Can you describe your career pathway? Why did you choose Perenco?
"A platform in the middle of the whales - it is indeed very tempting."
Originally from Brittany, I spent my childhood between Madagascar and Ivory Coast. I have always loved travelling. I trained as an engineer and graduated from the IFP School (French Institute of Petroleum), where I discovered the oil & gas world through a circumstantial opportunity. "Total Discovery" was a competition I won, and as a prize, I was able to visit a platform in the North Sea.
After my studies, I joined CGG, a leader in geophysical professions, for assignments in Gabon, Tunisia, Oman, Algeria and finally Nigeria. Working conditions were stimulating and difficult, but also sometimes humanely very risky. I decided to continue the adventure by applying at Perenco. I was immediately able to appreciate the speed of decision-making, which characterises the company.
Can you describe your professional journey with Perenco?
"Apart from Latin America, I have worked in all of Perenco subsidiaries."
I started in Gabon, in 1995, as a production engineer, then as a site manager.
I was quickly entrusted with responsibilities. I worked as an operations manager in Cameroon, Gabon and DRC, before being appointed general manager in Tunisia and Turkey. In the meantime.
In 2012, I joined Vietnam as operations manager, as part of our joint venture in this country.
Professionally, it was a very special and educating experience, as all positions were “doubled” and Perenco did not operate directly. Personally, I could discover the country far from the tourist paths. I keep an excellent memory of it.
In 2015, I joined the UK subsidiary. Since 2017, I have been acting as general manager of Wytch Farm.
Can you describe your subsidiary to us? What makes it special?
Wytch Farm is located on the Southern coast of the country, we could say the English "Riviera!"
At the end of 2011, we bought the shares of BP, the previous operator. We inherited facilities built mainly in the 1980s, but also the historic well of Kimmeridge, drilled in 1959 on the edge of the cliff, which still produces today. We have 13 sites scattered, including an island, altogether 106 wells, linked to a major processing station -Gathering Station- by a branch of pipelines; the station is itself linked to the Hamble terminal -South of Southampton- through a 96 km pipeline.
Overall the site is located on a large territory within Dorset, which has been declared "Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty" (AONB) – an area of protected landscapes of the United Kingdom. Therefore we operate in a sensitive region and we coexist with habitat and leisure facilities. It is by definition a mature field, with its constraints - and at Perenco we love mature fields with constraints.
What does your job entail and which challenges do you face?
"Wells and people"
My main tasks consist of running the teams, showing the way, guaranteeing the profitability of the subsidiary and ensuring that we operate safely at all times. In a nutshell, I optimise the potential ofthe wells and of our people.
At Wytch Farm, as in most of the Group subsidiaries, our goal is to give a second life to the wells, study the site history, adapt facilities and means of production and find new ways of operating in order to drill our assets and make them more profitable - thus extending their lifespans.
I also have a representation role with local authorities and I act as an interface with the UK regulatory bodies. It is all the more important as we are located in a touristic region. Technical integrity and safety are key points.