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Dragon Oil was awarded a 25-year production sharing contract by the country of Turkmenistan for the Cheleken Contract Area in the Caspian Sea, along with the dissolution of the Cheleken Joint Venture.


Dragon Oil was awarded a 25-year production sharing contract by the country of Turkmenistan for the Cheleken Contract Area in the Caspian Sea, along with the dissolution of the Cheleken Joint Venture.

PGS Power was awarded a 5-year, $150 million contract from Kerr McGee to provide operations support services for the Hutton, Murchison, Ninian fields, along with the Gryphon and Janice floating facilities.

BP Amoco has awarded contracts to Paragon Engineering and Intec Engineering for preliminary engineering work for a "new transportation infrastructure" in the Mississippi Canyon, south Atwater Valley, and Green Canyon areas in the Gulf of Mexico. Paragon will focus on onshore and continental shelf infrastructure while Intec will focus on deepwater.

Andrew Palmer & Associates was awarded a $250,000 contract to design pipelines and associated structures for BG's Blake Field development. The main contractor is Coflexip Stena Offshore.

Canyon Offshore has been awarded a contract by Maersk Supply Service to mobilize an ROV to repair an anchor chain off Vietnam and assist with the disconnect of an FPSO in the White Tiger Field.

Cal Dive International has a contract from Canyon Offshore to charter the M/V Merlin and mobilize an ROV to inspect subsea pipelines owned by the National Gas Corporation of Trinidad, Petrotrin and British Gas.

Racal NCS completed a contract with Horizon Offshore to provide positioning equipment onboard the Pacific Horizon derrick barge to support the installation of Platform A in the Amistad Field offshore Peru.

Bollinger Shipyards has a contract from McDonough Marine Service to build a large ocean-going deck barge, largely to transport fabricated structures.

Maersk Contractors, Environmental Divisionhas two contracts (Britannia Operator Ltd and Chevron UK Ltd)for the thermal treatment of oil based drill cuttings.

Expro North Seahas a contract from Maersk Contractorsto treat cuttings from Statoil's Huldra field drilling program.

Omega Service Industries (Lafayette, Louisiana) was awarded a contract by Delos Offshore(El Paso Energy Partners) for the fabrication of the Prince (formerly Sunday Silence) topsides tension-leg platform.

Saibos CML (Bouygues and Saipem) signed a $40 million turnkey contract with Ranger Oil Cote d'Ivoire to supply a platform and lay pipelines for the Espoir Field.

Ferguson Seacabs has a contract from BG International to provide accommodation space aboard the Armada platform.

Expro Group has a contract from Elf Exploration Angola to install 17 subsea single-point pressure and temperature monitoring units for the Girassol platform.

Shell Development Australia, Woodside Energy, and Methanex Corporation have signed a letter of intent for commercial terms as part of the installation of a 110-petajoules synthesis gas generation plant near Darwin.

SAS Gouda BV has signed a supply contract for a pipehandling system for a heavy derrick/lay barge being built by Yanti Raffles Shipyard (Friede Goldman Halter subsidiary) for China National Offshore Oil Company.

Weatherford International's Drilling and Intervention Services Division was awarded a 3-year service and supply contract by BPAmoco for drilling activities in the North Sea.


Jerry F. Wenzel was selected to head a BPAmoco team to examine deepwater oil and gas transportation issues for the companies deepwater discoveries.

Pat Plunkett has been named Chairman of UK independent Tullow Oil (London).

Charles J. Pitman has been appointed to Apache Corporation's board of directors.

Intec Engineering (Delft) has promotedMartin Bruins to General Manager.

BJ Pipeline Inspection Services (Aberdeen) has promotedRichard Matthews to Sales and Marketing Manager.

TGS-NOPEC Geophysical has namedJohn Adamick Vice President, Business Development and Karen El-Tawil Vice President, Gulf of Mexico.

Halliburton Company has appointedJohn Kennedy as Executive Vice President responsible for global business development.

Global Industries has appointedNicolas Alvarado as Vice President of Worldwide Business Development and Drew Michel as Vice President of Deepwater Development.

Paul Dixon has accepted a position to head a deepwater structural design team at EDG.

Pride International appointedMarcelo D. Guiscardo as President of San Antonio and Vice President of E&P Services.

Marlan Downey, Professor of Geoloy at the University of Oklahoma (Sarkeys Center) was named President of the American Association of Petroleum Geologists. Voted in as president-elect was Robbie R. Gries of Priority Oil and Gas.

Lars Pettersson is the new President of Sandvik Steel (Sandviken, Sweden).

Smith Rea Energy (Chartham, UK) has appointedGeorge Mager as Joint Managing Director, working with Martin Barnesand Alasdair Reidhas been appointed Operations Manager-Aberdeen.

Bollinger Shipyards has promotedMark Detillier to Executive Vice President for repair and conversion operations.

Santa Fe Snyder as appointedHugh L. Boytas President, North America, Timothy S. Parker to President, International, and Duane C. Radtke as Executive Vice President, Exploration and Production.

Paradigm Geophysical has appointedLarry Lenig Jr. as President of Paradigm US Operations and John Dinning as Vice President of Client Solutions for Paradigm US Operations.

McDermott International has appointedBruce W. Wilkinson as the companies new President and COO.

Sonsub (Houston) has appointedMassimo Fontolan as Regional Managing Director of the North Sea Region.

Aker Maritime has namedJim O'Sullivan Senior Vice President of Alternative Deepwater Business Solutions, focusing on leasing floating production systems.

Peter Hedges has been appointed Area Vice President - Far East Sales Kellogg Brown & Root's new office in Tokyo.

Mergers & Acquisitions

Bollinger Shipyards is acquiring the vessel repair division (five yards) of Friede Golman Halter for $80 million, which will give Bollinger a total of 43 drydocks along the US Gulf Coast.

Schlumberger Oilfield Services has acquired Operational Services (Houston), a supplier of oilfield operations management.

Occidental Petroleum has acquired Altura Energy Ltd. Partnership.

Weatherford said it has completed spin-off of its former subsidiary, Grant Prideco, Inc.

Expro Group has acquired the Kinley Corporation.

GRI (Gas Research Institute) and the Institute of Gas Technology are merging and have named John F. Riordan as CEO of the combined companies.

SMI Companies said it has "joined forces" with Veco-Bertrand as a business development partnership.

Cat Pumps (UK) Ltd has acquired Ram Pumps Ltd.

Company news

ABB and Varco Shaffercompleted a licensing agreement allowing ABB Vetco Gray to inspect and repair Varco Shaffer Marine Riser Systems.

Oceaneering International, Oil States HydroTech Systems, TD Williamson, and Williams have signed a cooperation agreement to develop diverless pipeline hot taps for deepwater.

Maritime Tentech and Maritime Hydraulics and subsidiaries will be coordinated as one unit for business purposes, but a merger is not part of present plans.

ABS has developed an offshore project develop team to coordinate a one-stop shop for risk management, verification, and safety of offshore facilities.

Wood Group has opened three manufacturing and service facilities in the UAE.

Baker Hughes has formed Exploration and Reservoir Services, a new business unit designed to provide seismic and borehole geophysics interpretation services.

Kellogg Brown & Root Far East Inc., a subsidiary of Kellogg Brown & Root (KBR), recently opened an office in central Tokyo at the Kamiyacho Mori Building.

Hunting Oilfield Services of Houston has formed an e-commerce web site (Oilfield. com) for exploration/production products.

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