Company: OMV Libya
Position: General manager
Biography: Kurt Wagner was appointed general manager of Vienna-based OMV’s Libyan operations in 2007. Since then, he has overseen the rapid growth of the firm in Libya.
In 2009, OMV reported it had made an offshore discovery in the Sirte basin. OMV is one of the longest-serving international oil companies in Libya, where it has had a presence since 1975. In 1995, the company bought 25 per cent of Occidental’s production contracts as US firms reduced their presence in the country. Today, it holds the fourth biggest exploration and production acreage in Libya, and produces 40,000 barrels a day of oil.
Wagner graduated in 1985 with a diploma in petroleum engineering from Austria’s Montanuniversitat Leoben. Since then he has worked in a variety of roles, most of them with OMV.
Along with NOC and Occidental, OMV is currently focused on the redevelopment of existing oil fields using enhanced oil recovery techniques.
Contact: (+218) 21 335 0367
Company website: www.omv.com