Juan Francisco Arminio

Geoscience Advisor

Earth Scientist in Exploration, Production, and New Business Development, deeply enjoying everything geology, with a particular interest in new plays, new technologies, and risk analysis.

1. HIGHLIGHTS

Senior Exploration Geologist, based in Bogotá, Colombia. Focused on play based exploration, basin analysis and  new ventures, his exploratory track record includes new plays in frontier and mature areas as well as oil and gas discoveries in Colombia and Venezuela and frontier exploration in Peru, Guatemala and Brazil. He is currently with a start-up in Colombia, does independent consulting and  pursues academic interests as university professor.

2. SUMMARY

Juan F. holds a MSc. in Basin Evolutionand Dynamics and a Diploma in Geology from Royal Holloway University of London,a Geological Engineering degree from Universidad de Oriente of Venezuela and Integrated Reservoir Management from the Institut Francaise du Petroleo, Paris.

He started his career with Maraven S.A., an affiliate of PDVSA, moving through career – development positions inproduction, exploration and drilling engineering. Exploration assignments included Maraven´s  exploratory campaign of the North Merida Andes thrust front, with a two – year spell of post-grad studies awarded by the Company. After that, mature reservoir modeling and re-appraisal, and finally leading a multi-discipline team to study new exploratory plays in mature fields in the Maracaibo basin.

With PDVSA took part as Senior geoscientist in Shared – Risk Contracts that carried exploration in Eastern Venezuela´s Gulf of Paria and led the Exploration Intelligence unit in charge of new frontier plays and geo-strategic studies.  

Upon moving to Colombia, took active part as Technician and Exploration Manager in the successful Colombian explorationrun of Pacific Stratus (later Pacific Energy and Frontera Energy). Also, managed exploration projects in Peru, Guatemala and Brasil.

In 2001 he founded the Exploration Geologycourses at Universidad Simon Bolívar´s Department of Earth Sciences, which he has been teaching with a research focus on play visualization and risk analysis and uncertainty reduction.

 3. CAREER SUMMARY

NEW STRATUS ENERGY (June 2017 - present day)

Exploratory and production asset evaluation and business analysis.

PACIFIC RUBIALES ENERGY (later FRONTERA) (2008-2016)

Exploratory project management of assets in Colombia, Guatemala, Perú and Brazil. Took part as Exploration Project Manager on Pacific´s successful  run of exploration in the Lower Magdalena, Middle Magdalena and Llanos Basin in Colombia  resulting in the Araguaney, Guama, Lisa and Mauritia Este discoveries.

PACIFIC STRATUS ENERGY (2004 – 2008)

Evaluation and assessment of exploratoryand production assets in Colombia, Peru, Sudan, Albania and Mali. Participationas technician and exploration manager in the company-making La Creciente, Puliand Mauritía discoveries.

ALP CONSULTING (2003 – 2004)

Exploratory analysis and assessment of offshore basins of  north  Venezuela, in Caribbean waters

PDVSA EXPLORATION (2000 – 2002)

Development and analysis of new plays and exploratory assessment of frontier basins.

PDVSA CVP  (1998 – 1999)

New ventures analysis and technical liason with operating partners

MARAVEN (PDVSA)  (1993 - 1997)

Production,  appraisal and exploration geology :integradted studies and reservoir management. Mature field re-appraisal and exploration of new plays in mature areas

UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (1990 - 1992)

Post-graduate scholarship from MARAVEN:Diploma in Geology and MSc in Basin Evolution and Dynamics

MARAVEN (PDVSA)  (1981 - 1990)

Offshore exploratory well site geology, production geology of naturally fractured carbonates and clastic reservoirs, drilling engineering and thrust front exploration and regional geology .  


4. PUBLICATIONS

 

BOOK

Lower Magdalena Basin Vol. 10 (2012)  J. F. Arminio,  F. Yoris, L. Porras, E. García, M. Di Luca y C. Mora 188p. Petroleum Geology of Colombia series : F. Cediel (ed.), Universidad EAFIT -  ANH Bogotá  www.anh.gov.co (Book)

 

TECHNICAL PAPERS

  • Exploration Lessons from the Land of Magic Realism (2015) . J. F. Arminio. AAPG Explorer, May 2015
  • Petroleum Geology and Exploration of the Guama Field, Lower Magdalena Basin, Colombia (2016) Arminio J.F.,  S. Talukdar, D.Ruiz, L. Castillo, J. G. Betancourt, M. Di Luca and S. K. Ghosh : Memoirs XII Simposio Bolivariano de Exploración Petrolera de Cuencas Subandinas, ACGGP, Bogotá Colombia
  • Modelo Petrofísico Integrado, herramienta clave para la detección de yacimientos de gas condensado en capas delgadas y debajo permeabilidad. Cuenca del Valle Inferior del Magdalena. Colombia (2016) J. G. Betancourt, Arminio J.F., García E. y F. Yoris : Ingeniería Petrolera, Mayo 2016 v. 56, nº 5 p. 256– 276. Asociación de Ingenieros Petroleros de México. México D.F. ISSN0185-3899
  • Estratigrafía Jurásica al Norte y Sur dela Falla de Oca: Norte de Colombia (2015) Bayona, G., C. Montes, A. Cardona,  F. Lamus, J. Roncancio, O. Montenegro, H.Mahecha,   G. Nova, P. Montaño, J. F.Arminio, J. Vargas, H.  Niño, y  V. Ramírez : Memorias, XV Congreso Colombiano de Geología. Sociedad Colombiana de Geología,  Bucaramanga
  • Seismic inversion and AVO Analysis Appliedto Predictive – Modeling Gas Condensate Sands for Exploration and Early Production in the Lower Magdalena Basin, Colombia (2014) Di Luca M., T. Salinas,J.F. Arminio , G. Alvarez, P. Alvarez, F. Bolívar and W. Marín : The Leading Edge Special  Edition - Latin America   September  2014, p. 936 – 943
  • Evidence for Precambrian Stratigraphy in Graben Basins Below the Eastern Llanos Foreland, Colombia (2013) Arminio, J.F., F. Yoris, C. Quijada, J. Lugo, D.Shaw, J. Keegan and  J. E. Marshall: AAPG International  Congress, and Exhibition (ICE) Extended Abstracts, Cartagena de Indias
  • Estimación de Riesgo exploratorio Aplicando Técnicas de Toma de Decisión Bajo Incertidumbre (2012) Yibirin, R. And J.F. Arminio Memoirs, XI Simposio Bolivariano de Exploración Petrolera de Cuencas Subandinas, ACGGP, Cartagena de Indias,  Colombia
  • Exploración de Plays no Convencionales are Gas en la Formación Porquero de la Cuenca del Valle Inferior del Magdalena, Colombia. Paper 151 (2012) Leyva I., J.F. Arminio,  R. Vega, J. Lugo, A. Dasilva y J. Tavella : MemoirsXI Simposio Bolivariano de Exploración de Cuencas Subandinas, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia ACGGP
  • Incertidumbre y Valor de Información en Proyectos Exploratorios (2009) Yibirin R. y J.F. Arminio :  Memoirs X Simposio Bolivariano de Exploraciónde Cuencas Subandinas, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia ACGGP
  • Petroleum  Geology and Exploration History of la Creciente Gas Field,  Colombia (2009) Arminio J.F., R. Vega, F.Yoris, E García, G. Bertorelli and J. Lugo. Memoirs X Simposio Bolivariano de Exploración de Cuencas Subandinas, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia ACGGP
  • Exploration Potential and Foreland Development of Andean Basins, North South America (2008) Arminio J.F. and  J. Lugo:  Memoirs XIV Congreso Geofísico Venezolano, Caracas Venezuela
  • Exploration of the Pre-Paleogene Succession in the Cicuco High, Lower Magdalena Basin, Colombia (2006) Arminio J.F.  and  F.Yoris : Memoirs IX Simposio Bolivariano de Exploración de Cuencas Subandinas,Cartagena de Indias, Colombia ACGGP Paper no. 67
  • New Insights on the Jurassic Rift Succession of the Merida Andes, Venezuela: Implications for New Petroleum Systems in Northern South America. (2004,) Arminio J.F., M. Hernández, A. Pilloud y F. Audemard) AAPG International  Congress, and Exhibition (ICE) Abstracts , Cancún, México.
  • Transecto La Blanquilla –Cratón Guayanes, Venezuela Oriental: modelos corticales. (2002) C. Giraldo,Schmitz M., Audemard F., Arminio J.F. and A. Martins : Memoirs, XI Congreso Venezolano de Geofísica,Caracas.
  • Modelaje magneto-gravimétrico para estimar espesores del Pre-cretácico en el Graben de Espino, Cuenca Oriental de Venezuela. (2002) Ríos K., I. Rodríguez y J.F. Arminio: Memoirs, XI Congreso Venezolano de Geofísica, Caracas.
  • Aplicaciones geofísicas y ambientales en la fase temprana de la exploración de la Fachada Atlántica Venezolana. (2002)Arminio J.F. and Parraga F : Memoirs, XICongreso Venezolano de Geofísica, Caracas.
  • The Espino – San Fernando Rift Basin, Venezuela: new exploration Concepts. (2001) Arminio J.F., Audemard F. and Serrano I.:  AAPG Hedberg Conference: New Exploration Concepts and Technologies, Mendoza Argentina.
  • Basin inversion and foredeep growth:structural style and stratigraphy in the Mérida Andes foredeep, Western Venezuela. (1998) J.F. Arminio, F. Párraga and J. Lugo :  Memoir  IX Congreso Venezolano de Geofísica. Caracas
  • Miembro caracol (Fm. León Oligoceno) y Formación Chama (Mioceno) in Léxico Estratigráfico de Venezuela (1998) Publicación Especial, Ministerio de Energía y Minas. Caracas p. 165 y 114
  • Reexploración como nuevo proceso en el negocio aguas arriba: experiencias en la Cuenca de Maracaibo  (1997) Arminio J.F., J.Figuera y T. Mata:  Memorirs, VIICongreso Geológico Venezolano. Porlamar, Isla de Margarita.
  • Marco estratigráfico del Eoceno B Inferior, Formación Misoa, Bloque III, Cuenca de Maracaibo: Implicaciones en la caracterización del yacimiento VLC100/949 (1997) E. Gamero, González G., J.F. Arminio, Herrera  S. y Taha M. : Memoirs, I Congreso Latinoamericano de Sedimentología. Porlamar, Margarita. Tomo 1. p. 275 – 281
  • Estilo estructural de la Cuenca de Maracaibo desde el centro del Lago de Maracaibo hasta la Sierra de Misoa: contribución de sísmica tridimensional al conocimiento de la Cuenca de Maracaibo (1997, Arminio J.F.,  E. Bueno, J. Zubizarreta, A. Growcott, B.Pirela, M. Araujo, R. Violino y C. Luzardo). Memoirs, VI Simposio de Exploración de Cuencas Subandinas. Cartagena de Indias, Colombia ACGGP Tomo 2, p. 215-219. 
  • Field Development and additional opportunities in an inverted thrust - fold system: the Barúa and Motatán fields, East Maracaibo Basin(1997) Zubizarreta J.,J.F. Arminio, P. Pestman, F. Cassani and G. Escandon Memorias, II Hedberg Research Symposium: Oil and Gas Exploration and Production in thrust and fold belts. AAPG-AMGP Veracruz, México.
  • The Lamar sub-basin, Lake Maracaibo, Venezuela: tectonic evolution and hydrocarbon habitat (1996) Arminio J.F. and A. Growcott II AAPG-SVG International Congress and exhibition  (ICE) Caracas. Abstract in AAPG Bulletin v.80no. 8, p. 1269
  • Evolución tectónica y hábitat de hidrocarburos del área Lama sur (1994) Arminio J.F., J. Zubizarreta y G. González) Memoirs, VII Congreso Venezolano de Geofísica. Caracas, SOVG. p. 384-392
  • Geometry and Evolution of a Syntectonic Alluvial Fan, Southern Pyrenees (1993) Arminio J.F. and G. Nichols: I AAPG - SVG  International  Congress, and Exhibition (ICE)  Caracas 1993. Resumen en AAPG Bulletin  v.77, nº 2.
  • Estratigrafía litológica y secuencial de la sección terciaria de Río Chama en el Flanco Norte de los Andes Centrales, Venezuela. (1990) Arminio J.F. and  y G.P. Allen : Memoir  V Congreso Venezolano de Geofísica. Caracas,SOVG. p. 244-251

 ACADEMIC PAPERS

  • Geometry and Evolution of a Syntectonic Alluvial Fan in the Southern Pyrenees, Huesca Spain (1992) Arminio J.F. MSc Thesis submitted to Royal Holloway College, University of London,G. Nichols and K. McClay tutors
  • Extensional drag folds in the Watchett Coast, Somerset (1991) Arminio J.F. Diploma in Geology dissertatuion submitted to Royal Holloway College, University of London, I. Davison tutor
  • Influencia de parámetrosgeológicos en la inyección de agua en el yacimiento B-6-X-3, Campo Tiajuana  (1981) J.F. Arminio y E. Ferrer. Geological Engineerinfg thesis submitted to Universidad de Oriente.Venezuela

He is also Associate Professor at Universidad Simon Bolivar, in charge of the Exploration and Petroleum System courses of the Masters course in Geosciences.

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