UMC Energy today announces the appointment of Geoff Geary as Exploration Manager responsible for liaison with the Chinese state energy company, CNOOC Ltd over all exploration properties in Papua New Guinea (“PNG”) held by Gini Energy Ltd (“Gini”) which currently includes two onshore and two offshore licence interests.
UMC Energy holds a 30% interest in Gini, with CNOOC holding a 70% interest. While CNOOC is the operator of the permit, UMC and its consultants continue to provide key technical support to the joint venture. Under the shareholders agreement between UMC Energy and CNOOC, CNOOC is required to fund all exploration and appraisal expenditure up to commercial development by way of an interest free non-recourse loan to Gini.
Geary has joined UMC Energy to strengthen the technical contribution the Company makes to exploration and will be working with CNOOC and third party consultants engaged by UMC, including 3D-Geo. Geary is a petroleum geologist with 35 years of experience including work in PNG. Having joined Mobil E&P Australia in 1991 he was involved with the giant Jansz gas discovery on the NW shelf of Australia. Since 1997 Geoff has provided services to many companies, including majors such as ExxonMobil and has a strong technical base and extensive experience in prospect generation, sedimentary basin analysis, sequence stratigraphy, chronostratigraphy, structural geology, seismic interpretation, basin modeling and oil and gas field evaluation and development. He also has extensive experience in drilling operations and seismic acquisition both onshore and offshore. In recent years his technical work has been the basis for several farmouts to major upstream companies including Petrobras.
Commenting today Chris Hart, Technical Director said: “As we progress our understanding of the assets held in PNG, the appointment of Geoff Geary is important in UMC’s contributions to the next stage of exploration undertaken by CNOOC as the Operator. With the ongoing 2D seismic data reprocessing projects and onshore contingent resources already identified, a number of clear ways forward to progress exploration are apparent. Mr Geary will be the day to day technical point of contact with CNOOC and brings a wealth of experience in petroleum exploration to UMC.”
Press Release, June 10, 2013