08:55IntroductionHalfdan CarstensGeoPublishing AS
Session 1IntroductionChairman: Halfdan CarstensGeoPublishing AS
09:00KeynoteTorgeir StordalNPD
09:25KeynoteNew initiatives in a mature basin – the OGA’s role in stimulating UK exploration activityPaul HerringtonOGA
Session 2The political frameworkChairman: TBA
09:50Espen MyhraOKEA
10:10Petter OsmundsenUniversity of Stavanger
10:30Coffee break
11:00Kjell PedersenIndependent
11:20Øystein NorengProfessor emeritus, BI
11:40Plenary discussionTorgeir Stordal
Espen Myhra
Petter Osmundsen
Kjell Pedersen
Øystein Noreng
Paul Herrington
University of Stavanger
Professor emeritus, BI
13:30Session 3Exploration Innovation PrizeChairman: TBA
The Exploration Innovation Prize is introduced this year in order to encourage testing of new prospects and play concepts.
The prize is awarded a license group, company, team or person who during the last two years have given a courageous and innovative contribution in exploration for oil and gas on the Norwegian continental shelf.
The recipient has matured and drilled a prospect that can be defined as high risk and high potential. It can be classified as dry, technical discovery or commercial discovery.
Nominate your candidate here
13:40KeynoteExploration Performance 2017Anders WittemannWittemann E&P Consulting
14:00Finalist #1TBA
14:15Finalist #2TBA
14:30Finalist #3TBA
14:45Coffee break
Session 4Cross-border learningChairman: Paul HerringtonOGA
15:15KeynoteStatoil’s One North Sea approach to explorationAlun WilliamsStatoil UK
15:45Missed pay approach to explorationRod CrawfordZennor
16:05BerylJeffrey TowartApache North Sea
16:25CapercailleErik J. HulmBP
16:45Boa/PeikHans Christen RønnevikLundin Norway
17:05End day 1
17:30Field trip: The Ordovician sedimentary rocks of the Oslo RiftMorten Bergan Spirit Energy "Field trip" "Kortreist ekskursjonslokalitet"
19:00Evening dinner
Master of ceremonyAnette B M TvedtNGF/Petrolia NOCO
Exploration Innovation PrizeAward ceremony with
Bent Kjølhamar, TGS
Idar Horstad
Dinner speechGeir B. LarssenLundin Norway


08:30Session 5Hydrocarbon shows and missed payChairman:
Jon Halvard Pedersen
Lundin Norway
"Oil stains seen in outcrops, cuttings or cores, as well as high gas readings measured while drilling, are all promising pieces of information that should be included in any prospect evaluation or decision making during drilling." Jon Halvard Pedersen, Lundin Norway, GEO 08/2017
08:40Oil shows - a hitchhiker's guideAndy ClarkLundin Norway
09:00Fluid sampling: Simple ways to optimize operations and early data deliveryBeathe HustoftIndependent
09:20Hydrocarbon shows - a cornerstone of PSADaniel StoddartGeoEight
09:40Coffee break
10:10Fluid inclusion analysis of thin sections - a tool for providing migration history of petroleum through a reservoir rockJohannes RykkjeUiB
10:30Missed pay exploration - case stories from the NCSPer BakøyPandion Energy
Plenary discussion: Shows - can we do better?Jon Halvard Pedersen &
Nils Telnæs
Lundin Norway
Statoil ASA
Session 6Recent discoveries - Near field explorationChairman: Richard OlstadPandion Energy
12:30AlvheimIvar SkjærpeAker BP
12:50LangfjelletLena ØvrebøAker BP
13:10Ivar AasenTor-Ole JøssundAker BP
13:30BrasseElisabeth FemsteinevikFaroe
13:50TBATord PedersenPoint Resources

Coffee break
Session 7Recent discoveries - Frontier exploration Chairman: TBA
14:40KorpfjellLeif Bjørnar HenriksenStatoil ASA
15:40End day 2




Program committee

Einar Sverdrup

Exploration Advisor at MOL Norge

Einar works as an Exploration Advisor in MOL Norge. He holds a Dr. Philos. from the University of Oslo in structural geology and sedimentology. Previous work experience since 1990 comprises Saga Petroleum, NGI, Roxar, Dana Petroleum and Bayerngas. Einar is a returning program committee member for NCS Exploration.

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Jon Halvard Pedersen

Petroleum System Analyst at Lundin Norway

Jon Halvard har extensive petroleum exploration experience from the Norwegian offshore continental shelf, North Africa and the Austral-Asian region. He has experience from working with license rounds, farm-in evaluations, data room and play & prospect evaluations. Member of exploration licence committees.

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Richard Olstad

Chief geologist at Pandion Energy

Dr Richard Olstad has a Dr.Scient from the University of Oslo, in Petroleum Geology, he is currently Chief Geologist at Pandion Energy AS. His main expertise is within reservoir prediction, organic geochemistry and petroleum system analysis. Having spent more than 20 years in the E&P industry with both large energy companies (Exxon and Chevron), as…

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Nils Telnæs

VP Access New Basins, Exploration North at Statoil

            Nils Telnæs Foto: Ole Jørgen Bratland © Statoil ASA

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Torodd Nordlie

Lead Geologist in Aker BP

Torodd is 51 years old and works as Lead Geologist in exploration at Aker BP in Fornebu. He has previous work experience working as a geologist in exploration teams from DEA, Statoil, Norsk Hydro and Saga Petroleum.D During his career he has spent most years working on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Torodd is a returning…

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Anette Broch Mathiesen Tvedt

Senior Explorationist at Petrolia NOCO Read More

Idar Horstad


Idar Horstad holds a Ph.D in Geology for the University of Oslo and has worked more than 25 years in the oil industry. After 10 years in the Exploration Department in Saga Petroleum he has worked 18 years in the seismic industry for Fugro, CGG and Magseis.

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Paul Herrington

Exploration Portfolio Manager at OGA Read More

Vigdis Wiik Jacobsen

Senior Consultant at Enfram

Vigdis is a geologist from the Universtiy of Oslo and she has a long exeperience from all parts of the Norwegian Shelf. She has worked for NPD, Statoil, Gaz de France and North Energy as a geoloigist mainly within in sedimentology, and later as a manager within technology, exploration and business development. Vigdis has led…

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