Business Briefs

June 1, 2021
The latest personnel moves and company news in the offshore energy industry.


The Petrobras board of directors has elected Joaquim Silva e Luna as CEO; Rodrigo Araujo Alves as CFO and chief investor relations officer; Cláudio Rogério Linassi Mastella as chief trading and logistics officer; Fernando Assumpção Borges as chief exploration and production officer; João Henrique Rittershaussen as chief production development officer; and Salvador Dahan as chief governance and compliance officer.

Peter Coleman has retired as CEO of Woodside. The company has named Meg O’Neill as acting CEO.

George Maxwell has succeeded Cary Bounds as CEO of VAALCO Energy.

ONGC has appointed Subhash Kumar as chairman and managing director.

Diamond Offshore Drilling Inc. has appointed Bernie G. Wolford Jr. as president and CEO, and Neal P. Goldman as chairman.

Kosmos Energy has promoted Tim Nicholson and John Shinol to senior vice president and head of Exploration, and senior vice president and chief geoscientist, respectively.

Tracey K. Henderson has joined APA Corp. as senior vice president, Exploration.

The National Ocean Industries Association board of directors has elected Tim Duncan, president and CEO of Talos Energy, as chairman and Paul Danos, owner, president and CEO of Danos, as vice chairman for the 2021-22 term.

MODEC Inc. has named Takeshi Kanamori as president and CEO.

Golar LNG Ltd. has appointed Karl Fredrik Staubo as CEO, and Eduardo Maranhao as CFO.

Saipem has appointed Francesco Caio as CEO and general manager. In addition, the company has appointed Silvia Merlo, Francesco Caio, Roberto Diacetti, Alessandra Ferone, Patrizia Michela Giangualano, Pier Francesco Ragni, Marco Reggiani, Paul Simon Schapira, and Paola Tagliavini to the board of directors.

RWE AG has appointed Dr. Markus Krebber as CEO, Dr. Michael Müller as CFO, and Zvezdana Seeger as chief human resources officer and labour director.

Fraser Moonie has joined Decom North Sea as CEO.

Energi Coast has named Tony Quinn as chair.

Eidesvik Offshore Chairman Kolbein Rege has retired. The company has nominated Arne Austreid as his successor.

AFG Holdings Inc. has appointed Michael Walter as CEO. He succeeds Curtis Samford, who passed away in February.

Enteq Upstream has named Andrew Law as CEO. He succeeds Martin Perry, who has become non-executive chairman.

BW Ideol has named Marco Beenen, Yngvil Asheim, Julian Brown, Yasuhira Matsui, and Jean Huby to its board of directors.

The Energy Institute has appointed Dr. Nick Wayth as CEO.

SBM Offshore has appointed Ingelise Arntsen as a member of the supervisory board.

Mitsubishi Heavy Industries America Inc. has appointed Michael Sicker as president of its Oil & Gas Division. He succeeds Hiroaki Osaki, who has retired from his role as president but continues to serve as chairman of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Compressor Corp.

Ørsted has appointed Richard Hunter as COO.

Schlumberger has named Dr. Katharina Beumelburg as chief strategy and sustainability officer.

Paula R. Glover has joined the Talos Energy board of directors.

Ecopetrol S.A. has named Elsa Jeanneth Jaimes as vice president of Exploration.

Paul Aronzon has joined the Noble Corp. board of directors.

TMC Compressors has appointed Christian Ness as CEO.

Atkins has appointed Campbell Gray as CEO for the Middle East and Africa, effective August 2021.

Michiel Van Haersma Buma has joined Akselos as vice president of Customer Success.

Robin Macmillan has joined Data Gumbo as chief corporate development officer.

Maersk Supply Service has named Jonas Munch Agerskov as chief commercial officer.

Shawn D. Williams has joined the Tetra Technologies Inc. board of directors.

Maritime Developments has appointed Chris Reid as vice president – UK & Europe.

80:20 Procurement Services has appointed Donald Macleod as managing director of US operations.

The Outer Continental Shelf Governors Coalition has chosen John Bel Edwards (Louisiana) as chairman, and Tate Reeves (Mississippi) as vice chairman.

Phoenix has promoted Troy Magness to Louisiana diving operations manager.

US Wind Inc. has appointed Albert Ploeg as construction manager, Benjamin Cooper as director of Marine Affairs, and Gener Gotiangco as senior director for Transmission Development.

Jan Poulsen has joined Cenosco as CEO.

ROSEN (UK) has promoted Marguerite Forde to integrity solutions specialist and sales manager.

FutureOn has appointed Katherine Taylor-Jones as CFO, and David Bartley as head of people.

Enelift has named Jim Clark as chairman, and Adam Maitland as non-executive director.

Seatex Corp. has hired Jonathan O’Dwyer as executive vice president of Operations and Technology.

Arnel Santos has joined mCloud as executive vice president and president, Americas.

Radix Engineering and Software has hired Doug Sinclair as business development director, and Elliott Bell as program director for Advanced Solutions.

Twin Brothers Marine has appointed James Block as account representative. 

OPEX Group has hired Alison Taylor as emissions reduction lead, Colin Deddis as process engineering lead, and Euan Bathgate as chief product officer.

Company News

UK North Sea independent Pharis Energy has renamed itself Orcadian Energy.

GATE Energy has won the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Culture of Safety Award for its leadership and safety culture, including the development of an integrated management system that is compliant with occupational health and safety management requirements established in 45001:2018.

TechnipFMC has received the 2021 NOIA Safety in Seas Safety Practice Award for the Gemini ROV system.

ASTM International and the American Petroleum Institute have partnered to harmonize petroleum standards in West Africa, with impact in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, and Senegal. The three-year project is supported by the USAID Standards Alliance and managed by the American National Standards Institute.

Offshore Support and Logistics Services Co. has teamed up with Mammoet to deliver turnkey transport and installation solutions for projects in the GCC.

Express Engineering has opened a 48,000-sq ft (4,459-sq m) assembly and test center in Gateshead, England.

Danfoss Editron and the Ship and Ocean Industries R&D Center have partnered to launch the Green Energy Application Development Center in Taiwan.

Mammoet subsidiary Conbit has opened its Asia/Pacific hub in Johor Bahru, Malaysia.

Shell has awarded Draeger a three-year renewal of an enterprise framework agreement. This covers the supply of portable gas detection equipment and other safety technology for all of Shell’s offshore and onshore facilities and installations worldwide.

Welltec has signed a long-form contract with Saudi Aramco. The company will deliver completion products and services across the Saudi Aramco portfolio. 

3t EnerMech, an alliance between 3t Energy Group and EnerMech, has launched a training and competency service in Angola. An unnamed international drilling contractor will be the first company to use the training facility in Luanda, developed in partnership with EnerMech’s local entity SoniMech.

Ocean Infinity has acquired software engineering provider Abyssal. The company plans to integrate Abyssal’s software capability with its robotic vessel fleet to provide safe and secure data acquisition operations through development of operational simulation, fleet management, and cloud data tools.

Aker BP has awarded Bristow Group Inc. a three-year contract extension to provide air transportation services for its operations on the Norwegian continental shelf. The new contract expires in August 2024. It includes a one-year extension option.

Survitec has acquired Hansen Protection, a European provider of personal protective equipment.

TenneT has become the 100th member of Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports, an association for companies, regional government authorities and knowledge and research institutes active in offshore oil and gas and wind energy in the North Sea Canal region.

Ashtead Technology has signed a collaboration agreement with Zetechtics to offer customers a range of new ROV tooling technologies. The agreement will see an array of torque tools, control systems, and associated peripherals from the subsea control systems provider made available to customers through Ashtead Technology’s nine customer service hubs.

Aleron Ltd. has partnered with SEA.O.G Offshore to bring its AUXROV system to the US market.

OMV has awarded NorSea a five-year contract to provide supply base services for its operations in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, and Barents Sea. The NOK300-million ($35-million) contract includes two two-year extension options. It applies to storage and handling of pipes, terminal services, and warehousing services.

United States Steel Corp. has joined ResponsibleSteel, a global not-for-profit forum for the steel supply chain and civil society organizations to work together to promote steel’s contribution to a sustainable future.

Bilfinger Salamis UK has formed a strategic partnership with GEV Wind Power.

Transmark Subsea has become the European distributor of ROV systems for Boxfish Research.

Vantage Drilling has awarded ICM Group a global preferred contract to provide onboard regulatory and crane training. This long-term contract covers the majority of ICM’s training programs to support Vantage Drilling’s onboard training requirements.

ClassNK has opened a Kyushu regional office in Hakata, Fukuoka, Japan.

Techouse has opened an office in Glasgow, Scotland.

Sulzer has acquired Turbo Services Inc., an aeroderivative gas turbine provider.

James Fisher has launched James Fisher Subtech, which consolidates its subsea offering.