Energy Voice | BP, Total North Sea chiefs join OGUK board

The new North Sea heads of BP and Total have joined the board of industry body Oil and Gas UK (OGUK).

Ariel Flores became regional president for BP North Sea when he replaced Mark Thomas earlier this year.

He joined BP in 1999 as an operations engineer and has held various global roles, including in the US, Russia, the UK, the Middle East, Azerbaijan and Angola.

Jean-Luc Guiziou recently stepped in for Elisabeth Proust as managing director of Total E&P.

A trained geophysicist, Mr Guiziou has worked throughout the world in exploration and production roles.

He has held a number of senior roles, such as as managing director of Total E&P Canada and president of Total UAE in Abu Dhabi.

More recently, he was senior vice-president, subsidiaries financial operations at Total’s corporate finance business.

Mr Flores said: “OGUK plays a vital role in our industry and provides a strong voice for its members and the wider sector. They have also helped us steer a course through some challenging times. I am delighted to be joining the Board and am very much looking forward to making a positive contribution alongside my fellow Board members and the leadership team at OGUK.”

Mr Guiziou said: “OGUK does an excellent job supporting the UK’s offshore oil and gas industry and it is an honour to represent Total on its board. I look forward to working with Deirdre Michie, her team and the other board members in helping our industry maintain the UKCS basin’s competitiveness and providing the energy the UK requires.”

OGUK chief executive Deirdre Michie said: “Ariel and Jean-Luc bring an incredibly broad cross-section of experience to the Board. Challenging economic conditions continue to put real pressure on our industry’s businesses but we are leaner and fitter than we could have imagined just a few years ago.

“Our board’s collective knowledge and skills will help drive further improvements in maximising recovery from the UK North Sea, sustain high-value jobs and enable us to continue making a significant contribution to the country’s economy.”

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