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Thursday, August 25, 2011

ITF Extends International Footprint with New Offices

- ITF Extends International Footprint with New Offices

Thursday, August 25, 2011

ITF is increasing its international footprint by opening two new offices in the Asia-Pacific region to drive new technology solutions to tackle global oil and gas challenges.

The Aberdeen headquartered organization is opening bases in Perth and Kuala Lumpur to unite technology developers with its membership of major oil and gas operators and has revealed plans to invest AUD $9 million (£5.7 million) in groundbreaking solutions there by 2015.

Peter Brazier has been appointed as regional manager for Australia, and will head up the office in Perth. With 30 years' industry experience, Mr. Brazier will promote the organization in the region and encourage more operators and service companies to join ITF.

He said, "ITF currently has a good position with major companies such as Woodside and Chevron already signed up as members, who see the benefits of collaborating on funding new technologies. However, there is a growing demand for next generation technologies that will recover hydrocarbons from increasingly challenging environments and I want to make sure that local companies benefit from the funding being offered. I'm looking forward to building strong relationships with oil and gas operators, innovative technology companies and academic institutions."

Mr. Brazier joins ITF following eight years at the Commonwealth Science and Industry Research Organization (CSIRO), where he held several prominent research managerial positions. This included secondment as chief executive of the Western Australian Energy Research Alliance and secondment as CEO of the research joint venture between WA:ERA and Woodside Energy.

Prior to this he also worked for companies including Woodside Energy and Halliburton Energy. Mr. Brazier is a member of the Society of Exploration Geophysicists, the Australian Society of Exploration Geophysicists, and Australian Petroleum Production & Exploration Association. Mr. Brazier will also facilitate a workshop at Offshore Convention: Australasia on Advances of Subsea Technologies in Australia this month.

ITF's regional director for the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, Ryan McPherson will oversee the Kuala Lumpur base with plans to appoint a full time technology analyst there next year.

Mr. McPherson said, "There is definitely an appetite for concerted technology development in Australia and Malaysia and our aim is to invest $9 million in new technologies over the next four years. We are extremely pleased to welcome Peter to the team and are certain his extensive network of contacts and industry knowledge will enable us to successfully bring more technology to market."

The new offices come as ITF also issues a Call for Proposals for subsea technologies. This was the result of a Technology Challenge Workshop which took place in Perth in June.

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