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Thursday, 5 December 2013, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
An African Safari

Peter Dolan, Fusion O&G and Ophir

Sponsorship is provided by and Wood Mackenzie.Scottish Oil Club (Students),

This event occurred on: Thursday, 05 December 2013, 6 p.m.



Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.


This anecdotal talk (un-illustrated) will span experiences from being in the Libyan desert on 1 September 1969 when a young army officer mounted a coup, through being involved in West Africa during the emergence of deepwater drilling, to the foundation and the hostile take-over an independent oil exploration compnay.

Finally, the background to the foundation and current success of Ophir Energy plc in discovering world class gas resources offshore Equatorial Guinea and Tanzania will be recounted.


Peter graduated in geology from Southampton University in 1965. He emigrated to Canada and worked for Mobil before transferring to Libya in 1969. After a 3-year break to do a PhD at U.C.L, he returned to Mobil in Indonesia until 1974. He then worked for Premier Oil in London for 2 years before spending the next 20 years co-founding several oil industry exploration geoscience consultancies and working on projects worldwide.

In the mid-1990s he was a co-founder of Fusion Oil and Gas of which he was Chairman and which was listed on AIM in 2000. When that was taken over, he and others founded Ophir Energy in 2004 which is now successfully exploring in deepwater areas offshore Africa and which listed in London as a FTSE 250 company in July 2011.

Peter’s role with Ophir is now as an advisor, generally supporting the management team. Other business interests, all as a founder shareholder and variously as a director or advisor, involve Neon Energy (SE Asia exploration), Ikon Science (a private ‘high end’ oil and gas service company), Westhouse Securities and last, but not least (!) his son’s company Real Ale Limited. He is an occasional investor in early stage private companies.

Peter is also heavily involved with the Geological Society’s ‘City of London Geoscience Forum’, other professional bodies as well as local community and charity activities.

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