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SOC in London

Thursday, 7 February 2019 6:00 PM London
Shaikan, Stirred

Jón Ferrier, CEO, Gulf Keystone

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

This event occurred on: Thursday, 07 February 2019, 6 p.m.

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Major event funding provided by Gneiss Energy Limited

Major Funding Provided by Anderson Anderson & Brown LLP

Major Funding Provided by Pinsent Masons LLP

Major Funding Provided by RBC Capital Markets.

Major Funding Provided by Scottish Oil Club


A case history of Gulf Keystone in Kurdistan and the challenges of small independent developing a giant field discovery in a developing country. From the technical uncertainty of a fractured carbonate reservoir through the oil price collapse, ISIS occupation nearby, to the need to financially restructure the company, revision of the field development plan, and restructuring the PSC and commercial arrangements. The road to making the most out of the Shaikan field has not been easy, but the giant has begun to stir.


Jón Ferrier joined Gulf Keystone in June 2015 as Chief Executive Officer following three decades spent in exploration, commercial, strategic and leadership positions in the oil and gas and mining industries. A geologist by training, was most recently Senior Vice President Business Development, Strategy & Commercial at Maersk Oil in Copenhagen where he served on the Executive team. Jón has considerable international experience, including in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq and has successfully led the delivery of complex projects on time and within budget in the Middle East. His most recent roles have had a strong external orientation and have seen him working effectively with all stakeholders, including host governments. Prior to Maersk Oil, Jón's oil & gas experience was gained with ConocoPhillips, Paladin Resources PLC, Petro-Canada/Suncor, in a number of regions. Jón holds an MSc from Imperial College London and a BSc from University College of Wales, Aberystwyth.

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