APPEX Set This Month in Houston

Let's Make a Deal

AAPG's rapidly approaching APPEX 2002, already a "must do" event for people looking to make a deal — or for those looking to make their deals better — just got a little more attractive.

As of EXPLORER press time, Texas gubernatorial candidates Rick Perry, the state's republican incumbent governor, and Democrat Tony Sanchez were both slated to speak at the APPEX Dealmakers Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 27, a day-long event that offers a variety of talks and sessions dealing with the business of geology for both independents and majors.

Perry is scheduled to be the featured speaker during the morning session, and Sanchez is scheduled as the luncheon speaker.

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AAPG's rapidly approaching APPEX 2002, already a "must do" event for people looking to make a deal — or for those looking to make their deals better — just got a little more attractive.

As of EXPLORER press time, Texas gubernatorial candidates Rick Perry, the state's republican incumbent governor, and Democrat Tony Sanchez were both slated to speak at the APPEX Dealmakers Conference on Tuesday, Aug. 27, a day-long event that offers a variety of talks and sessions dealing with the business of geology for both independents and majors.

Perry is scheduled to be the featured speaker during the morning session, and Sanchez is scheduled as the luncheon speaker.

APPEX 2002 is AAPG's second annual Prospect and Property Expo, which will be held Aug. 27-29 at the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston. The theme is "The Right Time, The Right Place, The Right People."

AAPG, SIPES and the Houston Geological Society are the sponsors for an event designed to be both geoscientist and prospector friendly — a place to display ideas, plays and properties to a large crowd at the time of year when most buyers are developing their budgets for the coming season.

Chuck Noll, chairman of APPEX 2002, is hoping to have 400 booths operating for APPEX this year — a size that would double last year's inaugural effort.

And as was the case last year, APPEX will feature a "Dealmakers Conference," which will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 27, offering a variety of talks and sessions to help both independents and majors.

Some of the sessions already confirmed are:

  • Sourcing Capital Sessions, featuring speakers from EnCap, Duke Capital, Deutsche Bank, Fleet Boston Financial and Frank Weisser of Weisser, Johnson & Co., speaking on "Private Financing in Turbulent Times."
  • A special presentation by John Hogg, vice president for EnCana, who will offer an overview of the new "super independent" company's organization and its high risk deep water exploration portfolio, including its North Sea operations.
  • An E&P session, with talks on:
    • "Maverick Misterios — A New Fascinating Discovery."
    • "Strategies for Successfully Managing an Independent E&P Company in a Volatile Commodity Price Environment and the Expansion into Deep Water Plays and Gas Plays Onshore."
    • "Building a Producer-Focused Midstream Competitor."
  • Concurrent sessions on "Innovative Exploration" and "Support Systems for Exploration."

The Expo itself will kickoff after the Dealmakers Conference with the Tuesday night Icebreaker, with access to the APPEX booths at that time.

A mini-breaker within the expo hall also is planned after Wednesday's full day of prospecting, followed by "International Night," featuring talks on the redevelopment of several abandoned fields on the UK North Sea Shelf via horizontal drilling and modern 3-D and 4-D seismic definition.

Speakers will include Iain Murray, the British Consul in Houston, and Gene Van Dyke, Vanco Energy, who will recount Vanco's success as an independent in the North Sea and offshore West Africa.

APPEX continues on Thursday, Aug. 29.

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