Bell Geospace Geoscientist Appointed Director General of TPDC

Bell GeospaceBell Geospace is pleased to announce that one of their valued geoscientists, Dr James Mataragio has been appointed to the post of Director General of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) by President Jakaya, effective 15th December 2014. During his tenure at Bell Geospace, Dr Mataragio has been exposed to a variety of mineralisation and hydrocarbon projects, which have contributed to the skill set and experience required by TPDC for the role of Director General.
The appointment of Dr Mataragio, who has worked for Bell Geospace since 2004, was announced in a statement issued by Chief Secretary, Ambassador Ombeni Sefue, adding that Dr Mataragio is among a few experts in minerals, oil and natural gas in diaspora who volunteered advice to the government on development of the sector. The chief secretary further said the president was optimistic that Dr Mataragio will use his education, experience and expertise to overhaul TPDC to become a real development engine and take the nation’s economy to new heights.
In his ten years with Bell Geospace, Dr Mataragio has worked with a number of major international oil and gas firms, including Petrobras (Brazil); BP; Anadarko; Pitkin (Philippines and Peru); Tullow Oil; Pemex (Mexico); ANP (Brazil), Ecopetrol (Colombia); Petronas (Malaysia) and Vale Rio Doce.
Scott Hammond, CEO of Bell Geospace, says “While we will be sad to lose such a valued member of our geoscience team, we are delighted that James is going on to such an important role in the future of petroleum development in Tanzania, and this appointment is a tribute to the sterling work that he has done, both for Bell Geospace and prior to studying for a PhD his work in Tanzania for Anglo Gold and Anglo American. We will be following his progress with great interest, and are sure that he will bring a breadth of skill and experience to this role that will ensure that TPDC has a significant impact on exploration and production in Tanzania”.

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About Dr Mataragio

Dr Mataragio who is leaving Bell Geospace to become Director General of TPDC

Dr Mataragio who is leaving Bell Geospace to become Director General of TPDC

Dr Mataragio holds a PhD (Geochemistry, Mineralogy, Structural Geology and Petroleum Geology), from Missouri – Rolla University, Missouri, US (2005); A Masters in Business Development (MBA), from Charlotte University, North Carolina, US (2008); An MSc (Geochemistry and Petrology), from Okinawa University, Japan (1997); and A BSc (Hons) (Geology), University of Dar es Salaam (1994).
From 2004 to date, he was Senior Geoscientist, Bell Geospace Inc, Houston, Texas, US, from 2001 to 2004, he was assistant lecturer at Missouri University where he was studying his PhD programme and between 2000 and 2001, he was Assistant Lecturer at the University of Dar es Salaam.
Between 1999 and 2000, he was Project Manager with Anglo Gold (Buzwagi) while between 1994 and 1999 he was Exploration Geologist with Anglo America Corporation.



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