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Peter Botten

Managing Director of Oil Search
Peter Botten

Peter Botten graduated from the Imperial College, Royal School of Mines in 1976 and joined the French energy group, Cogema, as a specialist sedimentologist working in various African and European countries, Canada and the USA. He also spent a number of years working for Kufpec and later Petroz filling a number of technical and management roles in various African and SE Asian countries before moving to Australia.

Peter joined Oil Search in 1992, just after oil and gas production started from Kutubu and Hides. Peter was appointed Managing Director in 1994 and has overseen the growth in the company from a market capitalisation of just over A$200m to it's now A$7.8bn. Oil Search presently operates all producing oil and gas fields in the country and is a 29% interest holder in the developing PNG LNG Project, operated by Esso Highlands Limited, sanctioned in December 2009.

Peter has been a leader in the PNG petroleum industry for over 18 years. He was formally President of the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and is a Council Member of the Australia PNG Business Council. He is also a Director of Business for Millennium Development Australia (B4MD). He was recently made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Honours List for services to the community, mining and petroleum industries in Papua New Guinea.