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Thursday, 10 November 2011, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Shale Gas Projects and Investments

John Logel, Chief Geoscientist North Sea, Talisman Energy Norge/UK

Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE

Sponsorship is provided by and Scottish Oil Club (Students).Wood Mackenzie,

This event occurred on: Thursday, 10 November 2011, 6 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.



Unconventional (shale) reservoirs areq quickly dominating the future hydrocarbon resources of North America, rapidly moving to Europe, and potentially could expand into all areas of the world. These reservoirs have shifted the dynamics of energy developments and possible uses. Shale developers area also quickly becoming very controversial with governments and environmentalists. This talk will address some of the drivers behind shale gas projects, methods for finding and developing them, and the associated issues.


John Logel is Chief Geoscientist North Sea for Talisman Energy Norge/UK. Previously he was the Senior Geoscience Advisor for North American Operations in Calgary working on geophysical problems throughout Canada and the new ventures organisation. His primary responsibility was the technical development, mentoring and advancement of technology application for the exploration and exploitation of unconventional and conventional reservoirs in Canada. Within Talisman, John has been involved in the development of the strategy to become a leader in Shale Gas and refinement of geoscience technology to explore for high-grade shale reservoirs. This including the entrance and continuing exploration, and soon to be drilling, of the Shale play in Poland. John has been involved in the delineation and development of Shale Gas reservoirs since the early exploitation of it in the US. As a member of Anadarko’s technical staff, early learnings from the Barnett shale lead to Anadarko entrance into Shale Gas in several basin in the US and leading the development of the now world class shale plays of the Montney and the Horn River. John has presented over 20 papers on unconventional reservoir description and spoken to audiences on the subject including EU subcommittees and the Norwegian Storting parliament. Prior to Talisman and Shale Gas, John held several technical management and advising positions with Anadarko Canada, and Petro-Canada in Calgary and before that worked 19 years for Mobil in numerous assignments in Europe and North America.

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