Tom O’Connor

Affiliate Scientist

Phone: (801) 587-8538

Basin and Regional studies

Project design and implementation

Government energy policies

The interface between government policy and oil company contractual aspirations

Regional & Basin Experience

  • Egypt and the Gulf of Suez

  • Red Sea and Gulf of Aden

  • East Africa passive margin

  • Sub-Andean basins

  • Caspian Sea

  • North Sea

1958 BSc Geology, Stanford University

1961 MSc Geology, University of Colorado at Boulder


  • American Association of Petroleum Geologists (Certified Geologisit)

  • Houston Geological Society

Listed in “Who’s Who in America, in the East, Science and Engineering and in the World” 1995 – Present

Chairman of the Board of Benchmark Oild & Gas AB, a Swedish oil company traded on the Stockholm exchange, 2003 – 2008

Adjunct Professor in the George Washington University Graduate School of Political Management and Imperial College’s Royal School of Mines, London

Gorton, T.J. and O’Connor, T.E.; 1992. The World Bank and Petroleum Exploration Promotion Projects: Retrospective Evaluation and Recommendations. Published in Proceedings of the Indian Ocean First Regional Seminar on Petroleum Exploration; sponsored by the United Nations Department of Technical Co-operation for Development; 10=15 December,1990; pp. 543-60

O’Connor, T.E.; 1992. The Red Sea-Gulf of Aden: Hydrocarbon Evaluation of Multinational Sedimentary Basins: The Methodology of Regional Cooperation; Journal of Petroleum Geology; Vol. 15, No. 2; pp. 121-126

O’Connor, Thomas E., 1993, Perseverance Pays Off; Politics, War, coups Fail to Deter Red Sea Project. Bank’s World, April 1993, Volume 12, Number 4. Bank Archive Accession number A1992-026, Box 3

O’Connor, Thomas E. 1994; Factors Affecting the Future Direction of World Oil Markets; Directions These markets are Likely to Take. Sea Technology, August 1994; Vol. 35, No. 8; pp 41-47

Johnston, David H. (Moderator); panel participant at the SEG Interpretation Committee’s Open Forum; 1993 Annual International Meeting; Washington, DC. Reported in The Leading Edge, Sept, 1994 pp.937-942 and Oct, 1994; pp.1015-1020

O’Connor, Thomas E. 1997; Self-sufficiency in crude oil makes little sense for US. Odessa American; Sunday, January 19.1997, P. E1 (Oil and Gas Review)

Kronman, George E.; Felio, Don B. and O’Connor, Thomas E. editors; 2000; AAPG Special Publication. International Oil and Gas Ventures; A Business Perspective. Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Engineers

O’Connor, Thomas E. 2000; The World Bank’s Successful Intervention in Petroleum Exploration in Developing Countries; in. International Oil and Gas Ventures: A Business Perspective; Amer. Assoc. Petrol. Geol. Pp.