The Most Exciting Oil And Gas Play On The Planet? Interview with Bill Mooney


As Reconnaissance Energy Africa (TSXV:RECO, OTC:RECAF) continues to excite traders and business specialists alike, we sat down with the person chargeable for what may very well be the subsequent main growth on this story. Bill Mooney is the president of Polaris Geo, the corporate charged with finishing up the second seismic imaging plans in what some are calling probably the most thrilling oil performs on the planet.

During the interview, we contact on quite a few factors together with:

Why he believes Kavango has unbelievable potential and is one of the most exciting oil and gas plays on the planet.
Why he thinks the gear recon Africa is utilizing is unlikely to trigger environmental hurt, particularly to elephants
Why he believes the gear they are going to be utilizing within the Kavango is properly suited to environmentally delicate areas
Why he believes the Kavango has quite a few traps and traditional reservoirs
How second seismic imaging works
How second could present if there may be oil within the floor

James Stafford: I perceive you could have an enormous quantity of expertise in worldwide oil and gasoline performs. Given ReconAfrica has discovered oil in its first two wells (1) (2), how are you feeling in regards to the prospectivity of the Kavango basin?

Bill Mooney: I’m very undoubtedly not an authority! However, given my geology background and having labored in basins in lots of international locations for the final 40 years, it’s uncommon to seek out a big virgin basin like Kavango! This basin is deep and comprises Permian age rocks which have been deposited between 250 and 300 million years in the past. The Permian age on earth was marked by unbelievable natural development. The whole earth was an enormous sizzling steamy greenhouse. Since then, all of this natural materials, buried deep within the earth with excessive stress and temperatures, has actually been ‘recycled’ into oil and gasoline. I consider Kavango has unbelievable potential and is one of the most exciting oil and gas plays on the planet.

JS: Due to ReconAfrica’s evaluation of a lot faulting and folding within the Kavango basin, do you anticipate to see quite a few traps giving rise to standard reservoirs?

BM: Yes! The aeromag knowledge initially acquired reveals not solely a really massive deep basin, it reveals numerous aid (excessive and low factors) inside that basin. Over the final 450-500 million years the sediments deposited within the basin will finally drape over these excessive basement buildings, or be structurally deformed resulting from faulting and folding and so forth. These excessive factors are one instance of potential ‘structural traps’ for hydrocarbon.

JS: Could you please inform me how 2D Seismic imaging works?

BM: James – I’ve taken the freedom of discovering a hyperlink for you that explains the precept of each 2D and 3D clearly. The variations between this clarification and what we’re doing is #1 we’re utilizing wi-fi nodes reasonably than cables and geophones and #2 as a substitute of the Four large vibrators, now we have a single smaller unit.

Seismic is principally taking an ultrasound (acoustic imaging) of the earth, identical to you’ll examine a physique utilizing ultrasound. 2D seismic is used to look throughout massive areas whereas 3D is used to get significantly better 3D photographs over areas of curiosity. If you learn the hyperlink I despatched you it ought to all change into clear: What is the Difference Between 2D and 3D Seismic |The Lundin Group

JS: How lengthy have individuals been utilizing the second gear you might be utilizing in Kavango and in all that point has it ever been reported that it causes environmental harm or hurt to animals?

BM: The gear has hardly ever brought about points, it’s how the operation is ready and left that makes the distinction. With gear, the older cable methods may get tangled below the ft of cattle for instance however that may be very uncommon.

Canada was an early international chief in ‘low impact seismic’ or LIS strategies. Narrow winding traces, not reducing down any large timber simply the underbrush. Responsible seismic exercise at this time is normally undetectable inside just a few months.

JS: Some magazines have lately claimed that second seismic can hurt elephants in a roundabout way and impression their directional skills. What do it’s important to say about this?

BM: We have completed over 15 tasks in East Africa the place now we have had common and every day animal viewing. The picture under was taken within the ‘middle’ of the lively seismic program and close by we had Four of the very massive vibrator vehicles working on this instant space. These giraffes (there have been 5) sat grazing the entire time. I can’t remark with authority on elephants however now we have seen them and they’re usually shyer than most animals.

JS: Just how correct is second? Will it present what’s there precisely or does the information must be interpreted?

BM: The knowledge is correct and can present subsurface photographs. These must be interpreted to know what the totally different horizons characterize. This is finished by drilling a properly on a seismic line. If you see a geologic change at a sure depth, and you realize what that change is, then you possibly can observe it alongside the seismic line, or throughout a 3D. The line under (sorry it’s blurry) is roughly 40km lengthy and is exhibiting 6-Eight km deep. You can see an enormous fault and the construction.

JS: If there may be oil within the floor – will second present it? Or will it present potential traps/reservoirs? Just how detailed does the information get?

BM: Seismic will see the construction or a stratigraphic entice (attributable to a change to porous permeable rock). Stratigraphic traps could be delicate – large basin exploration seems to be extra at construction like the instance above. Sometimes gasoline accumulations could be detected with very subtle processing, that occurs after we purchase the information and ship it to these specialists.

JS: You are working with Recon Africa in Namibia and going over 450 kilometers. What kind of knowledge are you searching for?

BM: We will likely be investigating the basin to find out the depth and distribution of rocks, mapping the stratigraphy and related buildings. Geologists and geophysicists will interpret the information we offer.

JS: Can outcomes be interpreted on the go? Allowing you to scan within the morning and consider what was scanned within the night? So instantaneous outcomes?

BM: Yes, our every day acquired knowledge is put by way of an in depth QC course of and ‘stacked’ each night, then the a whole lot of photographs we purchase are ‘stacked together’ to provide us what we name a ‘brute stack’, or preliminary 2D picture. If it passes our QC course of, it’s despatched to the processing and interpretation group. So brute stacks are generated each night time for what we did that day.

JS: I’ve heard you’ll be utilizing the Explorer 860 which, as I perceive it, is the lightest impression seismic gear on this planet and was developed in conjunction with Apache in northeastern BC for a really environmentally delicate space. Could you inform me extra in regards to the gear and the way it works?

BM: The Explorer 860 accelerated weight drop (“AWD”) was a design we delivered to Apache they usually stated, if we constructed one which labored, they’d assist us construct extra, and likewise use them. What our group got here up with may be very dependable and essentially the most highly effective AWD we’re conscious of. We ‘spring load’ a 2900 lb mass by pushing it up right into a nitrogen-charged accumulator system, after which when launched we push it with a hydraulic ram. It hits a base plate that’s a part of the machine. It does no harm to the floor and may be very quick.

JS: Can the gear be used for anything?

BM: Seismic methods/geophones have been used for all kinds of functions wherever ‘imaging the subsurface’ is the good factor to do. This contains geotechnical for bedrock surveys, dam integrity, searching for gravels, mining, water, coal, oil and gasoline, and geothermal. It has additionally been used to observe earthquakes and tremors. It’s been put in below ocean methods to trace submarines and likewise to trace animals and detecting human exercise (safety monitoring for instance).

JS: Thank you on your time Bill.

Here are another firms to observe as Africa’s oil and gasoline increase heats up:

Chevron (NYSE:CVX) holds the spot of the second largest oil firm on the NYSE. Chevron can be betting large on Africa, notably Nigeria and Angola. The supermajor ranks among the many prime oil producers within the two African nations. Other areas on the continent the place the corporate holds pursuits embrace Benin, Ghana, the Republic of Congo and Togo.

Egypt has additionally captured the eye of the oil big lately. Just final yr, in truth, the nation awarded Chevron and Shell key exploration blocks within the red-hot Red Sea. The blocks cowl a complete space of round 10,000 sq km and carry a mixed minimal funding of $326 million, Egypt’s petroleum ministry stated, including that potential funding would rise to “several billion dollars” if discoveries have been made. Though its pursuits are unfold out among the many continent, it’s all deliberate. With bets on each oil and pure gasoline, Chevron is seeking to reap the benefits of each of the fossil fuels. Though costs are nonetheless depressed in the mean time, as gas demand returns to regular, Chevron is ready to soar when oil returns to pre-pandemic costs.

While it’s nonetheless an oil firm on the core, Chevron has emerged as one of many fossil gas business’s largest proponents of hydrogen, even enjoying a serious position as a worldwide advisory physique to the Hydrogen Council with a view to present a long run imaginative and prescient for the position of hydrogen within the vitality transition.

Chevron has not but absolutely recovered from the huge hit it took again in January 2020, the place it dropped to a 5-year low of simply $59, the oil big has made some progress due to recovering oil costs. Sitting at $107 on the time of writing, Chevron is slowly recuperating a few of its losses and is positioned properly to learn within the mid to long-term, particularly with its diversified method to the business.

Royal Dutch Shell (NYSE:RDS.A) is third largest New York-listed firm, coming in just below Chevron. The firm relies in Holland, the place it was based over a century in the past and employs nearly 100,000 individuals. And just like Chevron, Shell has additionally made some large bets in Africa. In truth, it is without doubt one of the leaders within the area. The Dutch oil big started drilling within the area over 70 years in the past, and now has vitality property in over 20 international locations throughout the continent. Though it has bought off quite a few its prized performs within the area lately, it continues to take care of a robust presence, particularly within the south of the continent.

South Africa is vital for Shell as a result of the federal government has been considerably extra steady than a few of the different large bets on the continent. Moreover, the nation has been very open to Shell in its tasks. The firm’s operations in South Africa embrace retail and industrial gas, lubricant, chemical and manufacturing. It’s additionally closely invested in upstream exploration. It even holds the exploration rights to the Orange Basin Deep Water space, off the nation’s west coast and has functions for shale gasoline exploration rights within the Karoo, in central South Africa.

Shell is not ignoring Namibia, both.

“Namibia is one of the places where the geology is very interesting,” Shell Upstream’s VP of exploration for the Middle East and Africa, Colette Hirstius, recently told an African oil convention in Cape Town. “We recently acquired seismic data and are continuing to be encouraged by what we see,” she added.

Exxon (NYSE:XOM) is one other oil big seeking to money in on Namibia’s upcoming crude oil increase. It lately purchased up an extra 7 million web acres from the Namibian authorities for a block extending from the shoreline to about 135 miles offshore in water depths as much as 13,000 ft, with exploration actions already in operation.

ExxonMobil isn’t ignoring the fact of the market, nonetheless. It has made main strikes in its dedication to scale back its emissions. It claims to have about one-fifth of the world’s complete carbon seize capability. The firm captures about 7 million tons per yr of carbon.

ExxonMobil can be large in its dedication to scale back its emissions. It claims to have about one-fifth of the world’s complete carbon seize capability. The firm captures about 7 million tons per yr of carbon. This has been in place since 1970, and the corporate claims to have captured extra CO2 than every other firm — greater than 40 p.c of cumulative CO2 captured.

Schlumberger (NYSE:SLB) is remodeling itself to outlive and thrive in an oilfield a fraction of the scale it was only some years in the past. The emphasis is shifting from throwing large chunks of iron and a schoolyard full individuals at a venture to minimizing capital depth of operations by way of the digital PSO transformation now we have mentioned right here. The digitalization of the worldwide oilfield will show to be very sticky and start to ship subscription-type returns to each firms.

SLB is forward of the remainder of the oilfield pack with their New Energy Genvia enterprise, which goals to provide carbon free blue hydrogen by way of a hydrogen-production expertise enterprise in partnership with the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), and with Vinci Construction. This new enterprise will speed up the event and first industrial deployment of the CEA high-temperature reversible strong oxide electrolyzer (SOE) expertise.

SOE can doubtlessly be a game-changing expertise within the medium time period as a result of it provides a novel and environment friendly technique to provide clear hydrogen by water electrolysis utilizing a renewable supply of electrical energy. Genvia’s mission is to ship differentiated system effectivity when producing hydrogen from water, in comparison with present industrial electrolyzer expertise, and as such, enabling clear hydrogen manufacturing at extremely aggressive value.

Baker Hughes (NYSE:BKR) is the world’s largest oil subject companies firm. They present drilling, completion, manufacturing, and reservoir administration services to prospects in additional than 100 international locations around the globe. Founded in 1919 as Geophysical Services Inc., Baker Hughes has grown into a worldwide company with operations in over 120 areas throughout 30 international locations.

Like lots of its friends, Baker Hughes has additionally confronted mounting stress to affix the inexperienced revolution. And it’s risen to the call-to-arms. Surprisingly, nonetheless, it wasn’t investor stress that obtained Baker Hughes into the hydrogen boon. In truth, it’s been within the recreation for properly over half a century. It constructed its first hydrogen compressor in 1962, and hasn’t stopped since.

Because it’s nonetheless primarily an oil subject service firm, nonetheless, Baker Hughes has had its share of ups and downs over the previous yr, however the $27 billion business big nonetheless stays a wise purchase for long-term traders. Not solely has it proven that it might adapt to the instances, however it additionally pays dividends!

Enbridge (NYSE:ENB, TSX:ENB) is in a novel place as oil and gasoline levels its 2021 comeback. As one of many extra doubtlessly undervalued firms within the sector, it may very well be set to win large this yr. But that’s provided that it might overcome a few of the challenges in its path. Most particularly, its Line three venture which has confronted scrutiny from environmentalists.

The $2.6-billion venture plans to switch Enbridge’s present 282 miles of 34-inch pipeline with 337 miles of 36-inch pipe. The new Line three would have the capability to maneuver 370,000 barrels of oil per day, assuaging the takeaway capability constraints that Canadian oil producers have been struggling with for years now. Line three is considered one of two pipeline tasks within the works which are—of their unfinished state—conserving Canada’s oil business from reaching its potential.

While this problem could show tough for Enbridge to beat, the well being of the Canadian oil business is enhancing, and with it, the outlook for Canadian producers corresponding to Enbridge. The firm has already began the yr off robust, and if it might proceed its momentum, it is going to probably have the ability to see a sustained rally in its share value over the course of the yr.

Crescent Point Energy Corp. (NYSE:CPG, TSX:CPG) was one other Canadian oil producer that struggled within the oil value disaster of final yr. The mid-cap firm noticed its share value tumble from a January excessive of $4.56 to an all-time low of simply $0.70 as oil demand dissipated and costs tumbled into the negatives in a traditionally dangerous first-quarter. The horrible yr compelled the corporate to decrease output and capex forecasts for 2021.

Despite its struggles, nonetheless, Crescent has seen its share value climb considerably over the previous month. The 28% acquire may be the start of a turnaround for the embroiled Canadian oil big. In truth, it has even obtained a ‘strong buy’ sign from analysts at Zack’s due to its robust value efficiency and enhancing technical.

In addition to bullish information from OPEC and Asian demand restoration, Canada’s oil sands are trying a bit extra optimistic as properly. According to authorities knowledge, the controversial oil sands hit record-production in November and can probably proceed to develop all year long. This turnaround in Canadian oil will probably be a boon for Crescent, and a full restoration is trying evermore possible.

TC Energy Corporation (NYSE:TRP, TSX:TRP) is a serious oil and vitality firm based mostly in Calgary, Canada. The firm owns and operates vitality infrastructure all through North America. TC Energy is without doubt one of the continent’s largest suppliers of gasoline storage and owns and has pursuits in roughly 11,800 megawatts of energy generations. It’s additionally one of many continent’s most necessary pipeline operators. With TC Energy’s large affect all through North America, it’s no surprise that the corporate is amongst considered one of Canada’s highest valued vitality firms.

One of TC Energy’s largest struggles lately was grappling with the notably tough approval course of for its Keystone Pipeline. But that’s all historical past now, and with the bounce again in oil and gasoline demand, TC Energy may stand to learn.

While TC Energy’s inventory value has but to get better from pre-pandemic ranges, it is without doubt one of the few business giants which has managed to maintain excessive dividends rolling in. With quarterly payouts exceeding 6%, TC has saved traders on board and its share value from falling too far.

Suncor (NYSE:SU, TSX:SU) may be recognized largely for its oil manufacturing. But it’s one of many few majors actually pushing the boundaries. In truth, it has pioneered quite a few high-tech options for locating, pumping, storing, and delivering its assets. When the rebound in crude costs lastly materializes, giants like Suncor are positive to do properly out of it. While lots of the oil majors have given up on oil sands manufacturing – those that give attention to technological developments within the space have an incredible long-term outlook. And that upside is additional amplified by the truth that it’s at the moment trying notably under-valued in comparison with its friends.

But that’s only one a part of its enterprise, nonetheless. Suncor can be a world chief in renewable vitality improvements. Recently, the corporate invested $300 million in a wind farm positioned in Alberta. Additionally, as Canada strikes away from oil, Suncor is properly positioned to reap the benefits of one other one of many nation’s useful resource reserves; Lithium. The better part? It doesn’t even have to maneuver very far. In truth, Alberta’s oil sands are a serious hotspot for lithium manufacturing.

When the rebound in crude costs lastly materializes, diversified giants like Suncor are positive to do properly out of it. While lots of the oil majors have given up on oil sands manufacturing – those that give attention to technological developments within the space have an incredible long-term outlook. And that upside is additional amplified by the truth that it’s at the moment trying notably under-valued in comparison with its friends.

CNOOC Limited (NYSE:CEO, TSX:CNU) is considered one of China’s oil majors. It’s the nation’s most vital producer of offshore crude oil and pure gasoline, and might be probably the most controversial oil shares for traders available on the market. A label that has nothing to do with its operations, nonetheless.

Recently, U.S. regulators introduced their intention to de-list Chinese firms from the New York Stock Exchange, going again on their announcement only a few days later. The sustained damaging press surrounding Chinese firms, nonetheless, has put CNOOC in an uncomfortable place for traders. While many analysts see the corporate as considerably undervalued, it’s nonetheless struggling to achieve traction in U.S. markets.

It’s solely pure to surprise why CNOOC was focused and never CNPC or Sinopec. Lin Boqiang, dean of the China Energy Policy Research Institute at Xiamen University in southern ChinaSo, suspects CNOOC’s drilling exercise within the South China Sea space is chargeable for placing it at loggerheads with U.S. authorities.


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