John Richards

John Richards is a Senior Associate at The Energy Contract Company with substantial commercial development experience and a good chemical engineering and technical background. His experience includes commercial project development, production and marketing of crude oil, LPG and natural gas, in-and-out-bound logistics, refining and project marketing. He has successfully closed significant oil and gas SPAs and has launched three new crude oils onto the market in Asia, Australasia and West Africa. He has established industry relationships stretching back over 30 years. John has a proven track record of managing multi-million Dollar oil and gas businesses, international business development and commercial negotiation.

As an MBA-qualified senior energy marketer (oil and gas), John has worked across most of the hydrocarbon value chain. Experience includes:

From June 2000 to May 2002, John was Marketing & Commercial Services Manager for Woodside and led a team of 15 within the Australian Oil Division. From 1996 to 2000, he was Oil Marketing & Shipping Manager with Woodside, and prior to this, was Manager for Crude Trading (Australia) at Mobil Sales & Supply (Asia Pacific) Corporation (1994 to 1996).

John has a strong background in trading, economics and analysis, having worked with Shell in various trading, analytical and economic roles, and also has a good technical background, gained from his degree in Chemical Engineering and later work in the 1980's with Shell & BP S.A. Petroleum Refineries.