Gastar Exploration hires new COO

Stephen P. Roberts had joined Gastar Exploration as senior vice president and chief operating officer, effective immediately, Kallanish Energy reports.

He comes to Gastar after having served as senior vice president over the Anadarko and Arkoma asset groups at Jones Energy. He also served a senior vice president of drilling and completions for that firm.

During his 19-year tenure with Jones, he was directly responsible for the drilling and completion of over 700 horizontal wells in seven different formations and led the efforts that established Jones Energy as the recognized lowest-cost operator in the Texas Panhandle, Gastar said, in a statement.

He had earlier worked for Marathon Oil and Samson Resources.

President and CEO Russell Porter said: "We are excited that Stephen has chosen to join Gastar to lead our operational efforts. Over his 29-year career in the energy industry, he has established a legacy of building strong operational teams, including both technical and field staff, which have delivered unsurpassed results year after year.”

Roberts will direct the company’s continued drilling and evaluation in Oklahoma’s STACK play where it has 62,500 net acres.

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