APPEX Global 2016

Future E&P potential in South America - Where Next?

About the Speaker

Andrei Belopolsky

Andrei Belopolsky is Brazil Exploration Manager at Premier Oil where he leads Premier’s exploration activities in Brazil. This currently includes two operated and one non-operated blocks in Ceará basin, and one non-operated block in the Foz do Amazonas basin, as well as growth opportunities in other Brazilian basins. Andrei joined Premier Oil in early 2011 as New Ventures manager and led the screening and evaluation of opportunities in North Africa, East Mediterranean, East Africa, and South and Central America. This work led to acreage access in offshore Brazil and Mexico, as well as onshore Kenya, changing the company’s focus in exploration.

Prior to joining Premier Oil, Andrei spent 12 years with BP exploration, first in Houston working onshore U.S., deep water Gulf of Mexico, and in a technology group before moving to London in 2004 to join the newly re-established new venture team. Andrei then spent 6 years pursuing new ventures for BP spanning projects on 5 continents, with successful acreage capture in Libya, Brazil, Canadian Beaufort Sea, India, and offshore China, among others. He then worked on the large offshore Libya block mapping prospects that sadly still remain undrilled due to the difficult geopolitical situation in the region.

A native of Moscow, Andrei completed his Bachelor degree in Geology from Moscow State University followed by an M.A. from Binghamton University in upstate New York and a Ph.D. in Geology and Geophysics at Rice University. For his Ph.D., Andrei had the privilege to work on the seismic and well data set from the Maldives carbonate platform in the Indian Ocean. The core of this work was published as a seismic atlas by AAPG in 2004 with his advisor and co-author, Andre Droxler.

Andrei is an active member of AAPG and a Fellow of the Geological Society. He serves on the Editorial Board of Petroleum Geoscience and was a member of the Petroleum Group Committee between 2010 and 2014.

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