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Discoveries and Developments in the Black Sea

American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

Monday, 27 September 2021, 10:20 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  |  Denver, Coloradoroom assignment

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This panel covers the exciting new developments in exploration in the Black Sea, with an examination of the new understanding of the geology, reservoirs, and hydrocarbon potential, along with an overview of planned activity.

Session Chair

Pinar Yilmaz
Retired - ExxonMobil Corporation


Derya Kilic Demirci
Turkish Petroleum

Derya Kilic Demirci is the Geology & Geophysics Team Leader of the Sakarya Project at the TP-OTC. Currently she is responsible for the G&G part of discoveries at Sakarya Field and further exploration fields. She graduated from METU Geological Engineering Department in 2010 and got MSc degree from University of Tulsa Geoscience Departments in 2013. Since then, she had started working at Turkish Petroleum Corporation (TPC) as a project geologist and assigned for structural interpretation, field geology, seismic interpretation and prospect generation at Western Black Sea Projects of TPC. In 2019, she assigned for the team leader of the Tuna Project. After Sakarya discovery at Western Black Sea, she joined TP-OTC as G&G Leader and geomodeller of the Sakarya Field. Meanwhile, she is a PhD student at Middle East Technical University.

Gabor Tari
Group Chief Geologist, OMV Austria

Gabor C. Tari is the Group Chief Geologist at the OMV Petroleum Group responsible for the geological aspects of the global exploration portfolio across the business.

After graduating with a geology and geophysics PhD at Rice University Gabor joined Amoco in 1994 in Houston. After a variety of exploration project assignments with Amoco Romania and Amoco Angola, he left BP Amoco in 1999. At the Houston-based Vanco Energy Gabor was initially the Chief Geophysicist but then became Vice President of Geosciences following closely a numerous deepwater exploration projects around Africa. In 2007 Gabor moved to Vienna and joined OMV as a Senior Advisor. Later he become Chief Scientist for Geology and worked on large number of exploration projects in various basins in Europe, Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Besides teaching internal courses at OMV Petrom on seismic data interpretation, salt tectonics and prospect generation, Gabor also takes a keen interest in the education of the next generation of geoscientists. As an Adjunct Professor he was teaching seismic interpretation classes at Rice University and lately at the University of Vienna. Gabor is an active member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists, among other international geoscience organizations. Gabor joined AAPG in 1992 and organized many technical conferences and workshops, especially for AAPG Europe since 2010.

Bob Fryklund
Chief Strategist Upstream, IHS Markit

Mr. Fryklund is vice president and chief strategist for the Upstream Energy Group at IHS Markit.

He has more than 40 years of industry experience focusing on creating value for the global upstream players. As such, Bob has advised on many of the industry’s game changing deals in areas like IPO’s, acquisitions, arbitration, restructuring, and startups. His insights are sought after by global CEO’s and Boards. He spent more than 25 yrs. in Upstream executive management at majors and independents prior to joining IHSMarkit executive team.

Mr. Fryklund is an active industry leader giving back to the profession via his participation on four industry boards- IPAA (Supply and Demand Chair), AAPG (Corporate advisory Board), ARPEL and American Geological Institute (Trustee). In 2018, he received the AAPG Presidents Award for Thought Leadership. His insights regularly appear in the world’s leading press and he is a frequent keynote speaker at the industry’s leading events: World Economic Forum, CERAWeek by IHS Markit, the Offshore Technology Conference, IPAA, AAPG, EAGE, SPE and AIPN.

Mr. Fryklund holds an AB from Hamilton College, and lives in Houston, Texas.

Michael Gardosh
Israel Ministry of Energy

Michael A. Gardosh is currently the Head of the Geology, Geophysics and Information Department in the Israeli Ministry of Energy. He holds a M.Sc. degree in geology (1987) from the Hebrew University and a Ph.D. degree in Geophysics (2002) from the Tel Aviv University. Michael started his career in the Israeli National Oil Company where he was involved in various exploration projects onshore Israel. He then moved to the Geophysical Institute of Israel where he focused on research and studying the geology and petroleum systems of the Levant continental margin and basin. Moving to the Ministry of Energy in 2010 he took part in developing Israel’s large gas discoveries offshore, acting as one of the countries’ Petroleum Commissioners. Michael is a member of the AAPG since 1990 and was the co-organizer of the AAPG GTW on the Levant basin held in Tel Aviv in 2019. For the past 20 years he teaches courses and classes on seismic interpretation and petroleum geology in various Israeli academic institutes.


Discoveries and Developments in the Black Sea
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th St
Denver, Colorado 80202
United States

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