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Thursday, 10 October 2013, 6 p.m., Edinburgh
Petroceltic in Algeria. Challenges for a Small Company with a Large Gas Field

Brian O'Cathain, CEO, Petroceltic

Royal Scots Club, 29 Abercromby Place, Edinburgh EH3 6QE

Sponsorship is provided by and Scottish Oil Club (Students).Wood Mackenzie,

This event occurred on: Thursday, 10 October 2013, 6 p.m.


Funding for student participation from member universities provided by Scottish Oil Club.



Petroceltic was a very small company when it was awarded the Isarene licence in Algeria in 2005. Some seven years later, the company has just received approval for its 2 TCF plan of development and first gas is expected in 2017. The talk will focus on the technical, operational, political and financing challenges for a small oil and gas company in exploring and developing a large asset in a very remote location.


Brian is a geologist and petroleum engineer with over 25 years' experience in senior technical and commercial roles in upstream oil and gas exploration and production companies. Brian previously held the positions of Managing Director of Tullow Oil's international business and chief executive of Afren plc. In senior management positions with Enterprise Oil and Shell International, he was principally involved with acquisitions, divestments and corporate strategy. He has experience in working in the MENA region, West Africa, The North Sea, The Gulf of Mexico, South Asia, and Offshore Ireland.

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