Basrah Gas Company
Simon Daman Willems was appointed Managing Director for Basrah Gas Company (BGC) in June 2014.
With more than 5100 employees spread across 26 different locations and multibillion dollar portfolio, Simon oversees the strategic growth of the largest midstream gas company in Iraq’s history. The company was established by the Iraqi Government in a visionary drive to utilise the country’s associated natural gas currently being flared and turn it into clean energy that can play a vital role in improving the lives of Iraqi people and powering the economy. Simon advocates a safe, reliable and sustainable energy supply to the Iraqi people.
Simon began his career with Shell in 1981 and has worked in many locations including the United States, United Kingdom, Denmark, Austria, Gabon, the Netherlands and Sultanate of Oman. With more than three decades of worldwide oil and gas industry experience, he has held numerous leadership roles and worked in a various capacities such as technical, commercial, human resources and general management.
In his previous assignment, he was the Managing Director of the Majnoon project in Iraq, one of the world’s largest oil fields.
Originally from the Netherlands, Simon holds a B.Sc. in Mechanical Engineering and Energy Studies from the University of Wales in the UK, a Chartered Engineer and Fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Simon is also the Dutch Honorary Consul in Basrah.