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Appointment of Chief Operating Officer

Source: 12/12/2019, Location: Africa

Savannah Petroleum PLC, the British independent oil & gas company focused on activities in Niger and Nigeria, is pleased to announce the appointment of Antoine Richard as the Company’s Chief Operating Officer, with effect from 12 December 2019.

Antoine has over 20 years' experience in the oil & gas industry, including over 10 years’ experience of working in West Africa. Antoine previously acted as VP Operations for Savannah between 2016 and 2018, and prior to this had worked for both major (Total) and independent (Perenco) oil and gas companies.

He has a strong operational background, with a focus on production optimisation, onshore facilities design and operation, management of drilling campaigns and seismic acquisition programs. Previous positions at Perenco included Global HSE Manager, Country Manager roles for DR Congo, Egypt and Venezuela and Area Manager for Egypt & North Africa.

Antoine will be based in Lagos, and is replacing David Clarkson who, having served as Chief Operating Officer since June 2018, will be returning to his role on Savannah’s Board as a Non-Executive Director.

Andrew Knott, CEO of Savannah Petroleum, said:
“I would like to warmly welcome Antoine back to the Company. He brings a significant amount of operational experience to the Savannah team and joins at a very exciting time for the Company. I would also like to thank David for his significant contribution as we executed on our Niger operational campaign and conducted the integration of our Nigerian assets.”

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