Genel Energy

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Genel Energy
Traded asLSEGENL
IndustryOil and gas industry
PredecessorGenel Enerji
Founded2011 (2011)
Area served
Iraqi Kurdistan
Key people
  • Stephen Whyte (Chairman)
  • Murat Özgül (CEO)[1]

Genel Energy plc is an oil company with a registered office in Jersey and field office in Turkey. The company is listed at the London Stock Exchange. It has its exploration and production operations in Iraqi Kurdistan with plans to expand its activities into other Middle East and North African countries.[2] The company owns rights in six production sharing contracts, including interests in the Taq Taq, Tawke, and Chia Surkh fields.[3]

Genel Energy was created in 2011 as a result of the reverse acquisition of Turkish Genel Enerji by Tony Hayward-led investment company Vallares.[2] Vallares was set up by Tony Hayward, financier Nat Rothschild and banker Julian Metherell.[2] Genel Enerji was controlled by Mehmet Emin Karamehmet through Çukurova Group (56%) and Mehmet Sepil's family (44%). In 2009, Genel Enerji planned to merge with Heritage Oil; the deal subsequently collapsed.[4]


  1. ^ "Board of Directors". Genel Energy. Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "Genel Energy eyes Mideast push". Upstream Online. NHST Media Group. 2011-09-08. (subscription required). Retrieved 2011-09-10.
  3. ^ Marshall, Steve (2011-12-21). "Genel 'in talks' for Kurdistan field stake". Upstream Online. NHST Media Group. (subscription required). Retrieved 2011-12-21.
  4. ^ "Vallares poised to buy Genel Enerji". Upstream Online. NHST Media Group. 2011-09-06. (subscription required). Retrieved 2011-09-10.

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