Business Briefs

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

Deepwater Operations and Topsides, Platforms & Hulls

Deepwater Operations and Topsides, Platforms & Hulls Conference and Exhibition was held Feb. 4-6, 2020 at Moody Gardens Hotel in Galveston, Texas. Two conference awards were given by each conference advisory board. The Best Presentation award was based on content and Best Presenter for delivery.

For Deepwater Operations, Karel Schnebele of Chevron won the Best Presentation award for “Application of Human Performance Concepts to Deepwater Projects and Operations”; and David Decuir of iCAN Technologies won the Best Presenter award for “Enhancing and Measuring Workforce Competency through Technology.”

For Topsides, Platforms & Hulls, Ben (Sun-Ngen) Chong of Murphy Oil Corp. won the Best Presentation award for “Medusa Platform Life Extension”; and Rocky Robbins of Fieldwood Energy won the Best Presenter award for “Swordfish: Using System Redundancies to Extend Field Life.”

The annual event will return to Galveston on Feb. 2-4, 2021. •


Wintershall Dea has appointed Dawn Summers as COO, effective June 1, 2020. She will be responsible for the Germany, Norway, the Netherlands, UK, Denmark, Egypt, Libya, Algeria, and UAE business units.

P&O Maritime Logistics has appointed Martin Helweg as CEO.

DNV GL has appointed Kjetil M. Ebbesberg as Group CFO. He will succeed Thomas Vogth-Eriksen, who will become director, Certification Division in DNV GL - Business Assurance.

Alexandra Thomas has joined Neptune Energy as UK managing director.

David T. Seaton and Al Walker have joined the ConocoPhillips board of directors.

Apache Corp. has named Clay Bretches executive vice president of Operations, and David Pursell executive vice president of Development.

Birgit Aagaard-Svendsen and Herman R. Flinder have joined the Seadrill Ltd. board of directors. They succeed Eugene I. Davis and Scott D. Vogel, who have stepped down.

Geoquip Marine has appointed Peter Østergaard Nielsen as chairman of the board of directors.

WFS has appointed Peter Sharpe as interim CEO.

Archer Ltd. has appointed Dag Skindlo as CEO and Espen Joranger as CFO.

Noble Corp. plc has appointed Richard Barker as executive vice president and CFO. He succeeds Stephen M. Butz.

Clockspring|NRI has named Frank Firsching as CEO. He succeeds Matt Boucher.

Sonardyne International Ltd. has appointed Graham Brown as managing director. He succeeds John Ramsden, who is taking the role of CEO of Sonardyne Group.

Julie Thomson has joined Proserv as Group CFO. She replaces Andy Cooksey, who served as interim Group CFO since last June.

Quality Companies has promoted John Clay Nunnally to CEO.

BCCK Inc. has appointed Kevin Blount as CEO.

Hempel has appointed Katarina Lindström as executive vice president and COO, effective Aug. 1, 2020.

Lynn A. Dugle has joined the KBR board of directors. She will serve on the Audit and the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees.

Lloyd’s Register has appointed Elina Papageorgiou as Marine and Offshore President for UK and Ireland.

Ambyint has appointed Blake McLean as CFO.

Wayne Allen Cook Jr. has joined Stratagraph as director of business development.

David Newbigging has joined Survivex as business development manager.

Amarinth has appointed Itai Choto as sales manager for the Africa territory.

Dale Smith has joined Mayer Brown as a partner in the Corporate & Securities practice in Houston.

Company News

TechnipFMC has put on hold its planned separation into two new businesses. Market conditions brought on by the COVID-19 virus pandemic have deteriorated, the company explained, with a sharp decline in commodity prices and heightened volatility in global equity markets. The present environment therefore does not justify the separation into TechnipFMC and Technip Energies, the company said, although it stressed that the strategic rationale for the separation is unchanged. It remains committed to the transaction and will continue preparations to ensure that the two companies are ready for separation once conditions have improved.

Diamond Offshore has awarded Logan Industries a 10-year condition-based monitoring contract for its wireline tensioners. In this contract, Logan will provide fast turn-around upgrade and repairs to a fleet of wireline tensioners onboard five active drilling and completion vessels which have been in use for more than five years.

CNOOC Petroleum Europe Ltd. has awarded ASCO a five-year extension, with options for six more years, to support all its North Sea assets. The contract, worth more than £100 million ($129 million), will see the company continue to provide a fully managed and integrated, logistics, materials management, waste and marine gas oil supply services. The services will be predominantly delivered from its Peterhead supply base but also from Aberdeen and Scrabster.

KenzFigee has launched KenzFigee (UK) Ltd.

The Petroleum Equipment & Services Association (PESA) has launched its ESG Center of Excellence, a web-based clearinghouse of ESG information and resources, along with a new ESG knowledge sharing and individual certification program.

Sulzer has opened a service center in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. •

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