Kolarsky is a geoscientist with over 20 years of wide-ranging
experience in the international oil and gas industry (10 years US
domestic and 10+ years international). His experience ranges
from new ventures and regional exploration, to appraisal and
full-scale field development work. Beside his strong
technical skills, he has considerable experience in leading
technical teams and project management.
His experience includes both carbonate and clastic plays and
basins. His exploration expertise includes: petroleum
systems and regional play analysis, prospect generation,
developing prospects to drillable status, screening of external
opportunities, volumetrics, and prospect & play risking. His exploitation
expertise includes: field appraisal and development, mature
field re-development, integrated field studies, and 4D
applications. He is a highly skilled 2D/3D seismic
interpreter. His work has a solid foundation in robust G&G
integration, sound subsurface mapping, well log interpretation and
correlation, sedimentology, sequence stratigraphy, structural
geology and basin tectonics. Other areas of technical aptitude
include QI reservoir and porefill prediction, seismic inversion,
forward seismic modeling, quantitative seismic attribute analysis,
AVO, building 3D reservoir porosity models based on seismic and
wells, depth conversion and velocity modeling (comfortable with
depth conversion in complex geological settings including salt,
He has experience with GIS, a good working knowledge of 2D and 3D
seismic design, acquisition operations, processing tenders,
processing QC, petrophysics, and reservoir engineering. In
addition, Mr. Kolarsky has considerable international experience
leading and managing cross-disciplinary teams in Europe,
Kazakhstan, Nigeria and Cameroon. He has also been utilized
effectively by his clients as a technical trainer, who is
multilingual and culturally adaptable.
America – Deepwater, onshore, shelf GOM
– Alpine/Carpathian Fold Belt, Black Sea, Kazakhstan, Ukraine
– Cameroon, Nigeria, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Asia/Australia – Australian NW Shelf, Indonesia, Papua-New
Kingdom, Petrel, Geographix, Landmark, Geoprobe, Voxel-Geo,
Stratimagic, Geoquest, Charisma, Tigress
interpretation: Geolog, Petrosys, StratWorks, Earthvision
interpretation: GMAplus, Rokdok, Syntool, SynPak, Jason,
mapping: Petrosys, CPS3, Z-Map
and risking: @Risk, Geo-X, Crystal Ball
ArcGIS, QGIS, Franson, Blue Marble
specific to Shell: 123DI, Savior, Depsim, Logic, Sipmap,
Windows, Unix, MacOS, Linux, misc. graphics and business
software, 15 years of HTML programming and website
Professional Experience – Overview
Development Consulting, Development,
Exploration and New Ventures Consultant
Deepwater Development, Sr. Geophysicist
Exploration and Production, Geophysicist
Professional Experience - Details
KOLARSKY DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING
Locations in North America,
Europe, Africa and
of new ventures opportunities in East Africa and SE Asia
analysis of Cretaceous submarine fan play from Liberia through
Cote d’Ivoire and Ghana to Cameroon
emphasis on Rialto’s acreage in Cote d’Ivoire
Bowleven Oil and Gas, Edinburgh, Douala
2011 – 2012
Bomono PSC (Cameroon), created P&L portfolio, generated
several drillable prospects, farmed out portion of WI,
expected spud of exploration well with partner in Q1-2/2013.
a national G&G team, fostered teamwork, creative
thinking, planning and proper project execution.
an onsite technical training program consisting of QI,
seismic interpretation, subsurface mapping, sedimentology
and sequence stratigraphy classes
Murphy Oil and PTTEP – Jakarta and Bangkok
2007 – 2011
ventures and regional exploration in Indonesia, Thailand,
Papua New Guinea, and Australia.
- As a
Senior New Ventures Geoscientist, created investment
opportunities through new acreage acquisition and farm-in
and played key role in the acquisition of following blocks:
WA-423 (Australian NW Shelf), Malunda and South Mandar
(Makassar Straits, Indonesia).
farm-in from Woodside in WA-378-P, WA-396-P and WA-397-P
(Australian NW Shelf), containing multiple gas prospects on
a structure adjacent to Brecknock Field, Omar-1 drilled in
2011, 100+ meters of strong gas shows encountered during
drilling, but operator did not test, well P&Ad.
Other prospects remain.
exploration well to be drilled in 2012-2013
leads on held acreage to drillable prospects.
South Barito PSC (SE Borneo), completely remapped block and
reworked existing P&L portfolio, generated a drillable
prospect, which was scheduled to be drilled in
interpretations based on seismic, well, outcrop and remote
mapping, prospect generation, volumetrics and risking
farm-in evaluation reports, wrote bid documents in licensing
MND Exploration and Production, Prague, London, Bucharest,
development in the Alpine-Carpathian Fold and Thrust Belt
over the role of Exploration and Reservoir Manager based in
Prague (led 7-member multi-disciplinary team consisting of
drilling, RE, G&G, support).
development work on Brates and Südbayern licenses in Romania
and Bavaria, hands-on geophysics work, planning and bidding
of seismic acquisition and processing, supervision of
short notice, successfully organized a $6MM seismic program
in Romania. Pre-acquisition modeling and planning greatly
improved seismic imaging of complex fold-and-thrust-belt
well drilled from our P&L portfolio was a 2010 oil
discovery (proving an extension of the Geamana Field trend
into the Brates Block)
screening in Romania and Ukraine
on the Doina farm-in from Sterling Resources
G&G due diligence work on Regal Ukraine acquisition
opportunity worth over $300MM.
Devon Energy, Lagos and Houston
2005 – 2007
development in ultra-deepwater
and lead a Nigerian/expat G&G team, fostered teamwork,
creative thinking, planning and proper project execution.
and taught an onsite technical training program consisting
of QI, seismic interpretation, subsurface mapping,
sedimentology and sequence stratigraphy classes
2D/3D mapping and prospect development of OPL256 and OPL242.
and executed a 2-well exploration drilling program,
developed prospects to drillable status, worked with
engineers, JV partners and the Nigerian government, arranged
permits, provided G&G support to drilling.
with Nigerian government on issues of technology transfer
and local content utilization.
(OPL242) became an oil discovery, appraisal of adjacent
structures halted by Devon’s exit from Africa.
of farm-ins. Devon’s exit from West Africa prevented
acquisition from going through.
2004 – 2006
Almaty and Kyzylorda, Kazakhstan
for exploitation work on all company assets (9 fields in the
improved field development through the introduction of an
integrated cross-discipline workflow. Led successful appraisal
and development drilling programs at Aryskum and Maybulak
development, designed and implemented a standard new-hire
technical work at Aksay, Akshabulak, Aryskum, Nuraly and
geophysical aspects for all company projects: 3D acquisition
and processing planning, staff development.
G&G support to JV group, steered partners, resulting in
more successful wells drilled.
the planning and execution of the Aryskum integrated field
study ($700,000 project).
technical work at Aksay, Akshabulak, Aryskum, Nuraly and
Maybulak Fields. Generated and drilled 7 successful
Joint Ventures Field Development Consultant
and identified upside potential in 3 fields operated by the
KazGerMunai Joint Venture (RWE - Gaz de France -
approximately 120 MMBO of new Possible and Probable
resources in Akshabulak Field.
first 6 weeks: assembled all data from JV partners and
mapped the entire Akshabulak Field, generated 10 leads,
matured the best one into a drillable prospect, convinced
operator to change existing appraisal drilling program to
drill this prospect instead. The well was a discovery,
putting Petrokazakhstan over the 100% reserve-replacement
threshold. The well also resulted in the drilling of
several other amplitude-supported oil discoveries (25 MMBO
reserve addition) with 100% success rate.
1999 – 2004
KOLARSKY DEVELOPMENT CONSULTING
Locations in North America, Europe, Africa and
Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria – Port Harcourt,
field studies and exploration of the Niger
the capacity of Senior Quantitative Seismic Interpreter, led
integrated field development studies and provided reservoir
and fluid prediction for exploration prospects.
seismic interpretation, inversion, AVO, building 3D reservoir
models, preparing field development plans, forward seismic
modeling, velocity modeling, planning 3D and VSP acquisition,
processing QC, supervising and training junior staff.
software testing and implementation.
over lead role of the Etelebou integrated field study, part of
a 17 tcf LNG project, and led it to timely completion.
and taught on-site QI training classes. Shell estimated
a savings of $72,000 per class, compared to hiring an external
Watson Energy, Energy Partners, Beacon Exploration – New
1999 – 2002
integrated field studies and near-field exploration projects
in the Gulf of
Senior Geophysicist, led geophysical work on integrated field
studies, generated appraisal and exploration prospects,
screened external opportunities, managed outsourced
interpretation, integration of well-log and 3D
interpretations, generated robust structure maps, planned
seismic acquisition and processing, handled processing QC
and exploitation work at Paradis, South Pecan Island, East
work with Texaco, Nexen, Pelican Oil and Gas.
a large sub-salt prospect below East Bay Field.
G&G due diligence work on a farm-in to Exxon’s offshore
acreage at Matagorda Island.
exploitation drilling program at Paradis Field.
discovery at East Cameron 9.
SHELL DEEPWATER DEVELOPMENT
New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.
and new ventures work in ultra-deepwater GOM: Garden Banks,
Green Canyon, Walker Ridge (supra- and sub-salt prospecting).
generated Shell's first abyssal-plain prospect in the Gulf of
developed deepwater prospects “Cayenne” and “Curacao” in the
Garden Banks area, Cayenne a 1999 discovery.
Eastern Garden Banks Regional Study - development of a
regional structural and sequence-stratigraphic framework for
prospect risking and ranking.
TEXACO EXPLORATION AND
New Orleans, Louisiana,
work and near-field exploration onshore/offshore Gulf of
on Cote Blanche Island, West Cote Blanche Bay, Vermillion Bay,
Second Bayou Fields.
significant project was Cote Blanche Island integrated field
drilled 13 successful wells that added 20% proven reserves
(approx. 20 MMBO) and increased field production 15x.
co-developed Cote Blanche East exploration prospect
(Prospect ‘Stealth’, 1997 discovery).
M.S. – Geology / Geophysics, The University of Texas at Austin
B.S. - Geology, George Washington University, Washington, D.C.
Selected professional training courses:
– Peter Ziegler’s Tethyan Basin Tectonics and Stratigraphy
– Unix, Alistair Brown’s seismic interpretation course,
Landmark (New Orleans)
– Practical Seismic Interpretation in Landmark (INEXS
Consultants), Robert Mitchum’s sequence stratigraphy course
– Applied Subsurface Structural Mapping (SCA), Effective
Presentation Skills (New Orleans)
– Negotiation skills, Landmark, Earthvision training courses
(New Orleans, Houston)
– Quantitative Seismic Attribute Evaluation, AVO school, Trap
Analysis course, Risk analysis school (Rose & Assoc.) (New
– Deepwater Depositional Systems, 3D volume interpretation,
(New Orleans, Houston)
– Computer networks and network administration, HTML
programming (New Orleans)
– Quantitative seismic interpretation, 3D visualization and
volume interpretation (Port Harcourt)
– Risk analysis school (Almaty)
– Psychology of effective communication workshop (Bangkok)
– Risk analysis school focused on the Geo-X software (Kuala
American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG)
New Orleans Geophysical Society (NOGS)
Southeastern Geophysical Society (SGS) (Board of Directors
English (fluent), German (fluent), Czech (fluent), Russian (good),
Classical music (amateur cellist), history, architecture,
photography, skiing, gourmet cooking, automobile racing (hands-on