Mr. Paolo Pratelli (age 74), Vice President, Operations and General Manager, Drilling Operations and Engineering Services

Mr. Pratelli has over half a century of experience in the oil and gas industry, holding a variety of managerial positions with various companies in onshore oilfield operations throughout the world, including Georgia, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Libya, Congo, Iran and Nigeria. Mr. Pratelli was named Vice President, Operations in June 2009. Mr. Pratelli joined the Company as General Manager – Operations and Engineering, Frontera Eastern Georgia Limited in December 2005.  Mr. Pratelli had previously served the Company as Operations Manager and then as Deputy General Manager in Georgia from 2000 to 2001.  Prior to joining the Company in 2005, Mr. Pratelli served as District Operations Manager of Agip KCO in Atyrau (Kazakhstan) for the Kashagan Project, one of the world’s biggest oil fields discovered in the Northern Caspian Sea, from 2001 to 2005.  From 1999 until 2000, Mr. Pratelli served as a drilling consultant with Halliburton Europe in Aberdeen (UK) and from 1995 until 1999 he served as Well Operations Manager with KPO (Agip, British Gas, Texaco, Lukoil joint venture) in Kazakhstan.  Mr. Pratelli graduated from High Technical School in Siena (Italy), Chemistry Section (equivalent to a Bachelor Degree in Chemical Engineering) in 1959 and attended the University of Economics in Milan, Italy from 1962 to 1963.  Mr. Pratelli is the author of several publications, including “Directional Drilling Technology from “Tilted Rig” By the Use of Computerized System” (World Oil, 1980), “Karachaganak Field: Wellhead Upgrading” (1998), and “Corrosion Survey on API C 90 Tubing Material, Down Hole Equipment and Wellhead on Karachaganak Field” (1998).

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