Business Briefs

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


Equinor has appointed Anders Opedal as president and CEO, effective Nov. 2, 2020.

Lundin Energy has appointed Nick Walker as president and CEO and Daniel Fitzgerald as COO, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Hurricane Energy plc has appointed Antony Maris as an executive director and CEO.

Ithaca Energy Ltd. has appointed Bill Dunnett as CEO. He succeeds Les Thomas.

Europa Oil & Gas (Holdings) plc has named Simon Oddie as CEO. Concurrently, Oddie is stepping down from his position as non-executive chairman of Europa and will be replaced by Brian O’Cathain

Dominion Energy has named Thomas F. Farrell as executive chair, Robert M. Blue as president and CEO, Diane Leopold as COO, and Edward H. Baine as president-Dominion Energy Virginia, effective Oct. 1, 2020.

Aker BP has appointed Ine Dolve as senior vice president Operations and Asset Development.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has appointed Beatriz Puente as CFO.

Borr Drilling Ltd. has named Patrick Schorn as CEO.

Carnarvon Petroleum Ltd. has appointed William Foster as chairman.

Robert Hosking, founder, CEO and managing director of Karoon Energy Ltd., will retire at the 2020 annual general meeting.

Larry Bottomley has stepped down as CEO of Chariot Oil & Gas Ltd. The company has appointed Adonis Pouroulis as acting CEO. In addition, Julian Maurice-Williams and Duncan Wallace have joined the board as executive directors as CFO and technical director, respectively.

Lloyd’s Register Group CEO Alastair Marsh has decided to step down from his role and retire from the board of directors on Dec. 31, 2020. The board has appointed Nick Brown as Group CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2021.

Axxis Geo Solutions has named Ronny Bøhn as CEO.

Neil Platt, COO and executive director of Hurricane Energy, passed away on July 5, 2020. The company has appointed Steve Holmes as acting COO.

Francesco Gattei has taken up the role of CFO at Eni.

International Petroleum Corporation has appointed William Lundin as COO, effective Dec. 1, 2020.

BHP has appointed Laura Tyler as chief technical officer, Caroline Cox as chief external affairs officer, and Johan van Jaarsveld as chief development officer.

Maersk Drilling CFO Jesper Ridder Olsen will leave the company by the end of January 2021 at the latest.

OGUK has appointed Sian Lloyd Rees as contractor vice co-chair and Katy Heidenreich as supply chain and operations director.

The National Ocean Industries Association board of directors has approved Talos Energy founder, President and CEO Tim Duncan as vice chairman, and Eric Hambly and Alan Quintero as new board members.

The Norwegian Petroleum Directorate has appointed Kristin Reitan Husebø as director of framework, performance management and improvement; Ola Anders Skauby as director of communications and public affairs; Erik Garshol as director of organisation and IT; May Karin Mannes as director of NCS analysis and data management; Kalmar Ildstad as director of exploration, production and area development; and Torgeir Stordal as director of geoscience, technology and co-existence.

Kevin Banister has joined Simply Blue Energy as chief development officer (International).

ODE has named David Robertson has head of renewables.

Scientific Drilling International has appointed Pamela S. Pierce as CEO and president.

CorPower Ocean has appointed Miguel Silva as head of its Portuguese operation.

McDermott International Ltd. has hired Tareq Kawash as senior vice president for its Europe, Middle East and Africa region.

Weatherford International plc has appointed H. Keith Jennings as executive vice president and CFO, and Scott C. Weatherholt as executive vice president, general counsel and chief compliance officer.

Airborne Oil & Gas has promoted William de la Motte to CFO.

Fluor has named Joe Brennan as CFO.

Bladt Industries has appointed Anders Søe-Jensen as CEO.

Dr. Robert N. Erlich, Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo and Nicolas Pompigne-Mognard have joined the African Energy Chamber’s Advisory Board.

AqualisBraemar has appointed John Harris as regional managing director of the Southeast Asia region.

Nautical Institute has elected Jillian Carson-Jackson as president.

OES Asset Integrity Management has appointed Adam Gibson as vice president of business strategy.

Katarina Lindström has joined Hempel as executive vice president and COO.

Novosound has named Dr. Derek Mathieson as chairman.

Xodus Group has named Alexander Thillerup as US renewables vice president and Jamie MacDonald as director of operations.

Exceed MPR has appointed Jon Goodenough as rig integration manager.

Jason Broussard has joined Abrado as president and CEO.

Sercel-GRC has named William H. Milne as vice president, major accounts and operations.

BMT has named Dennis de Bruin as managing director for its Commercial Shipping Europe business.

Kim Hedegaard Sørensen has joined StormGeo’s shipping division as COO.

North Star has appointed Mathew Gordon as CEO.

Forum Energy Technologies Inc. has appointed D. Lyle Williams Jr. as executive vice president and CFO, and Neal Lux as executive vice president, Operations.

Gillian King has joined the Board of the Oil & Gas Technology Centre.

Advanced Insulation has hired Guilherme Martins as business development manager for its subsea division in Brazil.

McMenon Engineering Services has appointed Bipin Nair as general manager for the Middle East and Asia/Pacific regions.

EnerMech has named Behzad Kazerani as chief business development officer.

Garry Kidd has joined Wellube as managing director.

Dräger has hired David Donaldson to head up its Marine and Offshore UK office in Aberdeen.

BCCK Holding Co. has appointed Thai Pham as senior process engineer.

Brett Bennett has joined Crowley Logistics as senior vice president and general manager.

Omni Helicopters International S.A. has appointed Duncan Moore as Group COO.

Matt Green has joined Greensea as senior robotics engineer.

Louis Findlay has joined Safetec UK as technical director.

SPX FLOW Inc. has appointed Simon Phillips as vice president and head of its commercial business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Tracy A. Atkinson has joined the US Steel Corp.’s board of directors.

Company News

Kvaerner and Aker Solutions plan to merge, forming a new company providing a more comprehensive service to the global energy industry. Although they will be combined based on the principle of equal parties, the new company will be Aker Solutions ASA.

Viaro Energy has agreed to acquire the entire issued and to-be-issued ordinary share capital of UK North Sea independent RockRose Energy plc.

Mermaid Subsea Services (Thailand) has created an offshore transportation, installation, and decommissioning services business unit. Mermaid claimed this would be the first Thai-owned and Thai-operated services company in the offshore transportation, installation and decommissioning sector capable of delivering services to an international standard using qualified local content for the Thai market.

Flylogix and Cambridge Consultants have agreed to collaborate on harnessing Iridium’s satellite communications to control unmanned aerial vehicles from a central hub. The arrangement will allow Flylogix to transition from local drone piloting at the airfield to centrally controlled operations, strengthening its support service for offshore E&P activities.

ABS and Dalian Maritime University have signed a strategic cooperation agreement to work together on education and industry projects related to shipbuilding and marine and offshore engineering. The agreement covers research programs focused on a series of fields including subsea engineering, polar shipping, autonomous vessel technology, and future projects.

Xodus Group has agreed to a partnership with Japanese consultancy E&E Solutions to deliver in-depth advice and analysis for the offshore wind market in Japan. The partnership will provide integrated advisory and technical services to deliver value to offshore wind developers, owners, operators, and lenders.

Halliburton Co. has created Halliburton Labs – a collaborative environment where entrepreneurs, academics, investors, and industrial labs come together to advance cleaner, affordable energy. Located at the company’s Houston headquarters, Nanotech Inc. has signed an agreement to be the first participant.

Shell Exploration and Production Co. has contracted Danos to provide a workforce across its production assets in the Gulf of Mexico, including Appomattox, Auger, Enchilada, Salsa, Mars, Ursa, Olympus, Perdido, and Stones. The three-year contract began on May 1 and will employ 144 Danos personnel in a variety of positions including: crane operations, control room and process operators, electricians, electronic technicians, instrument technicians, logistics and onsite supervisors.

Ampelmann has signed a new, three-year contract with Brunei Shell Petroleum for work in the Asia/Pacific region. The company will provide two of its latest version L-type systems to enable daily crew change operations.

NHV Group has started a new three-year contract to provide helicopter services for Shell UK and NAM in the southern North Sea. Flights will depart from NHV’s bases in Den Helder, the Netherlands and Norwich, eastern England to the offshore field facilities. NHV has allocated one Leonardo AW139 aircraft based at each of the two airports, featuring a medium-sized twin-engine.

Augean North Sea Services has acquired the EcoCentre at Peterhead, north of Aberdeen. Via the EcoCentre the company plans to introduce further waste treatment processes for a broad range of offshore materials, including drill cuttings and slop waters, via novel technology processes.

Vedanta Resources has extended Sparrows Group’s contract for supply of a rental crane offshore western India by three years.

Maersk Training has entered a global partnership with Bristol Community College’s National Offshore Wind Institute in Massachusetts.

Add Energy’s Asset and Integrity Management division and LifeTech Engineering Ltd. have partnered to develop an approach that analyzes the associated risks of inspection or maintenance delay, and offers the justifications required for postponing turnaround activities when it is safe to do so.

AW-Energy Oy has moved into a new facility in Vantaa, Finland.

NXG has secured the American Petroleum Institute 7-1 accreditation.

Airswift has formed a joint venture with Source of Asia in Vietnam as it targets growth in the offshore wind sector.

CDI Energy Products has completed the API Spec Q1 recertification.