BP appoints new heads of production, drilling as output set to jump

Thu Mar 16, 2017 7:16am EDT
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By Dmitry Zhdannikov

LONDON (Reuters) - BP (BP.L: Quote) has reshuffled its exploration and production division as the oil company readies for the biggest jump in output in its history.

The British firm is launching a record number of projects this year and plans steep growth in production through 2021.


The chief of the production, exploration and development unit or upstream division, Bernard Looney, has appointed several executives including a new head of production and a new head of drilling, BP told Reuters.

Gordon Birrell, who previously headed BP in Azerbaijan, will become chief operating officer for production, transformation and carbon in the BP upstream segment, reporting to Looney.

Based in London, he will be responsible for global operations, global wells, global procurement, supply chain management and upstream engineering.

He will also be accountable for upstream modernization and lead the development of the upstream approach to a low-carbon future, BP said.

Andy Krieger will become the new head of drilling. Krieger, previously vice-president for drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, will report to Birrell.   Continued...

The logo of BP is on display at a petrol station in Moscow, Russia, July 4, 2016. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhi/File photo