Offshore North America News


The sun sets on a shady policy

Mar 01, 2012

It was supposed to be the renewable ‘green jobs success story’ to be emulated by the United States. President Barack Obama pilloried skeptical Americans with it on several occasions way before he took office. Obama may be the loudest but he is not the only megaphone social engineer politician…

Macondo comes to court

Mar 01, 2012

In the run up to the Macondo trial, which was to begin in Louisiana late last month, the federal judge hearing the case ruled contracts between well operator BP and its contractors – including Transocean and Halliburton – indemnified the contractors…

Heading for the deeps

Mar 01, 2012

Saipem's new pipelay giant Castorone, currently under construction at Keppel shipyard in Singapore, will replace the veteran Castoro Sei as the contractor's flagship vessel for laying large diameter pipelines and serving the growing deep- and ultra-deepwater markets…

Midstream lifts M&A market

Mar 01, 2012

A robust mergers & acquisitions market in the latter half of 2011, particularly in midstream, bodes well for deal making in 2012, according to Deloitte's Center for Energy Studies. But world events could throw a wrench into the M&A machine, as Russell McCulley reports…

Clover Tool Company

Feb 10, 2012

Clover Tool Company recently relocated its world headquarters to a new 10,000ft2 facility in Fulshear, Texas. President and CEO Don Clover said the new facility would ‘enable us to better serve both our specialty bolting and BOP test equipment customers and accommodate future growth’…

CSA International and EGS Survey Group

Feb 10, 2012

CSA International and EGS Survey Group have formed a new Houston-based joint venture company, EGS Metocean Sound Sciences (MSS), to provide metocean and acoustic monitoring services, including consultancy and the collection of high-quality data to assist in engineering…

Houston Plating & Coatings

Feb 10, 2012

Houston Plating & Coatings is building an 80,000ft2 facility in Scott, Louisiana. Due for completion in June, the plant will provide a variety of corrosion-protection services including electroless-nickel plating and salt-bath phosphate and spray coatings, primarily for oilfield service machinery.

Raytheon Anschütz

Feb 10, 2012

Raytheon Anschütz is expanding its presence in the US navigation systems market with the startup of operations in San Diego, California. Co-located at an existing Raytheon facility, the office will be headed by Frank Christophersen, newly appointed VP sales USA.

Clark Carnes

Feb 10, 2012

Clark Carnes has been named as president of Knight Oil Tools International, with Doug Keller taking over as SVP and Nicholas Knight appointed VP.

Claus Feyling

Feb 10, 2012

Claus Feyling has assumed the role of president of Cayman Islands-based Hercules International Holdings following the retirement of Don Rodney. Feyling previously served as Hercules Offshore’s VP, international business development.

Daniel Rabun

Feb 10, 2012

Daniel Rabun (pictured), chairman, president and CEO of Ensco has been elected 2012 chairman of the International Association of Drilling Contractors. David Williams, Noble’s chairman, president and CEO, was elected vice chairman.

Gordon Stevens

Feb 10, 2012

Gordon Stevens (pictured) has been appointed GM of CSA International’s Step (scientific tools & equipment pool) program developed to respond swiftly to a wide range of emergencies in the Gulf of Mexico and globally. He previously headed CSA’s Louisiana operations.

John Bodin

Feb 10, 2012

John Bodin has been named as director of global business development of offshore mooring specialist Delmar Systems, based out of the company’s Houston sales/technical office.

Kevin Reinhart

Feb 10, 2012

Kevin Reinhart, EVP and CFO of Canada’s Nexen, has been appointed interim president and CEO following the sudden departure of Marvin Romanow last month. Gary Nieuwenburg, EVP of Canada, has also left the company.

Mark Denkowski

Feb 10, 2012

Mark Denkowski (pictured) has been promoted from MD to VP accreditation and certification programs at the International Association of Drilling Contractors. He joined the IADC last year following a 30-year drilling industry career that included working offshore for Smedvig Asia…

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