“Ideas” – The First 100 Years of the Western Canadian Oil & Gas Exploration

“Ideas” – The First 100 Years of the Western Canadian Oil & Gas Exploration
By Doug Boyd

Tuesday, 10th September, 2019 , time: 5:00 PM
ADNOC HQ, 39th floor, Abu Dhabi.


Doug Boyd (ADNOC - Upstream)


Oil & Gas is found by people with “Ideas” and the commitment to pursue those ideas. Ideas which may go against convention and find little support within the industry. Ideas which create thriving cities as people pursued the jobs generated. This presentation covers the pioneers and major events which drove the first 100 years of exploration in Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin. Conversation (Noranda HQ, Toronto, Canada, 1976) before discovering 440 TCF of gas* Alf Powis, Chairman of Noranda: “John, one more million-dollar well might cost your job and mine. The board thinks we’re crazy.” John Masters: “We gotta do it. This could be a giant.” Alf Powis: Long pause, silence. “Ok John, it’s just you and me. Make it good or we’ll both be on the street.” *Source: Heritage of the Petroleum Geologist, AAPG, 2003.


Doug Boyd spent 13 years working in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin logging wells, describing well cuttings and core, analyzing well logs, picking DST and perforation intervals. The Western Canadian Basin contains thick clastic and carbonate sediments with a variety of hydrocarbon traps containing sweet to sour gas and light to heavy oil.

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