TORTOLA, British Virgin Islands. Orca Exploration Group Inc. (“Orca” or the “Company”) announces two senior natural gas operations and marketing appointments. Andrew Brown has been named General Manager of Orca’s natural gas production, gas marketing and distribution operations in Tanzania. Pierre Raillard has been named Vice President, EastCoast Transmission and Marketing, the new infrastructure development division of Orca.
Mr. Brown has had a broad and successful career in downstream gas marketing and operations. He previously held senior management positions over a period of 36 years within the BG Group, a world leader in natural gas exploration, production and marketing. Mr. Brown recently served as Managing Director for BG’s Nile Valley gas company in Egypt. His skill and experience are ideally suited to managing operations and continuing the development of Orca’s gas markets in Tanzania. Mr. Brown will be based at Orca’s operations headquarters in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He replaces Pierre Raillard as In-Country Manager.
Mr. Raillard has been with Orca since it began its natural gas operations in Tanzania. He has played a key role in the development of the Company’s Songo Songo natural gas operations and has been at the heart of Orca’s market development work with industrial and utility gas customers. Mr. Raillard will head up a previously announced new division of Orca committed to expand midstream gas distribution beyond Dar es Salaam and potentially for export to other countries in East Africa.
As part of this, Mr. Raillard is leading a study focused on expanding the onshore natural gas pipeline system that currently transports Songo Songo gas to Dar es Salaam. An expansion would require the twinning of the existing 207 kilometer onshore pipeline. Ultimately it is envisioned that the pipeline could be extended along the coast – north to Mombasa and south to Mtwara near the Mnazi Bay gas discovery on the border with Mozambique.
Orca Exploration is an international public company engaged in natural gas exploration, development and supply in Tanzania, oil exploration in Italy and the acquisition of additional new oil and gas exploration opportunities in other proven hydrocarbon basins. Orca Exploration trades on the TSXV under the trading symbols ORC.B and ORC.A.
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