Executive Vice President Qatar Andy Brown, responsible for the Pearl GTL and Qatargas 4 projects in Qatar, and Jan Kopernicki, former VP Shipping have each been awarded UK New Year's Honours. Andy receives the OBE for services to UK/Qatar business relations, while Jan becomes a CMG for services to the safety and security of the international shipping community.
Andy Brown, who as Executive Vice President Qatar has overall responsibility for delivering Shell projects including Pearl gas-to-liquids and Qatargas 4, receives the OBE (“Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire”), which recognises distinguished service to the arts and sciences, public services outside the UK Civil Service and work with charitable and welfare organisations of all kinds.
Andy’s single most notable achievement in Shell has been leading the successful Pearl GTL project from its earliest stages in Qatar, in partnership with Qatar Petroleum. Inaugurated in November 2011, the project has taken five years and 500 million hours to design and build and an investment of $18-19 billion. The project has enjoyed an excellent safety record, breaking records for Shell and the State of Qatar.
The project converts the natural gas extracted from the North Field into high quality liquid fuels and products marketed right across the world. Shell manages the whole chain from production to marketing. The first Phase of the project was started up in 2011, with the second phase now under start up with full production expected by mid 2012.
With over $1 billion of work executed in the United Kingdom, the country’s engineering contribution to Pearl GTL was significant, including considerable engineering design, materials and equipment fabrication.
Last year, Andy hosted a UK trade delegation including Prime Minister David Cameron during a visit to Qatar, which featured a tour of the Pearl GTL plant.
After hearing about his honour, he said: “To receive this honour is a huge personal privilege. I am particularly pleased because it recognises the importance of the relationship between Qatar and the UK and both have offered us enormous support to meet our business goals".
“This honour also reflects the hard work and dedication from the teams of skilled professionals in Qatar, which I have been very fortunate to lead. I would like to thank them for their constant focus on delivering world-class projects and the great support they have given me.”
Former Vice President Shipping Jan Kopernicki, who retired in March 2011 after almost 40 years’ service, becomes a CMG (“Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George”).
Jan’s honour is awarded for his services to the safety and security of the international shipping community, recognising his role as President of the UK Chamber of Shipping, Chairmanship of the Oil Companies International Marine Forum (OCIMF) and noteworthy contribution to a number of other leading industry bodies.
As Vice President Shipping for 15 years, Jan was responsible for all of Shell’s international shipping activities. This included managing Shell’s oil tanker, LPG and LNG vessel portfolio, providing maritime and technical services to all Shell businesses, advising on safety and environmental aspects of shipping, and providing management for the Shell fleet and joint ventures.
The Order of St Michael and St George is awarded to men and women of high office, or who render extraordinary or important non-military service in a foreign country. It can also be conferred for important or loyal service in relation to foreign and Commonwealth affairs.