Dana Petroleum announces new Managing Director for the Netherlands

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Aberdeen-based Dana Petroleum has appointed Nick Dancer as the new Managing Director of its Netherlands business.

Nick, who previously ran Dana’s operations in Egypt, took up his new position on 1 March replacing Reidar Hustoft, who has recently moved to become Managing Director for the company’s Norwegian business. 

Nick joined Dana in 2008 from Shell where he worked in a variety of exploration and production management roles, first in the Philippines and then in Malaysia. Nick has considerable experience in exploration and appraisal, having previously worked as a geophysicist with Conoco (UK) Ltd and Enterprise Oil where he was part of the Corrib discovery and development team. 

Nick said: “I am delighted to be leading our Netherlands business, which is recognised as a centre of operational excellence in our company. We operate two superb assets in our Hanze and De Ruyter platforms and have recently brought new production online from a subsea well in the Van Nes field. I look forward to supporting the team as we continue to pursue new exploration and tie-back opportunities to these platforms, as well as growing our asset base.

“We also have longer-term plans to develop exploration and production opportunities in Central Europe, using the considerable skills and expertise we have in the Netherlands business.”

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About Dana Petroleum plc
Dana Petroleum plc is a $4 billion oil and gas business with operations in the UK, Egypt, Norway, The Netherlands and Africa, producing 60,000 barrels of oil a day. Acquired by the Korea National Oil Corporation in 2010, our ambition is to grow to become a leading international oil and gas company operating in Europe, Africa and the Middle East. We will invest up to $5 billion over the next five years to more than double the size of the company and create value for our shareholder.

About Dana Petroleum plc in the Netherlands
Our business in the Netherlands consists of a balanced portfolio of exploration, production and development projects. We’ve been active in the Dutch sector of the North Sea since 1964. In 2010 our acquisition of Petro-Canada Netherlands B.V. bolstered our Central North Sea portfolio, giving us operating capability in the Netherlands and bringing an experienced management and technical team on board.

We operate eight offshore production and exploration licenses including the De Ruyter, Hanze, Van Ghent and Van Nes fields. In addition, we have interests in 17 non-operated production and exploration licenses, both offshore and onshore. Our average annual production in 2012 was 11,700 barrels of oil equivalent per day.


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Andrew McCallum
Director of Group Communications and External Affairs 
+ 44 (0)1224 616100 

Gordon Welsh
Group Corporate Communications Manager
+ 44 (0)1224 616100