Statoil has opened up a new management position of chief operating officer and recruited from within its ranks.
Anders Opedal, current vice president of projects for technology, projects and drilling, is to take up the mantle from 1 April.
Opedal has been charged with seeing through the Norwegian player’s corporate improvement programmes and driving operational efficiency across its business units.
Chief executive Eldar Saetre said: “We must prepare for challenging times ahead. Uncertainty and volatility will remain a key part of our business environment.
“Against this backdrop, I have decided to establish (this new) role to drive our corporate-wide efforts to strengthen safe and efficient operations across Statoil.
“The current line accountability for the safe, efficient and reliable operation of our assets remains unchanged”
Starting at Statoil in 1997 as a petroleum engineer, Opedal has held his current position since 2010. He has held a range of jobs at the major, including in the drilling & well division, procurement and projects.
By Eoin O’Cinneide