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FWGS January Luncheon

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FWGS January Luncheon
FWGS January Luncheon

Time & Location

Jan 09, 2024, 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Petroleum Club, 40th Floor, 777 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102, USA


Event Details


Brian Horn is currently the Managing Director of The Hatteras Energy Group. He served as Head of

Exploration Portfolio and Assurance at Cairn Oil and Gas in Delhi, India for the past 3 years. Prior to joining

Cairn, he was the Senior Vice President and Chief Geologist of ION E&P Advisors. Brian has worked in oil

and gas exploration and production for over 28 years. His experience includes technical and commercial

advisory, regional exploration, basin and play fairway analysis, petroleum systems, regional stratigraphic and

seismic correlations, and resource assessments. He has led New Ventures exploration teams, created

exploration portfolios through technical and commercial analysis and global opportunity screening. Brian has

worked directly with National Oil Company Executives, Government Ministries and Leaders in multiple

countries. He received his PhD in Geology and Geological Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines

and his MSc and BA degrees in Geology from the University of Colorado, Boulder.


A regional exploration perspective of the Gulf of Mexico Basin: Questions that remain

Hatteras Energy Group, Houston, TX

The Gulf of Mexico is one of the most extensively explored basins in the world, and the hydrocarbon

discoveries in the last 70 years demonstrate the GoM is a preeminent Super Basin. With each decade and

phase of exploration the basin brings new technological innovation, new opportunities, and discovered

volumes exceeding 5BBO. Yet, these successes and ideas continue to reveal questions and uncertainty about

the basin’s tectonic history and evolution of depositional systems through time. Some questions are, what

new play ideas remain untested, what known plays may be present in new areas and what is the right

approach to finding new plays and delineating their extent?

The best exploration ideas and concepts are grounded in ‘bottom up’ analysis starting at a basin scale and

working toward the prospect scale. Using a basin-wide seismic framework it is possible to investigate

outstanding questions such as the basin paleogeography prior to salt deposition, and the distribution of

sedimentary successions in the deep water. We present a basin overview and regional framework to evaluate

ideas about basin evolution, the distribution of play fairways, and exploration opportunities to better

understand the future hydrocarbon exploration potential in the Gulf of Mexico.


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