Peter Botten OBE


Peter is the Managing Director of Oil Search and joined the company in 1992, just after oil and gas production started from Kutubu and Hides. Since that time Oil Search has grown to become a regionally significant Operator, owning over 70% of the oil and 50% of the gas business in PNG, operating all producing oil and gas fields in the country and being responsible for around 13% of the country’s GDP. The Company’s market capitalisation has also grown from just over A$200m to where it is now around A$7bn over this period.

Oil Search is a major interest holder in the PNG LNG Project which recently entered Final Investment Decision (FID)Peter has been a leader in the PNG petroleum industry for over 12 years. He is presently President of the Chamber of Mines and Petroleum and is a Council Member of the Australia PNG Business Council. He was recently made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Honours List for services to the community and mining and petroleum industries in Papua New Guinea.