2003 – Present:
Consultant, and, Senior Consultant, Roxanna Associates
Conducted evaluations on behalf of the Roxanna
client base of a variety of project proposals
for both international and US opportunities.
2002 – August
Technical Director petroleum development associates LLC
and co-prepared pda’s application
in the UK 21st License Round; reviewed all pda
project evaluations; established pda’s
technological setup and advised Board of Directors
and Management Team on general company development
and direction, including discussions with Petrofac
on the merger with Kyrgoil.
2000 – April 2002:
and Founder petroleum development associates LLC
petroleum development associates LLC (pda) was
founded in July 2000, on the basis of private
investor funding. The company acquired five offshore
blocks in the UK Southern Gas Basin from BP,
conducted extensive 3D seismic reprocessing,
and subsequently sold these to Conoco-Phillips.
An exploration well was drilled and a substantial
gas discovery made. Additional block was acquired
from BP, and was operated by pda on behalf of
its 50% partner ExxonMobil. Pda was awarded two
further UK Licenses in the 21st. Round of 2003.
pda also purchased a 15% carried interest in
the Lematang Block in Indonesia. This includes
both oil and gas production and a 300BCF undeveloped
gas field (Singa). pda has also acquired additional
interests in Indonesia, and Spain. The company
has agreed to merge with Kyrgoil, a publicly
listed Canadian oil production company owned
largely by Petrofac. This should be in effect
by early 2004.
July1999 – Present:
Owner and President David F. Nicklin International
Founded and ran petroleum development associates LLC. Currently involved in
a number of consulting assignments and development of two new business developments.
1991 – September 1999 :
senior member of ARCO’s leadership team,
reporting principally to Mr. Marlan Downey (President),
with responsibility for building and maintaining
ARCO’s exploration and production portfolio.
Team’s annual budget responsibility:
Average Geological Staff at ARCO: 200 - 400
Particular Responsibility: Company risk assessment
process for project and prospect evaluation;
the standard of geological work required to support
company risk assessments, and the quality of
the geological workforce.
1987 and 1998, ARCO progressively increased
its annual discovery of resource BOE from below
50MMBOE to over 850MMBOE and added a total of
3.125BBOE to ARCO’s total resources inventory.
During this same period, ARCO lowered its resource
finding cost from an average of $5.00 per resource
BOE to $0.98 per resource BOE.
1989 – December 1991 :
Manager, ARCO Bali North Inc.
Responsible for a three-year operation to evaluate
the potential of the Kangean Production Sharing
Contract, East Java Sea, Indonesia.
Annual Budget Responsibility: $20-45MM
Average Staff Resources: 36 (multi-ethnic)
Program acquired, processed and interpreted 2025Kms
2D offshore, onshore and transition seismic data,
1657kms 3D data, six exploration wells and two
development wells in the Pagerungan gas field.
Program identified one commercial and one non-commercial
gas discovery, and two sub-commercial oil discoveries.
1988 – December 1989 :
Manager, ARCO New Zealand
Responsible for the conduct of a one-year operation
to evaluate the potential of the Kora oil discovery,
offshore Taranaki Basin, New Zealand, and make
a substantial acreage play.
Budget: $20 MM
Staff Resources: 10
Program acquired, processed and interpreted
2000kms offshore 2D seismic, drilled three offshore
delineation wells (unsuccessful), and nine additional
low cost licenses, two of which resulted in commercial
oil discoveries in the onshore Taranaki Basin.
1984 – January 1989 :
ARCO International Oil and Gas Company, Asia,
Middle East Region,
Supervise headquarters staff group working in
conjunction with parallel seismic team to develop
new exploration ventures and provide HQ staff
support to Indonesian field operations.
Budget: Variable, $1.0- $15.0MM and controlled
in general by Supervisor (Exploration Manager)
Staff Resources: 9
Program resulted in new exploration licenses
in Australia (one commercial oil discovery),
New Zealand, (one sub-commercial and two commercial
oil discoveries), and Jordan.
January 1983 – January 1984 :
Geologist, ARCO China Inc
Member of team evaluating the Ying Ge Hai area
of the South China Sea and developing relations
with the Nan Hai West Oil Company. Picked locations
and drilled five exploratory wells resulting
in one sub-commercial oil discovery and one commercial
gas discovery (Yacheng Gas Field).
1981 – January 1983 :
ARCO International Oil and Gas Company, Europe,
Middle East Region,
Member of team evaluating exploration new ventures.
Two commercial gas condensate fields discovered
in Dubai (Margham and Kubai).
1976 – April 1981 :
Geologist, UK and Norwegian North Sea
Principally involved in various exploration
and production operations including competitive
bid preparations, planning and execution of both
exploration and development drilling, and the
evaluation of fields. Member of team that discovered
and appraised the Sleipner Field in Norway.
Principal clients: Norsk Hydro and Tricentrol
January 1975 - December 1976 :
Engineer, Geologist, Mud Logger, Schlumberger-Anadrill
Crew Chief, responsible for seven-man team,
fully computerized logging unit. UK, Norway,
1972 – December 1975 :
Mud logger, Roughneck/Roustabout: US, Canada,
Angola, South Africa, Australia.