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Current Activity and Exploration Potential in Southeastern Caribbean and Guiana Basins

Southeast Caribbean Research Symposium Presentation
AAPG Distinguished Lecture
Summary

Moderator: Javed Razack, Ramps Logistics

Panelists: Neil Evans, BHP; Katy Henderson-Moses, BP Trinidad & Tobago; James Shipka, Touchstone Exploration; Ryan Ramsook, University of the West Indies; Randy Hiscock, Bahamas Petroleum; Brian Glover, Staatsolie; Ken Nibbelink, JHI Americas; Kevin Ramnarine, Guyana Local Content Committee

Industry experts from across Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela debate about current activity and exploration potential in Southeastern Caribbean and Guiana Basins. The panel took place on 18 September 2020, as a part of the Southeast Caribbean and Guiana Basins Virtual Research Symposium.

Bios:

Moderator: Javed Razack, Ramps Logistics

Javed earned a BSc in Petroleum Geoscience from the University of the West Indies, Trinidad, and a MSc in Oil and Gas Enterprise Management from the University of Aberdeen.

In his 10 years of experience in the industry, he has worked at the Ministry of Energy, Trinidad (was a Geophysicist with the Contract Management Department and worked on over a dozen onshore and offshore seismic surveys, as well as the regulation of over 25 PSCs and Licences), and at Ramps where he has been for four years.

At Ramps Logistics, he is Head of Energy Sales, in charge of all tenders, contract negotiation and contract management covering all our clients across Trinidad, Guyana, Suriname, Mexico, USA and new territories. Clients include approx. 100 operators and service companies including ExxonMobil, Petronas, Tullow Oil, Schlumberger, Technip, Valaris and many more.

Javed is former AAPG YP Vice President for T&T, Current Director Geological Society of T&T, Member of and frequent presenter at SPE, Board Member Couva/Pt LIsas Chamber of Commerce, Trinidad.

Neil Evans, BHP

Neil earned a BSc in Geology from Imperial College London and a PhD in structural geology from the University of Leeds in the UK.

With 23 years of experience in the industry, he is Practice Lead Exploration Excellence in BHP Petroleum at Houston, where he is responsible for providing geoscience guidance and best practices to the Exploration and Appraisal teams at BHP. Prior to BHP, he undertook several post docs around the world in structural geology and salt tectonics. Neil is a member of AAPG. 

Katy Henderson-Moses, BP Trinidad & Tobago Katy earned a BSc in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University and a MSc in Petroleum Geoscience from the Imperial College London.

With 16 years of experience in the industry, she works at BP Trinidad & Tobago as Greater Cassia Area Manager, Reservoir Development, where is responsible for production delivery and resource progression of the Greater Cassia hub fields in the Columbus Basin. Previous responsibilities as Exploration Manager included prospect evaluation and drill-out of infrastructure-led exploration inventory and JV partnership in deepwater Barbados Trough. Katy is a member of GSTT.

James Shipka, Touchstone Exploration

James earned a BSc in Geology from the University of Calgary. His 32 years of experience include exploration and development of mature assets in developed basins, enhanced oil recovery planning and implementation, conventional and unconventional gas exploration and prospect generation, field development and geological interpretation.

Currently, he is Chief Operating Officer at Touchstone Exploration Inc. in Calgary, Canada and Fyzabad, Trinidad & Tobago, where he is responsible for the oversight of all technical aspects of the company’s operations, including exploration and development, subsurface (geology and geophysics), engineering, production, and business development.

James is Fellow of the Geological Society of London, Member of the Canadian Society of Petroleum Geologists (CSPG) and the Geological Society of Trinidad and Tobagpo (GSTT).

Ryan Ramsook, The University of the West Indies

Ryan earned a BSc in Earth Sciences, MPhil Geology and a PhD in Geology from the University of the West Indies.

In his 15 years of experience, he has worked at Sagres Energy Inc (South America, Caribbean, Canada); and at Trinity Exploration and Production Ltd (Trinidad). Currently, Ryan is Senior Lecturer and Petroleum Geoscience Coordinator at the Univeristy of the West Indies, St. Augustine. Ryan is a member of AAPG, GSL and SPE.

Randolph (Randy) Hiscock, Bahamas Petroleum (BPC Limited)

Randy earned a MSc / MBA from the Memorial University of Newfoundland, Canada.

With 35 years of experience in the industry, he has worked as GM New Ventures & Business Development-Americas, Shell, and VP Latin America, Encana. Currently, he is Business Development & Uruguay, Managing Director at BPC Limited in Nassau, Bahamas. Randy is a member of AAPG, SEG and PESGB.

Brian Glover, Staatsolie

Brian holds a Bsc from the University of Aberdeen, and a PhD from Keele University.

With 32 years of experience in the industry on Exploration, Development & General Management, Brian has worked in companies as Shell, Tullow, MOL Group and Seacrest Azimuth. Currently, he is Vice President Offshore at Staatsolie Maatschappij Suriname N.V., where is responsible for the Upstream Offshore Value chain for Staatsolie.

Kevin Ramnarine, Guyana Local Content Committee

Kevin earned a BSc in Chemistry, a MSc in Petroleum Engineering and an MBA, all from the University of the West Indies at St. Augustine.

With 17 years of experience in the industry, Kevin is Senior Adviser at Triple Junction Energy Advisors at Aranguez. He is Former Minister of Energy of Trinidad and Tobago. He is a member of SPE. 

Ken Nibbelink, JHI Associates

Ken earned his BA degree in Geology from the Western State College of Colorado, a MS in Geology from Colorado State University, and a MS in Finance from the University of Houston.

In his 40 years of experience in the industry, he has worked in companies as Union Pacific, Amoco, Devon, Hyperdynamics and JHI Associates (BVI), where he currently is VP Exploration in Steamboats Springs, Colorado, responsible for exploration Canje Block, Guyana. Ken is a member of AAPG, HGS, RMAG and PESGB.

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