Tony Doré - Curriculum Vitae

Full Name: Anthony George Doré OBE BSc PhD DSc FGS

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Business leader, geologist and proven oil-finder with 25+ years experience in the petroleum industry. Involved with petroleum provinces all over the world, leading to significant discoveries in Norway, Gulf of Mexico, NE Canada and Brazil.

Main scientific interests: petroleum geology, regional geology particularly of passive margins, hyperextended margins, basement reactivation., cratonic basins, petroleum systems of exhumed basins.

Business interests: prospect and play generation, commercial deal-making in the exploration domain, economics, future energy supply.


B.Sc. Honours in Geology, 1970 (University College London)
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) Marine Geology of the N.E. Celtic Sea, 1977 (University College London).


June 2019-present
Global Chief Scientist and Senior Advisor to the Director, Energy & Geoscience Institute (EGI), University of Utah.
Based in London. Provide advice to the EGI Director, develop short courses, mentor EGI members, liason for EGI member companies (particularly in Europe), develop new research projects, provide peer assist to member companies.

March 2012-May 2019
Senior Advisor to Exploration Management, Houston and London (London from March 2013)
Advisor on global new exploration acquisitions, and on held acreage in Austalasia, Far East, Russia, NW Europe and the Arctic. Special Advisor and regional coordinator for Norwegian Barents Sea Round 22 application, 2012. Head of Circum-Arctic Project, 2013-2014.

January 2011-March 2012
Vice-President New Ventures North America, Statoil, Houston.
Responsible for new exploration acquisitions onshore and offshore, Canada, USA and Mexico. Led major offshore Canada exploration deal with Chevron (Beaufort, Orphan, Flemish Pass) late 2011.

October 2007- December 2010
Regional Vice-President North America, StatoilHydro (became Statoil November 2009), Houston.
Activities: Responsible for all exploration in USA Gulf of Mexico, Mexico, Canada and Alaska. Led team responsible for 4 major discoveries in GoM (Julia, Tonga West, Vito, Heidelberg), and two offshore eastern Canada (Mizzen, Ballicatters). Led entry to Alaska Chukchi Sea 2008. Supervised fourth largest deep water portfolio in GoM. Supervised operated drilling in Canada and GoM. Acquired Canada Flemish Pass acreage (2010) leading to major Bay du Nord discovery (2013).

February 2002-October 2007
Regional Vice-President Americas, Statoil, London.
Activities: Responsible for exploration in Brazil, Venezuela, Mexico and the USA Gulf of Mexico. Staff in London, Stavanger, Rio, Caracas and Mexico City. Acquisition and operatorship, Plataforma Deltana (Venezuela), Brazilian acreage acquisition (8 blocks 2002-2005), re-entry and build to significant position in USA Gulf of Mexico (2003-2005). Negotiated three re-entry deals in GoM, resulting in two significant deep water discoveries and paving way for major Encana acquisition.

July 2001 – February 2002
Vice-President International Exploration, Western Hemisphere, Statoil, London.
Activities: Responsible for Statoil’s exploration activities in Latin America and West Africa. Teams in Stavanger, London and Caracas. Acquired Statoil’s first licences in Brazil.

February 2001 – July 2001
Exploration Manager International E&P, Statoil, Stavanger and London.
Activities: Overseer of all Statoil’s international exploration activities during a period of reorganization and retrenchment.

March 1999 – February 2001
Exploration Manager Western Europe, Statoil, London, England.
Activities: Head of exploration for UK, Ireland and the Faroes. Responsible for large licence portfolio including 10 operatorships. Responsible for new ventures and acquisitions Major acreage acquistions in the UK 17th Round (Atlantic Margin) and Faroes 1st Round.

September 1995 - March 1999
Exploration Manager, Statoil, London, England.
Activities: Head of exploration for UK, including portfolio of about 40 licences. Co-ordinator of the Atlantic Margin Group (alliance of Statoil, Mobil and Enterprise) for UK 17th Round. Gained substantial operatorship position for Statoil UK (5 operated licences in the 17th Round).

January 1994 - August 1995
Senior Geologist, Statoil, London, England.
Activities: Acreage evaluations in North Sea and West of Shetlands. "Western Slopes Project" 1994: geological and economic evaluation the NE Atlantic Margin (Norway, Faroes, UK and Ireland). Regional Co-ordinator for Norwegian Round 15 leading to Ormen Lange discovery. Regional synthesis of Møre and Vøring Basins.

August 1993 - December 1993
Chief Geoscientist, Advance Exploration Organization, Conoco, Houston, USA.
Activities: Discipline coordination and QA at Conoco's Houston headquarters, with emphasis on basin analysis and international acreage opportunities. "Executive Program in International Management", Columbia University, 1993.

February 1990 - August 1993
Manager New Exploration Ventures, Conoco, Stavanger, Norway.
Activities: Responsible for exploration acquisition on the Norwegian Continental Shelf. Led Conoco Norway's Round 13 and 14 application, winning acreage including the Hermod (Gråne) discovery.

November 1987 - February 1990
Chief Geologist, Conoco, Stavanger, Norway.
Activities: Discipline supervisor for all aspects of exploration geology on the Norwegian Shelf.

August 1985 - November 1987
Chief Geologist, Development Projects, Conoco, London.
Activities: Supervisor responsible for operated oil and gas fields (Miller, Viking, Vulcan, Valiant and Vanguard) in the Southern UK North Sea. Senior equity negotiator on Miller, Vulcan, Valiant and Audrey fields. Responsible for field development consent (Annex B).

December 1979 - August 1985
Exploration Geologist, Conoco, Stavanger, Norway.
Activities: Regional and prospect work, southern Norwegian North Sea to the Arctic (Barents Sea). Development and Equity geologist on Statfjord and Murchison Fields, 1982. Prospect generation, Norwegian 8th Round, 1984, leading to discovery of Heidrun Field. Regional tectonic study of NW Europe and Arctic, 1983 -1985.

July 1977 - December 1979
Exploration Geologist, British National Oil Corporation (Britoil) in Glasgow, Scotland.
Activities: Regional facies interpretation, prospect generation and field studies in the North Sea. Ten weeks offshore wellsite experience.


Appointed Honorary Professor at Durham University Earth Sciences Department, 2006.
Awarded Geological Society Petroleum Group Medal, 2007.
Awarded Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE), Queen’s Birthday Honours 2010
Special Award, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) 2010
Awarded Geological Society William Smith Medal, 2015
Lifetime Achievement Award, Petroleum Group of the Geological Society, 2017


Fellow of the Geological Society of London
Member of Geological Society Club
Member of the Geologists" Association
Member of the Geological Society of Glasgow
Member of the Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (PESGB)
Member of the Norwegian Petroleum Society (NPF)
Member of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)

COUNCILS AND COMMITTEES (Current and historical)

Chairman of the Petroleum Group of the Geological Society (1999-2001)
Conference Chairman and Editor-in-Chief, 6th Petroleum Geology Conference, NW Europe and Global Perspectives (Geological Society, PESGB and Energy Institute) (2003)
Member of Council, Geological Society of London (2004-2006)
Member of the Geological Society Publications Management Committee (2004-2008)
Member of the Ocean Margins LINK Programme Management Committee (2005-2007)
Member of Scientific Advisory Board, Cambridge Arctic Shelf Project (CASP) (2000-2008)
Member of the Durham Earth Sciences Advisory Board (2005-2008)
Board Member, Centre for Research into Earth and Energy Systems (CeREES), Durham University, (2006-present)
Member of the UK IODP Industrial Liason Panel (2000-2006)
Grant assessor for NERC (LINK, see above) and Norwegian Research Council (Petromaks)
Editor-in-Chief, Petroleum Geoscience (2006-2009)
Assessor for UK Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2013-2014


Author of key publications on North Sea lithostratigraphy, North Atlantic palaeogeography/palaeotectonics, basement reactivation, hyperextension, passive margin compression, passive margin uplift exhumation and effect on petroleum systems. See publication list

Convenor of many conferences for Norwegian Petroleum Society, AAPG and the Geological Society of London and editor of subsequent proceedings volumes. Editor of the following: Basin Modelling (1993, Norwegian Petroleum Society and Elsevier), Quantification and Prediction of Hydrocarbon Resources (1996, Norwegian Petroleum Society and Elsevier), and Exhumation of North Atlantic Margins (2002, Geological Society Special Publication), Petroleum Geology of NW Europe and Global Perspectives (2005, Geological Society, PESGB and Energy Institute). The Nature and Origin of Compression on Passive Margins (2008, Geological Society Special Publication).

Guest lecturer at the following universities: Oslo, Bergen, Tromsø, Trondheim (Norway), Durham, Birmingham, Imperial College, Royal Holloway College.

Invited papers and keynote speeches: full details on request.