Business Briefs

March 1, 2002
Andrew Armour relinquished his post as exploration director of Enterprise Oil in London. Until a successor is appointed, John Crowle will perform Armour's duties.


Andrew Armour relinquished his post as exploration director of Enterprise Oil in London. Until a successor is appointed, John Crowle will perform Armour's duties.

Bruce Campbell is BJ Services' new Health, Safety, Environmental, & Quality Manager for its UK Well Services Division in Aberdeen, Scotland. Lindsay Link is now BJ's Country Manager in Norway for the Well Services Division in Stavanger for the Europe & Africa Region.

Peter Gossas is the new President of the business sector at Sandvik Steel in Sandviken, Sweden. He retains his existing duties as head of the company's tube and pipe division.

Al Cook was appointed Managing Director of counter-pollution specialist Briggs Environmental Services in Aberdeen, Scotland.

Venture capital group 3I appointedGraeme Sword as Director of its oil and gas business in Aberdeen, Scotland.

The Joint Oceanographic Institutions announcedNicklas Pisias will serve as Interim Director of the Ocean Drilling Program.

Peter Casbarian was named President and CEO of Petro-Marine/BCI Engineering Inc., maintaining offices in Houston, Texas, and New Orleans, La.

Noble Affiliates Inc. appointedRichard A. Peneguy Jr. Vice President and Division Manager for the Offshore Division.

UpstreamInfo tapped petroleum industry veteranKurt Hillmanto lead the company's global business development efforts.

John. A. Orcutt, Professor of Geophysics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, Cali-fornia, was named President-Elect of the American Geophysical Union.

Universal Compression Holdings Inc. namedShane Guiltner President of its Canada Division.

Patterson-UTI Energy Inc. namedRon Brazzel President, Spencer Armour Executive Vice President of Patterson, Bonsall Wilton Vice President of Tech-nology, and Mark Campbell Vice President of the Western Division of its AMBAR Lone Star Fluid Services subsidiary.

Global Industries, Ltd. appointedJ. Michael Pearson to the position of Senior Vice President of Strategic Planning.

Members of the ExxonMobil Corporation Board of DirectorsRene Dahan and Gene Renna announced their retirements and advised the board of their desire to not stand for re-election at the May 2002 annual meeting.

Petro-Canada appointedNorman F. McIntyre as its new President. Ron Brenneman continues as Chief Executive Officer.

Oceaneering appointedFred E. Shumaker Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Offshore Production Systems.

Norb D. Gorman was promoted to Vice President and General Manager Oilfield Projects for Oceaneering.

Thomas D. O'Malleyelected to resign as a member of the Board of Directors of Phillips Petroleum Company in order to pursue other business opportunities in the energy industry.

Global Industries Ltd. appointedWilliam J. Doré, Jr. to the position of Vice President of Investor Relations.

George King was appointed Director, Energy Group, at the Houston Advanced Research Center.


Air Logistics LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Offshore Logistics Inc., purchased 10 Eurocopter EC120Bs as part of a fleet renewal plan.

Subsea cable lay and burial specialistsCns Subsea Ltd. completed survey support work and cable plough assist operations for the engineering and construction contractor in the North Sea deploying their trenching system Olympian T2.

Oceaneering signed a memorandum of under-standing for joint pursuit of space systems engin-eering opportunities.

North Star Shipping is the first shipping company to achieve registration to both the environmental management standard, BS EN ISO 14001, and quality management standard, BS EN ISO 9001.2000.

3DGeo Development Inc. opened its Houston, Texas, office.

Oilfield Publications Ltd. published the new edition of Remotely Operated Vehicles of the World.

NetworkOil of Houston announced a name change to Network International.

PSC Heavy Liftlimited was officially renamed Fagioli PSC Limited.

Drallim Controls, a Drallim Industries division announced it received independent certification from SIRA for its Smart Valve Monitoring system SVM to IEC 61508.

Sonsub recently completed offshore activities for Coflexip Stena Offshore Inc.'s Banjo & Seahawk projects located in the East Breaks area of the Gulf of Mexico.

Hellmann Worldwide Logistics opened a third base in Aberdeen, Scotland, headed by Andy Lyall.

TotalFinaElf created a new Sustainable Develop-ment and Environment division, headed by Bernard Tramier.

Hydratight Sweeney opened a new, multi-million dollar facility in Pasadena, Texas, to assist in engineering products that include Sea SerpentRegistered Sub Sea tensioners.


Halliburton International Inc. and Sibneft, signed an agreement to give Halliburton the ability to deploy all of its product service lines to the Russian oil and gas market.

AnTech Ltd. in Exeter, England, was awarded a contract by Geophysical Surveying Company Ltd. to design and manufacture a customized drilling system offshore Japan. The company will use the new drilling system to obtain geological information on potential nuclear waste disposal sites.

Petrobras awarded Aker Maritime a contract for preliminary engineering of a deepwater platform at a value of approximately $8 million, with an option for engineering of an additional platform.

Geo-Services ASA's data processing division secured a geophysical technology alliance with BP through the Gulf of Suez Petroleum Company worth about $10 million over a three-year period.

The Joint Oceanographic Institutions will receive nearly $1 million from the US Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory to study and characterize deposits of methane hydrates during an upcoming research cruise of the Ocean Drilling Program.

The contract forHavila Lista, a PSV of the type UT 745, delivered the summer of 1999, is extended for an additional six months with Statoil until September 2002.

Halliburton Subsea was awarded a contract to transport and install a steel tube umbilical for Shell's Coulomb project in the Mississippi Canyon area in the US Gulf of Mexico.

Ocean Rig ASA executed a drilling contract with an affiliate of ExxonMobil Corporation for drilling services with the company's semisubmersible drilling rig Leiv Eiriksson.

Expro International Group PLC announced the award of new contracts more than £7 million for its permanent monitoring services.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Schlumberger Information Solutions acquired the Norwegian-based Inside Reality AS, developed in conjunction with Norsk Hydro and Christian Michelsen Research AS.

Petro-Marine Engineering, Inc., purchased earlier in 2001 by Saipem, merged with Barnett & Casbarian Inc. and formed Petro-Marine/BCI Engineering Inc.

Rowan Electric Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Rowan Companies Inc., completed the purchase of certain assets of Oilfield-Electric-Marine Inc. and Industrial Logic Systems Inc., for about $8 million in Rowan common stock.

SMIT Land and Marine Engineering Ltd., a UK subsidiary of SMIT International, and INTEC Engineering (UK) Ltd., completed an agreement whereby INTEC acquired Fuel Subsea Engineering, headquartered in Woking, England.