About Caithness Petroleum

Caithness is negotiating to acquire control of a profitable, producing oil and gas field in North Africa with potential for increased production. There is also further development potential in the area to provide additional low cost production.


Caithness is owned by leading investment institutions, individual shareholders and its management.

The Team

Robert Kennedy

Managing Director:


Robert has over 40 years' experience in the international oil and gas industry. He is a founder and major shareholder of Caithness Petroleum. Mr Kennedy was CEO of Anglo Siberian Oil Company plc from 1992 until 2003, when it was acquired by Rosneft.


Prior to this he was Director of International Negotiations with Kerr-McGee from 1976 to 1992. While at Kerr-McGee he was involved with the discovery and development of the Brae, Beatrice, Scott and Gryphon fields in the North Sea.


Previously he was with Sunningdale Oils Limited, a successful Canadian independent which made major oil discoveries and was purchased by Kerr-McGee in 1976.


Robert read law at Clare College Cambridge and was awarded a BA degree, then attended Harvard Business School as a Harkness fellow and was awarded an MBA.

Robert Jones

Exploration Manager:


Rob, formerly of Cairn Energy plc, has a strong technical and commercial background and has worked at project, country and corporate level in many countries including the UK, Canada, the USA, the Netherlands, Myanmar, Yemen and Bangladesh.


He has worked for BNOC, Britoil, Clyde, Tullow and, from 2004 to 2015, for Cairn Energy plc. He served as Head of Exploration with Cairn for six years, he played a key role in Cairn’s major oil discoveries offshore Senegal, and built and managed a large and successful exploration team. He managed organic growth, farm-ins and corporate acquisitions.

Anass Costagliola

North Africa Manager:


Anass has a PhD in Dynamic and Structural Geology from the University of Marseilles and has an extensive knowledge of North African geology.


In 1982 as geologist and field geologist, he joined Onarep, predecessor to ONHYM, the Moroccan state oil company. Becoming Senior Petroleum Geologist, he participated in the development of the exploration of Moroccan basins and, in parallel, acquired a great knowledge of their geology.


In 1997 he was a founder of Cabre Maroc Limited, which operated extensive acreage in the Rharb Basin and Pre-Rif region of northern Morocco and he participated actively in their first gas discovery in the Rharb Basin. Caithness Petroleum acquired Cabre Maroc in 2008 and Anass continued as Country Manager and Chief geologist, where he was responsible for several gas discoveries in the Rharb basin and one deep well drilled in Fes/Prerif region.


In August 2013, he joined Petra Energia Maghrib sarl (Branch of Petra Energia Brasil) as Exploration Manager. He worked actively to complete geologic, geophysics and petroleum studies over 2 Exploration Licenses in Morocco, one over the Central and Western Meseta and the other along the South of Rharb Basin and Saiss Bassin. From 2015 he worked as an independent consultant geologist before re-joining Caithness Petroleum.

Lyndon Thomas



Lyndon has 40 years of international upstream oil and gas industry experience, including 30 years in Africa-Middle East business development and upstream operations. He has a good track record of successful acquisitions and exploration/appraisal led reserves and production growth.


In the 1990s whilst with Neste Oy Lyndon led the technical team during their exploration programme in Algeria. In 1996 he relocated to the Middle East and managed the business development and joint venture activities around the Gulf and North Africa for Neste, and later Mitsui, achieving very significant portfolio field production growth.


From 2014 he has assisted Caithness undertaking technical and commercial evaluation of ventures in Morocco, Tunisia, Egypt and the Middle East.

Gordon McCaig

Drilling Manager:


Gordon was Drilling Manager of Caithness Petroleum from 2009 to 2014 and was responsible for planning, drilling and testing the Fes-1z well in Morocco.


He studied Electrical and Electronic Engineering at Falkirk College and Napier University. Then in 1994 he qualified as a well engineer and drilling supervisor. He has planned and managed drilling operations by rigs and coiled tubing units, onshore and offshore (jack ups, semi submersibles and platforms) in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.


He founded, developed and sold a drilling company specialising in horizontal drilling for coalbed methane in UK. He has specialised in deep HPHT drilling, extended reach drilling and drilling under balanced wells. He has completed wells for production, run producing operations and been responsible for planning and carrying out well and field abandonments.

Gehrig Schultz

Technology Advisor:


Gehrig graduated with a BS in Geophysical Engineering from the Colorado School of Mines in 1986. He has broad experience in all aspects of geophysical and geological technical and business management in the oil and gas industry as a line manager, non-executive board member, Chairman and CEO of international oil and gas companies and service contractors. He is a recognized expert in geophysical acquisition and processing with a particular focus on imaging complex structural areas with surface population, difficult terrain and infrastructure. He has been involved in hundreds of 3D seismic surveys in all phases of seismic design, planning, optimization, execution, quality assurance, processing and interpretation.


Gehrig is currently COO for Geosciences at EPI Group where he leads a multidisciplinary team specialized in developing and redeveloping oilfields.


Prior to joining EPI, Gehrig founded Surus Geophysical NBV, which used the latest seismic, gravity, magnetic and geochemical methods to provide multiple physical measurements to reduce exploration drilling risk. Surus Geophysical developed advanced technology for acquiring, processing and interpreting potential field data and pioneered the use of UAVs, latest generation seismic instruments and lowest impact acquisition technology to significantly increase imaging quality at lower cost.


Gehrig was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Prospectiuni S.A. for eight years, which under his leadership grew to become a highly respected international geophysical supplier and tripled its annual revenues to over € 100 million.


Simultaneously, Gehrig was co-founder and Chairman of Tender Oil and Gas (TOG) where he quickly built a team with international experience in both field redevelopment and exploration. TOG acquired the Sacel Field in northern Romania where it quickly restarted production and identified an undrilled structural feature with prospective resources of 15.2MMBBL. TOG redeveloped the field at low cost by re-purposing surface facilities and finding alternate solutions. TOG acquired an impressive international acreage position across highly prospective portions of the onshore MSGB basin.


Previously Gehrig was a key member of the team that grew PGS Onshore from a small US operator to a worldwide player with revenues of over US$ 200 million per year. His focus was on assessing and initiating international business opportunities in countries with sustainable petroleum sectors and he was involved in all phases of initiating a new operation from opportunity and risk assessment to legal and financial incorporation to initial field operations. He was responsible for business in Morocco, Tunisia, Libya, Nigeria, Kazakhstan, Bangladesh and Cambodia.

Contractors & Consultants

There is a large pool of experienced technical staff and contractors available as required to Caithness, all of whom have worked with Caithness staff in the past.

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