Shell names Abu Dhabi operations head
Abu Dhabi, October 7, 2013
Shell has appointed Andrew Vaughan as the new vice-president for its operations in Abu Dhabi, Kuwait and Syria in the place of John Barry.
The announcement was made at an event which was attended by its joint venture partners, government dignitaries, officials and leading UAE business organizations at the Jumeirah Etihad Towers.
With over thirty years in the oil and gas sector, Vaughan brings to his new role a wealth of global experience that encompasses management of joint ventures and development of oil and gas fields across Shell’s global operations.
Commenting on the appointment, Vaughan said “I am delighted and honored to be back in the Middle East at this exciting time in the development of the region’s energy sector. We value our long and successful heritage in the UAE and are committed to support the country in meeting its rising energy demand.”
Vaughan’s career has encompassed engineering, operations and commercial roles overseeing technical development of both greenfield and mature oil and gas fields to general management roles of increasing seniority and leadership.
He commenced his career with Shell in 1981 in Aberdeen and has since supported the group’s operations in Syria, The Hague, Bangladesh, Egypt and the UAE.
He returns to Abu Dhabi after having spent four years between 2004 and 2008 in the capacity of VP Technical overseeing Shell’s upstream business in the Middle East.
Prior to this, Vaughan was the managing director of Shell Development Kashagan BV engaged in the development of future phases of the ultra sour Kashagan field in Kazakhstan.
Shell's presence in Abu Dhabi dates back to 1939 as a shareholder of Petroleum Development (Trucial Coast). Today, Shell is a joint venture partner in the Abu Dhabi Company for Onshore Oil Operations (Adco), Abu Dhabi Gas Industries (Gasco) and in the Bab Gas Field Development project with partner Abu Dhabi National Oil Company.
“With seven decades of successful partnerships with the country’s oil and gas sector, we will continue to build on the local knowledge and expertise we have developed and put into action global advancements and best practices to deliver technology solutions that can effectively meet the sector’s needs and support its continued growth,” he added.-TradeArabia News Service