About Us

Legend Petroleum is a private oil and gas company with focus on the full life cycle (exploration, development, production and decommissioning) and formed by a team of energy industry professionals with extensive global experience from major operators. We have the skills and expertise to efficiently manage all phases in an asset life cycle.

Our goal is to create superior investment returns from mature production areas through exploration upside by applying advanced technologies to provide a unique competitive edge.

Are you interested in a career with Legend Petroleum? Please see our Careers page for available positions.

Management and Executive Board

Tore Vartdal
Tore VartdalManaging Director
B.Sc. (Mechanical Engineering), Chartered Engineer – IMechE

Tore is an experienced senior leader with extensive operational, project and HSEQ management experience from the oil and gas sector across many geographical locations. He has worked for four major oil and gas companies: Hess, BHP Billiton, ARCO and BP. He has managed oil and gas facilities offshore and in remote, high-risk locations.

Tore is an excellent communicator with extensive technical knowledge and strategic understanding of all layers of management.

Jillian Young-Lorenz
Jillian Young-LorenzChairman and Commercial Director
M.Sc. (Geoscience)

Jillian comes from a legal and management strategy consulting background with international experience advising corporate clients in business analysis, strategy development, brand development and funding procurement.

Jillian contributes valuable commercial skills and experience in all aspects of planning and managing a company. Her legal background and entrepreneurial skills and experience add to her strengths in analysis, strategic planning and execution.

Lars Lorenz
Lars LorenzTechnical Director
M.Sc. (Applied Geophysics)

Lars is a geophysicist specialising in the use of CSEM for oil and gas exploration. During his career, he has worked in Norway, Malaysia, Australia and Brazil, and delivered projects in many more areas.

Lars is a strong advocate of the value of utilising CSEM to derisk projects in conjunction with all other geophysical and geological information. He has extensive experience in all aspects of the use of CSEM from a wide range of geological and geographical environments, and is an acknowledged industry expert.

Reijo Kangas
Reijo KangasExploration Director
M.Sc. (Sedimentology and Petroleum Geology)
M.Sc. (Hard Rock Geology)

Reijo is a geologist with 25 years’ experience from several international exploration and production (E&P) companies (OMV, Hess, BG, Enterprise and Shell) as both an exploration geologist and manager, with the last 10 years in exploration leadership roles.

Reijo has extensive experience in building successful exploration portfolios and teams, and a proven track record in finding oil and gas. He also has significant experience in the application of CSEM in exploration.

Atul Panchmatia
Atul PanchmatiaOperations & HSEQ Director
M. Eng (Chemical)

Atul has a proven track record of delivering major capital projects in challenging environments. He is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers and has extensive experience in the field of process safety, both in the design and operation of hydrocarbon and chemical processing systems.

Atul has held senior roles within Chevron, OMV, Hess, BP, Occidental and Shell. He has also worked for major contractors KBR, Worley, Parsons & Global Engineering and was a Principal Consultant at DNV Technica & WS Atkins.

Team Legend

Legend Petroleum is supported by a team of experienced professionals which provides the flexible resources needed to support an emerging oil company.