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YP excursion

Tuesday 23 September 2014

A short report of the successful YP excursion (joint PGK AAPG) to Belgium can be found in the excursion section.

Job updates

Wednesday 23 July 2014

New vacancies have been published on our jobs section, please check vacancies at EBN and TNO.

PGK at EAGE conference

Wednesday 9 July 2014

The PGK was represented at the recent EAGE conference in Amsterdam (16-19 June 2014) with a booth at the Exhibition.  EAGE dignitaries including outgoing and incoming presidents Gladys Gonzalez and Phil Ringrose visited the PGK booth in presence of Chairman Aafke Bouma and Vice Chairman Paul Huibregtse during the Associated Societies Tour (picture on the right).

Picture courtesy of EAGE

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Wednesday 8 October 2014  17:00 - 20:00

Demystifying AVO: an evening with Brian Russell

Lecturer: Brian Russell (CGG)

To demystify AVO techniques, CGG GeoSoftware, in partnership with PGK, would like to invite you to a special evening with Brian Russell (Hampson-Russell co-founder) where Brian will try to shed some light on these new techniques and give you an appreciation of how they are inter-related and where they can best be used. We can guarantee that it will be a very interesting discussion!

17:00 PM - 18:00 PM: Welcome drink and canapes 
18:00 PM - 19:00 PM: Brian Russell's Talk 
19:00 PM - 20:00 PM: Drinks and snacks / Networking

Registration required through the CGG website.

Abstract

Who hasn't ever heard comments such as "This latest AVO technique is much better than the previous one", or "We will need to run this new process on your gathers to help us in the AVO analysis. To the interpreting geoscientist, you often just have to trust that the specialist geophysicist will use this new technique to give you a better result, and resign yourself to the fact that you will never really understand the details. To demystify those new techniques, CGG GeoSoftware, in partnership with PGK, would like to invite you to a special evening with Brian Russell (Hampson-Russell co-founder) where Brian will try to shed some light on these new techniques and give you an appreciation of how they are inter-related and where they can best be used. We can guarantee that it will be a very interesting discussion!

Biography

Brian Russell started his career in 1976 at Chevron Standard in Calgary as an exploration geophysicist and also worked for Chevron Geosciences in Houston. He then worked for Teknica Resource Development as a senior explorationist, Veritas Seismic as a research and training geophysicist, and Veritas Software as a vice president of marketing and training. In 1987, Brian co-founded Hampson-Russell Software Services Ltd. along with Dan Hampson, and is currently vice president of the company. Hampson-Russell Software develops interpretive processing software for the international exploration industry, specializing in inversion and modeling programs.

Location

Carlton Ambassador Hotel
Sophialaan 2
2514 JP
Den Haag
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Wednesday 15 October 2014  17:00 - 19:00

The L5a License, the hottest block offshore!

Lecturer: Robert Aalpol (GDF SUEZ)

Our October lecture is scheduled as usual:

17:00 - 18:00 Social hour
18:00 - 19:00 Lecture by Robert Aalpol

Abstract

The L5a license is located in the center of the Dutch offshore area. Geologically it is at the southern tip of the Dutch Central Graben, bounded by the Cleaver Bank High to the West, the Central Offshore Saddle to the South and the Schillgrund High to the East. Right at this place most of the main Dutch hydrocarbon plays are working: even though the license is relatively small, it holds Rotliegend and Triassic gas fields and an Upper Jurassic oil field.

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NAM was the first operator of the license L5 and drilled 2 dry wells targeting oil in the Upper Jurassic. After these first wells they relinquished the southern part (1980) and focused on the new L5a license. The third well in 1983 found oil in the Upper Jurassic. The L5-5 in 1988 discovered a 17 BCM gas field in the Triassic Volpriehausen reservoir, which was developed during the nineties and is still an excellent producer. It the next decade the Rotliegend play was tested successfully by Wintershall in the southern L5b license, but L5a was just producing without any further exploration drilling. To the North, in license L2, the Rotliegend was tested unsuccessfully, and the focus remained there on the Triassic producers only.

GDF SUEZ acquired the L5a license from NAM as part of the NOGAT assets sale in 2008 and drilled their first exploration well in 2009. A dual target well first explored a Volpriehausen structure, but found the reservoir to be tight. The side-track of this well in 2010 found the Rotliegend Sierra prospect gas bearing. This well, the L5-12ST1, is classified as an HPHT well with the highest recorded temperature and one of the highest pressures in the Dutch offshore. Within a few weeks of the discovery a new 3D seismic survey over L5a was acquired. An appraisal campaign for the stranded Upper Jurassic oil field was started and based on the new seismic data and new geological models, two appraisal wells were drilled in 2013. The L5a-D production platform was also installed in 2013 and the first production well in the Rotliegend is planned to come on stream later this year. This will be followed by an exploration well to another Rotliegend HPHT prospect.

So within 5 years after the acquisition the L5a license has become one of the most active and interesting assets in the Dutch offshore!

Biography:

Robert Aalpol graduated in 2002 in Utrecht as a geologist. In 2003 he joined Gaz de France (Now GDF SUEZ) as the paper archivist hidden in the basement. Nowadays he works as a seismic interpreter and geologist with the main focus on the L5a license.

Location

KIVI building
Princessegracht 23
2514 AP
Den Haag
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