Innovative Collaboration: What’s next for IOCs, NOCs and SCs
1000–1130, Monday, 5 October
La Louisiane Ballroom
The relationship between national oil companies (NOCs), international oil companies (IOCs), and service companies (SCs) is changing. In the past, NOCs looked to IOCs to provide the technology, capital, and human resources to maximize exploration and production of hydrocarbons.
Mergers and acquisitions among the major oil companies in the 1980s resulted in IOCs outsourcing their R&D activities. Service companies recognized the opportunity to commercialize some of these R&D projects, and subsequently, they grew in size and importance during this period. Additionally, NOCs began to develop their own state-of-the-art R&D centers.
Recognizing that many NOCs control most of the globe’s reserves and have developed significant technology and organization capabilities, their role is changing. This session will outline the changes in relationships between the three main business entities in the industry and how they can work together to develop new opportunities.
Liam M. Mallon
Vice President, Engineering, ExxonMobil Production Company
Liam Mallon is the vice president of engineering at ExxonMobil Production Company in Houston.
Mallon began his career in the industry in 1984 and spent his first six years with British Petroleum in Scotland and with Expro International Ltd. in China. He joined Mobil in 1990 and, over a period of eight years, held a variety of progressively senior positions. From 1998 to 2000, he was the operations manager of Mobil Producing Nigeria Unlimited. He then moved to Australia, in the same capacity, until 2003. From 2003 until 2004, he was based in Houston as the planning manager of ExxonMobil Production Company. In December 2004, he was appointed the president of ExxonMobil Canada, a position he held until his appointment in 2006 as the director and chairman of the ExxonMobil Subsidiaries in Malaysia. In July 2009, he was appointed to his current position.
Mallon is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and recently served on the board of the Society of Petroleum Engineers – Asia Pacific.
Mallon holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Trinity College in Dublin and a master's degree in petroleum engineering from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Keith R. Morley
Senior Vice President, Weatherford International
Keith Morley is a senior vice president and corporate officer of Weatherford International. His responsibilities encompass leadership of Weatherford’s suite of well construction related business units as well as the operations support functions. He also serves as chief safety officer. Previously, Morley has served as senior vice president, enterprise excellence and vice president markets and technology for Weatherford. He joined Weatherford in November 2001 with their acquisition of CiDRA Optical Sensing Systems, a private equity funded, technology innovation company, where he served as senior vice president and general manager.
He has worked within the oil and gas service industry for more than 35 years in a broad variety of executive and managerial roles within both large multinational publically held and smaller private equity companies, and across a broad variety of technology segments. Morley received a joint honors, bachelor of science degree from the University of London, England in 1974 and completed the executive development program at the University of Tennessee in 1984.
Joffrey (Jay) R. Pryor
Vice President, Corporate Business Development, Chevron
Jay Pryor is Chevron Corporation’s vice president for corporate business development, a position which he has held since May 2006. He is responsible for identifying and developing new, large-scale upstream and downstream business opportunities, including mergers and acquisitions.
Pryor joined Chevron USA Production Company in 1979 as a petroleum engineer and held a number of production-related positions. He later held a succession of management positions with increasing responsibilities in Asia, the US, Europe and the former Soviet Union. He was also instrumental in establishing Chevron’s presence in Turkmenistan.
In 1992, Pryor joined Chevron’s international subsidiary Chevron Overseas Petroleum as the first manager of petroleum engineering in the newly-established Tengizchevroil joint venture in Kazakhstan. In 1996, he transferred to California as sponsor in charge of career development for operations personnel. He also served as general manager of human resources for Chevron’s worldwide operations. In 1999, he became managing director of the Asia South business unit and managing director of Chevron Offshore (Thailand). In 2002, Pryor was named managing director of Chevron Nigeria and was responsible for directing oil and gas operations in West Africa.
Pryor earned his bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from Mississippi State University in 1979.
Mohammed Al Qahtani
Executive Director, Petroleum Engineering & Development, Saudi Aramco
Mohammed Y. Al-Qahtani is executive director of petroleum engineering and development at Saudi Aramco.
Al-Qahtani, a 25-year veteran of the company, started his career in 1983 as an engineering aide in the Planning and Administrative Services Division. Throughout his career, he has been instrumental in the development of leading-edge technologies in reservoir management.
After completing his doctorate in 1996, Al-Qahtani worked as a petroleum engineer in reservoir management for several oil and gas fields and became supervisor of gas reservoir management in 2001 and general supervisor of gas production engineering in 2004. He then took several acting manager positions in the Seawater Injection and Production and Facilities departments.
In 2006, Al-Qahtani became manager of the Reservoir Description and Simulation Department and acting manager of the Reservoir Management Department. He served as acting chief petroleum engineer in 2007 and then became president and CEO of Aramco Services Company in Houston before returning to petroleum engineering as chief petroleum engineer.
Al-Qahtani earned a bachelor’s degree in petroleum engineering from King Fahd University of Petroleum and Minerals and a master’s degree and doctorate in petroleum engineering from the University of Southern California.
Anelise Quintão Lara
Manager of Reservoir Engineering, Petrobras
Anelise Lara is the reservoir engineering manager at Petrobras E&P, a position that she has held since May 2004. Her responsibilities include technology dissemination, knowledge management, and consultancy services to Petrobras domestic E&P business units. Her group is also responsible for reservoir simulation and conceptual studies for all Petrobras discoveries in Brazil, including the new pre-salt area in Santos Basin.
Lara has been working for Petrobras since 1986. She began her career performing formation evaluation studies for onshore and offshore fields. In 1994, she was assigned as head of reservoir simulation group, and in 2000, she became the reservoir technology manager at Petrobras Research Center.
She received a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Minas Gerais Federal University in 1983 and a MSc in petroleum engineering from the Ouro Preto Federal University in 1986. In 1994, she received a PhD in earth sciences from Paris 6 University in France.
Lara is a member of the Century Club of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and served as the chair of the board of the SPE Brazil Section from 2005 to 2008.