Tullow CEO Resigns

Tullow CEO Resigns
Paul McDade has resigned from the Tullow board by mutual agreement and with immediate effect.

Tullow Oil plc revealed Monday that Paul McDade, its chief executive officer, and Angus McCoss, its exploration director, have resigned from the board “by mutual agreement and with immediate effect”.

In addition, the company announced that Dorothy Thompson has been appointed executive chair on a temporary basis and Mark MacFarlane has been appointed chief operating officer in a non-board role. Tullow said its board has initiated a process to find a new group chief executive.

"I would like to thank Paul and Angus for all their hard work and dedication to Tullow over many years,” Thompson said in a company statement.

“They leave behind a business that has delivered two major offshore developments in Ghana, made significant oil discoveries in Kenya and Uganda and has a high-impact exploration portfolio. These remain the key building blocks of our business today,” Thompson added.

“The board has, however, been disappointed by the performance of Tullow’s business and now needs time to complete its thorough review of operations … We are taking decisive action to restore performance, reduce our cost base and deliver sustainable free cash flow,” Thompson continued.

Tullow announced Monday that it expects 2019 full year net production to average around 87,000 barrels of oil per day (bopd). 2020 group production is forecasted to average between 70,000 and 80,000 bopd and group production for the following three years is expected to average around 70,000 bopd.

A “number of factors” have been identified that have caused the reduction in production guidance, Tullow noted. On the Jubilee field, these factors include “significantly reduced” offtake of gas by the Ghana National Gas Company, increased water cut on some wells and lower facility uptime, according to Tullow.

At Enyenra (one of the TEN fields) mechanical issues on two new wells have limited the well stock available and there is faster than anticipated decline on this field, Tullow said. The non-operated portfolio is performing well, according to the group.  

Tullow describes itself as a leading independent oil and gas exploration and production company. The group has interests in 80 exploration and production licenses across 15 countries, according to its website.

In October, Tullow announced that Martin Greenslade had joined the Tullow board and audit committee as a non-executive director.

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