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Onshore / Downstream Energy

We write a broad book of downstream and midstream business, covering entities involved in the processing, distributing and refining of hydrocarbons as well as power generation.


  • Overview

    We write a broad book of downstream and midstream business, covering entities involved in the processing, distributing and refining of hydrocarbons. We also write power generation and utilities.

    We provide coverage for a wide variety of industry players including:

    • Refining companies
    • Petrochemical plants
    • Gas processing plants
    • LNG trains
    • Onshore pipelines
    • Marketing and distribution assets
    • Thermal power
    • Combined cycle power plants
    • Renewable energy

    We provide coverage for all risks perils, including machinery breakdown and natural catastrophe, and entertain primary, full value and excess of loss layers.

    Our clients range from large, blue chip multinational players through to smaller, specialist entities.

  • Territories

    We write business on a worldwide basis.

  • Risk appetite

    Our maximum line size is USD 25 million.

  • Distribution

    We write business through Lloyd’s brokers. The majority of our business is written on an open market facultative basis.

  • Our expertise

    Our downstream energy business is led by Marine & Specialty divisional head Philip Thorpe-Apps. Philip has 30 years of market experience. He has held senior underwriting roles at Aegis, Norwich Union and CNA Europe. As marine & energy underwriter at Omega Insurance, he established its onshore and offshore energy accounts. He joined ArgoGlobal in 2011, bringing with him a well-established team whose expertise has flourished as part of the Argo Group.

    We provide meaningful, intelligent support capacity to the market. Our downstream energy team has an excellent track record of providing consistent and reliable capacity to clients over the long term.


Steve O'Gorman
Head of Marine and Energy

Team Biography:

Steve O'Gorman

Steve brings more than three decades of marine insurance experience to ArgoGlobal. He joins from CNA Insurance where he served, most recently, as European Underwriting Director – Transport & Logistics. In this role, he was responsible for building and launching an underwriting department, which quickly grew to a team of nine underwriters writing over $20m in premium. Prior to this, he served as European Underwriting Director for the renewable energy department. Steve began his insurance career in 1984 as a Marine Hull, Cargo and Liability Broker at Sedgwick, progressing to Associate Director of the Cargo division before joining CNA as a Senior Underwriter for marine cargo in 1997.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7694
M: +44 (0)7931 865 013


Bruce Rodger
Technical Head of Marine & Energy

Team Biography:

Bruce Rodger

Bruce has over three decades of insurance market experience. He began his insurance career at Prudential, as Marine Hull Underwriter. He then spent five years at Sedgwick before joining BP’s Finance Department where he undertook the roles of Captive Underwriter and Risk Manager. In 2004, he joined broker Cooper Gay where he was Divisional Director and Head of the Upstream Energy book. Reverting back to his underwriting career he joined Omega Managing Agency Ltd in 2009, before joining ArgoGlobal in 2011 as Energy Class Underwriter before becoming Technical Head of Marine and Energy at the end of 2015.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7547
M: +44 (0)7827 329327
Jodi Davenport
Class Underwriter

Team Biography:

Jodi Davenport

Jodi joined ArgoGlobal in 2012 from Zurich Global Energy, where she spent six years underwriting both upstream and downstream business. Prior to underwriting, she spent seven years working in claims. She holds a mathematics degree from City University, London, and is CII qualified.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7653
M: +44 (0)7852 520301
Robert Dobson
Marine & Specialty Claims Manager

Team Biography:

Robert Dobson

Robert  joined ArgoGlobal In January 2013 in the role of Marine & Speciality Claims Manager from Aon, where he held the position of UK Marine Claims Director. He has over 30 years experience in the Marine Insurance Industry, handling Cargo, Marine Liability, Hull, Yacht & Energy claims. Robert began his career with Sun Alliance & London as a Marine Claims trainee & thereafter worked for London Market Insurance Companies and Adjusters, including Chubb Insurance, where he held the position of European Marine Claims Manager. Robert is an Associate of the Chartered Insurance Institute and a Chartered Insurer.

DD: +44 (0)20 7712 7623