Petrofac takes on new leadership

Dave Blackburn, 48, has been with Petrofac since July. Formerly of Hess Corporation, he is now based in Aberdeen as senior vice-president of Engineering and Operations for Petrofac.

Dave Blackburn

Forming part of Petrofac’s Engineering and Production Services (EPS) West leadership team, Dave will be responsible for the business unit’s engineering and operations services across Europe, encapsulating Petrofac’s greenfield and brownfield engineering activities, Service Operator, Duty Holder, Operations and Maintenance and technical services capabilities.

Dave said: “I think that it brings great opportunities as well as the well-known challenges. We, both the company and myself, need to be chasing these opportunities whilst managing the challenges.”

Dave previously spent six years in a variety of engineering and project roles in the Gulf of Mexico and West Africa.

“The regulations and cultures are all different,” said Dave.

“You need to understand the environment you are working in and the people you are working with, adapting to the way of working rather than trying to make a wholesale change.”

Most recently as asset director for Equatorial Guinea, he worked across six assets focusing on subsea and onshore infrastructure and operations.

Prior to joining Hess Corporation, Dave enjoyed a 25-year career with Shell EP Europe where he began as a trainee technician, working his way up to become an offshore installation manager and mature asset shutdown manager on the Brent assets. He also held the position of operations manager for Shell EP Europe’s Central platforms.


Petrofac is an international service provider to the oil and gas industry, with around 19,000 employees across the world.

“We have 35 years of international experience and a track record of several hundred projects across our key markets of the UKCS, Middle East, Africa, CIS and Asia Pacific,” said Dave.

“In the UKCS, we have some 5,000 people supporting on and offshore operations to help unlock the value of our client’s oil and gas assets.

“The capabilities of Petrofac span the oil and gas value chain – offering life of field services, from concept to EPC, through to operations and maintenance and decommissioning underpinned by our substantial training capability.”

Dave said they provide their services as standalone offerings but also offer their capabilities as integrated services to enable the clients to develop their assets.

“I would not have come back to the UK if I did not believe there was a future,” said Dave.

“However, the industry, the city and the company need to adapt to our new environment. We must look forward and embrace the current environment rather than look backwards. I believe that Petrofac has that mind-set and I hope to help the company develop and grow.

“We have great people with a positive future. It’s not an easy time but if we inject passion and leadership, a lot is possible.”

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