Oil and gas operator GDF SUEZ E&P UK announced a senior appointment in Aberdeen as the company pursues an ambitious UK growth strategy. Rob Buchan has been named 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.
Buchan’s appointment comes as two major developments operated by GDF SUEZ E&P UK move toward 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 programs, buoyed by its 27th licensing round which saw the firm secure nine licenses, three as operator, including its first as an operator in the West of Shetland.
Buchan has worked for GDF SUEZ E&P since 2008 when he joined as operations manager in Aberdeen. He moved to the company’s head office in Paris in 2009, where his most recent role was senior vice president of operations for GDF SUEZ E&P International. Prior to joining the company, Buchan worked with Dowell Schlumberger on international assignments for eight years, then with BP for 24 years in drilling and operations management roles in Aberdeen and London. He holds a BSc degree in geology from Aberdeen University, along with an MBA degree from Robert Gordon University in 2005. Buchan has been a Chartered Engineer since 1992.