GDF Suez E&P Makes Key Appointments in UK

Oil and gas operator GDF Suez E&P has revealed that the general manager of the operations center in Aberdeen will be taking over responsibility for the company's exploration and production (E&P) operations worldwide.

Rob Buchan has been promoted to vice president of E&P operations worldwide for the French owned operator. He will assume responsibility for the company's development and production operations globally as of January 2010. Formally relocating to GDF Suez's headquarters in Paris, Buchan, 54, will spend time working out of the company's Union Plaza office in Aberdeen until the end of the year.

He will be leaving his current post as general manager in charge of the GDF Suez UK E&P operations base in Aberdeen after it was announced earlier this year that the operator was investing £6 million on establishing a UK exploration and production (E&P) operations center. A new general manager for the Aberdeen outfit is to be named at a later date.

GDF Suez UK E&P has also made four senior management appointments in Aberdeen to support future growth.

Max Proctor, previously of ConocoPhillips will be responsible for overseeing all of the operator's North Sea drilling and completion activity. Mike Robertson who moved from BP will head up GDF Suez UK E&P North Sea projects -- including Cygnus and Juliet. Derek Turner, also previously of BP has been appointed supply chain and services manager while Norrie Martin, ex ConocoPhillips was recently appointed operations and engineering manager.

Four individual asset managers have also been employed to oversee delivery of the operator's key North Sea development projects. This completes the key management structure for the company's UK operations center.

Buchan officially joined GDF Suez in October 2008 after 24 years with BP in drilling and operations management in Aberdeen and London. He will now report directly to Didier Holleaux, senior vice president of GDF Suez E&P.

The GDF Suez group employs 200,000 people worldwide and had revenue of £71.9 billion last year.