Mr. Søvold has 30 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, from both executive management and technical levels. His extensive experience covers fields and licences in the North Sea, North and West Africa, Middle East, Far East and FSU, as well as management and administration through establishing and operating companies in Norway, UK, Kazakhstan and West Africa. Mr. Søvold was in the management team of the Snorre Field in the North Sea, with a production of 200,000 bopd. Mr. Søvold has been working with West African assets since 2000 and in Nigeria since 2008. Furthermore, he has also been working with gas to LNG, including novel solutions such as FLNG, gas to power, as well as LNG-regasification. Mr. Søvold holds a MSc in Petroleum from The Institute of Technology in Trondheim (NTH), Norway.
Mr. Frimann-Dahl has 30 years’ experience from the oil and gas industry, with managerial and technical roles. His experience covers operational roles with Phillips Petroleum, Norsk Hydro and Hess in the North Sea Norway and Denmark, Russia, Egypt and the US. He was the co-founder of Ener Petroleum which was later acquired by Dana Petroleum and KNOC. He holds a BSc in Petroleum Engineering from Texas A&M University and an MSc from the University of Trondheim (NTH).
Gerhard LudvigsenBusiness Development Manager
Mr. Ludvigsen is the founder of several companies in Norway and internationally within the oil and gas industry, as well as holding several board positions in start-up companies and being an advisor for a major securities house in Norway. Founded Hemla with AGR as co-founder with focus on oil and gas development, co-founded D&H Solution AS with Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering of South Korea for gas and LNG development with major international oil companies in Middle East and Africa. Mr. Ludvigsen has also been a director and major shareholder of FileFlow, developed by Fast Search & Transfer. He has recently established PetroNor with Petromal. He serves on the board of the charity foundation Power to Educate which supports education in emerging countries.
Michael BarrettExploration Manager
Mr. Barrett has over 30 years global exploration experience from his career at Chevron Corporation, and more recently at Addax/Sinopec International. Mr. Barrett has held senior positions at Chevron and Addax Petroleum, gaining substantial exploration and operations experience in Africa, namely: Angola, Cameroon, Gabon, Kurdistan and Nigeria, having also extended experience in Australia. Mr. Barrett has held a variety of technical roles covering exploration and new ventures, and was part of Chevron’s global Exploration Review Team, specialising in Play and Prospect risk assessment, volumetric analysis, commercial evaluation and portfolio management. Mr. Barrett also brings added strength to the team with his background in quantitative geophysics, stratigraphic interpretation workflows and 3D visualisation. Mr. Barrett has a BSc in Geology & Geophysics from Durham University and a MSc in Petroleum Geology & Geophysics from Imperial College, Royal School of Mines.
Emad SultanStrategy and Contracts Manager
Mr. Sultan has 20 years of international Exploration & Production experience. He has held multiple operation and marketing management positions with international oil field services companies. He has also worked in a number of technical, contracting and strategy management roles with major oil and gas operators. Mr. Sultan holds a BSc Mechanical Engineering degree from the University of Washington.
Chris ButlerGroup Financial Controller
Mr. Butler has 16 years of financial and corporate experience from positions in public practice, oil & gas and mining spread over Africa, Asia and Europe, with roles that included financial reporting, contract negotiations, M&A, due diligence, treasury and several system implementations. Mr. Butler is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has a BSc in Physics from Warwick University.