Michael Monju, CPL

Manager, Land & Business Development

As a Certified Petroleum Landman, Michael Monju is a seasoned land professional with over 20 years’ experience in petroleum land work and more than six years’ experience managing all phases of mineral land for horizontal well development in the Midland Basin.

Mr. Monju spent the first half of his career working as a field landman refining his expertise in almost all aspects of petroleum land services in nearly every Parish in South Louisiana and in such diverse areas as the Eagle Ford Shale in South Texas, the Gulf Coast/Golden Triangle region of Southeast Texas, and the Utica Shale play in southeastern Ohio.

In 2012, Mr. Monju began work as a contract landman for ConocoPhillips where he managed Conoco’s Bossier Asset Area, covering Robertson, Leon, Madison, and Brazos Counties, and which included 49 company operated gas units and multiple “non-op” assets in the heart of the Eaglebine/Woodbine play in Central Texas. He also completed several special projects for Conoco involving Burlington Resources/Louisiana Land & Exploration assets covering nine separate salt domes off the coast of South Louisiana.

In 2014, he joined the Apache Corporation as senior landman for the Powell area in Upton County, one of Apache’s core asset areas for horizontal Wolfcamp development in the southern Midland Basin. Mr. Monju maintained the activity of one and three drilling rigs while increasing drillable inventory by more than 20% and eliminating more than 28% of potential carried interest.

Mr. Monju was recruited by Concho Resources in 2017 where, as a Staff Landman, he managed Concho’s Greater Chickadee Area in Upton County, Texas, an area encompassing approximately 65,000 acres with over 400 producing vertical oil wells and 75 horizontal Wolfcamp and Lower Spraberry shale wells, and where he worked closely with COG’s technical team in developing multiyear, horizontal development projects, including a group of three-mile-long horizontal wells. He also formulated and implemented strategies to maintain COG’s acreage position for future horizontal development while allowing the team to shut-in or plug many uneconomic vertical wells.

Mr. Monju holds a BA, and a Master’s in International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. He is also a member of the AAPL, the Permian Basin Landmen’s Association, and the New Mexico Landmen’s Association.

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