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SOC in London

Thu 22 Mar 2018 at 18:00 PM - London
Is the North Sea in the Midst of a Revolution?

Phil Kirk, Chief Executive Officer, Chrysaor

Complimentary Networking Reception following presentation.

Sponsorship is provided by Gneiss Energy Limited, RBC Capital Markets, Pinsent Masons LLP, Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP, and Scottish Oil Club (Club Funding).

This event occurred on: Thursday, 22 March 2018, 6 p.m.


Major Funding Provided by Gneiss Energy.

Major Funding Provided by RBC Capital Markets.

Major Funding Provided by Pinsent Masons LLP

Major Funding Provided by Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP

Funding provided from membership fees.


With improving operating costs, competitive fiscal terms and a world class skills base, the North Sea is undergoing a period of rejuvenation. At the same time, there is a changing of the guard with significant commercial transactions occurring over the past year across the North Sea.

Chrysaor recently become the leading independent E&P company in the UK upon completion of a significant transaction with Shell.

Phil Kirk, Chrysaor’s CEO, will outline his views on the future of the North Sea and what it will take to both maximise economic recovery for the UK and ensure commercial success.


Phil qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 1991 before joining Hess in 1996. He served in a variety of roles including Head of Finance, North West Europe. He left Hess in 2002 to co-found CH4 Energy with two other ex-Hess colleagues. Phil was joint MD of CH4 which, with financial backing from 3i plc and Trust Company of the West (‘’TCW’’) (an EIG predecessor firm), acquired and operated the Markham field and associated satellites on the UK/Dutch median line. Since February 2013 Phil has been a member of the Board of Oil and Gas UK, the leading representative body for the UK offshore oil and gas industry. Phil is currently Co-Chair of OGA UK Exploration Board, one of six boards responsible for driving the industry’s response to the OGA strategy. Phil is also a member of the overarching industry body, the MER UK Forum, which includes the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Ministers from the same department, HM Treasury, the Scottish Office and the Scottish government.

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