Alan Holden

BGS Chief Geologist, Wales and BGS Regional Geoscientist, south-west England
BGS Cardiff

Alan Holden’s biography

  • 2017 – ongoing: Chief Geologist Wales and Regional Geoscientist South-West England, BGS Cardiff
  • 2015 – 2017: Senior Geologist, Global Basin Evaluation Team, Denmark, Maersk Olie og Gas A/S
  • 2012 – 2015: Senior Geologist, Moray Firth Area Co-ordinator, Aberdeen, Maersk Oil North Sea UK
  • 2002 – 2006: MSc, Distinction, Environmental Decision Making, Open University
  • 1988 – 2012: Exploration Advisor, CGG Robertson
  • 1987 – 1988: Research student, carbon isotopes, Open University
  • 1987: BSc, 1st Class, Royal Holloway, University of London

Research interests

  • How basin dynamics and regional evaluation can be used to reduce prospect risk
  • Petroleum systems and play analysis

Published outputs

Pardon, A, Holden, A, and Hunt, L. 2011. East African Margin – Stratigraphy to Seismic correlation of the Kenyan deepwater wells Pomboo-1 and Simba-1. Poster, 10th PESGB/HGS Conference on African E&P, Africa: A Legacy of Exploration and Discovery.

Holden, A. 2010. Aruba: A re-evaluation of petroleum prospectivity following the recent discoveries in the Gulf of Venezuela. First Break, vol. 28, issue 11.

Holden, A, Khan, S, and Slater, T. 2008, Assessing Hydrocarbon Prospectivity of South Atlantic African Sedimentary Basins by the Application of Probability Risking to Play Fairway Analysis. Poster, AAPG International Conference and Exhibition, October 26-29, Cape Town, South Africa.

Holden, A, and Kerr, H M. 1997. A sub-surface lithostratigraphic division of the Hauterivian to Aptian Furt (informal) and Qishn Formations, Yemen. Marine and Petroleum Geology vol. 14, p. 631-642.

Kerr, H M, and Holden, A. 1995. A proposed subsurface stratigraphic framework for the Republic of Yemen. ‘Sedimentation and Tectonics of Rift Basins of the Red Sea-Gulf of Aden area’ conference, Sana’a, Yemen.

Professional association

  • Fellow of the Geological Society, London

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