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Matthew Allen
Senior Geophysicist UK Exploration, Dana UK

I’ve worked in the oil and gas industry for just over 16 years. I have a degree in Geology, a Masters in Petroleum Geology and a PhD on the “Tectonic evolution of Triassic basins in the UK North Sea and adjacent areas.”

I’ve worked for a number of companies including; Schlumberger, ENI, Shell and Maersk Oil, principally as a seismic interpreter. Highlights include drilling the Phyllis (now Arran) appraisal well in the UK Central North Sea; being part of a global resource assessment team at Shell which included a lot of international travel assessing prospect/lead portfolios through play based exploration; living in Libya and exploring the deep gas play of the Sirte Basin; and most recently at Maersk Oil working HPHT (high pressure high temperature) opportunities in the Central North Sea including the Jackdaw appraisal campaign and as exploration coordinator for the Greater Culzean discovery area.

I also enjoy rock and winter climbing both here in Scotland and further afield such as in the Alps.

Why Dana?

I joined Dana in March 2012. As well as being a geophysicist, I’m also the area lead for our operated licences in the UK Southern Gas Basin.

I was excited by Dana’s growth plans, the people I’d be working with, the opportunity to have a broad work scope with exposure to international exploration, and the fact that Aberdeen is the group headquarters. I was also pleased to hear that the company wanted to encourage my links with academia and professional bodies such as the Geological Society, where I’m currently communications officer for the Petroleum Group Committee and have been active in convening international geoscience conferences.

In the short time I’ve been here I’m really enjoying the variety of work and responsibility. I also know that I’ve joined a great team of people. I believe that by joining Dana I can achieve my goal; to be part of creating a truly successful, fully integrated exploration team with geoscience at its core - to be the team to beat!