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NVentures - Enlightened Exploration

NVentures is an upstream exploration firm specialising in technical and commercial intelligence for the E&P and Energy industry, using modern reporting and GIS tools.

Working in the upstream sector for 25 years, the firm delivers high quality, comprehensive data and reports to oil companies and service companies worldwide. In collaboration with industry JV Partners, NVentures brings together vital technical resources to help understand exploration results and trends.

NVentures is the source for up to date, insightful and well-illustrated E&P news, helping to track oil, gas and hydrogen activity, as well as Energy Transition news and activity. NVentures Reports and GIS databases help point to new trends and future successful exploration.

As the energy transition gathers momentum, NVentures now provides detailed hydrogen coverage, including a new global hydrogen GIS database of production and significant projects.

NVentures products and services are designed to provide information and insight to exploration and New Energy teams monitoring activity and local exploration results. This includes subsurface context, renewables, hydrogen as well as New Ventures and Business Development opportunities, trends and the farm-out market. Service companies and strategic managers utilise the NVentures product suite to determine market focus and resource priorities.

NVentures has a long record of researching and reporting in the energy sector, as well as focused consulting work for dedicated projects.

Meet The Team

Peter Elliott

Peter holds a degree in Geology and an MSc in Petroleum Geology. He has 25 years experience in the international oil and gas industry working in New Ventures and Business Development. He has recent experience of building oil company JVs in West Africa, including Guinea Bissau, Sao Tome & Principe, Senegal AGC, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Equatorial Guinea.

He has recent experience managing exploration contracts and work programmes, including frontier programmes in West Africa and works closely with African Oil and gas companies and service companies. Peter has a track record of advising large cap companies and small start-ups in identifying and securing suitable growth assets in Africa. Recognised as a specialist in Sub-Saharan Africa, he has completed deals with the likes of Oando (Sao Tome), Black Star (Guinea Bissau), Talisman (Sierra Leone) and Rocksource (AGC) Peter and team constantly research and report on Africa E&P activity, providing valuable insight to clients around the world and regularly speaking at major industry events.

Ian Blakeley
Business Development Manager

Ian has over 35 years’ experience in the O&G industry, having started his career as a Petroleum Geologist for Baker Hughes (EXLOG) in 1987 working in both the UK & Norwegian Sectors of the North Sea. Moving into the energy intelligence space in 1996, Ian worked as an industry scout covering a number of geographical regions for IEDS and IHS Energy (S&P Global) and was an integral member of the team responsible for the start-up of the International Division of Drillinginfo (Enverus) in 2009. Ian moved into Account Management and Customer Engagement roles with Drillinginfo in 2016 and joined NVentures in 2021 as Business Development Manager. Ian holds a BSc Geology & Geography (Joint Honours) degree from the University of Keele, Staffordshire.

Jonathan Craig
Associate Editor, Hydrogen

Jonathan Craig has over 20 years upstream oil and gas experience, specialising in production forecasting and industry activity.

Prior to reporting on global hydrogen activity and the Asia Pacific region for NVentures, Jonathan started up the Middle East and South Asia report as an Associate Editor.

Before joining NVentures, Jonathan worked for IHS for over 18 years. He was a primary contributor to IHS’s asset valuation tool, Vantage, with a specific focus on oil and gas production in Europe, Middle East and Africa. Before working on Vantage, for almost 10 years Jonathan’s work was a major component of CERA’s worldwide liquids capacity and E&P Trends Forum research. Jonathan also worked in various roles for IHS Global Exploration and Production Services (GEPS), including four years as Regional Manager covering the Northern Middle East; providing detailed information on exploration and production activity in the region.

Jonathan has a degree in Geology and began his career as a Data Engineer and Logging Geologist with Baker Hughes, supporting exploration drilling operations in the UK North Sea.

Madeleine Slatford
Editor, Middle East and South Asia

Madeleine has an accomplished track record in the E&P industry. With a degree in Geology from Imperial College and a Masters in Basin Evolution and Dynamics from Royal Holloway University of London, she joined IEDS / IHS in the 1990s, working on geological and scout reports for South Asia and other regions. Maddy joined Cairn Energy in 2004 as Consultant Geologist, and spent 13 years with Tullow Oil in Dublin, working on high impact exploration campaigns in South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Madeleine also has an active interest in the energy transition and the role of new energy sources in the global economy. NVentures are very excited to welcome Madeleine to the team, continuing our tradition of industry collaboration and high quality geological scouting for our global E&P clients.

Mark Harris
Associate Editor, Asia Pacific

Mark Harris is an acknowledged expert in Asia Pacific upstream intelligence, a consultant Petroleum Geologist with a BSc in Geology from Kingston University and MSc in Petroleum Geology from Imperial College, London. Mark has almost 40 years of oil and gas industry experience, having worked for EXLOG, IEDS/IHS (regional Manager) and Enverus (DrillingInfo), where he was VP Asia Pacific. Mark has been based in Singapore for 23 years. Currently resident in Thailand, Mark runs GSEA Intelligence Pte Ltd and is working for several clients in both consultancy and data related roles. Mark was Editor of SEAPEX for 25 years and is still active attending regional meetings, also being a member of AAPG, SPE and PESGB.

James Andrew
JV Manager

James has a degree in Geography & Geology from Coventry University, and has 35 years of Oil & Gas experience working both on and offshore. He spent 10 years working for Shell UK in London and then in various business development / account management roles marketing multi-client data, seismic acquisition equipment and airborne geophysical services for major Geophysical contractors including Western / WGeco, ION & CGG. He has worked extensively in N / Sub Saharan Africa and Southern Asia with governments, NOC’s, IOC’s and regional geophysical acquisition contractors. He helped establish successful Multi-Client projects in Africa for Marine Seismic, FTG & Gravity & Magnetics.

Jessica Elliott
Production Manager

Jessica studied Human Geography at Brighton University where she found her love of GIS analysis and mapping in general. With NVentures Jessica focusses on Europe, Mediterranean and the Middle East Regions undertaking research, GIS Analysis and creating reports. She also manages the Northern Office and joined the NVentures team in 2017.

Dr. Kelly Barker
GIS Analyst

Kelly is a Geoscience and GIS analyst for the Latin America Region. She completed her PhD in Geomagnetics in 2016 and joined the NVentures team in 2019.

Sindhu Kovvuri
Data Analyst

Sindhu has a strong academic background, holding an MBA from Cardiff University and an MS in Finance from Rochester Institute of Technology, USA. Skilled in Data Analysis, she joined NVentures in 2023 and focuses on the Europe and Mediterranean Regions. Her expertise lies in managing GIS databases, crafting informative maps, generating vital data sheets for various wells, fields, and prospects, as well as preparing monthly reports. Sindhu's passion for analytical exploration and hands-on work effectively bridges the gap between geoscience and data analysis, consistently providing NVentures with valuable insights and innovative perspectives through her strong research skills and data proficiency.

Hattie Sandes
Data Analyst

Hattie is a recent BSc (Hons) Environmental Science graduate, with geotechnical experience in the petrochemical demolition industry. She joined NVentures in the summer of 2023 to assist in new energy research and GIS data analysis.