Erik Dunlop

Erik C. Dunlop is an Exploration Geoscientist with 30 years of experience in the upstream Oil and GasIndustry. After graduating from The University of Adelaide in 1986, a stint of fieldwork in the Timor Sea and Cooper Basin led to employment at Santos Limited in 1988. Here he remained until 2015. The first 16 years were spent exploring for conventional hydrocarbon accumulations, mainly in the Cooper and Eromanga Basins of Central Australia. The next 11 years were spent in the unconventional realm, having transferred to the newly-formed Unconventional Reservoirs Group in 2004. In this role, he initiated a variety of Cooper Basin shale, deep coal and tight sandstone pathfinder projects and internationally-patented a process for accurately quantifying the total gas content of these and other unconventional reservoirs such as gas hydrates. Other highlights include Australia’s first shale and deep coal proof-of-concept gas flows at Moomba 175 and Moomba 77 respectively, the resultant resource bookings, the introduction of wireline-and pressure-coring to the Cooper Basin, a microseismically-monitored shear dilation fracture stimulation trial at Big Lake 54 and the milestone of achieving commercial production from the Moomba 191 shale gas well. In 2013 he transferred to the McArthur Basin shale gas project of the Northern Territory, responsible mainly for design and execution of the Tanumbirini 1 shale-specific geological evaluation program. In 2015 he commenced PhD studies at the Australian School of Petroleum, The University of Adelaide, investigating controls on the dynamic gas production behaviour of Cooper Basin deep coal seams. Erik is a member of AAPG and PESA.

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