Consultant in Oil & Gas Exploration, Appraisal and Development – Geology and Seismic Interpretation
Dave Bodecott is an experienced consultant primarily with geology, geophysics and operational expertise in the small company environment. He has a broad range of skills including strong experience of presenting within the City of London, major bank, professional and conference presentations and party to a number of successful awards.
Over a career of 40+ years, he has consulted for ca. 30 years and has been employed with major and minor companies for ca. 12 years.
He was a co-founder of Rockhopper Exploration plc in , became Exploration Director in , then left RKH to move on to further challenges in after a nine-year stint through the company’s most successful phase. At Rockhopper he and his team mapped out and evaluated all of the North Falkland Basin, discovered, drilled and appraised the large Sea Lion oilfield between and and identified many other prospects, some yet to be drilled.
The technical team was one of the best and most successful in the business, initially including consultants Lou Macchi, Nigel Davis, Dave Standing, Charles Wood, Rob Simm, Richard Baker, IGI, and during testing/appraisal phase Richard Bunt, Alun Griffiths, John Galvin.
He is also since a non-executive Director of another AIM-listed exploration company.
He is actively pursuing new opportunities within the sector with a new team.
Dave was a founding partner of Rockhopper Exploration in . Jointly with the founder, he applied for the first offshore licences and the technical project and building of a team was begun.
As a result of the – drilling campaign, Rockhopper won a number of City awards as “Explorer” or “Small-cap’ of the year.
The technical team was one of the best and most successful in the business. The Sea Lion discovery in was the first success and a total of 10 wells were drilled during – which led to the identification of numerous additional oil-bearing fans. Many prospects, some yet to be drilled, were highlighted by the 3D interpretation and others were identified by the team on the 3D. These have cemented the future potential of the licences and the very significant equity carried forward by Rockhopper Exploration following the farm-out to Premier.
Dave had previously been the technical consultant to Desire Petroleum from –. Prior to that, he had been a technical consultant to IPC/Sands Petroleum/Sodra (part of Lundin Petroleum) working on the North Falkland Basin during .
He was an independent consultant in geology and seismic interpretation from – mostly working on international exploration in Africa, the UK, Ireland, Atlantic margins, South East Asia, North Africa and the Mediterranean.
During the early stages of RKH, he also consulted for:
- Faroe Petroleum: –, North Sea, Moray Firth, West Shetlands.
- Reach Exploration: –, Moray Firth, Central North Sea.
- Dana Petroleum: –, Ghana, Mauritania, Kenya.
In Dave joined Arco and was based in the UK. The following 6 years he was with Gulf Oil Corporation working world-wide, mostly in Africa, Far East, North America and Europe.
He gained Geology and Petroleum Geology degrees from the University of Hull and Imperial College in and .
Travel & Views
The Trinidad pitch lake and the expert
Gas seep at Trinidad pitch lake
Falklands Flight, Andean Volcanoes
Falklands flight, Patagonian Meanders
Fitzroy, Poincenot and Cerro Torre from the west 2011
The late Dr John Martin and Dave B of Desire Petroleum showing the NFB in Houston - the first accurate detailed map of ALL the NFB!
John Martin and Dave B at a workover rig in Texas
Les Dentelles de Montmirail
Ordovician brachiopod 450 my Timley Knott, Coniston, UK
Sea Lion Island Falklands - jointing
The climbers paradise - BUT Explore carefully!