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Nicolas Pélissier

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Nicolas Pélissier, Project manager in Exploration intelligence


Nicolas Pélissier is a Geologist, holder of a Master degree in Geology from UniLaSalle (former Institut Polytechnique LaSalle (Bauvais)) and a Master degree of Petroleum Geosciences from IFP School. In 2005, he joined the Total Group where he has held first various junior positions as Exploration Geologist in Pau and Paris. Then he was appointed Well Site Geologist in charge of well drilling supervision with experiences in various geological and operational contexts in Mauritania, Yemen, Norway, UK and Netherlands. He finally pursued his career in operations geology holding Head positions first in Algeria and in Libya before joining Angola in 2013 in charge of a large multi-cultural teams managing up to 8 drillships. After 7 years of expatriation, Nicolas came back to HQ in 2015 and has been working as Senior Exploration Analyst and Project Manager in the Exploration intelligence Department ensuring notably the monitoring & follow-up of exploration competitors activity. In this context, he was in charge , in collaboration with his colleagues of the Data Analytics Competence Center (DACC), to transform an emerging idea of creating a unique platform dedicated to external data management linked to competition follow-up & benchmark in Exploration to a practical industrial solution: the Competitors Cruncher.




Nicolas Pélissier is the author of several publications in the field of oil and gas exploration:


  • “World’s First Non Conductive Mud Photorealistic Borehole Imager Enables Operational Efficiency and High Confidence Interpretations in West African Turbidite” (co-author), March 6th, 2017, Middle East Oil & Gas Show and Conference in Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain.


  • “Free Yourself from Seismic Uncertainties While Drilling with the Deep Directional Resistivity Tool: A Success Story from West African Offshore”, (co-author), November 16th, 2016, International Petroleum Technology Conference (Bangkok).


  • “Data Science in Oil & Gas Exploration” (Co-author), November 5th, 2015, SAS Forum France 2015 (Paris).