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Chris Matchette-Downes

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Petroleum Exploration in East Africa

East Africa is the world's most exciting frontier exploration region. It is set to become an alternative and substantial contributor to global energy reserves.



Company & Management Team

Adamantine Energy is a private Company registered in BVI in late 2010 with its technical and regional headquarters in Nairobi, functional offices in Canada and England and with representation in key East African Capitals.

The Company is managed by 4 Directors with considerable E&P experience, in particular Chris Matchette-Downes co-founder of East African Exploration / Black Marlin Energy which became Afren plc. East Africa has been dismissed by many and is still poorly understood due to the lack of well penetration. Early gas discoveries by AGIP were not commercial. Recently BG Group with Ophir and separately Anadarko has recently recorded back to back multiple TCF successes in Tanzania and Mozambique respectively with more to come. Hardman and Heritage discovered considerable quantities of oil in the Albertine Graben which will be commercialised by Tullow and its future partners.

The shareholder-base of Adamantine is composed of 20 Oil and Gas professionals with backgrounds in engineering, geology, investment banking and finance. In addition, several of the shareholders have high level connections at the government level of a number of East African countries, notably Kenya and Uganda. Moreover, the shareholder base has individually built successful independent oil companies over a number of years.

Chris Matchette-Downes has over 12 years experience reviewing and researching East African petroleum geology and with the directors, its G&G Advisors and strategic investors/shareholders is pursing applications for 11 blocks (58,000Km2) and is researching several further high graded, selected opportunities.

Adamantine Energy has several strategic and unique service provider alliances and access and understanding of a vast oils data base and concept-changing petroleum geochemistry data, ideas and interpretations. 

Adamantine Energy is about real ideas, real science, and real opportunities and is ahead of the curve as was EAX.

Consultants and representatives

Mwendia Nyaga
Kenya and East Africa Manager

Mwendia previously worked with National Kenya as CEO overseeing the development of the international oil and gas investment in the Kenya in the early 2000's.

Chris Matchette-Downes MSc

Chris has been in the O&G business for over 30 years, including BGS, BG Gas and more recently EAX & BMEL. A petroleum geochemist Chris is well-respected for both work done in East Africa and in the greater Caribbean region and has undertaken several geoscientific reviews of the region since 2002. He is a renowned expert and often speaks at international conferences and seminars on the subject of O&G exploration. In addition, he has a track record of finding and securing commercial deals.

Stuart Lawrenson BA

Stuart is an a accountant qualifying with PwC in 1986, then moving into industry as FD and MD of various large businesses. Stuart brings process, structure and financial discipline to the team.

Craig Bridgeman LLB

Craig is on the Board of Adamantine and Managing Director and Founder of Captus Partners Ltd. Prior to Captus, Craig was Director of Investment Banking at Paradigm Capital and Vice President of Investment Banking at Sprott Securities. Craig is also a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada and practiced law in the areas of Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions at Aird & Berlis LLP in Toronto. Craig has also been awarded the Corporate Finance Qualification from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW). Craig also has a Bachelor of Arts in Industrial Relations from McGill University.

Philip Moore, CFA
Phil is on the board of Adamantine and is Managing Director and Founder of Captus Partners Ltd. He has over 15 years of energy investment banking experience and has extensive experience in advising Canadian and international clients across a broad range of M&A and financial advisory mandates. Prior to Captus, Phil was Managing Director of Energy Investment Banking at Paradigm Capital, and Director of Energy Investment Banking at Sprott Securities and BMO Nesbitt Burns. Phil has a Bachelor of Commerce (Finance), from the University of Calgary and is a Chartered Financial Analyst and a member of the Association for Investment Management and Research.