Chair of Project Development & Implementation Committee
Larry B. Morse is Vice President and Distinguished Engineering Advisor with PetroTel Inc., a petroleum consulting firm in Plano, Texas. He has over thirty-five years of industry experience in developing and managing large oil and gas fields around the world. Mr. Morse joined PetroTel in December 2007 and has been involved in projects in Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Alaska, Texas, Oman, Mozambique, Brazil, and other areas.
He is a native of Texas, graduated from Gilmer High School in Gilmer, Texas, and attended Kilgore Junior College. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from Texas A&M University in 1970.
Prior to joining PetroTel, Mr. Morse was the Managing Director for Enron Oil and Gas India, Ltd. in India for six years. As Managing Director, he oversaw the implementation of the $800MM field development project. This project included the design, fabrication, and installation of the platforms, facilities, and pipelines, the drilling of the development wells, the startup of the facilities and wells, and the rampup of production. He was a member of the Management Committee of the venture.
Prior to joining EOG, Mr. Morse served as the First Deputy General Director for the Nobel Oil JV in Russia for two years (1992-1993). Nobel Oil JV was one of the first JVs formed when the Russian oil and gas industry was opened for international investment.
Before Nobel Oil, Mr. Morse was with Atlantic Richfield Company (ARCO) for twenty-three years. During this time he served in several different management positions including Area Manager, Rocky Mountain/New Mexico Area. In this capacity he was responsible for all of the Rocky Mountain and New Mexico operations. He was also Field Operations Manager for the Kuparuk and Prudhoe Bay fields (Alaska). As the Prudhoe Bay Field Operations Manager, he managed all of ARCO’s production operations and maintenance activities, drilling, and materials management in the Prudhoe Bay and Lisburne Fields.
Mr. Morse has been president of the Rotary Club of Gilmer, lay leader and trustee chairman of the First United Methodist Church of Gilmer, board member of the Upshur County Literacy Program, and president of the Upshur County A&M Club.
Mr. Morse and his wife, Berita, have two sons, Ryan and Rob, who are both Aggies. Rob and his wife, Amy, have three children – Samantha, Kaylin, and Levi.
Board Member Spotlight
What’s your favorite mode of transportation, and why?
• I prefer driving. When my wife and I travel we enjoy taking trips that allow us to visit the local restaurants, attractions, and shopping.
Are there any transportation projects that you’re particularly proud of?
• While being on the NET RMA Board, I have been part of the Construction and Projection Implementation Committee and have seen Segment 4 progress from project definition, to right of way acquisition, to construction. I am proud of Segment 4 and the mobility that it offers northwest Smith County and the rest of East Texas.
I am also proud of the priority projects that NET RMA is undertaking with the member counties of the organization, in particular the feasibility study for improving the mobility on US 271 through Gilmer.
Is there an upcoming project that you’re especially excited for?
• I am looking forward to the next segments of Toll 49 including segments 6, 7, and 8 and what they will mean for continuing the implementation of the East Texas Hourglass project that was the original concept for what has become Toll 49.
What do you enjoy most about being a board member?
• I’ve enjoyed getting to know the members of our board, the staff of NET RMA, as well as the various elected officials in the cities where we hold our board meetings. I am impressed the dedication of all of the people who are involved or have been involved with NET RMA since its inception.
What is one of your favorite hobbies?
• My favorite hobbies are fishing and spending time with my family – especially my grandchildren.