Over the last 30 years, Mr. Tarnue has worked as a petroleum geoscientist in both specialist and managerial positions. With a Bachelor degree in geology from the University of Liberia in 1983, he was a beneficiary of a government scholarship to obtain a graduate diploma through a special US-Government program on petroleum exploration within frontier regions.
His career started as a geologist and then rising up to head of the Bureau of Hydrocarbons at the Ministry of Lands Mines and Energy of Liberia in the mid-80s. Due to the civil conflict, he later moved on to a new opportunity as senior petroleum geologist at the Ghana National Petroleum Company (GNPC) working with the exploration team for over 10 years. Following the cessation of the conflict, He relocated to Liberia and worked as Director of Energy at the Ministry while offering geology lectures for a brief period at the University of Liberia. In 2011 he moved on to the National Oil Company of Liberia as Vice President for Technical Services. In this role, he supervised and coordinated the government monitoring program during the drilling of 10 exploration offshore wells. Currently, he provides leadership supervision for the technical services division of the Liberia Petroleum Regulatory Authority supervising the regulation of exploration and production activities of the international oil companies that would be engaged in Liberia’s petroleum exploration program.