Energy Voice | Nexen UK boss Riddoch hails team after being made an OBE

A North Sea oil and gas industry stalwart who hails from Aberdeen was recognised in the New Year Honours List.

Ray Riddoch, UK managing director at Nexen Petroleum, has been made an OBE for his services to the sector.

Mr Riddoch has more than 35 years’ experience in the industry, working for a number of major exploration and production companies in that time.

He is currently a co-chairman of trade body Oil and Gas UK, a director of the Oil and Gas Technology Centre and the Scottish Council for Development and Industry.

He is a member of a steering committee at the Oil and Gas Authority and a past member of the Scottish Government’s Energy Taskforce.

In 2017, Mr Riddoch was appointed as a Fellow of the Energy Institute and the HRH Prince of Wales’ Ambassador in Scotland for business in the community.

Earlier this year, the highly decorated business leader scooped up the significant contribution prize at the Offshore Achievement Awards.

He has been with Chinese-owned Nexen since 2011 and took up the UK managing director role – based out of Kingswells, Aberdeen − in July 2015.

A graduate in mechanical engineering from Robert Gordon University, he also holds an MSc with distinction in offshore engineering majoring in production, drilling and reservoir technology.

Mr Riddoch, 57, said he was overwhelmed by the accolade and paid tribute to his team at Nexen, which operates the North Sea’s giant Buzzard field.

He said: “I am delighted to receive this honour, which also recognises the outstanding efforts of my colleagues at Nexen.

“I joined the industry more than 35 years ago and I’m proud to lead an organisation that is helping ensure there will be North Sea oil and gas operations for many years to come.”

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