HGS General Lunch- How the Giant Pikka Field and World Class Nanushuk Play Lay Hidden Within the North Slope Basin OF Alaska

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Wednesday, January 23
The Petroleum Club of Houston
1201 Louisiana Street, 35th floor, Houston, TX
- If you valet park we can give you a discount coupon, the Petroleum Club does NOT validate parking
Social 11:15 AM, Luncheon 11:30 AM- 1:00 PM
Cost: $35 pre-registered members; $40 for non-members/ALL walk-ups;
$35 for Emeritus/Life/Honorary; $15 for HGS student members if pre-registered and pre-paid.

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Speaker: Matt Furin

How the Giant Pikka Field and World Class Nanushuk Play Lay Hidden Within the North Slope Basin OF Alaska 

Matt Furin, Jesse Sommer, Jeff Lyslo, Colby Vandenberg, and Kevin Dorrington of Armstrong Oil & Gas

The North Slope of Alaska is a very prolific petroleum producing province that contains North America’s largest oil field, Prudhoe Bay Field as well as a number of other giant to super-giant fields.  Although the area was considered to be past its prime for exploration, in 2013 Armstrong/Repsol discovered the Pikka Field between two existing fields that were discovered in 1969 and 1994.  The primary reservoir for the Pikka Field discovery is the Cretaceous Nanushuk Group, a previously under explored interval that lies above the historically productive zones.  In 2017 Armstrong Energy drilled the Horseshoe #1 and 1A wells 22 miles south of the discovery well and confirmed super-giant status for Pikka Field.  A total of 14 delineation and appraisal wells have been drilled to date in the field.  The Pikka discovery also established the Nanushuk Group as a new “world class” play and in 2017 ConocoPhillips announced the Willow Nanushuk discovery 30 miles to the west.  These discoveries led the USGS to revise their assessment for undiscovered resources in the Nanushuk play to 1.75 to 21.9 BBO with a mean of 8.8 BBO.  This presentation will give a brief review of Armstrong’s exploration history and the concept that led to the discovery.  It will also detail the components of the Pikka trap, reservoir and geophysical response of the reservoir.


Matt Furin

College History

Bachelor of Science    University of Dayton  1979

Master of Science       Northeast Louisiana University 1981

Employment History

1981-1983       Exxon Production USA                                   Andrews, Texas

                        Permian Basin, Northwest Shelf

1983-1987       Exxon Production/Exploration                     Midland, Texas

                        Permian Basin, Rocky Mountains

1987-1991       Exxon Exploration Spvsr                                Houston Texas

                        Southeast Louisiana

1991-1993       Exxon Alaska Exploration Mgr                      Houston Texas

                        North Slope Alaska, Interior Basins, ANWR

1993-1996       Gulf Coast Geoscience Production Mgr        New Orleans, Louisiana

                        Onshore Gulf Coast and Offshore Gulf of Mexico

1996-2001       ExxonMobil Exploration Company Mgr        Houston Texas

                        Europe/CIS New Ventures, EVCIS. Western Gulf

 2001-Present Armstrong Oil and Gas  VP of Geoscience    Denver, Colorado/Houston, Texas

                        North Slope, GOM, Onshore Louisiana

January 23rd, 2019 11:15 AM   through   1:00 PM
The Petroleum Club of Houston, Total Plaza Building
1201 Louisiana St
Houston, TX
United States
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Member $ 35.00
Non-Member $ 40.00
Emeritus/Honorary Life $ 35.00
Student $ 15.00
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