Gonzague de Fontaubert

Paris Office
Manager of the Paris office of LWI London. Bilingual French/English specialist Engineer with 10+ years' experience in the upstream/downstream oil and gas industry mostly gained as Engineer / Project Manager in exploration and production, essentially Offshore West Africa. Technical experience completed, in the last 10 years, underwriting risks and adjusting energy insurance claims. Areas of expertise include: Onshore gas storage/processing facilities, West African onshore refining, Subsea COW claims, Deep Offshore CAR claims.

Gonzague, a French national, graduated from the Ecole de Mines de Nancy in in 1989 with a BSc Honors Degree in Mechanical Engineering. In the first part of his career, Gonzague gained an extensive knowledge of the Exploration and Production sector of the Offshore Oil and Gas industry as a Logging Engineer with Schlumberger, and later as a Project Engineer with Elf (now Total) in head office and expat postings in Nigeria and Angola), specialising in offshore construction works and pipe lay projects. His last posting in the industry was onshore in France’s biggest gas plant in Lacq.

After an MBA in HEC School of Management, he joined SCOR between 2001 and 2005 as offshore Underwriter and was instrumental at the time with the implementation of the now market standard WELCAR wording.

Since joining BCL (later CTA) in 2005, Gonzague has been trusted with a wide variety of “African” onshore claims, involving significant Physical Damage and Loss of Gross Margin Losses in Algeria, Cameroon, Gabon and the Ivory Coast.

His offshore claims expertise entails CAR, Operating and OEE related incidents and includes the following:

  • Various Power claims including HVDC/HVAC Submarine power cables and flexible risers/umbilicals
  • OEE losses in West African and South East Asia
  • Gulf of Guinea PD /BI loss in 2007 involving extensive forensic investigations into cause of flexible riser failure
  • West African “Deep Offshore” CAR losses in 2006/2007 involving extensive causal investigations
  • Dutch sector tie-back subsea developments leak manifestations in 2010/2011/2012