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The governor of Alaska announced changes to his cabinet on Monday, appointing John Hendrix - formerly of Apache Alaska – as the state’s chief oil and gas advisor, according to local media reports.
A press release from Governor Bill Walker’s office said Hendrix had been appointed to the newly created position due to his experience as General Manager at the regional energy company as well as 18 years with BP.
In total, the new advisor boasts 36 years of industry experience as a consultant to managers, oil ministers and the World Bank, the statement said.
“As Alaska navigates this new reality of low oil prices and production, the industry itself is grappling with ways to innovate amidst this economic downturn,” the governor said in the release. “I am pleased that John Hendrix will join my team to help steer the conversation between the State and the industry, so the relationship is mutually beneficial. Given John’s nearly four decades of oil and gas experience, his insight is much needed and respected.”
Schlumberger Oilfield Services gave Hendrix an in into the energy industry in 1980 on Alaska’s North Slope.
Later, he occupied several engineering and managerial positions with British Petroleum at sites at the North Slope, Anchorage, Russia and the United Kingdom.
During Hendrix’s 18 years at British Petroleum, he became part of the company’s first Russian program called Tarasov.
The oil expert has founded several production technical limits and base management practices that are in use by BP today, the press release added.
The year 2005 saw Hendrix’s addition to the Apache Corporation, and by 2011 he had moved to Apache Alaska. Over the past several years, the expert has also served as a board member and vice president for the Alaska Oil and Gas Association.
By Zainab Calcuttawala for Oilprice.com
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