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Yue (Crystal) Cao

Yue (Crystal) Cao

Yue (Crystal) Cao
Senior Economist, Vice President
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Yue (Crystal) Cao joined DeGolyer and MacNaughton in 2018 as a senior petroleum economist to evaluate international oil and gas properties in the Asia-Pacific Latin America division. Before joining D&M, she operated an independent petroleum consulting firm for 5 years. Before that, she worked for Ryder Scott Company as a senior economist for 7 years. She also worked for CNOOC Tianjin as an economic evaluation supervisor for 2 years, and for CNOOC Research Center as a project economist and cost engineer for 4 years.

Cao received a bachelor’s degree in business management from Tianjin Finance and Economic University in 1997. In 2003, she received a master’s degree in resource and applied economics from the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

Geographical Experience

  • Algeria
  • Angola
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Azerbaijan
  • Bahrain
  • Brazil
  • Canada
  • China
  • Colombia
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Ecuador
  • Egypt
  • Gabon
  • Guyana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Iraq
  • Israel
  • Italy
  • Kazakhstan
  • Kenya
  • Kuwait
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • Mongolia
  • Mozambique
  • New Zealand
  • Nigeria
  • Norway
  • Oman
  • Papua New Guinea
  • Peru
  • Qatar
  • Romania
  • Sudan
  • Thailand
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Arab Emirates
  • United Kingdom
  • United States
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam

Topical Areas of Expertise

  • Project economic evaluation
  • Petroleum fiscal modeling
  • Price and cost study
  • Reserves database management
  • SEC rules and regulations

Major Projects

Cao has extensive experience in economic analysis and cost studies for field development and reserves evaluations for SEC filings and M&A. She has worked on fiscal models for oil and gas properties in over 40 countries, and has been involved in fiscal term determinations and negotiations for national oil companies in China, Mexico, and the Middle East.