The morning APPEX session will feature:
global perspectives session, led by Pete Stark, Pete Stark, IHS'
vice president of industry relations.
African session that will focus on deepwater trends, featuring Lyndon
West, studies director with IHS Energy, and Antonio de Pinho, vice
president of Devon Energy.
E&P perspectives, which will address key issues such as markets
for stranded gas, deepwater trends and opportunities to grow regional
oil production. Ian Cross, vice president of IHS, will review the
key issues and outlook for the region.
A Unocal official also is expected to participate in the session.
session on Latin America trends and outlooks, featuring Michael
Dyer, IHS' Latin America senior regional manager, and Kurt Neher,
chief geologist for Occidental Oil and Gas Corp. This session will
include a comparison of E&P results for the three leading deepwater
plays -- West Africa, offshore Brazil and the Gulf of Mexico.
Chuck Davidson, chairman, president and chief executive officer
of Noble Energy, will be the luncheon speaker and is expected to
discuss challenges and issues that Noble faced in its transition
from being primarily a domestic company to an international player.
The entire afternoon session will focus on North American natural
gas, and will include:
first session will address the Gulf of Mexico and will focus on
deepwater issues and outlook.
The speaker panel will include Jim Flanagan, deepwater Gulf GEPS
manager for IHS Energy, and John Adamick, vice president of business
development for TGS-NOPEC, who will discuss the U.S. Gulf of Mexico;
and Guillermo Perez Cruz, vice president of Pemex, who will address
the opportunities and plans for Mexico's Gulf of Mexico waters.
second North American natural gas presentation, which will address
key issues such as onshore U.S. gas supplies, the role of unconventional
gas reservoirs, western Canada supply outlook and LNG perspectives.
Bob Lydecker, manager of North American gas business consulting
for IHS Energy, will set the stage for the session. Executive keynote
panelists will include Kevin McMichael, exploration vice president
for El Paso, and AAPG president Steve Sonnenberg, with EnCana.
"By targeting companies extremely active in these areas as presenters,
we are going to get some insights into what these companies are
doing that the casual observer might never find out," said APPEX
co-chair Deborah Sacrey.
Co-chair Paul Hoffman is hopeful the forum will give attendees
an outlook on trends, opportunities and strategies that will allow
them to better conduct their own business.
"We have two specific challenges in the exploration business,"
he said. "One is to source capital for exploration, which is I think,
to put it mildly, a hard sell on Wall Street. The second is to identify
quality investment opportunities in exploration. Prospects are the
raw material for our business and there has been a general concern
for a decade or more that the availability of quality prospects
"I read a survey recently of oil and gas independents that cited
the lack of quality prospects as the number two impediment to success
in the coming year," he continued. "APPEX represents one of the
best opportunities, particularly since it is executed and managed
by geoscientists, for companies large and small to help themselves
meet those challenges.
"This conference addresses both challenges -- identifying new sources
of capital as well as locating quality prospects."