Matthieu, exploration manager on the drilling platform of Absheron

How does one go about finding a new oil or gas field?

We use specific knowledge such as our knowledge of sedimentary basins, seismic profiles, and petrophysical parameters that we interpret on the basis of data from surrounding wells. This enables us to suggest tests exploratory drilling sites and to eventually discover hydrocarbons if all of the ingredients are combined.


What is an explorer?

An explorer is a geologist, or more generally a geoscientist who seeks out new fields by proposing exploratory drillings. Geoscientists are subsoil specialists who are competent in three associated disciplines: geophysicist, geologist and reservoir engineer. It’s fascinating!


How did you become an explorer?

I am a physicist by training. I acquired experience in multiple groups in the E&P industry before taking over the management of geosciences within the New Asset Development department. I currently lead a team of 20 people and we work in 11 countries in an effort to discover new reserves. Exploration is first and foremost a story of people and teamwork. It is also about having a taste for innovation and measured risk. It is about accumulating geological knowledge and diversified experiences that make us stand out from our rivals.

Two major successes

  • 2009 : Discovery of the Jangkrik oil field in Indonesia
  • 2011 : Discovery of the Absheron gas field in Azerbaidjan
5 criteria that are essential to the presence of a field