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British Petroleum VP to speak at Civic Center
Houston County Courier

Al Cook, British Petroleum’s vice president for the developent of the giant Sha Deniz field and the Southern Gas Corridor, will speak at the Crockett Civic Center Monday, Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. He will speak about oil and gas exploration worldwide and how Houston County could benefit locally. As British Petroleum’s vice president for the development of the giant Shah Deniz field and the Southern Gas Corridor, Cook is responsible for the integrated leadership of this $40 billion project, bringing natural gas from the Caspian Sea to Europe for the first time. The project includes construction of offshore facilities in Azerbaijan and expansion of a terminal and pipeline system from Azerbaijan to Turkey. It also involves transportation of gas through 3,000 kilometers of pipelines within Turkey and Europe and gas sales to consumers across southern and central Europe. Cook joined BP in 1996, working in a series of project development and commercial roles in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. In 2000, he moved to London where he worked in the E&P Planning and Performance Management Team. Following this, Al moved ed to work in fi eld operations in the North Sea from 2002 to 2005, becoming offshore installation manager for the Clee- ton Platform. A move to Ho Chi Minh City followed, where he man- aged the IGB2 Project, incorporating the development of two offshore fi elds and onshore power generation. During 2007, he became acting president for BP Vietnam. Prior to his current role in Azerbaijan, Cook worked for 18 months in BP’s executive offi ces in London, Moscow and Houston. Cook holds a Master of Arts in Natural Sciences from St. John’s College, Cambridge University and in 2005 he com- pleted the International Executive Programme at INSEAD. Cook is a former supervisor of Houston County Judge- elect Erin Ford, and will be visiting the Ford family later this month. Cook’s speaking engagement, hosted by the Crockett Area Chamber of Commerce, at the Crockett Civic Center is free and open to the public.


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