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Brian Moffatt

Brian has over 25 years experience in the chemical and oil and gas industries. After helping build a PVT laboratory and operating well site sampling for British Gas he became project team leader for the Fluids team of the Gas Research Centre managing technical support and research projects. Research covered PVT, NMR, fluid flow in porous media, gas condensate recovery, oil migration and geochemistry.

Later Brian worked as a petroleum engineer before joining Helix-RDS in 2002. Brian left with a vision to link disparate disciplines under petroleum fluid studies and so founded Petrophase in 2004.

Brian has presented talks to the Society of Petroleum Engineers on fluid characterisation and has published scientific papers on oil and gas behaviour. He is a member of the Energy Institute and the Society of Petroleum Engineers where he is co-chair of the Phase Behaviour Technical Interest Group.

Mike Fawcett

Mike obtained a PhD in Physics (Manchester 1987) and an M.Eng. in Petroleum Engineering (Heriot-Watt 1996) and has 17 years experience in the oil and gas industries. He worked for 7 years in the BG condensate research group specialising on reservoir fluid properties and relative permeabilities, before transferring to BG E&P as Petroleum/Reservoir Engineer on operated and non-operated, UKCS and International, Gas/Condensate/Volatile Oil Fields.

Mike was fluid specialist for the Karachaganak consortium (KIO), and an independent consultant, before becoming Technical Director of Petrophase in 2008.

Mike is a member of the Society of Petroleum Engineers and has published and presented papers on reservoir fluid properties.


Petrophase is a petroleum fluids consultancy to the petroleum and carbon sequestration industry. A wide variety of fluid problems with oil, gas and gas-condensates across four continents have been solved successfully.

We specialise in understanding and modelling petroleum behaviour from source to export. By applying expertise in PVT, thermodynamic modelling, sampling, geochemistry and petroleum engineering, we have achieved several world first solutions and delivered great financial benefit to our clients.