Stuart Connal, the former Centrica Boss who joined SEPLAT as Chief Operating Officer in November 2010, has been appointed to the board of directors of the company. Connal joined the board at the last Board meeting in Paris in June 2013.
A Chartered engineer with over 30 years in the oil and gas industry, Connal was Managing Director and Country Manager of Centrica Energy in Nigria for four years, establishing Centrica’s first ever international office.
He was appointed, along with Edward Skene by Maurel et Prom(M&P) as consultant to the management of SEPLAT, a Nigerian company in which the French owned M&P owns 45% interest. Skene was appointed as Chief Finance Officer.
Both men, reporting to Austin Avuru, CEO of SEPLAT, were later made full time staff of the company. But only Connal has now made it to the board. Prior to joining Centrica, Connal had held a number of senior positions including Engineering and Construction Manager for the Deutag Group in Norway, working on New Field Developments for Norsk Hydro, Statoil and Esso Norge. Prior to this, he worked with Shell on the implementation of the Long Term Field Development Strategy for the Brent field. His early engineering experience was gained working with some of the major engineering companies including Aker Kvaerner, Amec Process and Energy, Brown and Root and Mc Dermot.