Afren Bolsters Kurdistan Team

Afren plc announced on Wednesday several senior technical management appointments for its operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Appointment of Managing Director Afren MENA

Afren announces the appointment of Mr David Kennedy as Managing Director Afren MENA, who will assume responsibility for Afren’s operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, including the major Barda Rash field development. Prior to joining Afren, Mr Kennedy held various senior positions within Hess Corporation, where he was most recently Country Manager Hess Equatorial Guinea, and Chevron Corporation, where he held senior management roles internationally in Nigeria, Angola, Indonesia and Kazakhstan. With over 30 years of upstream industry experience, Mr Kennedy holds a B.S in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin. Mr Kennedy will be based in Afren’s Erbil office in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

Operations and subsurface appointments

In addition, Afren is pleased to announce two further senior appointments. Mr Mark Maurin joins as Operations Manager for the Kurdistan region of Iraq and Dr David Goggin joins as Subsurface Director.

Mr Maurin will assume responsibility for the safe and efficient management of Afren’s operations in the Kurdistan region of Iraq, including field development and production operations at the Barda Rash field development. Mr Maurin has over 25 years of international upstream oil and gas experience, and joins Afren from Hess Corporation where he most recently fulfilled operational management roles at Hess Equatorial Guinea. Prior to this, Mr Maurin held senior engineering, operational and project management roles at ExxonMobil, including international assignment in Nigeria. Mr Maurin has a B.S in Petroleum Engineering from Texas Tech University.

Dr Goggin will assume responsibility for Afren’s post-exploration stage subsurface activities including subsurface aspects of the Company’s field development and production activities. Dr Goggin has over 24 years of upstream industry experience and joins Afren from Hess Corporation where he was most recently Subsurface Director (Production) Offshore Americas and West Africa. Prior to this, Dr Goggin held senior reservoir engineering and subsurface management positions with Chevron Corporation. Dr Goggin holds a B.S, M.S and PhD in Petroleum Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin.

Iain Wright, Technical Director of Afren, commented:

As we move towards first oil at the major Barda Rash field development and assess the transformational discovery on the Ain Sifni exploration block, I am delighted to further strengthen our technical capabilities in the Kurdistan region of Iraq.

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