PETSEC Energy has appointed John Rees as vice president technical of the company’s wholly owned subsidiary, Petsec Energy (Middle Eastern) Limited.

Mr Rees is a technical expert in production and exploration and will lead the group’s technical team in the region, Petsec said.

Mr Rees has a proven track record in developing oil discoveries in several basins in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region and will lead the appraisal and development of the Al Meashar oil discovery in the block 7, Al Barqa permit, as well as expanding the production base at the newly acquired Damis, block S-1, following the restart of production at the An Nagyah field.

Petsec said Mr Rees has worked for majors including British Gas, Lasmo, Nexen and PetroKazakhstan.

Mr Rees holds a Bachelor of Science (Geology & Computing Science) degree from the University of Calgary, Canada.

Announcing his appointment, Petsec Energy (Middle Eastern) Limited’s chief executive officer, Maki Petkovski was pleased to welcome Mr Rees to the company.

“His broad skillset, experience, and his understanding of petroleum systems across all of the MENA region will expand our capabilities in the region and enhance our ability to develop our existing discoveries in block 7 and block S-1.”

“I anticipate his contribution to the restart of production at the An Nagyah oilfield will result in increased production rates and substantially greater recoveries of oil from the field.”