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Engineer Drilling

Larnaca, Larnaca District, Cyprus
$1,000 per day
March 13, 2020

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Phillip Brandon

Address: Larnaca, Cyprus ****

Tel: 003**-********



An Operations Geologist with a strong Senior Wellsite Geologist background with over 21 years’ experience in the Middle East (Kurdistan - Iraq, Oman, Qatar, Syria, Egypt, Turkey), Africa (Angola, Cameroon, Côte d'Ivoire, Kenya, Senegal, Tanzania), North Sea (UK - 5 years), Australia and Gulf Of Mexico USA - including offshore/onshore operations, and having worked on over 88 wells in remote global locations. Competent working on vertical, deviated, horizontal (Geo-steering) HP/HT and pore pressure wells and on Exploration, Appraisal, and Development wells - working confidently in both carbonate and clastic reservoirs. A proven natural leader, able to unite teams to deliver on time and within budget through effective communication and management.

Coordination and supervision for all aspects of geological interest concerning the well. These include pre-well planning, reporting and post well reporting and analysis. Operational duties include quality control and supervision of wellsite geologists, mudlogging, MWD, coring and wireline equipment mobilizations and operations.

Working with multiple clients including (but not limited to): Apache, BG Group, BP, Cairn Energy, Canadian Natural Resources (CNR), Chevron, Energean Oil & Gas, Esso, EnQuest, First Oil, Hess, Hunt Oil, Kuwait Energy, OMV, Ophir, Oxy, Marathon Oil, Mobil, Nexen, Petro-Canada/Suncor, PTTEP, RasGas, Shell, Sonangol Shell, TAQA, Talisman Energy, Total, and Tullow Oil.

Holds both British and Australian passports.


Project Management: Operational geologist roles including Syria, and Latvia exploration projects (received a commendation from the head of of the drilling department)

Writing of Geological Programs & Technical report writing

Critical decision Making to weigh up the options, to assess all relevant information and, crucially, to anticipate the consequences, good and bad

Global Commendation: Worked on drilling 2 wells in Senegal in 2014 which were identified as within the top 10 finds globally

Leadership: An experienced people manager with a proven track record of managing teams of up to 25 people. This includes all aspects of performance management, development and support.

Evaluating coring and Mud logging bids and conducts contractor performance appraisals


Jan – Nov 2019 Senior Wellsite Geologist TAQA, Kurdistan

Adhered to company safety regulations

Deviated development well projects

Working with Directional Driller – Geo-steered

Pick casing points, coring point, section TD and Well TD

Wireline logging - including quick look interpretation, fluid/sampling points

Technical report writing, Lithology and Composite log, daily conference calls, data interpretation

Communicate with Company man, and coordinate activities with directional driller, MWD/logging engineer, mud engineer and office-based geologist

Contributed to conference calls and rig meetings

2010 – 2016 Operations & Senior Wellsite Geologist Various clients

Duties included:

Carbonate and clastic environments as well as hazardous salts zones

At the wellsite generating geological morning reports, end of well reports, wireline witness diaries and composite lithlogs. As an Operations Geologist receiving geological reports from the rigsite and attending operations meetings to liaise with reservoir/sub surface teams

HPHT experience

Wireline logging witnessing, QC and Conventional coring and RSWC experience

Managed the operational plan, including anticipating hazards and challenges

Led and supervised geology teams (including mudloggers, wireline and coring service hands)

Reported and interpreted data to the client offices and the company to enable monitoring and decision-making

Logistics of crew & equipment

At the wellsite supervision of all formation evaluation aspects, including mudlogging, LWD/MWD, directional and wireline contractors. At operations level supervision of contractor services, liaison with and input to coordination of geologically related matters pertinent to the well operations and formation evaluation.

Offshore (shallow & deep-water) and land-based projects

Working on Jack-Up Rigs, Semi-Submersible Rigs, Platform Drilling, Drill-ships

2013 (Senergy) Operations Geologist Kuwait Energy & Orlen

Oversaw all aspects of geological operations, and accomplished all relevant geological operations during and post drilling of an offshore Latvian well (E23-1) prior to P&A.

Along with preparing and distributing reports, morning, afternoon and ad hoc rig calls, regularly communicated and worked with the drilling team at the office and rigsite.

Carried out operations geologist activities - monitoring drilling operations, and data gathering on the assigned well, ensuring correct and initial interpretation of data and monitoring and controlling the activities of contractors, so that they met programmed schedules and quality requirements as well as rig safety obligations.

Controlled the quality of logging carried out by the contractors; approving the logs, performing interpretation to assist in best decision making with regard to the progress of the well program.

Regular contacts at all levels in G&G department and with Drilling, Logistics and Materials departments for coordination of work and sample distribution was completed

Prepared geological well forecasts and structural predictions through interpretation and analysis of wireline logs, Geological maps, and assisted in the completion of Final Well Report and composite log.

2005 - 2010 Operations & wellsite Geologist Petro-Canada (Syria)

Often filled in as Operations Geologist at the Damascus office when the regular operations geologist was on leave. Duties included:

Writing Geological Programs

Determining the geological services required to meet well objectives

Estimate of cost of services

Working with drilling operations to determine total cost estimate

Obtaining budgetary approval

Co-ordinates and supervises coring and logging operations

Discussion of Laboratory Based Geological Services

The Pre-Spud Meeting presentations

Liaising with the Licensing Authority

The Composite Log and Final Well Report

2005 Operations Geologist Petro-Canada London Office

Completion of Pre-Spud presentation for the first Syria wells

Completing End of well report, composite logs and lessons learned for a Morocco project

2001 – 2005 Wellsite Geologist Various oil & gas companies

Worked with a variety of settings to execute complex operational plans to drill wells.

Regular contact at all levels with G&G and drilling department from start to finish of the project

Communicated with the company representative and other professionals

Interpreted real-time MWD & wireline data such as Gamma ray, resistivity, Geo-phones, neutron density, neutron porosity and ultrasonic calipers

Working with service crews such as Schlumberger, Baker Hughes, Pathfinder, Weatherford


1996 – 2001 Mud Logging Baker Hughes INTEQ Australia and North Sea UK


BSc Geology (Hons), Kingston University, London (graduated 1997)

Role of the Operations Geologist certificate

Effective Presentation cert, Assertive Training cert, Life/Wellness Coach cert, Building Self-Esteem cert, Astronomy cert, Psychometric test (7/10)


Technical Proficiency: MS office suite, GEO (Geologix), WinLog - Gravitas, Qlog, Wellsight, IDS, DIMS, Petrolink, InterACT, and Petrel (basic use), WellCAD, Log-plot 7, pore pressure software

Successfully picking casing points, coring points, and Well TD

Quick- Look Wireline Interpretation

Geo-steering, HPHT, pore pressure

Wireline witnessing, perforating correlation, and Quality Control

Mentoring of oil company personnel


Good Communication with G&G, drilling team and service hands

Self-Motivated with initiative to work well without direct supervision

Leadership including a general positive attitude and outlook

Decision Making to weigh up the options, to assess all relevant information and, crucially, to anticipate the consequences, good and bad

Time Management & Ability to Work Under Pressure

Able to work as a team or on a solo basis


UK/Norway offshore Medical Certificate: Full (expires 2021)

UK BOISET (expires September 2019)

H2S Course (expires August 2020)



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