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Team Leader Amadeus Basin Exploration Onshore New Ventures


Sandra Menpes is an exploration geoscientist who has now worked in most of the onshore Australian basins at least once in her career. Sandra graduated from the University of Adelaide with an Honours Degree in Petroleum Geology and Geophysics in 1988. She spent the first ten years of her career working for Rio Tinto, exploring for oil and gas in the Amadeus, Beetaloo and Georgina basins in the Northern Territory and exploring for coal in the Permian basins of eastern Australia. After a few years at home with young children she joined Essential Petroleum, exploring for oil and gas in the Otway Basin for the next 7 years. In 2009 she worked as Trident Energy’s Exploration Asset Manager (Cooper, Canning, Amadeus and offshore Otway basins) before accepting a research position assessing the unconventional potential of South Australian basins (Arckaringa, Officer, Cooper, Adelaide Geosyncline) at DMITRE in 2010. Sandra joined Santos in 2014, initially with the Unconventional Resources Group exploring the unconventional gas plays of the Cooper Basin, before taking a position as Team Leader Northern Territory Onshore Exploration working the Beetaloo and Amadeus basins. She is currently Team Leader Amadeus Basin in the Onshore New Ventures Team. Sandra is a member of PESA, SPE and AAPG.

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