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Miss. Esther Boateng Owusu




Petroleum Geosciences Engineering

Research Interest

Physical and Styructural Geology

Petroleum Geochemistry




Shale Gas


Machine Learning Modeling 

Petroleum Geology

Engr. Esther Boateng Owusu (Miss) is a Petroleum Geoscientist whose expertise is in the application of geology, petrography, mineralogy, source rock geochemistry, geostatistics, and machine learning to analyse oil and gas outcrop or well site data and model the data for field appraisal development of a well's potential to (1) have a working petroleum system, (2) produce oil and/or gas (3) evaluate the hydrocarbon resource, (4) understand the source to reservoir charge and (5) charge frontier plays.

Her current work is in the application of machine learning algorithms and geostatistical techniques to assess the source rock potential and improve the mineralogical study of the onshore Volta Basin of Ghana and Belata black shales in Peninsular Malaysia.

She is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of Petroleum Geosciences, under the School of Petroleum Studies at UMaT since 2020 and the lecturer in charge of Laboratory works in the department. AS part of her assigned duties she trains students in analytical thinking and develop their problem-solving skills on geologic problems related to field mapping skills and data analyses and mostly in petroleum geosciences related areas.

Univerisiti Technologi PETRONAS
University of Ghana
Univeriti Teknologi PETRONAS
University of Ghana, Legon
Institution of Engineering and Technology,Ghana
University Teachers Association of Ghana (UTAG)
West African Institute of Mining, Metallurgy and Petroleum, WAIMM
Petroleum Research Fund
Best Oral Presenter certificate award, National Geosciences Conference
Most Diligent Student, Petroleum Geoscience award
Assistant Lecturer
  1. Bennet Nii Tackie-Otoo, Mohammed Ayoub, Esther Boateng Owusu (2022), "Investigation of the enhanced oil recovery potential of sodium cocoyl alaninate: an eco-friendly surfactant", Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production Technology , ,

  2. Esther Boateng Owusu, Haylay Tsegab Gebretsadik (2022), "The potential of shale gas resources in Peninsular Malaysia", IOP publishing, 1003 1, 012024

  3. Esther Boateng Owusu, George Mensah Tetteh, Solomon Asante-Okyere, Haylay Tsegab Gebretsadik (2022), "Error correction of vitrinite reflectance in matured black shales: A machine learning approach", Unconventional Resources, 2 DOI: 10.1016/j.uncres.2022.07.002, 41-50

  4. Esther Boateng Owusu, Ebenezer Ansah, Abubakar Rabiatu, Bennet Nii Tackie-Otoo (2021), "Microscopy of Pore Types in the Belata Black Shales: Implications of Gas Storage", GHANA JOURNAL OF TECHNOLOGY, 6 1,

  5. Monera Adam Shoieb, Chow Weng Sum, Mohd Suhaili Ismail, Haylay Tsegab Gebretsadik, Esther Boateng Owusu (2020), "Geological field characteristic of the Kroh Formation in the Upper Perak shales, western Peninsula Malaysia", Journal of Natural Gas Geoscience , 5 1,

  6. Esther Boateng Owusu, Haylay Tsegab Gebretsadik, Chow Weng Sum, Eswaran Padmanabhan (2019), "Organic Geochemical Analyses of the Belata Black Shale, Peninsular Malaysia; Implications on their Shale Gas potential", Journal of Natural Gas Science and Engineering , 69 102945,

  1. Owusu Esther Boateng, Tsegab Haylay Gebretsadik , Abubakar Rabiatu , (2022), "Geological Field Characteristic of the Black Shales in the Belata Formation, Peninsular Malaysia", Offshore Technology Conference,
  2. Owusu Esther Boateng, Tsegab Haylay and Bavoh Cornelius (2020), "Petrographic Characterization of Black Shales from Belata Formation, Peninsular Malaysia: Implication for Fracability", Offshore Technology Conference,
  3. Owusu, Esther Boateng, Tsegab Haylay, Sum Chow Weng, and Awuah Joel Ben (2020), "Mineralogical analyses of Belata black shale, Peninsular Malaysia", Geological society of Malaysia, Warta Geologi, Vol. 44, No. 3
  4. Owusu Esther Boateng, Tsegab Haylay, Sum Chow Weng, Awuah Joel Ben and Padmanabhan, Eswaran (2019), "Major and minor element analyses of Belata Black Shale, Peninsular Malaysia", National Geoscience Conference, Sarawak ,