Business Briefs

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

Deepwater Operations and Topsides, Platforms & Hulls

The Topsides, Platforms & Hulls Conference & Exhibition and the Offshore Wind Summit were co-located with Deepwater Operations in Galveston, Texas, from Oct. 5-7, 2021.

For Deepwater Operations, Chet Molbert of Occidental received the Best Presentation award for “Creative Methanol Injection Line Repair.” Francisco Ruiz of Murphy Oil Corp. and Mark West of ABS Group won the Best Presenter award for “Strong Foundations for Reliable Operations.”

For Topsides, Platforms & Hulls, Michael Kinzel of QuarterNorth Energy received the Best Presentation award for “A Journey in Obsolescence: Upgrading Bullwinkle’s PLC.” Jeremy Hall of Wood won the Best Presenter award for “The Last Ax: True Digital Execution Starts with Process Data.”

For the Deepwater Operations/Topsides, Platforms & Hulls plenary sessions, Ivan Damnjanovic of Texas A&M University won the Best Presentation award for “Measuring and Improving Blended Project-Safety Culture in Operations of Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities.” Jason Mathews of BSEE won the Best Presenter award for “Highlights and Safety Trends of the Outer Continental Shelf of the GOM.”

The event will return to Galveston on Oct. 4-6, 2022.


Tullow Oil plc has appointed Phuthuma Nhleko as an independent non-executive director and chairman-designate. He will succeed Dorothy Thompson by the end of the year.

Seadrill Ltd. has appointed Julie Johnson Robertson (chair), Mark McCollum (chair of the Audit Committee), Karen Dyrskjot Boesen, Jean Cahuzac, Jan Kjaervik, Andrew Schultz, and Paul Smith to its board of directors.

Woodside CFO Sherry Duhe has resigned.

Royal Dutch Shell plc has appointed Wael Sawan as Integrated Gas and Renewable and Energy Solutions Director and Zoë Yujnovich as Upstream Director.

Gitte Gard Talmo will succeed Jan Fredrik Meling as president and CEO of Eidesvik Offshore ASA on Jan. 1, 2022.

Silje Augustson has resigned as chair of the Electromagnetic Geoservices ASA board of directors.

Christy H. Novak has succeeded Scott K. Duff as vice president, corporate controller, and chief accounting officer of NOV Inc. Also, Robert Welborn has joined the company’s board of directors.

Providence Resources P.l.c. CEO Alan Linn has stepped down. James Menton has assumed the role of executive chairman.

GD Energy Products has appointed Larry Kerr as CEO.

Earth Science Analytics has appointed Tatiana Moguchaya as CEO.

Ryan M. Lance has joined the Freeport-McMoRan Inc. board of directors. He will also serve as a member of the Corporate Responsibility Committee.

Reuben Segal will succeed David Wells as CEO of AqualisBraemar LOC on Jan. 1, 2022.

Audubon Companies has promoted Jeremy Zamzow to president of Audubon Carbon.

Wood has appointed German Carmona as president of its Applied Intelligence business, and Lesley Birse as executive president of People & Organisation.

NHV has named Thomas Hütsch CEO.

Siemens Energy has appointed Samuel Morillon as senior vice president for the Asia Pacific Hub.

Jōb Industrial Services has named Steve Wendel president and COO.

Intelligent Wellhead Systems Inc. has appointed William Standifird as CEO and Gary Cresswell as independent non-executive chairman of the board.

Peterson COO Murdo MacIver will retire at the end of the year.

David Hang has joined US Wind Inc. as COO.

Paul E. Rowsey III has joined the Forum Energy Technologies Inc. board of directors. He will also serve as a member of the Compensation Committee.

ABS has appointed Bruce Baffer as senior vice president of Global Government.

Sonia Galindo has joined KBR as executive vice president and general counsel.

Avi Waller has joined Eco Wave Power as COO.

Coretrax has hired Arthur Stautzenberger as Norway country manager.

Swire Energy Services has named Gary Lindsay general manager UK.

Geoff Morrison has joined Vysus Group as CFO.

Kongsberg Digital has appointed Benedicte Willumsen Grieg as vice president, Strategy.

Danos has hired Isaac Villarreal as executive account manager for Chevron.

Ben Palmer has joined Inmarsat as president of its Maritime Business Unit.

Clough has appointed Jillian Formentin as business development manager.

Expro Group has appointed Karen David-Green as chief communications, stakeholder and sustainability officer.

XOCEAN has appointed Tomas Frafjord as Norway country manager.

Bristow Group Inc. has hired Courtney Byrne as area manager, Guyana.

Xodus has named Itsuka Ogawa Japan country manager.

3t Energy Group has appointed Jill Ogilvie as director of strategic projects.

Phoenix has promoted Chris Williams to vice president, Manned Operations.

Oxford Flow has appointed Colin Findlay as chief strategy officer and Kirsten Phipps Get as director of HR.

OSSO has hired David Mitchell as Middle East manager in Dubai, UAE.

Bill Chilton has joined the International Marine Contractors Association as technical adviser – Diving.

Pryme Group has appointed Ray McGlynn as business development manager – Renewables.

ASCO has appointed Peter Guild as Group Head of HSSEQ and promoted Thuy-Tien Le Guen Dang to sustainability and marketing manager.

Westerton SplashZone Integrity Specialists has named Tony Branch managing director.

Company News

Ocean Power Technologies Inc. has acquired Marine Advanced Robotics Inc., a Richmond, California-based developer and manufacturer of autonomous surface vehicles.

GATE Energy has opened an office in Mexico City, GATE Mexico R.L. de CV.

CRP Subsea has opened a manufacturing facility in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, UK.

Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy has announced plans to build the first offshore wind turbine blade facility in the US. It has signed a long-term lease agreement with the Virginia Port Authority to develop more than 80 acres (32 hectares) at the Portsmouth Marine Terminal.

Technip Energies and Petronas have signed a heads of agreement establishing a strategic collaboration framework to accelerate development of carbon capture technologies. These include Petronas’ Rotating Pack Bed assisted cryogenic CO2 recovery technology (CryoMin), and membrane-based CO2 recovery technology (PN2).

Fugro has opened a remote operations center in India. This new regional facility will be known by the name ‘Drishti’, the Sanskrit word for ‘vision’.

IKM Testing AS has purchased 70% of the shares in Alfa Solution AS, with an option to acquire the remaining 30%. Alfa Solution AS has changed its name to IKM Alfa Solution AS.

Tenaris and Sandvik have signed a new five-year agreement for the supply of oil country tubular goods with premium connections and specialty steel alloys for the oil and gas market.

Baker Hughes’ Subsea Drilling Systems business and MHWirth AS have merged and formed HMH.

Ocean Infinity has acquired Red Rock, a technology company with solutions that are expected to enable autonomous port operations.

DNV has opened a hydrogen testing and research laboratory in Columbus, Ohio. 

AqualisBraemar LOC Group has an agreement to acquire the UK operations of ship design and marine consultancy company OSD-IMT from Damen Shipyards Group.

Bureau Veritas has joined the advocacy and networking group Amsterdam IJmuiden Offshore Ports.

The UK’s National Oceanography Centre and Subsea 7 have launched the BORA Blue Ocean Research Alliance.

Crowley Maritime Corp. has opened an office in Providence, Rhode Island.

Xodus has acquired Houston-based data interpretation consultancy Ocean Geo Solutions.

Gardner Denver High Pressure Solutions has been renamed GD Energy Products. The company has also opened a sales facility in Dubai, UAE.

EnerMech has formed a strategic alliance with Offshore Technical Services Ltd.

Parker Drilling, Quail Tools, and iTS Energy Services have integrated into Parker Wellbore.

Mocean Energy has opened an office in Aberdeen, UK.

Clariant has opened the Competence Center for Tailings Treatment in Belo Horizonte, Brazil.

Global Gravity has opened a new office and warehouse in Altens Industrial Estate in Aberdeen.

MatthewsDaniel has opened an office in Aberdeen.

Bilfinger UK and Bilfinger Salamis are set to merge on Jan. 1, 2022. They will trade under the Bilfinger UK brand.

International Hellenic University is investing more than €1 million ($1.1 million) in a new simulator training facility to support the oil and gas industry. The facility, which is said to be the first of its kind in Greece, includes the latest simulator technology from Drilling Systems. This technology provides an immersive virtual-reality-based learning experience to enhance understanding of oil and gas drilling and well control operations and produce ‘work-ready’ graduates.

AMS Global Group has opened a center of excellence facility in Leeds, UK.

Survitec has acquired Blue Anchor Fire & Safety Ltd.

Clariant Oil Services is expected to open the Eastern Hemisphere Technical Center in Dubai, UAE, in early 2022.

Awind AS has changed its name to IWS Fleet AS.

First Subsea has opened a cable protection system production facility in Lancaster, UK.

Wilkie Engineering Ltd. has become a shareholder in Oasis Marine Power Ltd. The two companies will work to deliver the Oasis Power Buoy, an offshore charging buoy to allow hybrid and electric vessels to recharge at sea.

Reel Power Oil & Gas has changed its name to Reel Power Marine & Energy

Gazprom and Petrofac have formed a partnership to export and promote the standards of the Russian energy industry domestically and internationally. Under the five-year memorandum of cooperation, the two parties will collaborate on industry standardization initiatives as Russia’s energy sector invites international companies to assist its expansion domestically and overseas.

TechnipFMC has completed its acquisition of the outstanding shares of composite pipe developer Magma Global.

Rockwash Geodata has entered a collaboration agreement with Earth Science Analytics. They plan to jointly offer their services to transform large quantities of unused oil and gas data into digital assets.