Firms & Faces December 2011

Hunting has completed the acquisition of Specialty Supply for an initial cash consideration of $31 million. Located in Houston, Specialty manufactures precisionmachined MWD parts used in directional drilling markets worldwide.

Lankhorst Mouldings and engineering design consultancy RiserTec have signed a co-operation agreement for the design and manufacture of dynamic bend stiffeners. Under the agreement, RiserTec will design and test the riser ancillary products and provide project-specific technical support to Lankhorst, who will manufacture the bend stiffeners at their Dutch facility.

Aker Solutions has agreed to acquire the well intervention technology business from niche downhole tools provider X3M International. Aker said the acquisition would grow its intervention technology and service portfolio worldwide and bolster its Middle East market presence.

ABS is establishing the ABS Korea Energy Technology Center (KETC) in Busan, South Korea, in early 2012. The energy center will focus on applied research for a range of technology challenges. In a related move, the society created the role of VP of global Korean technology development and appointed Hoseong Leeto the post.

Tyco Flow Control has opened a new project management center and expanded operations at its oil & gas headquarters in Houston. In collaboration with two existing Tyco facilities in the UK and Singapore, the new center aims to provide customers with a single point of contact for the duration of their projects. Bryant Holt, its manager, said the company's expanded capabilities would enable it to offer ‘seamless, synchronized worldwide solutions'.

2H Offshore has relocated within Houston's Energy Corridor. The new 32,000ft2 office includes nine conference rooms, a training room and dedicated video conferencing facilities.

MacDermid Offshore Solutions has opened a new laboratory facility in Stavanger for production and drilling control fluid monitoring and testing.

Subsea equipment rental specialist Ashtead Technology has launched a new Integrated Technical Services Group with diversified and enhanced capabilities for bespoke systems integration, equipment maintenance and repair in the field. To support this new offering, Ross MacleodMark Ellington and Craig Towers have joined the company's senior management team in Aberdeen.

Louisiana-based Delmar Systems has formed Australian subsidiary Delmar Systems Pty Ltd, with offices in Perth, Western Australia.

Barrett Steel officially launched its new 33,000ft2, purpose-built Houston facility last month. Targeting offshore oil & gas business in the Gulf of Mexico and Brazil, Barrett Steel Energy Products produces oil patch grade solid bar, hollows and tubing for downhole tools and equipment.

Aberdeen-headquartered offshore energy support company ETPM has acquired Pirie & Smith, a local firm of marine surveyors and consulting engineers.

TD Williamson plans to create a global pipeline integrity center in Salt Lake City, Utah, combining the company's inline inspection engineering, manufacturing, operations, service and data analysis functions in one location. Eric Rogers, TDW director of pipeline integrity solutions, said the goal is to create a facility that ‘not only houses our inline inspection capabilities but that also leverages the total breadth of TDW technologies'.

Completions and reservoir monitoring specialist Tendeka has appointed Matpatson Petroleum to exclusively promote and sell its products in Nigeria.

Veripos has opened an office in Tianjin, China in association with Tianjin YaXi Offshore Oilfield Technical Services. The office will oversee development of the Veripos range of globalised high-precision positioning services for the Chinese offshore market, covering dynamic positioning, drilling, seismic exploration, survey and construction applications.

SeeByte, which specializes in smart software technology for unmanned systems, and VideoRay, which focuses on inspection class-ROV technology, are partnering up to develop solutions. The decision follows the success of SeeByte's SeeTrack CoPilot integration with the VideoRay micro ROV.

McDermott International has signed a partnership agreement with Shoaibi Group to form McDermott Arabia Engineering with offices in Al Khobar, Saudi Arabia. The new partnership will provide engineering services ranging from front end engineering and design through to offshore commissioning.

Kongsberg Maritime recently completed the acquisition of Evotec, which develops and delivers technological management systems for the seismic and subsea sectors.

Sumitomo has acquired from Vallourec a 19.47% interest in V&M Two, an Ohio-based manufacturer of small-diameter seamless steel pipe.

ICR Integrity, set up in Aberdeen this July, has made its first business acquisition: asset integrity specialistNorth East Corrosion Engineers, based in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

Greene's Energy Group has broadened its after-market production valve services portfolio with the acquisition of the assets of Houma, Louisiana-based Pro-Valve Services from the company's owner Jeff Mike.

Bluefin Robotics has acquired the assets of Hawkes Remotes, a spinoff from Hawkes Ocean Technologies. Bluefin is looking to extend its oil & gas sector portfolio by leveraging its AUV autonomy and subsea vehicle experience to add hybrid capabilities to Hawkes' ROVs.

Aberdeen consultancy Maxoil Solutions has expanded its international presence with the establishment of a new base near London and a move to larger premises in Houston's energy corridor. 

Information service IHS has signed a strategic alliance with Deloitte Consulting to leverage their respective services for clients from a number of business sectors, including oil & gas.

Kea Petroleum has sold its 50% shareholding in Petra Drilling, including associated rights to a Titan workover rig and a VR500 drilling rig, to Webster Drilling & Exploration, the other shareholder in Petra.

PRIZE-GUYS: Cape and RBG landed the corporate prizes at the Oil & Gas UK 2011 Awards in Aberdeen last month, Cape taking the people development award and RBG winning in the business efficiency category. Wayne Henderson, RBG's commercial & sales director is pictured receiving his company's award from Jim House (right), regional VP and managing director of Apache North Sea, the award sponsor.


Petroleum engineer Doug Morris has been appointed as chief of offshore regulatory programs for the US Bureau of Safety & Environmental Enforcement (BSEE). Most recently he served as director of the reserves and production division and was subsequently responsible for the oil and gas supply & financial statistics team in the Department of Energy's Energy Information Administration.

Carl Sheldon (pictured) has been appointed CEO of the Abu Dhabi National Energy Company (Taqa) in succession to HE Abdulla Saif Al Nuaimi, who stepped down in July 2011 to focus on his role as director general of Abu Dhabi Water & Electricity Authority. Sheldon had served as Taqa's GM for two years.


John Smith stepped down as Clough's CEO at the end of October after four years at the helm. His successor, Kevin Gallagher (pictured), was with Woodside for 13 years, latterly as EVP of its North West Shelf business unit and CEO of the North West Shelf Venture (OE April 2011).

Bill Schumann will retire as EVP of FMC Technologies in August 2012 after 30 years with the company. He stepped down as CFO last month to focus on strategic activities for FMC. Schumann's successor in both roles is Maryann Seaman, with Halet Murphy replacing her as treasurer.

Dr Paul Jukes (pictured), president of MCS Kenny in Houston, was awarded the Ross Kastor Educator's Award for 2011 by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers' International Petroleum Technology Institute at its annual awards dinner in Houston last month.


Dan Skibinski has joined the Reservoir Group as managing director, Omega Well Monitoring, Americas, based in Houston. He previously served as BDM at Weatherford International with sales responsibility for drilling, fracturing, stimulation and ClearWELL product lines.

Graeme McRobb has been appointed COO of Omega Completion Technology.

EPC Offshore COO Peter Kirkbride (pictured) and director Anthony Quick will lead the company's new business unit dedicated to the FPSO sector. Topsides project group leaderAlan Cairns heads up another new project unit targeting small-scale UKCS brownfield projects.



Gregor McNab has been appointed CEO of Otto Energy, headquartered in Perth, Western Australia. McNab, who joins from a 22-year career with BHP Billiton Petroleum, succeeds Paul Moore, who resigned as MD in July of this year.

Rod Rayner has joined Australia's Beach Energy as group executive, strategic business and external affairs, based in Adelaide. He was previously GM of Santos' Queensland & Northern Territory business unit.

J Mike Walker has retired as chairman and CEO of Dril-Quip. John V Lovoi, a Dril-Quip director since 2005, takes over as chairman with Blake DeBerry stepping up from SVP sales and engineering to president and CEO. James Gariepy becomes SVP and COO. Roddy James (pictured) has joined Aberdeenbased RBG as marine & subsea director. He previously served as global account director, oil & gas, with Stork Technical Services, now RBG's parent company.

Roddy James has joined Aberdeen based RBG as marin & subsea director. He previously served as global account director, oil & gas, with Stork Technical Services, now RBG's parent company.


Norman McKay has joined KCA Deutag as chairman. A chemical engineer, he served most recently as president of Smith Technologies and prior to that spent 24 years with Schlumberger. Alex Knasterstepped down as chairman but remains a director.

Kim Gunn Maver (pictured), previously with Schlumberger and Ødegaard, has joined Norway's Reservoir Exploration Technology (RXT) as VP sales and marketing, based in Oslo. He and new business development VP Fredd Causevic will lead the refocusing of the company's ocean bottom cable seismic operations in the North Sea, Gulf of Mexico and West Africa.


James Han has been appointed president of Wärtsilä China. Previously country manager for Sandvik and Olin Brass, and regional GM Asia Pacific at Outokumpu, he has been working most recently as an independent consultant in Shanghai.

Beto Campos has joined acoustic imaging and measurement specialist BlueView Technologies as director, global commercial sales and business development.

Graham Callander has been appointed business development director of ClerkMaxwell, the Aberdeenbased engineering consultancy acquired by Costain earlier this year.

Rachael Campbell (pictured) is EC Harris' new head of oil & gas, North America, based in Houston. She joins from the Wood Group where she served as BDM for the Middle East, Africa, North America and the Caspian region.



Dr William Haneberg (pictured), an internationally recognized engineering geologist specializing in slope stability, geohazard analysis and computational geology, has joined Fugro GeoConsulting.



Chris Phillips has joined the subsea engineering team at Jee as lead CAD designer.

Jocot de Dios has tendered his resignation as CEO of Nido Petroleum, effective upon expiration of his contract in February 2012. He is relocating to the Philippines for personal reasons after four years with the company.

Gillian King (left) has been appointed VP Asia Pacific for Tendeka. She previously served in various positions with Weatherford Completion Systems. Derren Simpson (pictured), former country manager for WellDynamics in Australia, has joined Tendeka as VP Middle East and North Africa.

Syed Taqvi has been named as global marketing leader of joint integrity specialist Hydratight. He joins from GE Oil & Gas, where he was marketing director for subsea equipment and marketing integration leader for 2011 acquisition ESP.

Angus Scott has been named as regional manager, Europe, Africa and Middle East, for Aberdeen-based Veripos. He joins from Intertek Moody International, and previously served as an offshore surveyor with Thales GeoSolutions and as BDM and later West Africa area manager at Seacor Marine.

Kevin McBarron has joined Utec Survey International from CDL as MD of its UK, Mediterranean and West Africa region. He replaces Ken Adams, recently promoted to CTO in Houston. Gordon Lyall (Left) has joined Utec from Hallin Marine as GM for the Middle East and Caspian region, based in the UAE. And Marcia Rainer (pictured) and Luciano Arvelo have been named as chief geophysicist and senior project manager respectively in Utec's new Rio de Janeiro office.

Catherine Rohll has become commercial director of Norbar Torque Tools in the UK in succession to Craig Brodey, who relocates to Adelaide as commercial director for Australia in January.

David Curtiss (pictured) was named executive director of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists and the AAPG Foundation. He previously was director of the AAPG Geoscience and Energy Office in Washington, DC.



Jim Gillespie has been named risk & reliability business team lead for Wood Group Integrity Management, based in Perth, Western Australia.

Graham Cooper has become commercial director of MOS and is tasked with overseeing the integration of its Subtech Qatar and Seascape Surveys business units.

Richard McKimmie has relocated to Perth, Western Australia, as regional manager of Red Spider. Bruce McLeod becomes the company's sales manager in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, effective early 2012.

Ann Davies (pictured ), a well intervention engineer (subsea) at BP, was presented with the 2011 Oil & Gas UK award for overall excellence at a ceremony in Aberdeen last month. The young technician of the year award went to John Piper, an instrument technician with BP Exploration, and the mentoring prize to Paul Martin, a platform trainer with Petrofac.

HIGH ACHIEVERS: Entries for the Offshore Achievement Awards, being relaunched by the SPE Aberdeen section with the support of main sponsor Taqa Bratani, are due in by 19 December. Judging takes place early in the New Year, and the black tie awards ceremony is scheduled for 15 March at Aberdeen's Ardoe House Hotel.

OAA 2012 categories and award sponsors are: New Idea (Nexen); The Innovator (BG Group); Marine Renewable Energy (AREG/3Sun Group); Safety Innovations (Petrofac); Great Small Company (Wood Group PSN); Great Large Company (Offshore Europe); Export Achievement (sponsor tbc); Working Together (The Robert Gordon University); Young Professional (Red Spider), and Lifetime Achievement (Aker Solutions).

For further details of the awards and how to enter go to 

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