Imperial College London

Emeritus ProfessorAlFraser

Faculty of EngineeringDepartment of Earth Science & Engineering

Visiting Professor



+44 (0)20 7594 6530alastair.fraser




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



Abdulkarim MA, Muxworthy A, Fraser A, et al., 2022, Effect of hydrocarbon presence and properties on the magnetic signature of the reservoir sediments of the Catcher Area Development (CAD) region, UK North Sea, Frontiers in Earth Science, Vol:10, ISSN:2296-6463, Pages:1-20

Abdulkarim M, Muxworthy A, Fraser A, et al., 2022, Siderite occurrence in petroleum systems and its potential as a hydrocarbon-migration proxy: a case study of the Catcher Area Development and the Bittern area, UK North Sea, Journal of Petroleum Science and Engineering, ISSN:0920-4105

Badejo SA, Muxworthy A, Fraser A, et al., 2021, Identification of magnetic enhancement at hydrocarbon/water contacts, American Association of Petroleum Geologists (aapg) Bulletin, Vol:105, ISSN:0149-1423, Pages:1973-1991

Badejo SA, Muxworthy AR, Fraser A, et al., 2021, Using magnetic techniques to calibrate hydrocarbon migration in petroleum systems modelling: A Case Study from the Lower Tertiary, UK Central North Sea, Geophysical Journal International, Vol:227, ISSN:0956-540X, Pages:617-631

Badejo S, Fraser A, Neumaier M, et al., 2021, 3D Petroleum Systems Modelling as an exploration tool in mature basins: A study from the Central North Sea, UK., Marine and Petroleum Geology, ISSN:0264-8172

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