Roger Bexon was awarded the Commander of the British Empire (C.B.E.) in 1985 for his contribution to the UK petroleum industry. He supervised British Petroleum’s entry into the North Sea with the pioneering West Sole Gas Field, the area’s first producing hydrocarbon field. Many innovations were developed during the West Sole project including the first North Sea pipelines and platforms, the development of new pile driving methods, and the design of platforms to withstand Force 12 Wind and Seas without evacuating platform personnel.
Bexon graduated from Oxford University and started his career as a geologist and petroleum engineer in 1946 with the Trinidad Development Company. Subsequently, he held management positions in the Middle East, Libya and the United States. He was a director and senior vice president of Standard Oil of Ohio during the development of the North Slope of Alaska. He served as managing director of the British Petroleum Company from 1981 to 1986 and was deputy chairman from 1983 to 1986. Before his death in 2014, Roger Bexon contributed to many publications on technical oil and energy matters.
Born 11 Aril 1926 London, UK
Died 4 March 2014
BA Geology University of Oxford 1945
MSc Petroleum Engineering University of Oklahoma, Tulsa 1950