How did you come to be in the oil and gas industry?
When I left high school I started working as an oil and gas operator in Northern Canada, which I did for four years. It was during this time I became inspired by the industry and decided to become a petroleum engineer.
What do you believe is the greatest challenge to our industry’s future growth?
Two key challenges come to mind – firstly, encouraging and retaining the next generation of oil and gas specialists will be a great challenge for our industry, especially as industries which didn’t exist three decades ago grow. That said, I am really excited by the local opportunities this presents emerging oil and gas countries, such as those in the MSGBC basin, to fill the potential skills shortage. Secondly, we need to be sure that we are pursuing oil and gas developments that add to the energy mix of a country or region and importantly, do this in a way which is sustainable for the community and environments in which it is located.
Where do you see the greatest opportunity in the local oil and gas market and how are you positioned to capture this opportunity?
Unsurprisingly, I see our SNE Field development as being the greatest opportunity in the local oil and gas market. To ensure this meets local, regional and international demand, we are working very hard to achieve a final investment decision in 2019 before targeting first oil in 2022.
What have been the main developments for Woodside Energy in the MSGBC Basin over the past year?
Woodside and our joint venture partners have made substantial progress on the SNE Field Development since last year’s MSGBC Conference. We have completed capacity training for the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development; submitted our Evaluation Report with our Exploitations Plan to be submitted to the Government shortly; substantially progressed our Environment and Social Impact Assessment; and technically matured the project in anticipation of front-end engineering and design entry by the end of the year.
What are you most looking forward to at the MSGBC Basin Summit & Exhibition? What would you like to take away from the gathering?
I am very keen to understand what other MSGBC players are progressing so that we can look for ways to work together. I believe this will have benefits for all stakeholders, from the developments themselves, to the communities in which common user facilities would be located and to the governments who need to oversee and manage the industry.
About Greg Mogan
Greg has over 30 years’ experience in the oil and gas industry. Starting with Dome Petroleum, he then became a petroleum engineer and spent the first ten years of his career based around Calgary in well engineering and production optimisation roles. In 1997, Greg undertook a series of assignments overseas including spending four years in both New Zealand and in Syria undertaking reservoir engineering, well delivery, project and asset management roles with Shell International.
Since joining Woodside in 2005 Greg has worked in a number of business unit and strategy and business management roles. In 2011, Greg became Vice President of Assurance and Controls before leading Woodside’s potential acquisition of an eastern Mediterranean opportunity. In 2014, Greg became Vice President of Health, Safety, Environment and Quality (HSEQ), where he oversaw the company’s strategy to achieve top quartile HSE performance.
In 2016, Greg became Woodside’s Vice President Subsurface, responsible for progressing the subsurface advancement of undeveloped opportunities. In late 2017, Greg took on the role as Vice President Senegal, overseeing the accelerated SNE Field Development, a deep-water oil opportunity based offshore Senegal in West Africa.
Greg is also passionate about developing the next generation of “Woodsiders” and spends a significant amount of time teaching and mentoring younger staff on the oil and gas industry.
Greg Mogan will be presenting an industry keynote focused on Woodside Energy and the updates from the SNE Field, at the upcoming MSGBC Basin Summit & Exhibition taking place in Dakar, 24 – 26 October 2018.