Paydirt for Jan. 8, 2018: Pennine hires ‘details guy’ for critical on-the-ground Albanian activities

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Carey Chilliak assumes role as PNN’s Vice President of Operations, Albania

Pennine Petroleum Corporation didn’t have to look far to find its man in Tirana.

In recent months, Pennine (TSX-V: PNN) has been busy establishing a legal entity branch office in the Albanian capital, and searching for a qualified upstream oil and gas industry veteran to oversee supply chain operations in the southeast European nation.

Carey Chilliak, the successful candidate, has taken over as Pennine’s new Vice President of Operations, Albania—and he’s intimately familiar with the energy sector in Land of the Eagles, effective Jan. 1, 2018.

From September 2012 through May 2016, Mr. Chilliak was the Supply Chain Manager for a joint venture between Petromanas Energy Inc. and Shell, working out of both Tirana and Calgary—the same two HQs currently being established by Pennine—and assuming responsibility for all supply chain management activities associated with exploration and drilling across multiple Albanian concessions.

“We are excited to bring aboard someone of Carey’s standing, as we continue to establish our footprint in Albania,” says Pennine CEO N. Desmond Smith. “Carey knows the lay of the land in Albania when it comes to supply chain, contract management, logistics, and inventory management. He is what we’d call a ‘details guy’—and that’s exactly what we need.”

Mr. Chilliak will provide leadership, business continuity, communication and transparency as Pennine moves forward with its Albanian exploration activities, following recent final approval of PNN’s Velca Block Production Sharing Agreement (PSA) by Albania’s newly formed Council of Ministers of the Republic.

Among other duties, Mr. Chilliak will be responsible for:

  • Developing and implementing procurement policies and procedures;
  • Managing all tenders for high-value services;
  • Implementing high working standards, and training all employees on proper business conduct and code of ethics; and
  • Developing and maintaining excellent business relations with all Albanian government bodies and authorities—most notably Albpetrol Sh.A, the national oil company of Albania.

Mr. Chilliak had previously worked in Kurdistan and Iraq as a supply chain manager with Talisman Energy, and in Kazakhstan as a procurement and logistics manager for both Nations Energy Limited and Condor Petroleum.

Mr. Chilliak’s appointment adds to the impressive breadth and scope of eastern European oil and gas experience and expertise accrued by members of Pennine’s leadership, including:

  • Mr. Smith, a geologist who was involved in successful public and private ventures in the Crimea and Azerbaijan; and
  • Chairman Richard Wadsworth, the co-founder, president and COO of Bankers Petroleum Ltd. in Albania from 2004 through 2008.