Business Briefs

March 1, 2020
The latest personnel changes and company news for the offshore oil and gas industry.


At the close of Noble Corp. plc’s next annual general meeting of shareholders, Julie J. Robertson will resign as president and CEO, and will take on the newly created role of an executive chairman of the board of directors. Robert W. Eifler, who first joined the company in 2005 and currently serves as senior vice president, Commercial, will become president and CEO.

TGS has promoted Fredrik Amundsen to CFO.

PetroNor E&P has appointed Knut Søvold as CEO. He succeeds Jens Pace, who remains on the board in a new role as non-executive director. In addition, CFO Stephen West and Dr. David King, non-executive director, have resigned.

Worley has appointed Chris Ashton as CEO. He succeeds Andrew Wood, who has retired.

Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA has elected Petteri Soininen as chairman of the board of directors. He succeeds Johan Kr. Mikkelsen.

Mark Andrew Handin has joined Maersk Supply Service as COO. 

Aker Energy AS has hired Kadijah Amoah as country director of Aker Energy Ghana Ltd.

T.D. Williamson has appointed Jeff Wilson as vice president, Eastern Hemisphere.

AqualisBraemar has appointed Dirk Jol to head up the group’s adjusting division in the Middle East and India and John MacAskill as marketing director.

Halle Aslaksen has joined TWMA as CEO.

Harvey Gulf CEO Shane Guidry has agreed to remain at the company until Jan. 1, 2027.

Oceanteam has hired Henk van den Ijssel as CEO.

Lloyd’s Register has appointed Yvo Jansen as global business development director.

Exxon Mobil Corp.’s board of directors has elected Stephen Littleton as vice president of investor relations and corporate secretary. He succeeds Neil Hansen, who has been appointed vice president of fuels for Europe, Middle East and Africa.

STATS Group has appointed Garry North as COO.

ODE has appointed Sandy Reid as managing director of asset management.

Bruce Pudney has joined Bluefield Geoservices Inc. as managing director.

Tendeka has appointed Jim McGowin as vice president for North and South America, and Renato Barbedo as business development manager for South America.

Robert Gordon University has appointed Chris Pearson as director for the National Subsea Centre.

Crowley Maritime Corp. has appointed Ray Fitzgerald as COO.

ICR Integrity has hired Johan Tønsberg as general manager in Norway.

Nicholas Garrett has resigned from the Lamprell board of directors.

Kevin Langan has joined Paradigm Drilling Services as managing director.

LOC Group has appointed Graham Dallas as business development manager for LOC Aberdeen.

Stuart Black has joined Well-SENSE as global director.

EV Private Equity has promoted Matt Anstead to senior partner.

Katya Murray has joined Crondall Energy as a senior consultant.

Damian Bednarz has joined EnBW North America as external affairs director.

ROVOP has appointed Andy Freeman as inspection manager and Dan Jones as inspection services project manager.

Darren Rendall and Marc Petty have joined First Marine Solutions as technical director and marine manager, respectively.

ASCO has appointed Peter Hollister as Group Head of Fuels and Lubricants and Chris Lloyd as Group Head of Waste and Decommissioning.

David Kreutzer has joined the Institute for Energy Research as a senior economist.

Dresser Natural Gas Solutions has appointed Chris Watkins as district sales manager for its Industrial Products Group. Watkins will be responsible for managing channel partners for the RCS actuator brand.

Marine Technical Limits has hired Angela Noonan, Ashley Kilgour, Beau Buxton, David Smith, Rachael Buchan, and David Clark – three software developers, two CAD designers, and an equipment technician.

Oxford Flow has named Andy Ghiz as vice president, Americas.

Gilma Saravia has joined Altair as chief people officer.

Company News

Schlumberger has opened a manufacturing center in the King Salman Energy Park in Saudi Arabia. The new complex will manufacture well completions technologies including liner hangers and packers and isolation valve technologies.

Hunting has acquired subsea production optimization specialist Enpro Subsea including its subsidiaries in Norway, the US, and Ghana. Enpro, formed in 2011, previously received capital investment from EV Private Equity in January 2018 to advance its growth strategy. The company will continue to trade under the Enpro Subsea brand and operate with the existing senior management team from its existing facilities in Westhill, Aberdeen.

Fabricator Lamprell has signed a memorandum of understanding with Akselos, a specialist in digital twin solutions. Under the arrangement, Lamprell will offer its oil and gas and renewables clients a service combining Akselos’ finite element solutions with its EPCI capabilities and asset integrity digital solutions.

Ocean Infinity has launched a marine technology and data company, Armada. The new company, with a focus on combining technology and sustainability, will initially add 15 bespoke designed marine robots to Ocean Infinity’s current fleet of autonomous underwater vehicles.

European offshore accommodation/construction support giants Prosafe and Floatel International have decided to discontinue their planned merger, due to financial uncertainty and process risk. Competition authorities in Norway and the UK have challenged the proposed merger.

Mermaid Maritime has incorporated an indirect wholly owned subsidiary, Mermaid Subsea Services (UK). This will serve as a vehicle to expand the company’s provision of subsea and related services into the North Sea.

Zenith Energy has established a wholly-owned Norwegian subsidiary, Zenith Norway. The company plans to participate in future licensing rounds staged by Norway’s Ministry of Petroleum and Energy, and to pursue potential acquisitions of interests in mature energy production facilities across northern Europe. Zenith will mandate a Norwegian law firm to advise on the process of obtaining pre-qualification status for license rounds.

Stress Engineering Services Inc. (SES) and Optimum Program Ltd. have agreed to form the RiGUARD joint venture. RiGUARD combines SES’ offshore drilling analytics expertise with the Optimum Program data-driven drilling riser condition-based maintenance (CBM) program. Together, the companies aim to develop a CBM program that will optimize the timing and cost of drilling riser maintenance. The data-driven maintenance program incorporates riser condition, usage, and fatigue analysis with a risk-based inspection process. It provides the asset owners with all the tools for making critical and routine maintenance decisions for a drilling riser.

ConocoPhillips has awarded Bristow Group Inc. two contract extensions for air transportation crew change and shuttle/search and rescue services for the Greater Ekofisk Area in the southern Norwegian North Sea. The current two contracts started on Sept. 1, 2014 and the extension will run through Aug. 31, 2024, with additional option years available. Bristow will use two S-92 all-weather search and rescue service helicopters based at the ConocoPhillips Ekofisk Lima platform, located in the heart of the Ekofisk field about 160 nautical mi (296 km) from the company’s main base at Stavanger Airport, Sola, Norway.

Trendsetter has reached 1 million consecutive working hours without a recordable incident.

Construction of Leonardo’s new helicopter support center in Itapevi, Brazil, is expected to be completed in 4Q 2020.

Express Engineering has invested in a new £3.5-million ($4.5-million) 48,000-sq ft (4,459-sq mi) assembly and test facility near its Gateshead headquarters in the UK. It expects to create another 30 posts.

Shell has awarded Atkins, a member of SNC-Lavalin Group, a five-year framework agreement to provide general and specialist technical safety and human factors engineering services to support its global projects and assets. Work under this agreement will be delivered by the company’s teams in the US, UK, and Australia.

Unique Group has acquired Western Advance’s Marine Division.

Sonardyne International has acquired underwater imaging and inspection specialist 2G Robotics.

Yokogawa has opened new technology service centers in Salt Lake City, Utah, The Woodlands, Texas, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Petrofac has signed an agreement to deploy digitalization specialist MODS’ ‘Virtual Manager Enterprise’ (VME) product in the North Sea. The agreement gives Petrofac exclusive rights to use VME on the UK continental shelf as an EPC contractor. VME is a cloud-based, interactive data hub claimed to assist collaboration between offshore and onshore personnel, leading to improved workflow and productivity.

Swire Oilfield Services has signed a strategic partnership agreement with Global Oilfield Services Inc. for the supply of offshore containers and equipment to support the growing energy market in Guyana.

Sandvik has added a new cold finishing tube manufacturing line at its Mehsana Mill, in Gujarat, western India.

Gulfstream Services Inc. has opened a new location in Midland, Texas, an expanded facility in Houma, Louisiana and new office space in Houston.

Blue Water Shipping has opened an office in Trinidad & Tobago.