About Us

IOOA is the representative organisation for companies licensed to explore for, and produce, oil and gas in Irish waters. Previously an informal group (the Irish Offshore Operators’ Group), the Association was formally established in 1995. Its members represent multinational and Irish companies. IOOA has a number of sub-committees that draw upon key industry experts to inform the work of the Association.

 Did You Know?

Pioneering research work on understanding the geological development of deep water basins has been carried out in Irish academic institutions supported by funding from the petroleum industry.

At IOOA, we work to:

  • Represent the interests of oil and gas companies licensed to operate in the Irish offshore
  • Promote the economic and social contribution of the oil and gas sector in Ireland
  • Facilitate dialogue with key stakeholders on key issues that relate to the oil and gas sector
  • Partner with international counterparts to help maintain appropriate and up-to-date standards for oil and gas exploration
  • Educate about the role of oil and gas in the energy mix, as well as promote and support appropriate research

Key Personnel

Alan Linn


Mr Alan Linn has been named as the incoming Chairman of the Irish Offshore Operators’ Association (IOOA). Alan is the Chief Executive Officer of Providence Resources PLC which is an Irish oil and gas exploration and development company focused upon developing and producing offshore oil and gas resources in Ireland. Alan has a degree in Chemical Engineering from Strathclyde University and is a Fellow of the Institution of Chemical Engineers.

Following 10 years downstream oil refining experience with ExxonMobil, Alan transferred to the upstream with Exxon and trained in reservoir engineering in the North Sea and Gulf of Mexico. Alan moved into the independent O&G sector working in international operations for LASMO in Pakistan and Venezuela. Following the sale of LASMO, Alan joined Cairn Energy as Country Manager for India. During his tenure, Cairn discovered the Mangala Field in Rajasthan, a waxy oil field and the largest oil discovery in the world in 2004. The field shares many characteristics with Providence Resources Barryroe Oil and Gas Field, offshore Cork. On leaving Cairn Energy, Alan continued working internationally in a number of roles with independent oil and gas companies, including Tullow. Alan joined Roc Oil in 2008 and was appointed CEO in 2010. Following a business restructure which included the successful expansion of the business into field developments in Malaysia and China and reduced exposure to exploration, ROC Oil was sold a Chinese investor 2014. Alan joined Afren as CEO in 2014 working with shareholders and investors to restructure business funding. Following the administration of the business Alan remained in place with a small team working to maximise recovery for investors.  Alan joined Third Energy Onshore in 2017 as COO then CEO. Following the sale of the business in July 2019 Alan remained with the business to support a stable transition to the new owners. Alan left Third Energy in December 2019.

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