Oil and gas operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK announces a senior appointment in Aberdeen as the company pursues an ambitious UK growth strategy. Rob Buchan takes up the role of Aberdeen General Manager and will oversee the company’s developments and operations across the UK. He will also become part of the firm’s Executive Team. He takes on the post from Mike Robertson, who is relocating to Norway as Head of Assets at GDF SUEZ E&P Norge.
His appointment comes as two major developments operated by GDF SUEZ E&P UK move towards production. The Juliet field in the Southern North Sea (SNS) is due to come on stream at the end of 2013 and Cygnus, the largest gas discovery in the SNS in the last 25 years, is scheduled to start producing in late 2015.
GDF SUEZ E&P UK also continues its active exploration and drilling programmes, buoyed by the successful 27th licensing round which saw the firm secure nine licenses, three as operator, including its first as an operator in the West of Shetland.
Rob Buchan has worked for GDF SUEZ E&P since 2008 when he joined as Operations Manager in Aberdeen. He moved to Head Office in Paris in 2009 where his most recent role was Senior Vice President Operations for GDF SUEZ E&P International. Prior to joining the company, he worked with Dowell Schlumberger on international assignments for 8 years, then with BP for 24 years in drilling and operations management roles in Aberdeen and London. He graduated from Aberdeen University in 1977 with a BSc in Geology, gained an MBA from Robert Gordon University in 2005 and has been a Chartered Engineer since 1992.
Buchan said: “GDF SUEZ E&P is at a very exciting stage of its growth in the UK and I look forward to returning to Aberdeen as we prepare for first gas from Juliet and progress construction for Cygnus while pursuing an active exploration and appraisal programme.”
GDF SUEZ E&P UK recently underlined its commitment to the region by investing in a new Aberdeen premises with capacity for up to 200 people, just three years after establishing its UK operations base in Union Plaza. The operator currently employs 140 people in Aberdeen across four sites and will occupy the new five story building from 2014.