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Dean Johnstone, B.Sc (Geology/Geophysics)

Senior Geoscientist

Dean Johnstone is a geoscientist with over 30 years industry experience in oil and gas exploration, development and production. Over his career with ExxonMobil and Delhi Petroleum, he has worked in a variety of lead technical roles with particular emphasis on Structural Geology, New Ventures, well site operations, field development/appraisal and mature field opportunity generation.

As well as working on a variety of projects within Australia and Indonesia, Dean had a long technical association with ExxonMobil’s activities in Papua New Guinea from Farm-in, through early appraisal and exploration drilling to FEED studies for the PNG Gas Project and LNG. In particular, the drilling of the Hide-3 and 4 wells established the presence of a multi TCF gas resource which became the foundation for the PNG LNG Project. This was followed by the successful drilling of the Moran oil discovery in 1998.

More recently he was ExxonMobil’s Structural Geology Advisor for Canada, working in a wide range of geological settings which included Western Canada Basin Production assets and arctic exploration in the Beaufort Sea. On returning to Australia, Dean was involved in basin analysis for new Venture opportunities within SE Asia. Dean joined MEO in 2011.