Andy has a first class degree in Geology from Oxford and a Ph.D. in Geology from Cambridge.
Andy started his career with Brabant Petroleum as a geologist on the Southern North Sea and onshore southern England. He spent ten years at Hess Corporation in a variety of geological, new business and commercial roles, covering the UK North Sea and Atlantic Margins, Brazil, Libya, Norway and Denmark.
BG Group recruited Andy in 2007 to head up Exploration New Ventures in Brazil, where he led a New Ventures team responsible for the evaluation of the entire onshore and offshore continental areas of Brazil, covering seventeen basins. This project led to BG bidding successfully for six prospective deepwater licence blocks on the northern margin of Brazil, as well as developing a regional synthesis for the entire giant pre-salt petroleum system.
From 2011, Andy was VP Business Development with Mitra Energy, with broad technical and commercial responsibilities, including capital raises of more than US$ 80 million, a successful company flotation in Canada (on TSX Venture) in 2015 in difficult market conditions, portfolio growth and a number of major farm-outs to companies such as Total and Talisman.
Paul Ebdale, Executive Director
Paul trained as a geophysicist in the University of Wales at Cardiff before going to Saudi Aramco. After 11 years with Conoco working in the UK, Egypt and Indonesia, Paul joined Hess in 1996, where he was instrumental in building a SE Asia exploration and appraisal business that led to a number of commercial developments in Malaysia, Indonesia and Thailand. In 2005, Paul founded Mitra Energy, a company focussed on finding and developing oil and gas in SE Asia. Mitra rapidly became one of the most active players in the region, with a number of commercial gas finds in Philippines and Vietnam.
Colin Murray, VP - Technical A geology graduate of Imperial College, London, Colin has 36 years’ industry experience in a number of technical and managerial roles, primarily in the U.K. and Far East. He combines core geoscience skills with knowledge of engineering, drilling and commercial disciplines and management of multi–disciplined and multi–cultural teams. His regional experience in Asia includes Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and China and has a background in projects ranging from frontier new ventures, through exploration and appraisal to developments. Prior to joining SundaGas, Colin spent eight years as Exploration Manager for Mitra Energy, having previously worked with Hess, Harrods Energy, Kerr McGee, Sun International, RTZ Oil & Gas and GSI.
Nguyen Quoc Viet, VP - Vietnam Mr. Viet holds a first-class degree in Political Science from the Vietnam International Relations Institute and his MBA was awarded by Strathclyde University, UK. He spent nearly 20 years with Petrovietnam’s subsidiary Petrovietnam Exploration Production Corp. Ltd. (“PVEP”) where he was responsible for developing their international and domestic E&P business, contributing to PVEP’s expansion into SE Asia, Middle East, North Africa, and Latin America. Mr. Viet was Commercial Manager for Mitra Energy Inc. in Vietnam between 2011 and 2016, negotiating new Vietnam PSC blocks, overseeing the commercial process for development of Mitra’s gas discoveries and managing Vietnam assets.
Dr. Rob Herries, Geological Advisor
Rob is a geologist with considerable expertise in petroleum systems, sedimentology, reserve reporting and drilling operations. During his 25 year career he has worked with Hess, Murphy and Mitra Energy, primarily in the North Sea, Atlantic Margins and SE Asia, where he has been based for 17 years. Rob holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Geology from Birmingham University, a M.Sc. (Distinction) in Sedimentology from Reading University and a Ph.D. in Sedimentology from the University of Aberdeen.
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