SPE London Technical Talk

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Welcome to the next event in our season of Technical Talks: Major oil and gas projects and drilling activity in 2024. A global perspective.

Global exploration and production have evolved rapidly in recent years. This talk, on March 28, will focus on all the major exploration areas with key wells drilling in 2024, including the exciting hotspots in Namibia and Guyana-Suriname. There is activity in other parts of West Africa, SE Asia, the Mediterranean, etc. However, in many parts of the world, activity is reduced as the budgets for major explorers have either diminished and/or been diverted into renewables as part of the race to net zero.

Speaker: Mike Cooper
Mike Cooper is perhaps becoming best known for his social media video postings on YouTube, known as
TROVE News. The channel covers Oil & Gas and Renewables news from around the globe. With nearly 5,000 subscribers from every O&G company in the world, it features exploration hotspots, fascinating production achievements, a how-oilfields-work series and historical events in O&G that are growing in popularity daily. In the last year, there have been 200,000 views of the videos.

Mike was previously an exploration and subsurface manager for a variety of oil and gas operators, primarily in the North Sea, and also in Dallas, Texas. He gained additional experience in West Africa and Australasia. Mike has worked for various companies, including BP, Amoco, DECC, Oryx, Kerr-McGee, Maersk Oil, Deo Petroleum, Lundin and Centrica.

In recent years, Mike moved into consultancy, working for companies including TAQA, Parkmead and Bridge/Verus. Mike holds a BSc (Hons) in Geological Sciences from Leeds University and a Masters degree in Petroleum Geochemistry from the University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He is currently closing down Arenite Petroleum Limited, a company that looked at fracking shale in NE England, but has decided this was a money pit going nowhere fast. His current interest is with TROVE databases, a global technical subsurface resource for O&G companies which covers every oilfield, gasfield and discovery in the world. He is also Managing Director of James Hutton 1726 Limited, a subsurface consultancy that specialises in the identification and reactivation of former developments. The company has developed a workflow and a methodology to identify such opportunities and justify the technical recommendation to redevelop them. Mike is a former director of GESGB (formerly PESGB) and was responsible for creating and setting up both the Prospex and Devex conferences. Mike has chaired the Devex conference on two occasions and would love to do more – if time permitted.

Mike’s ambition is to give back to the industry he loves by explaining how it works through the TROVE News video channel on YouTube.


Date: Thursday, March 28
Time: 18.00-20.00 GMT
Place: The Carpenters Arms, 12 Seymour Place, London. W1H 7NE
Cost: £5 – £20

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There will be drinks and snacks, post talk.