Edward L. Ferguson
President & CEO
Educated in Scotland and London; professional training and qualifications in Civil & Structural Engineering was gained through Westminster College and a Private Consulting Engineering Company based in London.
Recruited by British Petroleum International in 1964; worked in their Head Office for one year.
Early in 1965, on being transferred to Project Management, was assigned to a Field Development Project in Libya.
The Sarir Field, located in The Great Calensio Sand Sea, was a new discovery in partnership with the US Bunker Hunt Oil Company.
The work involved the development of new oil fields containing over a hundred wellheads feeding four remote gathering centres. Transfer pipelines to the main gathering centre were an average length of 40miles and around 24inch in diameter.
From this main gathering centre a 36inch diameter, 310mile long pipeline and pump stations took the oil to a new build exporting terminal at Marsa al Hariga in Tobruk.
From laying out flowline work, determining and surveying transfer pipeline routes and the construction of these pipelines and gathering centres, responsibilities moved on to the construction of the major pipeline and terminal. After being involved in the commissioning of the pipeline and terminal, was charged with the ‘hand-over’ of all the facilities to the operating company.
Late 1968, brought the appointment of Civil Engineer, supervising the construction of the ‘grass roots’ 100,000bbl/day Volpiano Refinery in northern Italy. This work commenced from site clearance to commissioning of the refinery which received its crude by pipeline from Genoa and distributed product by rail and road.
Retired from BP in 1994 and was invited to join Halliburton, Brown & Root in London as Director of Onshore Engineering, Europe & Africa; a new division for their London Head Quarters. Completed projects during this period included a gas supply pipeline to Belfast from mainland Scotland and a product pipeline in Tanzania for BP Africa. This role also led to many business opportunities in Russia and the CIS. During this period, strategies for export pipeline routes, from the Caspian and Black Sea Regions were developed. A crude oil export route from Baku in Azerbaijan by train, to Batumi in Georgia, was developed in 1997 for Chevron’s Tengiz oil field in Kazakhstan. This was the first export of crude oil from Azerbaijan to western markets.
Retired from Brown & Root in 1998 and became President & CEO of AMBO. A company formed to develop a Trans Balkan Pipeline for Caspian Region Crude Oil to bypass the Turkish Straights.
In addition to AMBO, carries out consultancy work in the Oil & Gas Industry from time to time.