BP announced today the appointment of Craig Wiggs as the Vice President of Operations Midstream in Azerbaijan, effective from January 1, 2013.
"Wiggs will be accountable for the safe and efficient operations of the Sangachal terminal as well as all the export pipelines from Azerbaijan to Turkey and Georgia," the statement said.
Craig Wiggs has over 30 years of experience in the oil industry in both US and international roles. He has led teams in land-based and offshore operations over wide range of disciplines including drilling, completions, well interventions and production operations. Craig Wiggs was Vice President of Operations for BP in Trinidad and Tobago and the Performance Unit Leader for the Eastern Deepwater Gulf of Mexico since mid-2008.
As Vice President of Operations Midstream, Craig will lead a large team in Azerbaijan of over 2000 employees.
As Trend reported previously Jim Cowie will take office as Vice President Wells, succeeding Gary Christman since November 15.
His expertise includes complex high pressure / high temperature projects, and wells drilled from both mobile and platform rigs. Jim He will lead the team of over 300 wells experts in Baku.
Earlier addressing a meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers to discuss the results of the country's socio-economic development in nine months of 2012, and outline further priorities, President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev said that serious mistakes of international consortium (Azerbaijan International Operating Company), operator of which is the company BP, led to a sharp decline in oil production on the Azeri and Chirag fields.
The contract on the Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli full field development was signed in 1994.
Participants of the project to develop Azeri-Chirag-Guneshli are: BP (operator - 35.83 percent), Chevron (11.27 percent), Inpex (10.96 percent), AzACG (11.6 percent), Statoil (8.56 percent), Exxon (8 percent), TPAO (6.75 percent), Itocu (4.3 percent) and Hess (2.72 percent). Hess has sold its share to Indian ONGC, the transaction will be completed in the first quarter of 2013.