Aberdeen University oil expert joins Institute of Petroleum Engineering


Aberdeen based Mark Bentley AGR’s TRACS Training Director, has been appointed as a member of the Advisory Board to the Foundation CMG Chair programme at the Institute of Petroleum Engineering at Heriot-Watt University.

He will sit on the Board as a reservoir modelling expert. He currently teaches along with other colleagues from TRACS Training on the MSc programme in petroleum engineering at the University of Aberdeen.

Bentley has 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry working internationally for both operators and service companies. He has written and delivered tailored training courses for BP, Shell, BG, OMV, PDO, Centrica, Maersk, Hess, Wintershall, JOGMEC, Woodside, YPF and Nautilus.

He has published numerous articles and papers on reservoir modelling and uncertainty quantification and is a recent co-author of the reservoir modelling textbook ‘Reservoir Model Design’.

Mark Bentley
Mark Bentley

He commented, “I am honoured to take on the Advisory Board role. This aligns directly with AGR’s commitment to the development of the industry’s future technical experts and making skills transfer more efficient.

Founded in 1978, Foundation CMG promotes and financially supports research & development and students through research grants at universities and industry research centres. The mandate is to investigate leading edge research and innovation in oil and gas reservoir modelling.

It plans to do this by establishing 18 research chairs with outstanding researchers at distinguished universities, involving approximately 500 faculty and student researchers undertaking a $700 million, 25 year initiative.

Foundation CMG (FCMG) recently announced the extension of their funding of the FCMG Chairs, held by Prof Eric Mackay and Prof Sebastian Geiger, which enables Heriott-Watt University to train approximately 25 PhD students and 100 MSc students over the next five years, in the areas of reactive flow modelling and carbonate reservoir simulation.

Foundation CMG is a not-for-profit company registered in Alberta, Canada.www.foundationcmg.com

Here’s how we COULD get MER out of the North Sea


Send YOUR Top 3 Wishes to get MER to: – Editor@ScottishEnergyNews.com

The University of Aberdeen is partnering with Scottish Energy News in organising a keynote event to examine the challenges and issues linked to Maximising Economic Recovery from the UKCS.

The event will be a one-day conference, to be held in Kings Conference Centre on 14 April  and followed on from an article published in the Scottish Energy News  (see http://www.scottishenergynews.com/new-survey-shows-n-sea-oil-and-gas-firms-are-missing-opportunities-on-collaboration/) and the interest in,  and reaction to, this piece.  

The event will have excellent speakers, who include:

  • Paul Goodfellow – VP UK and Ireland, Shell
  • Gunther Newcombe –  Director Exploration and Production, OGA
  • Graeme Young – Partner CMS
  • Derek Leith ‘North Sea Fiscal Update’ –  Senior Partner, Aberdeen Ernst and Young
  • John Pearson – Group President, Northern Europe & CIS AMEC-Foster Wheeler
  • Greg Gordon – University of Aberdeen, School of Law
  • Alex Kemp – University of Aberdeen, School of Economics
  • Ian Phillips –  CEO, Oil and Gas Innovation Centre
  • Gordon Drummond – CEO  NSRI

Presentations will range across topics from competition law, collaboration with peers, other companies and regulators, innovation and cost efficiencies.

The aim is to inform with new thinking on these issues and encourage meaningful discussion.  The day will offer space for questions and discussion, including a panel discussion and networking.

John Scrimgeour
John Scrimgeour

John Scrimgeour, Executive Director, at the University’s Aberdeen Institute of Energy, said: “This is shaping up to be a stimulating and fascinating consideration of the many issues and challenges facing the sector at this time.

“We are confident that we have created the very first conference of this kind, where a range of speakers from academia and industry will debate the major legal, organisational and technical issues, many of which have not yet been discussed or debated in sufficient detail, and are not yet common knowledge. “

“The conference will offer delegates a significant opportunity to hear from key experts, network with fellow colleagues and get involved in the key areas of discussion”.

To find out more details on our speaker line up and the programme for the day, as well as to register, go to:  http://www.abdn.ac.uk/events/mer-2016/

NB; All lawyers; this will be CPD-able as it deals with new legislation – the Collaboration Code under the new Energy Act; this is a first of a kind CPD conference

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