Allan V. Martini
Renowned for his expertise in the
geology of fluvial deposition, Allan Martini was largely
instrumental in helping Chevron, build the largest lease position
east of the Mississippi River. Conventional wisdom led many to
believe that there were few opportunities for hydrocarbon production
there, but Martini proved the experts wrong.
He led the development of Main Pass
Blocks 40 and 41 oilfields, then followed with Main Pass Blocks 299
and 240. Over a ten year period, fields developed by Martini were
tied with those of Shell for Gulf Coast production leadership.
Martini’s keen insight came into
play when Chevron acquired the assets of Gulf Oil Corporation and
Tenneco. His encouragement helped Chevron management recognize the
potential of those assets. Chevron’s continued position as a major
producer in the US Gulf of Mexico coastal and shelf areas can be
largely credited to the pioneering spirit of Allan Martini.