Who we are

Milio International is a crude and products trading firm with supporting activities across the O&G spectrum, including upstream, midstream and downstream fuel operations and infrastructure.

Our people are some of the best in the business. They continue to build our reputation by providing an unrivalled level of expertise and service, for every client and in every task.

We look to build long-term relationships with clients, suppliers, governments, partners and local communities which deliver lasting, shared value. We pride ourselves on an exceptional service, whilst maintaining a transparent and trustworthy approach in everything we do.

Leadership

John Hart

Executive Chairman and CEO

After obtaining a BA with Honours in Economics, John entered the Soviet arena by joining the East European Division of Xerox in 1986. He moved to Moscow in 1990 having joined the commodity trading house Philip Brothers, a Division of Salomon Inc (Phibro), as a Regional Co-ordinator. By 1995 John was Managing Director & Head of Representation of Phibro-Salomon’s CIS Operations. In 1997 John founded Milio International Limited.

Through his close relations in the Caspian, John has had the opportunity to become a key player in infrastructure developments in the region. John provided the financial instruments allowing the construction of Baku and Poti oil terminals thereby becoming a dominant player in the creation of the Caspian oil export routes. In 2002 John privatised the Azerboru steel plant in Azerbaijan, followed by Dashkesan Iron Ore mine in 2003, which he subsequently partnered with Mr Mittal’s Global Steel group to develop.

John is a member of the Young President’s Organisation (YPO) and active in several charities, including initial funding of the Challenge Network which was actively supported and launched by David Cameron as the ‘National Citizens’ Service.’ John is a UK national, fluent in French and Russian.

James Turnbull

CEO UK Operations

James Turnbull was educated at Solihull School and at St. John’s College Cambridge, where he was awarded a choral scholarship and read law. After qualifying as a solicitor with Linklaters in 1992 he moved to Moscow in 1995, where he advised on corporate finance and international securities issues.

Over the last 16 years James has been focused on Russia and the CIS and has held senior banking positions at Credit Suisse, Merrill Lynch and Troika Dialog Kazakhstan, where he was CEO.

As a qualified lawyer and finance professional, James focuses on the Company’s banking, contractual and business development matters. James is a UK national and is fluent in Russian.

Management team

Anupama Bhatia

Chief Financial Officer

A Chartered Accountant with 20 years of experience in Oil & gas, FMCG, Real Estate. She has spent a decade arranging trade and project financing facilities with international and local banks and leading Finance and Accounts departments. 

Con Gregg

Head of Finance & Risk

Con is an experienced accountant specialising in operational risk and product control. He qualified with Ernst & Young before spending 25 years with BP, mainly in the IST Division, where he traded and was a Senior Financial Leader.

Mike Shaw

Director, Operations

A seasoned professional, Mike brings his wide-ranging experience, gained at Mercuria Energy Trading, oil majors Elf and Total and private equity company Hestya Energy, to overseeing Milio’s downstream oil trading and supply operations.

Simon Walker

Director, Legal

Simon qualified as an English Solicitor in 1989 and is responsible for all of Milio’s contractual and structural issues, as well as being closely involved in the negotiation of Milio’s transactions generally.

D’Arcy Bond

Vice-President, East Africa

D'Arcy is mainly involved in the Company’s supply chain and infrastructure projects, with a particular focus on East Africa and more specifically the market for LPG. D’Arcy is responsible for Milio’s Fuel Terminal and Distribution business in Kenya. He has a Masters (with Honours) degree in Economics from the University of Edinburgh.

Edmund Broad

Business Development Manager

With experience in education, construction and shipping, Edmund Broad brings a wide-ranging set of skills to Milio. Instrumental in developing the world’s largest hydroponic greenhouse in the UAE and developing an LFG business in the region, Edmund specializes in developing sustainable enterprise.

Our history

  • 1997-98

    Milio International is established by former oil trading staff of Phibro (a division of Salomon Brothers) and appointed by British Gas as advisor in the logistics and exports in Kazakhstan. Milio enters into a trading-alliance with Arcadia-Mitsui.

  • 1999

    Milio participates in the construction of Poti Oil terminal, Georgia by providing the financial instruments and volume guarantees allowing the EBRD to finance the project.  Milio entered into an exclusive use agreement for the port’s facilities.

  • 2000

    Milio enters into direct contracts with SOCAR, Azerbaijan and Turkmenneftegas and becomes the significant player in exporting Caspian crude and light products. Milio enters into crude offtake arrangement with Mangstaumunaigas and ARMAN J.V. and arranges crude processing in Baku.

  • 2001-2

    Milio awarded first US Department of Defence -DESC contract in Dushanbe, Tajikistan; Milio raises the equity for the new Baku Oil Terminal. Milio enters into JV with Trafigura for Caspian light products.

  • 2003

    Milio arranges investment into Ingushneftegas and enters into crude oil offtake arrangement with the Government of Ingushetia.

  • 2004-5

    Milio signs offtake and logistics contract with Jaikmunaigas and Urlaks refinery, Kazakhstan and in 2005, an offtake and trading contract with Oryk, Kazakhstan, for supplies to ELF.

  • 2009

    Milio pioneers a new fuel supply corridor into Afghanistan from the Mediterranean refineries, via the Black Sea, Georgia, Azerbaijan, across the Caspian and Turkmenistan/Uzbekistan to the northern border of Afghanistan.

  • 2010

    Milio secures long term contracts to supply NATO and US DoD with routine Jet A1 fuel delivers to Afghanistan via both Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan. The initial contractual volume of 40KT per month rose to 90KT for various months during the year.

  • 2011

    Milio re-signs exclusivity with Poti oil terminal and opens route via Tajikistan with exclusive lease on all major Tajik-Afghan border crossing points. Milio also opens another NDN route from Estonia, with agreements with Volpak & Milstrand terminals in Estonia.

  • 2012

    Milio makes first deliveries into Iraq via Umm Qasr Port, supplying US DoD and commercial clients. Milio expands into East Africa, securing exclusive options to transport oil and oil product cargoes on the Kenyan rail networks. 

  • 2013

    Milio bought the first VLGC to East Africa, delivering one of the first large commercial LPG cargoes over 10,000MT, and imported over 35% of all LPG volumes into Mombasa in 2013. Milio also secured the E&P rights for Block L20 in Kenya (later adding the onshore component of neighbouring Block L6 in early 2014). 

  • 2014-15

    Milio wins US Department of Defense Supply Contracts in East Europe, Kenya and Somalia and is awarded a new NATO Supply Contract for Afghanistan.