BP’s North Sea boss, Trevor Garlick, has confirmed he will retire after more than 30 years in the industry.
The major sector influencer will step down as BP’s regional president of the North Sea at the end of the year.
The North Sea veteran said: “For me, one of the most important aspects of this job has always been the people I have worked with and I would like to thank everyone who has supported me in the BP North Sea regional president role over the past six years.
“I am hugely proud of what we have delivered in the North Sea during my 30-plus years with the company and I look forward to hearing about many more achievements in the years to come.
“I am confident that I leave the region in good hands, albeit at a challenging time. My successor will inherit a great team of people and I wish everyone the very best for the future.”
Mr Garlick joined BP in Norway in 1985 and over the next 20 years held a number of roles in BP’s UK and Norwegian upstream businesses.
His first stint in the North Sea was in 1999 where he was responsible for both assets and central functions. He later left to become the managing director of BP Norway in 2007.
Mr Garlick returned to Aberdeen in 2009 as the vice president for reservoir development before being appointed regional president of BP North Sea in 2010.
He is currently co-chairman of the Oil and Gas UK board and a member of Pilot, the government-industry taskforce.
Mr Garlick will be replaced by Mark Thomas, who is currently vice president of technical functions for BP’s upstream global operations organisation.
Mr Thomas, whose career stretches back to 1982, is currently based in Houston.
He has previously worked in the North Sea with BP’s upstream businesses in the Netherlands and both the Southern North Sea and Central North Sea fields.
The outgoing BP boss most recently made the headlines after confirming the oil major would plough $1billion into revamping its aging North Sea ETAP asset.
The area, which is comprised of nine different reservoirs, is considered one of the largest and most commercially complex North Sea oil and gas developments.
The cash injection is expected to add 15 years to the project – nearly doubling the site’s lifespan.
Garlick is the latest in string of North Sea leaders to step away from the sector in quick succession.