THAILAND’S national petroleum exploration and production company PTTEP has appointed Ryan Hartfield as its new chief executive officer in Australia.

Mr Hartfield was previously managing counsel and head of contracts and Procurement at PTTEP Australasia. He joined the company in 2012.

A top-10 publicly-listed company on the Thai Stock Exchange, PTTEP operates more than 40 projects globally. In Australia, PTTEP AA is the operator of the highly prospective Cash Maple gas and condensate field, as well as a number of other permits in the Timor Sea.

“I’m excited to have the opportunity to drive forward PTTEP’s business in Australia as we begin a new chapter,” Mr Hartfield said.

PTTEP sold the producing Montara oil field in the Timor Sea to Jadestone Energy in July 2018. Transfer of operatorship was completed in August 2019.

Mr Hartfield is also a vice-president and director of AMPLA, a member organisation for lawyers in Australia’s resources and energy sectors.

He previously worked as senior legal counsel at Mubadala Development Company in Abu Dhabi from 2008 to 2012. He was also legal manager at Woodside Energy from 2005 to 2007 in Perth and Dubai, focused on exploration and production sharing contracts in the Middle East and Africa regions. He commenced his legal career at top tier law firm Freehills (now Herbert Smith Freehills).

Mr Hartfield has a Bachelor of Law and Bachelor of Commerce from The University of Western Australia.