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PESA WA Branch Christmas Luncheon: Is Father Christmas a sedimentologist?

Thursday, December 14, 2017 @ 12:00 - 14:00

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Guest Speaker: Stephen Molyneux

Stephen comes from a farming background in Lancashire, UK and first got interested in rocks by looking at the glacial erratics in his Dads fields. From here it was O and A level geology and a Geology Degree at Imperial College from 1985-1988. Stephen started his working career at Enterprise Oil in London from 1989-1994. Since then completed a MSc in Sedimentology at Birkbeck College London, then an Imperial PhD in seismic interpretation of oil bearing sandstone intrusions of the North sea completed in 2000. A short stint in 1999-2000 working for PanCanadian on the UK Buzzard discovery that year he then went off to Calgary from 2000-2004 to work for PanCanadian as the companies deepwater specialist working on projects such as the Buzzard discovery and offshore Brazil/Africa/GOM exploration. Managed to luck out with a discovery in GOM at Tahiti(500mmbo), Brazil in the Peregrino (1 billion barrel+) discovery and Sergipe basins (1 billion barrel+)– all stratigraphic traps. Then 4 years with Oilexco Calgary as Chief Geologist who worked in the North Sea where the company drilled 50+ offshore wells and found more then 100 million barrels of oil recoverable. Several fields were again stratigraphic and some seismic scale sandstone intrusions. The GFC was not kind to Oilexco and in 2009 was bought by Premier. Stephen then had spells with Premier North Sea (lead explorer North Sea 2009-2010), Origin Energy Brisbane (International New Ventures Manager 2010-2012) and has eventually found a home in Perth Australia with Carnarvon Petroleum (2012-present). As you might have gathered he likes finding oil and gas.

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Is Father Christmas a sedimentologist?

Stephen Molyneux

He flies round at Christmas (probably all year I tell my kids so they are good) through the sky, probably looking at clouds and doing a bit of remote sensing of the earth (I also tell my kids that) …. if I was Father Christmas that’s what I would be doing to kill some time between dropping off Christmas presents. Over the last few years myself and my geology friend John Noad in Canada have looked at the sedimentology you can maybe see while in the sky flying in planes or standing on the ground looking at the sky or looking at snow or ice while his reindeer pull his sleigh….


$66 for PESA Members (early bird price)
$99 for non members
$77 for all PESA members who book after 11th December
$33 for students (early bird price)
$48 for retired members (early bird price)

Early bird closes Monday 11th December 5pm, all registration close Tuesday 12th December 5pm.


Thursday, December 14, 2017
12:00 - 14:00


Parmelia HIlton
14 Mill Street, Perth, WA 6000 Australia


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