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ConocoPhillips: Unconventional Reservoirs and Technology Showcase

Special Session

Monday, 26 July 2021, 10:45 a.m.–12:05 p.m.  |  Houston, Texas

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Course Content

In this session ConocoPhillips will provide an overview of their best-in-class Unconventional Portfolio as well as the key technologies and strategies to develop and optimize these assets. ConocoPhillips will also highlight key takeaways and the interrelationships that can be drawn between the various technical papers that will be shared in the technical sessions.

10:45 am–12:05 pm
In-Person – George R. Brown Convention Center, Room 351
Included with Registration

Session Chairs

  • Evan Lamoreux
  • David Jones
  • Robert Hull
  • Jim Hnat



Michael Hatfield, CTO & SVP, Global Technical Functions, ConocoPhillips

Michael Hatfield is chief technology officer and senior vice president, Global Technical Functions. Hatfield has over 30 years of oil and natural gas experience. Most recently, he served as senior vice president, Global Operations, Wells & Projects. Hatfield’s other leadership positions include president for Alaska, Canada and Europe; president, ConocoPhillips Canada; vice president, Health, Safety and Environment; vice president, Rockies Business Unit; and manager, Strategy and Portfolio Management. Hatfield joined ConocoPhillips in 1989 as an engineer. He has held technical, operations and management roles in the U.S., Norway, Indonesia, Australia and Canada. Hatfield has also managed several strategic initiatives, including leading the upstream transition team for the 2012 spinoff of ConocoPhillips’ downstream operations into Phillips 66. Hatfield serves on the Texas A&M Engineering Advisory Council and on the Society for the Performing Arts (SPA) Board of Directors. Hatfield earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master’s degree in business administration from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Jack Harper, President Permian, ConocoPhillips, Midland

Jack Harper is President, Permian for ConocoPhillips, responsible for development and operations of this business unit, which is located in western Texas and southeastern New Mexico.
Harper has 25 years of industry experience, including most recently serving as president, Concho Resources. Prior to Concho, he served in various capacities relating to finance, corporate planning and strategy, capital markets and business development at Unocal Corporation, Pure Resources, Inc., and Tom Brown, Inc. Harper is a currently active on the board of trustees of the Abell-Hanger Foundation, and the board of trustees of the Texas State History Museum. Additionally, he serves on the board of governors for the Bynum School, for Midland Shared Spaces and for the Midland Children’s Rehabilitation Center, all located in Midland, Texas.
Harper earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in finance from Baylor University in 1993.


David Forbes, GM, Global Wells, ConocoPhillips

David M. Forbes is general manager, Global Wells for ConocoPhillips. Forbes has 35 years of industry experience, of which 30 years have been with ConocoPhillips in various drilling engineering, operations and management positions in the U.K., Egypt, Russia, Caspian Sea, Dubai, China, Norway, Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. Prior to his current assignment, Forbes was the Global Deepwater Drilling Manager, based in in Houston, responsible for ConocoPhillips’ deepwater drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa. From 2009, Forbes held the position of Well Operations manager for ConocoPhillips Norway, responsible for development drilling, completion and intervention operations in the Greater Ekofisk area. From 2005, Forbes was Well Operations manager for ConocoPhillips China, responsible for well activities in the Bohai Bay development project. On his return to ConocoPhillips in 2001, he held the position of Well Operations manager for Dubai Petroleum Company. Forbes is currently on the Board of Directors of Offshore Energy Center and was a trustee of the International School of Stavanger from 2011 to 2014.Born in Hartlepool, U.K., Forbes holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree with honors in mechanical engineering from Liverpool University.


Ed Connelly, GM Global Production, ConocoPhillips

Ed Connelly is general manager, Global Production for ConocoPhillips.Connelly began his career in sales with Champion Technologies in 1993 and then moved to project management of varied facilities, with Ulster Petroleums in 1994. In 2000, he moved to a senior production operations coordinator role with Canadian Hunter, later acquired by Burlington Resources in 2002.During his time at Burlington/ConocoPhillips, he worked in a variety of production operations and engineering positions in Calgary, supporting a variety of areas, including Wapiti, North Team, Northern Plains, Foothills, Kaybob, Elmworth, and DeepBasin. He successfully managed capital programs of operated/non-operated new well tie-ins, integrated CPC/BRC operations in Kaybob, and led an integrated operations reorganization for an engineering staff of 100.In 2009, Connelly transferred to Brisbane as operations manager, where he led the development and maturity of the CSG-LNG production assets in a joint venture secondee role with Origin. One of his primary tasks was to focus on mentoring Origin staff in generating a sustainable operating philosophy until his return to Calgary in May 2013, where he became vice president of Oil Sands Operations. In this role, he was responsible for the operations of Surmont, and most notably the successful ramp-up of Surmont Phase 2, the largest ever single phase in-situ project. He assumed his current position in January 2017.Connelly earned a petroleum engineering technology diploma from NAIT in 1992 and possesses more than 22 years of experience in the oil and gas industry.


Wendy King, Vice President Gulf Coast, ConocoPhillips

Wendy King is vice president of the Gulf Coast business unit for ConocoPhillips. She leads a team responsible for development and operations of the company’s Eagle Ford asset in South Texas.She assumed this role in 2021 after serving as vice president of the Great Plains business unit. King’s previous leadership roles within ConocoPhillips include serving the Australia East business unit as president, Australia Pacific LNG as vice president, Commercial, and the Alaska business unit as vice president, External Affairs, and manager, Alaska North Slope GasDevelopment.King began her career as a petroleum engineer with Conoco and has held various technical and leadership positions in exploration and production functions in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia and Africa. Externally, King serves on the board of the Texas Oil and Gas Association. She previously served as a board member for the American Chamber of Commerce in Australia (AmCham), the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association, the University of Alaska, the Resource Development Council of Alaska and the United Way of Anchorage board. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in petroleum engineering from the Colorado School of Mines.


Robert Hull, Session Chair and Geoscience and Innovations Advisor, Geophysical Imaging

Robert Hull is a Geoscience and Innovations Advisor for Geophysical Imaging. Geophysical Imaging provides consulting services to better understand reservoir and completions interactions observed though various technologies with a goal of better optimizing and developing unconventional resources, both domestically and internationally. With his extensive experience in development, exploration, and exploitation geosciences, as well as his background in the geophysics of unconventional shales, he has been a theme lead for the Unconventional Resources Technology Conference (URTeC) in the US, over the past few years. He is also a tutor for RPS Nautilus with his course - N508 Optimizing Development of Unconventional Reservoirs: Well Spacing, Stacking and Sequencing of Wells. Hull has been working in Australia as well as other international unconventional projects for best-in-class operators. He is also currently a Geophysical Advisor to Silixa, providing knowledge of reservoir and completions interactions observed though various fiber optic technologies to better understand, optimize, and develop unconventional resources.In his various roles, Robert Hull has focused on developing unconventional resources from frontier plays to more mature basins, utilizing seismic, microseismic, geomechanical calibration, and fiber optic systems for hydraulic fracture imaging and mapping. He has extensive presentations and over 35 publications on various topics including reservoir geophysics, with specializations in microseismic and fiber optics. Before starting his own company, he was a Geotechnical Specialist at Pioneer Natural Resources for 19 years. At Pioneer, Hull worked at the senior level in the Geophysical Technology Group and interpreted significant geophysical datasets to aid in understanding parent-child and well spacing relationships. He has been a leader in 3D seismic, microseismic, geomechanics and fiber optics. He also provided interpretations for the Permian Basin, Barnett Shale, West Africa, and South Africa. Prior to Pioneer, Hull worked as a geophysical specialist for Maxus Energy - YPF- Repsol in the US and Indonesia. He holds a Bachelors in Geology from the University of Rochester and an M.S. in Geosciences from the University of Texas at Dallas. Robert Hull is also a member of SPE, AAPG, and SEG.


ConocoPhillips: Unconventional Reservoirs and Technology Showcase
George R. Brown Convention Center
1001 Avenida De Las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
United States
(713) 853-8000