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Oil and Gas UK has appointed board member Neil McCulloch, president North Sea, of Enquest as its new vice chair representative for the operator community,

And fellow board member Terry Savage, corporate relationship director, Global Energy Group, has been named as his counterpart, as vice chair representing the contractor community.

Also joining the OGUK board are:

Andrew Thomson, managing director, offshore, North Sea, Aramark

Chris Bird, managing director, MOL Energy UK

Dave Stewart, CEO, Wood Group PSN

Gunnar Breivik, managing director, Statoil Production UK

Matt Betts, UK vice president, Halliburton

Neil Clyne, operations director, Transocean Drilling UK Limited

Paul Goodfellow, upstream director UK & Ireland, Shell Exploration & Production

Pete Jones, managing director, United Kingdom, TAQA

McCulloch said: “As an industry, being able to deliver our share of the tripartite obligations coming out of the Wood Report will require active leadership and representation from the broad diversity of interests in the basin. As such it seems fitting that EnQuest, as the largest UK based independent oil producer in the UK North Sea, has a place on the Board of Oil & Gas UK.”

Savage added: “We have some challenging times ahead for operators and contractors to jointly address the cost and efficiency review needed to ensure continuity for the energy industry.

“The North Sea has produced over 43 billion barrels of oil and gas to date, a feat which was only made possible by hundreds and thousands of companies across the UK which make up our world-class supply chain. This supply chain is now also worth some £15bn to the UK in exports every year.

“I look forward to working with our vast contractor community to promote our skills and expertise, improve the business environment we operate in and improve the safety of our talented workforce.”

Deirdre Michie, Chief Executive, Oil & Gas UK, commented: “The low price of oil and high cost of operating present our industry with a great challenge, so we are very fortunate to have the guidance of a talented Board.”

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