KINA Petroleum has appointed Richard Robinson to the board the role of non-executive director.

Mr Robinson has 35 years industry experience, including over 25 years in Papua New Guinea. His experience encompasses the management of both project developments and upstream operations and includes periods with a variety of contractors and operators, including ExxonMobil, BP and Oil Search.

He retired from Oil Search in early 2013 after more than ten years of employment with the company. The last three at Oil Search he held the position of executive general manager of operations where he was responsible for all the company’s PNG production and associated drilling operations.

Kina’s non-executive chairman John Prendiville said he was extremely pleased to welcome Mr Robinson to Kina’s board.

“Richard has significant experience in the management of upstream operations and, importantly for Kina, in project development in PNG,” he said.

“This will become increasingly relevant to Kina as it progresses through the planning and ultimate development of PRL21 over the course of 2014 and beyond.

“Richard’s appointment is another milestone for Kina in its goal of assembling a quality team to exploit the sizable asset base now held by the Company.”