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SOC Event

Thu 9 May 2019 at 18:00 PM - London
A Ramble in the Desert - Oil, Money, and Antiquity Stories from Egypt

Mike Watts, Managing Director, SOCO International plc

Sponsorship is provided by Gneiss Energy Limited, Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP, Pinsent Masons LLP, RBC Capital Markets, and Scottish Oil Club.

This event occurred on: Thursday, 09 May 2019, 6 p.m.


Major event funding provided by Gneiss Energy Limited

Major Funding Provided by Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP

Major Funding Provided by Pinsent Masons LLP

Major Funding Provided by RBC Capital Markets.

Major Funding Provided by Scottish Oil Club


SOCO’s recent entry into the western desert of Egypt provides an opportunity to review the successes of the oil and gas industry in the Eastern Mediterranean, set against a backdrop of the monetary fossil evidence for the most critical period in the history of western civilisation; including assassination, deification, martyrdom, breaking wheels, uncanny portraiture and the world’s greatest love story.


Dr. Mike Watts served as co-head of SOCO’s Business Development group between February 2017 and November 2017, and as an independent Non- Executive Director of the SOCO Board between August 2009 and January 2017. Mike has over 35 years of experience in the oil and gas industry. He was formerly the Deputy Chief Executive of Cairn Energy PLC and the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of the Amsterdam listed Holland Sea Search Holding NV. Mike has held senior technical and management roles with Premier Oil, Burmah and Shell and as Joint Chief Executive Officer and co-founder of Magna Energy Limited.

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