Offshore North America News

Harold Touchet named operations manager at Greene’s Energy Group

Jul 19, 2012

Harold Touchet has been named operations manager at Greene’s Energy Group subsidiary Devin International, based in Lafayette. He joins Devin from Weatherford International where he spent 35 years and served most recently as product line manager, wellbore cleanout and under reaming services.

Martin Walder rejoins Rockwell Automation

Jul 19, 2012

Martin Walder has rejoined Rockwell Automation to lead its industry-focused teams in the oil & gas, process and energy sectors. He left Rockwell in 2001 and in the interim served as MD of ABB Robotics for seven years and worked for a while in the private equity market.

Matt McCarroll appointment CEO of ATP Oil & Gas

Jul 19, 2012

Matt McCarroll’s appointment as CEO of ATP Oil & Gas in succession to T Paul Bulmahn lasted barely a week. McCarroll resigned on 7 June, with the company declaring that it was unable to conclude a mutually agreeable employment deal with him…

Philip Luna new CEO of Universal/Pegasus International

Jul 19, 2012

Philip Luna is the new CEO of Universal/Pegasus International. Interim CEO Bob Deason will remain as executive chairman. Luna, who began his career with ExxonMobil, joined UPI from Jacobs Engineering where he held various positions, including VP business development…

Roderick Larson joins Oceaneering International as SVP and COO

Jul 19, 2012

Roderick Larson has joined Oceaneering International as SVP and COO. With Baker Hughes for over 20 years, he served as BHI’s VP operations, Gulf of Mexico, before taking over as its Latin America region president in January 2011. Another Oceaneering newcomer is Mark Peterson…

Steve Cossé stepped up from EVP to president and CEO of Murphy Oil

Jul 19, 2012

Steve Cossé has stepped up from EVP to president and CEO of Murphy Oil following the retirement of David Wood. Roger Jenkins, Murphy’s EVP for exploration & production since 2009 and a key figure in its development of the deepwater Kikeh field offshore Malaysia…

Yves Inbona joins Petrofac

Jul 19, 2012

Former Saipem COO Yves Inbona joined Petrofac on 10 June as MD of its Offshore Capital Projects (OCP) business, a newly created unit within the group’s Engineering, Construction, Operations & Maintenance (ECOM) division.

Apax Partners

Jul 19, 2012

Apax Partners in conjunction with JMI Equity have agreed to acquire oil & gas focused software vendor Paradigm for around $1 billion in an all-cash transaction. Simmons & Co International advised Apax.


Jul 19, 2012

Having consolidated all its coring activities under the one brand and under the stewardship of Doug Kinsella, the Reservoir Group is now billing Corpro as the world’s largest coring provider. Corpro was in the group’s original line-up when it was created five years ago…


Jul 19, 2012

IHS has opened a new 25,000ft2 facility in Houston dedicated to the secure transformation of hard copy E&P records – well files, paper logs, maps, seismic sections, legal documents and the like – into proprietary, globally available, unlimited access…

Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas

Jul 19, 2012

Liquid Robotics and Schlumberger have created Liquid Robotics Oil & Gas, a 50:50 joint venture tasked with developing services for the oil & gas industry using Liquid Robotics’ wave-powered, autonomous marine vehicles, which can operate offshore for up to a year without crew…


Jul 19, 2012

Penspen plans to open an office in Mexico City, its third base in Mexico after Ciudad de Carmen and Comalcalco. Headed up by Mauricio Moreno Ramirez, the new office will focus on pipeline maintenance, performance improvement of existing oil & gas infrastructure, and training.

Weatherford International

Jul 19, 2012

Weatherford International has completed the acquisition of completion tools specialist Petrowell. The two companies have been aligned in a global partnership to develop and commercialize ‘game-changing technologies’ since 2008.

How Pemex plugged the interoperability gap

Jul 01, 2012

The 'digital oilfield' has been talked about for decades, been in practice for several years, but has not yet become a complete reality. despite its early promise, one issue that has consistently impeded the digital oilfield is the management…

US exploration spending, reserves rebound

Jul 01, 2012

The US oil & gas industry grew across several categories in 2011, including a 38% increase in exploration and development spending, according to new analysis from Ernst & Young. Russell McCulley reports.While total capital expenditures among…

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