Upcoming Division Talks

Eastern Promises: Oil & Gas Potential in Eastern Europe Through the Lens of Canadian E&Ps
Duncan Mackay | Serinus Energy 
Gregory Rachii | Serinus Energy 

March 13, 2019 | 12:00noon

Location: TBA

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Despite a very long history of oil and gas exploration, and a wealth of hydrocarbon-rich basins, geopolitical and ideological forces over the past century have left the Eastern European oil & gas industries in a far-less mature state than our own, here in Alberta. 

Recently, however, growing demand for hydrocarbons in the region and complex energy dynamics have created a tight market for oil – and especially gas – in Eastern Europe. These current market forces, a decades-long drought in exploration and development capital, and a lack of modern exploration and development techniques has resulted in an abundance of commercial E&P opportunities in the region. 

Romania and the Ukraine have some of the greatest remaining oil and gas potential in Eastern Europe. We highlight their geological basins from a hydrocarbon systems perspective and provide snapshots of their respective petroleum industries and how they function. Based on our professional and personal experiences in these countries, we also demonstrate how their common Soviet-era histories have produced common challenges and opportunities for Canadian E&P companies. 

Dr. Duncan Mackay completed his B.Sc. at the University of Waterloo and, after working several years full-time in the oil and gas industry, returned to academia at Queen’s University, where he received his Ph.D., studying the sedimentology of tidal depositional systems. Duncan has worked in oil and gas industry for Shell Canada, Verano Energy (a Colombian-focused E&P company) and currently is working at Serinus Energy pursuing exploration and development opportunities in Eastern Europe and North Africa. Duncan is a Director at the Canadian Global Exploration Forum – a not-for-profit industry organisation that supports Canadian-based E&P companies whose operations are focused internationally. 

Gregory Rachii was born and raised in Ukraine, graduated from the Ukrainian National Technical University of Oil and Gas with Bachelor’s degree in Geology and Master’s degree in Geophysics. Gregory worked in Ukraine for the Canadian based company Kulczyk Oil Ventures as geophysicist and field operations manager. In 2015 Gregory was transferred to the head office in Calgary for Serinus Energy (formerly Kulczyk Oil Ventures) as a manager of geophysics focusing on the company’s assets in Tunisia and Romania. 

Upcoming International Division Talks: 
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May 8
June 12- Spring Social 
September 11
October 9
November 13
December 11

Division Profile
The International Division has provided a forum to members and guests interested in the geology and hydrocarbon potential of the world since 1985. We offer monthly free brown-bag lunchtime workshops and special social events. The lunchtime event takes place every second Wednesday of each month. It starts at noon with a 5 minute introduction, followed by a 10 minute “Rock Shot” warm-up and the 30 minute main presentation, which leaves the last 15 minutes for networking. Upcoming events are detailed below. The lunchtime events are held in the Nexen Plus 15 Conference Centre located in the Nexen Annex Building.

The “Rocks Shots” could be anything interesting and should be light. In the past we have had travelogues, world cultural heritage relationships between geology and beverages, and quick geoscience knowledge. The main technical presentation should cover geoscientific and/or broadly oil and gas related topics.

A door prize is provided by Sigma Explorations Inc., coffee and refreshments by IHS Markit, doughnuts by RPS Energy, and speaker appreciation by Chinook Consulting Services Ltd. and Alconsult International.

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