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  • The second of three articles in "The Future of the Oil and Gas Industry" series by Brad Hayes appeared in the October 15th Daily Oil Bulletin. Part 2 at the DOB.
  • This article - "How will Climate Change Agreements and CO2 Emission Targets Affect Oil and Gas Demand?" - makes the case that societal demands around the world guarantee strong oil and gas demand for decades to come, regardless of talk and "cost-free sentiments" around cutbacks and control of CO2 emissions. Part 1 at the DOB.
  • Kathleen Dorey, Managing Partner of Petrel Robertson Consulting Limited recently visited Cambodia in September 2018 to meet with energy government officials regarding a joint partnership to explore oil and gas opportunities in country. PRCL will be providing strategic and technical expertise to the partnership in order to assess the oil and gas opportunities and assist in bringing the potential production on stream.
  • Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. has recently been successful in securing contract work in India which will begin in 2019. The work will be multi-faceted and involve the assessment of seismic, drill holes and an extensive logging/core program to evaluate the resource potential in Northeast India. PRCL's work will be carried with their joint venture partners for the project and is expected to be completed within a year.
  • Petrel Robertson Consulting Ltd. is pleased to announce that we will be sponsoring the Earth Science for Society (ESfS) Exhibition taking place in Calgary from March 17-19, 2019. This educational event demonstrates the importance and impact of Earth Science in our everyday lives. Visitors are exposed to various aspects of Earth Science through the activities, hands-on experiments, engaging demonstrations and interactive displays presented by many exhibitors. The event hosts over 2,500 grade school students, teachers, youth groups, families, community groups, as well as the public.
  • PRCL is engaged with First Helium Inc., a Canadian-based helium exploration company, to serve as FHI's technical and operational partners. Guided by the PRCL technical and management team led by senior advisor David Johnson, FHI recently acquired a producing well and a large highly-prospective land position in Alberta. The FHI - PRCL team will further appraise and develop this opportunity, with the goal of producing liquid helium in the near future.
  • Geoscience BC announced release of a new major report Resource Oil Plays in Northeast British Columbia's Portion of the Western Canada Sedimentary Basin ( PRCL led this compilation of new light tight oil potential in NEBC, supported by analytical work by AGAT Laboratories and Howard Anderson (reservoir engineering analysis). We outlined substantial new light oil potential in both the Halfway and Chinkeh Formations, while identifying concepts for light tight oil exploration in several other tight reservoir targets.
  • In the September 4th Daily Oil Bulletin, Brad Hayes wrote about "World Energy Supply and Demand through 2040", as the first part of a three-part series on "Energy Supply and the Future of the Oil and Gas Industry". Parts 2 and 3 of the series will be published in October and November. Part 1 at the DOB.
  • PRCL sponsored the Tom Baker Cancer Conquerors team on the Enbridge Ride to Conquer Cancer in 2018. Although forest fire smoke cut the event short, our riders completed a 200km+ weekend raising money for this great event. Pictured are John and Ben Cole proudly wearing their Petrel Robertson logos!!
  • The Daily Oil Bulletin (August 7) published Brad Hayes' monthly analysis article: "The 'Climate' for Unconventional Oil and Gas Development Across Canada - Where are We, and Why?". Link
  • Brad Hayes is now a regular contributor to JuneWarren Nickle's Daily Oil Bulletin. About once a month he will publish an article providing deeper perspectives on aspects of the oil and gas industry, based on his diverse experience in industry, technical and professional organizations, and universities. Brad's first article "Is the 'Shale Revolution' Working for Oil?" appeared July 9th at
  • David Johnson was appointed Director of the Canadian Global Exploration Forum (CGEF). CGEF is the only registered Canadian organization that serves and promotes Canadian-based International oil and gas Exploration and Production companies around the world. The CGEF mission is to facilitate cooperation among Canadian international petroleum exploration and production companies through the sharing of expertise, technology and opportunities; and to promote member companies through the development of affiliations with government agencies in Canada and internationally.
  • David Johnson is the Technical Chair for the Annual CGEF Conference June 11, 2018. The conference "A New Beginning for Global E&P" will examine the changing landscape of international E&P and will highlight where experience, opportunity and financial markets are likely to combine to reinvigorate international E&P. The aim of the conference is to connect international E&P companies, governments, service providers, consultancies and financiers with new business opportunities across exciting new geographies and frontiers. This year the conference will immediately precede the annual Global Petroleum Show, June 12-14, and CGEF will be hosting Country Markets at GPS to provide dual access to the unique business content of the CGEF program, and an additional three days of international networking opportunities.
  • Kathleen Dorey was appointed as Co-Chair of two International Case Studies Sessions at the 2018 Calgary Geoconvention in May this year. The sessions included 12 international oil and gas talks and speakers gathered from Europe, the Middle East and North and South America. This preeminent oil and gas technical convention sees the CSEG, CSPG and CWLS come together to host the event on an annual basis in Calgary. The convention brings together nearly 4,000 geoscience professionals from North America and around the world to provide a diverse technical program that integrates all the geosciences, combined with professional development programs and valuable networking opportunities.
  • Kathleen Dorey has been nominated by her industry peers to Chair the CSEG Foundation for the next term of the organization. The CSEG Foundation has been established to encourage and support scientific, educational and charitable activities that benefit geophysicists through the solicitation of contributions aimed at promoting the development of geophysical knowledge, education and public awareness.
  • PRCL has teamed with Isobrine Solutions (Dr. Ben Rostron), Sherwood Geoconsulting (Dr. Mark Cooper) and Dr. John Pantano to undertake a regional assessment of basin-scale stratigraphy, structure, hydrogeology and petroleum systems in the southern Indus Basin of Pakistan for Pakistan Petroleum Ltd. Our goal is to better understand fluid movements and development of petroleum systems in the basin, in order to assess risks around hydrocarbon charge in structural traps.
  • PRCL has submitted a draft final report "Identification and Evaluation of new Resource Oil Plays in NEBC" to Geoscience BC. This project, completed jointly with Trican Geological Solutions and Howard Anderson, reviews the entire stratigraphic section throughout northeastern BC, identifying and ranking potential for new development of oil from low-permeability reservoirs.
  • Brad Hayes has been recommended as a Subject Matter Expert to advise the Expert Panel on Hydraulic Fracturing reporting to the British Columbia government.
  • Geoscience BC is preparing to release the final report on the Peace Project, a comprehensive multidisciplinary assessment of shallow groundwater aquifers in the Montney play fairway of northeastern B.C., available here. The Project provides a thorough understanding of aquifers and shallow groundwater in the Peace region, and makes it possible for First Nations, energy companies, communities and government to make informed decisions abouth the use and protection of water resources. PRCL, in collaboration with Quaternary Geoscience Inc., provided foundational work in mapping depth to bedrock and Quaternary sediments in Geoscience BC Report 2016-04
  • Brad Hayes has been appointed Director of Outreach for Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR). Brad is responsible for design and delivery of presentations to educate university students and faculty, and the general public, about issues around unconventional resource development.
  • The Nova Scotia Department of Energy has released a new Onshore Atlas of Oil and Gas Potential. PRCL worked closely with Nova Scotia DOE staff to create Open File 2017-03 "Assessment of Oil and Gas Potential, Windsor and Cumberland Basins, Onshore Nova Scotia". The report is available online here.
  • Brad Hayes, PRCL President, recently completed visits to four universities in western Canada and two in Ontario on behalf of Canadian Society for Unconventional Resources (CSUR). He spoke to the Daily Oil Bulletin about the program in this article (pdf, 130kb)
  • Brad Hayes commented on oilsands leases for CBC and the Canadian Press: Article at the CBC
  • Brad Hayes, PRCL President, commented on the Petronas decision to discontinue work on their LNG project: Article at the Daily Oil Bulletin
  • Brad Hayes is pleased to announce that David Johnson has joined the PRCL team as an Adviser. David is a geoscientist, and comes to PRCL with more than 30 years of Global, Canadian frontier, and Western Canadian E&P experience. In positions of progressive technical and managerial responsibility David has worked for Shell, Exxon Production Research, ExxonMobil Exploration, Husky Energy, and subsequently launched a public international start-up. Dr. Johnson has business development, operations, geoscience research, and technical E&P experience covering more than 40 petroleum provinces in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Americas; led the bid-round acquisition of more than 20 PSA's and EL's; and made significant discoveries, among others, in the Canadian Frontiers and South China Sea. David assisted the Kuwait Oil Company with their establishment of a new Research & Development Group, and subsequently was Adviser & Chief of Exploration - Business Development with KUFPEC. David received a BSc in Geology from the University of Calgary, and a PhD in Geological Oceanography from Dalhousie University. David is an Adviser with Canadian Global Exploration Forum (CGEF); a private non-profit organization that promotes Canadian International exploration and production companies.
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Upcoming Presentations

  • Brad Hayes is presenting results from Geoscience BC'ss study of shallow groundwater aquifers in the Peace River area of northeastern BC at a webinar hosted by Geoscience BC on November 21, 2018. Deatils Details at the GSBC website.
  • Brad Hayes will present "Views from Across Canada - A Non-Operator Perspective" at CSUR's breakfast meeting "Fractured Groiund: Hydraulic Fracturing and Public Policy" on Tuesday June 5th.
  • Brad Hayes presented PRCL's final report on "Identification and Evaluation of new Resource Oil Plays in NEBC" to the Unconventional Gas Technical Forum in Victoria on April 23rd.
  • Conversations that Matter interviewed Brad Hayes about unconventional resource development and hydraulic fracturing, view the video here
  • Kathleen Dorey gave the following talk at the 2018 Geoconvention in Calgary in May: 'Translating 2D Seismic to New Oil and Gas Resources'. The talk highlighted the successful and value added application of geophysical processing and interpretation on behalf of a Canadian oil and gas company in Laos. The work processes were outlined and the economic value they added were highlighted throughout the presentation. In addition newly identified gas resources of up to 36 Tcf (risked) were quantified which, in the future, may trigger the beginning of hydrocarbon independence for that country.
  • 'Westward Extension of Prolific Eagle Ford/Haynesville (Eqv.) Production into Mexico' was the title an additional talk Ms. Dorey gave at the 2018 Geoconvention in Calgary in May. In 2015 the United States Energy Information Agency assessed the Burgos Basin of Mexico to have 6.9 billion barrels of oil equivalent (BBO) and 43 trillion cubic feet (TCF) of risked recoverable resources in the Eagle Ford Formation. Likewise they assessed risked resources of 11 BBO and 119 TCF for the Pimienta Formation (Haynesville equivalent) for the same area. As a result of this report there has been renewed interest in the mapping and delineation of these unconventional reservoirs from South Texas into Mexico across the border. This talk outlined the reservoir characteristics and geoscience prerequisites for successful oil and gas exploration in the area. In addition, details of what a company would have to consider moving into the area such as the current market demands, land availability, availability of equipment, environmental issues and security were outlined and discussed.
  • Details on all presentations and presentation downloads

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