School of Earth and Environment

John Warburton Professor John Warburton

Visiting Professor

Email address: johnwarb@bigpond.net.au

PA details: Samantha Haynes s.e.haynes@leeds.ac.uk

Affiliation: Institute of Applied Geoscience

Biography

My mission as Visiting Professor

The University of Leeds Nexus Centre is due for completion in 2018. It will provide an exciting new space where business and other external organisations come to innovate, to be more productive and access the University of Leeds' capabilities and talent.

In line with the Nexus Vision, my aim as a Visiting Professor is to facilitate relations between petroleum business and academia. That is a two-way process. I am the Geoscience functional Chief in Oil Search and separately hold Directorships in Senex Energy and Imperial Oil & Gas. These are all petroleum exploration & producing companies that need and leverage technical competence. My goal is therefore to convey business perspectives to academia with a view to exposing fresh talented minds to business related applications of their geoscience environmental skills.

Biography

Since gaining my PhD in 1983 I have enjoyed 34 years of working in the international petroleum industry in diverse Geoscience-related positions mostly with BP, Oil Search, Lasmo and Eni. During my career I have been enormously fortunate to work on, live for extended periods, and travel extensively in Pakistan, PNG, Australia, Oman, Yemen, UAE, Kazakhstan, Russia, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Mauritania, Algeria, Europe, New Zealand, South-East Asia, China, South Korea and Japan. In Pakistan with Eni, I lived for 3 ½ years in Karachi where I was the Executive General Manager Exploration & New Business until 2002.

My current role is Chief of Geoscience & Exploration Excellence at Oil Search Ltd based in Sydney. Oil Search is a PNG focused petroleum explorer and producer with a market value at 2017 of about AU$ 11 billion. I am responsible for promoting & applying petroleum related technology and achieving performance excellence from the exploration technical, commercial and economics teams.

I also serve as an Independent Non-Executive Director of Brisbane based Senex Energy Ltd (successful oil and gas explorer and producer in onshore eastern Australia) where I am also a Member of the People & Remuneration Committee and also the Nominations Committee.

In addition I am a Non-Executive Director of Imperial Oil & Gas Ltd. From 2011 I served 4 years as its first Chief Executive Officer when I was responsible for acquiring an extensive highly prospective shale oil & gas exploration acreage position in Australia’s Northern Territory.

Since 2010 I have served as a Member of the External Advisory Board for Petroleum Leeds here in the School of Earth & Environment, Leeds.

In 2015 I published my first book, ‘North Sea to North-West Frontier; Pakistan as it truly is’. It is a series of related true short stories recounting my time living in Pakistan as an oil industry expatriate.

Qualifications

PhD Structural Geology, Swansea University, UK, 1982. Tectonic Setting & Emplacement of Ophiolites; a comparative study of Corsica and the Western Alps.

BSc Honours Class 1 Geological Sciences, University of Leeds, UK, 1979.

Memberships/Fellowships

  • Australia Institute of Company Directors (‘AICD’)
  • Alumni Cranfield School of Management, UK
  • Geological Society of London (‘GSL’)
  • Geological Society of Australia (‘GSA’)
  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain (‘PESGB’)
  • Petroleum Exploration Society of Australia (‘PESA’)

Research Interests

  • Petroleum Systems
  • Structural Geology in Fold & Thrust Belts
  • Sequence Stratigraphy

Teaching Interests

As a full time professional in the petroleum industry my external teaching opportunities are limited. However I make international petroleum industry presentations at Leeds and other Universities, and frequently give talks and have been key-note speaker at international petroleum industry technical & commercial conferences.

Publications

Warburton J. 2017. Shale Plays in a 1.6 billion year old Petroleum System in Australia’s Northern Territory. In: PESA News, Issue No. 145, Jan-Mar 2017, 54-55.

Warburton J. and Wulff, K. 2016. ‘The rebirth of Petroleum Exploration in PNG’. In: APPEA Conference Volume, 2016.

Warburton J. 2014. ‘North Sea to North-West Frontier; Pakistan as it truly is’. Novel published in December 2014 by Vivid Publishing, Fremantle, West Australia.

Uruski, C. & Warburton J. 2010. Sequence Stratigraphy and facies prediction in the Deepwater Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. In: 2010 New Zealand Petroleum Conference Proceedings; 19-22nd September 2010, Auckland Sky City Convention Centre.

Uruski, C. & Warburton J. 2010. Seismic evidence for active petroleum systems and charge history: PEP 38451, Deepwater Taranaki Basin, New Zealand. In: 2010 New Zealand Petroleum Conference Proceedings; 19-22nd September 2010, Auckland Sky City Convention Centre.

Fowler, J.N., Graham, R.H., Sassi, W & Warburton J. 2004. Two Dimensional Kinematic Modeling of the Southern Kirthar Foldbelt Pakistan. In: Deformation, fluid flow and reservoir appraisal in foreland fold & thrust belts. In: Proceedings of AAPG Hedberg Series Number 1, p 117 - 131.

Smewing, J., Warburton, J., Daley, T., Copestake, P. & ul Haq, N. 2003. Sequence Stratigraphy of the southern Kirthar Foldbelt and Middle Indus Basin, Pakistan. In: The Tectonic & Climatic Evolution of Arabian Sea Region, Geological Society London Special Publication 195, 273-299

Needham, D.T., Knipe, R.J., Craig, J., Warburton, J., Porter, J.R., Fisher, Q.J. & Jones, G. 2003. Structural Studies of Fault Behaviour and Trap Integrity in the Ahnet and Berkine Basins, Algeria. In: Proceedings of AAPG Hedberg Conference, Algiers Algeria, Feb. 2003.

Warburton J., Scott, A.M. & Bruce, A. 2002. Cabinda South, Angola – Unlocking Prospectivity after 30 years of Inactivity. In: 4th Official Angola Oil & Gas Conference, Peace and Progress: A New Era of Opportunity, Luanda, Angola, 2nd to 4th December 2002.

Smewing, J., Warburton J., Cernuschi, A. & Ul Haq, N. 2002. Structural Inheritance in the Southern Kirthar Foldbelt. In: Proceedings of the PAPG, Islamabad, 2-4th November 2002.

Warburton, J. 2001. Statistical Data Review: Petroleum Industry Vision & Strategy. Pakistan Petroleum Exploration & Producing Companies Association Conference; Optimizing Exploration Success in Pakistan, Islamabad, 21st Aug 2001.

Hedley, R., Warburton J. & Smewing, J. 2001. Sequence Stratigraphy and Tectonics in the Kirthar Foldbelt. In: Proceedings of the SPE - PAPG, Islamabad, 7th to 8th November 2001, pages 61 to 72 .

Warburton, J. 2000. Passive Roof Duplex Model & Future Foldbelt Exploration in Pakistan. In: Proceedings of the SPE - PAPG, Islamabad, 9th to 10th November 2000, pages 67 to 80.

Hedley, R. and Warburton, J. 1999. Structural Evolution of the Tafelney Plateau, Offshore Morocco. Poster. AAPG International Conference, Birmingham UK.

Luning, S., Zanella, E. and Warburton, J. 1998. Depositional Model for Lower Silurian ‘Hot Shales’ in Morocco: Implications for Regional Distribution and Palaeozoic Source Risk Assessment. Proceedings of the Second Seminar on Petroleum Exploration in Morocco, 24th and 25th November, 1998.

Warburton, J. 1996. New Hydrocarbon Play in the Papuan Fold and Thrust Belt. Oil and Gas Gazette, May 1996, Volume 1, Number 57, pp 36-37.

Buchanan, P.G. and Warburton, J. 1996. The Influence of Pre-existing Basin Architecture in the Development of the Papuan Fold and Thrust Belt: Implications for Petroleum Prospectivity. In: Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production in Papua New Guinea. Proceedings of the Third PNG Petroleum Convention, Port Moresby, 9th-11th Sept, 1996, pp 89-109. Buchanan P.G. (Ed).

Fischer, M.W. and Warburton, J. 1996. The Importance of Pre-Tertiary Basin Architecture for Hydrocarbon Accumulation in the Papuan Fold and Thrust Belt: Models, Analogues and Implications. In: Petroleum Exploration, Development and Production in Papua New Guinea. Proceedings of the Third PNG Petroleum Convention, Port Moresby, 9th-11th Sept, 1996, pp 111-131. Buchanan P.G. (Ed).

Banks, C.J. and Warburton, J. 1991. Mid-Crustal Detachment in the Betic System of Southeast Spain. Tectonophysics, 191, pp 275-289.

Warburton, J. 1990. Exploration in a Complex Segmented Prospect. In: BP Exploration Geoscience Handbook (June 1990), Chapter 4C.2.

Warburton, J., Burnhill, T.J., Graham, R.H. and Isaacs, K. 1990. Evolution of the Oman Mountains Foreland Basin. Geological Society London Special Publication 49, pp 419-428.

Warburton, J. and Alvarez, C. 1989. A Thrust Tectonic Interpretation of the Guadarrama Mountains, Central Spain. In: Asociacion de Geologos y Geofisicos Espanoles del Petroleo. Libro Homenaje a Rafael Soler, pp 147-155.

Banks, C.J. and Warburton, J. 1986. Passive Roof Duplex Geometry in the Frontal Structures of the Kirthar and Sulaiman Mountain Belts, Pakistan. Journal of Structural Geology, 8, pp 229-237.

Warburton, J. 1986. The Ophiolite-bearing Schistes Lustres Nappe in Alpine Corsica: A model for the emplacement of Ophiolites that have suffered HP/LT Metamorphism. Geological Society of America Memoir 164, pp 313-331.

Gibbons, W., Waters, C. and Warburton, J. 1986. The Blueschist Facies Schistes Lustres of Alpine Corsica: A Review. Geological Society of America Memoir 164, pp 301-311.

Warburton, J., Graham, R.H. and Isaacs, K. 1986. The Sedimentology and Structural Geology of the Hamrat ad Duru Range, Sultanate of Oman. In: Technical Papers and Case Studies presented at the Symposium on the Hydrocarbon Potential of Intense Thrust Zones, Abu Dhabi; Volume 1, pp 123-153.

Williamson, I.A. and Warburton, J. 1977. The Building Stones of Wigan. In: Geological Routes Around Wigan. Editors: Grayson, R.F. and Williamson, I.A.