The authors of the Petroleum Geology of Iraq


The authors, November, 2009

left to right: Fadhil Sadooni, Andrew Horbury, Jeremy Goff and Adnan Aqrawi.


Adnan Aqrawi

Adnan Aqrawi ( joined Statoil ASA in 2001 and currently works as a Lead Geologist for Global Exploration-Gulf of Mexico in Houston. He has BSc and MSC degrees from University of Baghdad (in 1980 and 1983 respectively), and a Ph.D. and DIC from Imperial College, London (in 1993). Adnan has more than 27 years of experience from Middle East (especially Iraq, Iran and Jordan) as well as Malaysia, the Caspian Sea, the Red Sea, and the North Sea. In Iraq, his research has focused on oilfield reservoir characterisation and petroleum systems analysis, particularly in the central and southern parts of the country, and also on the Recent deposits of the southern marshlands and northern Gulf. Adnan has a long list of published papers, book chapters and abstracts in Iraqi, Middle Eastern and International journals and conferences.


Jeremy Goff

Jeremy Goff ( graduated in geology from Oxford University in 1976. He has worked for BP Exploration for 34 years and is currently a senior geological consultant. He has worked on oil exploration and production projects in the UK and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea, Canada and Angola, and in BP’s Global Basin Analysis and Unconventional Hydrocarbon Resource teams. Since 1986, he has worked extensively on the Middle East and has managed interdisciplinary joint exploration and production studies with the national oil companies of several countries in the region, including Iraq. He has a particular interest in the tectonostratigraphic evolution of the northern margin of the Arabian Plate, unconventional Jurassic source rock and dolomite exploration plays, and Palaeozoic tight gas reservoirs. He was co-editor with Saad Jassim of the book “Geology of Iraq” published in 2006.


Andrew Horbury

Andrew Horbury ( is a co-owner and director of Cambridge Carbonates Ltd He received a Ph.D in carbonate sedimentology from the University of Manchester in 1987. From 1986 until 1992, he worked with BP Exploration. His first major project with the company was a study of NW Iraq with Jeremy Goff and Fadhil Sadooni (then at OEC). As observed by the project manager Guy Stubbs, this was when he “hatched out of his egg”. Presently, Andrew is involved in many consultancy projects on Iraq and has a strong interest in the Tethyan geology of Mexico. He co-authored the GeoArabia Special Publication 2 “Arabian Plate Sequence Stratigraphy” and was largely responsible for the contributions on northern Arabia in that volume. He dedicates his part of the present book to the memory of his late mother, Barbara Denise Horbury (1929-2009), who inspired him to study geology through her interest in landscapes and painting.


Fadhil Sadooni

Fadhil Sadooni( has a Ph.D in petroleum geology (carbonate reservoir characterization) from the University of Bristol. He worked for 13 years as an exploration geologist with the Iraq National Oil Company and was involved with much of the exploration effort in Iraq during the 1970s and ’80s. Fadhil has also worked in the petroleum industry in SE Asia and has taught at the Universities of Yarmouk (Jordan), Qatar and the UAE where he was the Chairman of the Geology Department for five years. He now works as an advisor in the office of the Vice-President For Research, Qatar University. Fadhil’s research focuses on carbonate reservoirs and microbial sediments.


Christopher Tiratsoo (Journal of Petroleum Geology: managed the editing and publication process on behalf of Scientific Press Ltd. Journal of Petroleum Geology website.


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