak has an MSc in Marine Engineering from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro and trained in Marine Surveying with DNV in Norway.
Peter was, until the end of June 2016, a Senior Tax Partner at PwC, for whom he had worked since 1989. He has a BA in Economics and qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980. Peter has worked with private and quoted businesses, from small entrepreneurial firms to huge international organisations across a wide spectrum of industries including oil and gas, advising on structuring and the tax implications of complex international transactions. He has a detailed knowledge and understanding of tax regimes worldwide and of organisational and project structuring to optimise the tax position. Peter is a non-executive director of MFDevCo.
Einar has over 25 years’ experience in corporate finance, banking and accounting. He has a BSc in Business Administration and an MBA from the American Graduate School of International Business in Arizona. He spent several years working in banks, in America and Norway, specialising in financial instruments and financial engineering, before moving into institutional sales. Since 2000, Einar’s focus has been on the offshore and shipping sectors, where he has assisted clients with mergers and acquisitions, working with both equity and debt capital markets. Having left Fearnley Securities in 2015, he now provides independent consultancy advice to companies in these areas. Einar is a non-executive director of MFDevCo.
AGR delivers well construction and project management, HSEQ, reservoir and field management services to the upstream oil and gas industry in addition to rig procurement, consultancy manpower, expert software solutions and tailored training. As industry pioneers, AGR work with their clients to find the best solutions to maximise safety, cost efficiency and performance excellence.
AGR provides a range of services to design and deliver the requisite well engineering and well project management elements for marginal field development projects. AGR’s focus on maximising safety, cost-efficiency and performance excellence is perfectly aligned with the core values of the Consortium.
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Aibel is a leading service company working within the oil, gas and renewable energy sectors providing engineering, construction, upgrading and maintenance solutions. Aibel will fulfil a project management and EPC contractor role, co-ordinating and managing the input of the Consortium to ensure delivery and acting as the key point of contact between MFDevCo and other Consortium members on projects.
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Aker Solutions is a global provider of products, systems and services to the oil and gas industry. Its engineering, design and technology bring discoveries into production and maximize recovery. The company employs approximately 14,000 people in about 20 countries.
Please visit Aker Solutions for further information.
Arup is an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services and aiming, through their work, to make a positive difference in the world.
Their oil and gas division helps create efficient infrastructure and storage for exploration, production and transport, while their oil and gas engineers and project managers deliver major projects that ensure the structural and geotechnical integrity of on- and offshore facilities, all the way to decommissioning.
Arup is able to provide integrated production solutions combining normally unattended topsides with the Arup Concept Elevator (ACE).
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Braemar ACM is one of the largest chartering and S&P (sale & purchase) shipbroking companies in the world with offices in 16 key shipping geographies worldwide. Its services include chartering, S&P, operations and market research across all the major commercial shipping sectors and can deliver a comprehensive shipbroking service in any location and at any time.
Braemar ACM advise in asset and shipyard negotiations and in project financing strategies.
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COSL Drilling Pan Pacific Limited is the international branch of China Oilfield Services Limited (COSL) for the Jack-up Division and operates a fleet of 8 high specification jack-ups.
COSL is the leading integrated oilfield services provider in the Asian offshore market and a majority-owned subsidiary of the CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation) Group. Its services cover each phase of offshore oil and gas exploration, development and production. Its four core business segments are geophysical services, drilling services, well services, and marine support and transportation services.
COSL has the largest fleet of offshore oilfield services facilities in China, currently operating and managing 33 jack-up rigs, 12 semi-submersible rigs, 5 modular rigs, 2 accommodation rigs and 6 land drilling rigs.
In addition, COSL also owns and operates the largest and most diverse fleet in offshore China, including more than 130 working vessels, 3 oil tankers, 5 chemical carriers, 9 seismic vessels, 4 surveying vessels, and a vast array of modern facilities and intrinsically developed and patented equipment for logging, drilling fluids, directional drilling, cementing and well work-over services.
Please visit COSL Drilling Pan Pacific Ltd for more information.
Frames designs, builds and delivers separation technology, oil and gas treatment, flow control and safeguarding systems and modules, even integrated solutions such as total plants. Frames is able to optimize upstream, onshore and offshore processes, and to deliver technical, smart and cost effective solutions.
Frames will work closely with MFDevCo and Kongsberg Maritime to design and deliver offshore process and utility systems that can be operated on a normally unattended basis, a key component in enabling marginal offshore fields to be economically developed.
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Kongsberg Maritime delivers products and systems for positioning, navigation and automation to merchant vessels and offshore installations, as well as products and systems for seabed surveying and monitoring. It is a wholly owned subsidiary of Kongsberg Gruppen, an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the oil and gas industry, merchant marine, defence and aerospace.
Kongsberg Maritime provides ‘best in class’ proven remote control and monitoring technology for MFDevCo’s normally unattended development solutions.
Please visit Kongsberg Maritime for further information.
RMRI is an independent engineering and risk management consultancy providing a comprehensive range of asset, project and organisational risk management services throughout the lifecycle from concept design through to decommissioning.
RMRI manages the health, safety and environmental regulatory aspects of the marginal field projects and is responsible for providing the demonstration of the integrity of ‘normally unattended’ operations.
Please visit RMRI for further information.
Many marginal oil and gas fields have lower investment risk because exploration and appraisal has been undertaken. A more appropriate development plan accommodating external environment changes could make many such fields, investable.