Rob Buchan appointed Aberdeen GM at GDF Suez E&P UK
LONDON -- GDF Suez E&P UK has appointed Rob Buchan as the group’s Aberdeen general manager, a role in which he will oversee the company’s development and operations across the UK. Buchan 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 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 also continues its active exploration and drilling programs, buoyed by the successful 27th licensing round, in which the firm secured nine licenses, three as operator, including its first as an operator in the West of Shetland.
Buchan has worked for GDF Suez 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 V.P. of Operations for GDF Suez E&P International. Prior to joining the company, he 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.