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Andy Billings


After graduating from the Universities of Exeter in 1974 with a BSc in Physical Geology and Birmingham in 1975 with an MSc in Applied Geophysics, Andy joined Hunting Geology and Geophysics Ltd where he used non-seismic geophysical techniques (principally airborne magnetic & radiometric) in the exploration for uranium, base metals and hydrocarbons in South America, Europe, Africa and the Far East.

Andy joined BP in 1982 and as a team leader and senior geophysicist worked on Denmark, Netherlands, Ireland and Papua New Guinea involved in various licence rounds and asset acquisitions, exploration and development of oil and gas fields; including Q8-A, Rijn Field, Kutubu, Hides, Angore and Elevala. As a result of his prior experience in airborne techniques, he became Operations Manager for the Airborne Laser Fluorosensor (ALF) project exploring frontier basins in North and South America, Africa, Europe, Asia and Australasia.

In 1992 Andy joined Pict Petroleum where he worked on Syria, Tunisia, Pakistan, Ireland and primarily on the UKCS, covering all the hydrocarbon basins in the North Sea and West of Britain, adding value through successful exploration, field development and production increases. Fields discovered or brought on-stream during this time included: Scott, Telford, Blenheim, Donan, Kyle, Galahad, York. In 1995, Pict was taken-over by Premier Oil and Andy became Premier’s Exploration Manager for the UK and NW Europe; this entailed responsibility for a much increased exploration portfolio in the UKCS, Denmark and Germany and additionally for Wytch Farm, Fife and Flora Fields.

Andy joined Intrepid Energy in 1998 and was the Technical Committee Representative for the successful exploration and appraisal of Buzzard Field, developing Ross and Howe Fields and increasing the reserves from the producing Nelson, Claymore and Piper Fields as well as adding prospective acreage through license rounds and acquisitions in UK, Germany and Netherlands. This period of creating and adding high value culminated when Andy was part of the team that successfully sold Intrepid during 2004.

In early 2005, he formed Hornet Geoconsulting Ltd and has been consulting for various clients throughout the UKCS, Ireland, Denmark, Netherlands, North, West & East Africa, Eastern Mediterranean, Middle East, India, Latin America and the Far East. Andy continues consulting as a Director of Hornet but during 2013 was invited to be a Technical Advisor of Simwell Resources.

Andy is a Fellow of the Geological Society and a Member of the PESGB.

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