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The history of petroleum exploration: evolving technologies based on a handful of underlying principles.

Thursday 14th October 13.00-14.00hrs

Online talk with Dr. Tony Spencer

The first geological principles explaining petroleum finds were established in the early 1900s in exploration on land. Petroleum exploration progressed when technologies enabled these first principles to be applied to ‘hidden’ prospects (e.g. offshore).

From the 1960’s on new principles emerged – the ‘play’ and ‘petroleum system’ concepts. This talk will illustrate the history and pattern of interdependence between geological understanding, the application of technology and the development of principles.

This event is dedicated to the memory of Ken Chew (1945-2019) HOGG member, geologist and history of geology enthusiast, who devised the first version of this talk in 2010.

Dr Tony Spencer has been a practising professional geologist since 1966. He enjoyed a long and distinguished career in petroleum exploration, first with BP and latterly with Statoil in Norway,where he published and edited a large number of key papers, books and memoirs on the petroleum geology of the Arctic regions, the NW European continental margin and the North Sea. He retired from Statoil in 2012 after a career in petroleum exploration spanning 41 years. In 2018 he was awarded the T. Neville George medal of the Geological Society of Glasgow in recognition for his work in Pre-Cambrian glaciations, which he continues to research.

This lunchtime talk, starting at 1pm, will last between 30 and 45 minutes, followed by time for questions and discussion after the talk. The event will close at 2pm.

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