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Alaskan Governor appoints chief oil and gas advisor

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The Alaskan Governor, Bill Walker, has appointed John Hendrix as his chief oil and gas advisor, which is a newly created cabinet-level position.

Hendrix started his career in oil in 1980 with Schlumberger Oilfield Services on Alaska’s North Slope. He joined BP later on, and served in a number of engineering and managerial positions within the North Slope, Anchorage, Russia and the UK. He also served on the Tarasov operation, which was BP’s first Russian operation, in 1991. He helped to found production technical limits and base management practices whilst at BP.

In 2005, Hendrix was appointed as a production engineering manager at Apache Corp. for the Gulf Coast region. He then spent five years as the General Manager and Managing Director of Apache’s Qarun Petroleum Co. joint venture (JV) in Egypt, before moving back to Alaska in 2011. Whilst at Qarun, production doubled. In addition to this, he served as a board member and vice president of the Alaska Oil and Gas Association (AOGA).

Hendrix has previously served as the General Manager of Apache Alaska, and has extensive experience as a consultant to industry managing directors, oil ministers and the world bank.

Walker 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.

“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.”

Edited from press release by David Rowlands

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