Business Briefs

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

Subsea Tieback Forum & Exhibition

The 20th anniversary of the Subsea Tieback Forum was held Feb. 18-20, 2020 at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. Two speakers were awarded by the Advisory Board. The Best Presentation award is based on content and Best Presenter for delivery. Mark Farrow of LLOG Exploration won the Best Presentation award for “Buckskin: Extending LLOG’s Growth in Deepwater Gulf of Mexico”; and Michael Dupre of Shell won the Best Presenter award for “The Seven Unsolvable Problems of Appomattox.” The annual event will be held March 2-4, 2021 in Galveston, Texas.


CNOOC Ltd. has appointed Hu Guangjie as president and an executive director. He succeeds Xu Keqiang, who remains an executive director and CEO.

MODEC Inc. has appointed Ryo Suzuki as executive officer.

ClassNK has appointed Hiroaki Sakashita as president and CEO and Koichi Fujiwara as chairman of the board of directors.

Grant Creed has stepped down as CFO of Seadrill Partners to support Seadrill Ltd. on a full-time basis. John T. Roche, CEO of Seadrill Partners, will assume the responsibilities of CFO in addition to his current role until a replacement is found.

The African Energy Chamber has appointed Elizabeth Rogo as president for East Africa and Leoncio Amada Nze as executive-president for the Central African Economic and Monetary Community.

President João Lourenço has reappointed Diamantino Pedro Azevedo as Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas of the Republic of Angola.

Lloyd’s Register has named Mark Darley as Marine & Offshore COO.

National Oilwell Varco has named David Reid as corporate vice president and chief technology officer. He succeeds Hege Kverneland, who has retired.

Atkins has appointed Karen Blanc as operations director for its Resources business in the UK, Europe and Middle East.

Dr. Andy Samuel will continue as the chief executive of the Oil and Gas Authority for two more years.

The Petroleum Equipment & Services Association has elected Rod Larson as chair and Michael Reeves as vice chair for 2020-21. Pearl Chu, Karen David-Green, Robert Drummond, Doug Polk, and Warren Zemlak were selected for a first term on the board of directors. Matt Armstrong, Chuck Chauviere, Galen Cobb, Mike Kearney, Craig Lange, Rod Larson, Michael Reeves, Kirk Shelton, and Andrew Way were reelected to the board of directors. Melissa Cougle, Barry Glickman, Stefan Radwanski, Gabriel Rio, and Etienne Roux were approved as new members of the PESA Advisory Board. Edward Bayhi, Jeff Boettiger, Marco Caccavale, David Christmas, Kevin Crowley, David de Roode, Todd Ennenga, Bonnie Houston, Michelle Lewis, Scott Livingston, Josh Lowrey, Jill Massonne, Quay McKnight, Kyle O’Neill, David Paradis, Dan Pratt, Kyle Ramachandran, J. Wayne Richards, Bruce Ross, Sanjiv Shah, Tom Shepherd, S. Soma Somasundaram, Dave Warnick, Jim Wicklund, D. Lyle Williams, and Donald Young were reappointed to the Advisory Board.

Ron Krisanda has joined Survitec as executive chairman.

The Huisman Supervisory Board has appointed David Roodenburg as CEO. He succeeds Theo Bruijninckx, who will remain the company’s CFO.

Ingrid Due-Gundersen has joined Ocean Installer as CFO.

ASCO has appointed Gary Paver as CFO.

Applied Petroleum Technology has hired Carl Peter Berg as CFO.

Rovco has appointed Reena Rowan as CFO, Martin Young as chief technology officer, Iain Wallace as chief scientific officer, Ian Bryan as consultant COO, and Simon Miller as general manager of Rovco Scotland.

Motive Offshore Group has named David Leith as rentals division manager.

Carsten Plougmann Andersen, Jean Cahuzac, Yves-Louis Darricarrere, and Florence Weingarten have joined the Société Phocéenne de Participations Supervisory Board.

Shi Wenchao has joined LOC China as managing director.

Captain Jaimie Jones has joined LOC Doha as marine manager.

OspreyData has promoted Charissa Santos to product manager.

Sercel-GRC has named Alejandro Villa as global customer support engineer.

Stratagraph has promoted Elizabeth Viator to controller and human resources manager.

Alan Kiraly, Bentley Systems’ senior vice president for asset and network performance, has been elected to the board of MIMOSA.

Quality Companies has hired Wayne Lacey as vice president of operations for Zadok Technologies.

Technical Toolboxes has appointed Joseph Ladner as engineering performance advisor.

Company News

Flowline Specialists has launched a service and maintenance division. It will operate from the firm’s existing workshop facility at its Oldmeldrum headquarters and use existing personnel.

AeonX Ltd. has signed a partnership agreement with WFS Technologies to promote and deliver the full range of Seatooth products for asset integrity and flow assurance monitoring to existing and new clients in Nigeria.

Dolfines and CIMC Raffles have signed a memorandum of understanding to boost floating wind in Europe and Asia.

AqualisBraemar has opened a new office in the Port of Tyne.

STATS Group has opened a new workshop, storage and testing facility in Muscat, Oman. The company also secured a two-year extension to a master services agreement with Petroleum Development Oman to provide pipeline isolation and hydrostatic testing services.

Unique Group has signed an exclusive rental agreement with UK-based OTAQ Offshore to represent the latter’s technology and products across the Middle East, APAC and the Americas.

Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity and Management division has opened an office in Calgary, Canada.

ABS Group has launched an eLearning training platform to provide educational tools and offer a catalog of professional training courses to technical personnel worldwide. The new training solution will feature on-demand courses to augment classroom training in the practice areas of cyber security, risk management, asset reliability, compliance management and process safety, and to support excellence in organizational performance. •