Michael Cooper to oversea development opportunities in the Perth oil field in the North Sea
SCOTTISH oil firm DEO Petroleum has appointed Michael Cooper as its vice president of exploration and subsurface.
He has been brought in by the board to oversea development opportunities in the Perth oil field in the North Sea.
Cooper's appointment will "significantly enhance DEO's subsurface capability and expertise, both in developing the Core Perth Assets and further appraisal opportunities in the overall Perth area", the company said.
His North Sea experience has included senior roles with EnQuest, ORYX Energy, Kerr McGee and BP Amoco.
Cooper has also previously worked with the Department of Energy and Climate Change(DECC) and he is a former Petroleum Exploration Society of Great Britain director, Devex Chairman and co-founder of Prospect Fair.
DEO Petroleum chief executive, David Marshall said: "We are delighted to welcome Michael on board.
"He brings with him a wealth of experience and we look forward to working with him to develop our core Perth assets as well as appraise other opportunities in the area."
DEO Petroleum announced in January it would lead a development group, which includes Faroe Petroleum, in studying options for the Perth oil field first discovered in 1983 about 100 miles northeast of Aberdeen.
The company said today the budget for the field development plan (FDP) work programme has now been approved by the new Perth licence group and expects to submit an FDP application approval to the DECC by 30 September 2011.