Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience



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1.35Royal School of MinesSouth Kensington Campus






Professor Alastair J. Fraser has recently (June 2010) been appointed to the newly created post of EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience. He holds a BSc from Edinburgh University (1977) and a PhD from Glasgow University (1995), both in Geology. Al previously worked for BP as a Petroleum Geologist/Exploration Manager for over 30 years. His career in petroleum exploration, has taken him to most corners of the world including N. America, Europe, Africa, Middle East and the Far East. Following the BP Amoco merger, he led the team which made the significant Plutonio discovery in Block 18, deepwater Angola. He is the author of many papers on the petroleum geology of extensional basins most notably on the North Sea Jurassic and northern England Carboniferous.

Recent Measures of Esteem

  • 2010-present - EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience
  • 2008- present - Co-Editor Petroleum Geoscience journal
  • 2007-2010 - Honorary Professor in Petroleum Geoscience, University of Manchester
  • 2006-2010 - Secretary of the Petroleum Group committee of the Geological Society London 

Research Interests

  • Origin and fill of rifts and rifted margins
  • Petroleum basins, play fairway analysis and prospect evaluation
  • Main areas of research: Arctic, South Atlantic, Eastern Mediterranean and North Sea



Palci F, Fraser AJ, Neumaier M, et al., 2020, Shale oil and gas resource evaluation through 3D basin and petroleum systems modelling: a case study from the East Midlands, onshore UK, Petroleum Geoscience, ISSN:1354-0793, Pages:petgeo2019-069

Fraser SI, Lentini MR, Fraser AJ, 2018, Introduction to the thematic set: Rifts III: catching the wave, Petroleum Geoscience, Vol:24, ISSN:1354-0793, Pages:376-378

Roberts GG, Lodhia B, Fraser A, et al., 2017, Continental margin subsidence from shallow mantle convection: Example from West Africa, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, Vol:481, ISSN:0012-821X, Pages:350-361

Suleiman A, Magee C, Jackson CAL, et al., 2017, Igneous activity in the Bornu Basin, onshore NE Nigeria: implications for opening of the South Atlantic, Journal of the Geological Society, Vol:174, ISSN:0016-7649, Pages:667-678

Allen H, Jackson CA-L, Fraser AJ, 2016, Gravity-driven deformation of a youthful saline giant: the interplay between gliding and spreading in the Messinian Basins of the Eastern Mediterranean, Petroleum Geoscience, Vol:22, ISSN:1354-0793, Pages:340-356

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