Oil and Gas Authority appoints new directors to help deliver Wood Review


Andy Samuel, OGA chief executive
Andy Samuel, OGA chief executive

Andy Samuel, Chief Executive, has appointed the first three of six directors to his management team at the UK Oil and Gas Authority.

The clauses in the Infrastructure Bill to convert the Wood Review principle of ‘maximising economic recovery  – which enshrines the obligation on greater co-operation and collaboration by N. Sea operators in sharing pipelines, platforms and know-how into practice  – into legislation passed through the Westminster parliament in the UK Infrastructure Bill last week

Based in Aberdeen, the OGA is the new regulatory body created by the UK Govt. following Sir Ian Wood’s review of the UK oil and gas industry in 2014.

Simon Toole, currently Head of Offshore Licensing, Exploration and Development in the Department of Energy (DECC) will become Director of Licensing & Legal. Stuart Payne has been appointed as head of human resources and Ian McKenzie has been appointed as Chief Implementation Officer, and will lead the finance, procurement, internal audit and IT.

Payne held similar personnel with Shell and Dana Petroleum, while McKenzie was previously Head of the Coal Liabilities Unit at DECC.

Three further OGA directors will be appointed in the coming months: a Director of Offshore E&P, a Director of Policy, Performance and Economics, and a Director of Technology and Projects. Recruitment for these roles is now underway.

Samuel said: “I will continue to build on the expertise and strengths of the existing team, ensuring we have the capability and capacity to drive a focused strategy that maximises economic recovery of oil and gas resources in the UK.

“The fall in wholesale N. Sea oil prices has brought into sharp focus the urgent need for Industry and Government to take proactive and sustainable action.

“Later this month, will outline my early findings on the commission requested by Ed Davey (UK Energy minister) to prioritise action and focus delivery.”

See Scottish Energy News JOBS: Directors (3) at £250k pa: UK Oil and Gas Authority, Aberdeen: http://goo.gl/LFdsxY





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