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Thursday, 17 March 2016, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Meeting the Energy Challenge – An Explorer’s View

Alastair Milne, Shell VP Sub-Saharan Africa, Shell

Sponsorship is provided by Scottish Oil Club (Students).

This event occurred on: Thursday, 17 March 2016, 6 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.


The world needs more energy to spur development and sustain a growing and wealthier world population. The reality is that in the coming decades oil and gas will continue to provide the bulk of the world’s energy supplies alongside a continually increasing supply from renewable sources. Although there are huge volumes of discovered oil and gas remaining to be developed, much of these are not economically viable. Energy companies like Shell therefore face a sizeable challenge to meet growing demand by discovering new affordable hydrocarbon resources which will attract investment. With much of his career spent as an explorer at Shell, Alastair Milne discusses the challenges faced by exploration in meeting the continued demand for oil and gas.


Alastair Milne is Shell’s Vice President, Exploration Sub-Saharan Africa, and is responsible for oil and gas exploration activities in Gabon, Namibia, Nigeria, Somalia, South Africa and Tanzania including offshore Zanzibar. He is based in The Hague, and has worked for Shell for more than 25 years in locations such as The Netherlands, Turkey, Oman, UK and Libya. The majority of his career has been in Exploration, but he has also had assignments in Gas & Power, and in Technology. Alastair is a geologist, and has a MA from Cambridge University and a Ph.D. from the Open University, and he worked for 6 years at the British Antarctic Survey before joining Shell. He is married to Carina, also a geologist, and they have three children, one of whom is currently studying geology.

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