Imperial College London


Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

EGI Chair in Petroleum Geoscience



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G25Royal 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


Mannie AS, Jackson CA-L, Hampson GJ, et al., 2016, Tectonic controls on the spatial distribution and stratigraphic architecture of a net-transgressive shallow-marine syn-rift succession in a salt-influenced rift basin: Middle-to-Upper Jurassic, Norwegian Central North Sea, Journal of the Geological Society, ISSN:0016-7649

Abbott SS, John CM, Fraser AJ, 2016, Detailed 3-D depositional architecture of Late Jurassic carbonate-anhydrite cycles (Brightling Mine, Weald Basin, UK), Marine and Petroleum Geology, Vol:69, ISSN:0264-8172, Pages:74-93

Abubakar R, Muxworthy AR, Sephton MA, et al., 2015, Formation of magnetic minerals at hydrocarbon-generation conditions, Marine and Petroleum Geology, Vol:68, ISSN:0264-8172, Pages:509-519

Fraser SI, Fraser AJ, Lentini MR, 2010, Rifts renaissance: stretching the crust and extending exploration frontiers, Petroleum Geoscience, Vol:16, ISSN:1354-0793, Pages:187-188

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