BUSINESS BRIEFS

April 1, 2000
Fugro-LCT has entered into a gravity, magnetics, and bathymetry data management contract with Texaco Exploration & Production.

Contracts & Licenses

Fugro-LCT has entered into a gravity, magnetics, and bathymetry data management contract with Texaco Exploration & Production.

Coflexip Stena Offshore has been awarded two EPCI contracts in the North Sea: (1) with Norsk Hydro for two oil production risers and four gas injection risers at Njord; (2) with Veba Oil Nederland BVfor pipelay and subsea construction for the Hanze development in the Dutch sector.

BJ Tubular Services has a contract from Santa Fe Snyder to carry out casing and tubing running and handling services on the Carauna Project off Brazil.

OSCA signed a renewable contract for the Elkhorn River Frac stimulation vessel with Petrobras. The vessel will perform fracturing and stimulation services in the Potigura Basin and other areas off Brazil.

Sonsub has been awarded a contract by a group of Maintenance Authorities for the provision of a CRABSS (Craft for Repair and Burial of Submarine Systems) ROV system. The contract entails the design, procurement, manufacture, assembly, and testing of a new powerful Cable Trenching ROV system.

Syntroleum has signed a license with the Commonwealth of Australia to acquire the right to use gas-to-liquids technology.

BJ Services (Aberdeen, Scotland) was awarded a contract by Phillips Petroleum to provide coiled tubing and pumping services on the Greater Ekofisk Field off Norway.

ABB was awarded an EPC contract by ESSO for Ringhorne Development subsea systems.

Petroleum Geo-Services was awarded a contract by Phillips Petroleum for a seafloor multi-component seismic survey on the PL 19-3 in China's Bohai Bay.

Racal Survey was awarded a contract by Global Marine to provide DGPS services for the drilling units Jack Ryan and C. R. Luigs.

Leica Geosystems (Torrance, California) was awarded a contract by the Chinese Maritime Safety Administration to supply DPGS beacons.

CRP Marine (Lancashire, UK) has a contract from Global Marine Systems (previously Cable & Wireless Marine) to provide 16 cable support buoys for telecommuncations systems.

Pneumatic Control has contracts from Texaco, Shell, and Senica Resources to supply automatic well testers.

People

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FMC Corporation has electedPeter Kinnear as Corporate Vice President

R&B Falcon Corporation has elected ofR. A. (Rich) Pattarozzi to the Company's Board of Directors.

Shell Exploration & Production has namedDavid Lawrence Vice President of Exploration and Development and Steve McVeigh as Vice President of Production.

Newfield Exploration has appointedDavid Trice to the Board of Directors and Terry Rathert to the role of Chief Financial Officer.

Global Marine's Board of Directors has electedThomas Johnson as Senior Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer. Douglas Stegall was named Vice Presdient and Controller of Global Marine Inc. to succeed Johnson.

Following the merger of Totalfina and Elf Aquitaine (Paris), Totalfina Chair man and CEOThierry Desmarest has assumed the same responsibilities at Elf.

Aker Maritime (Oslo) has reorganized its group structure. New divisional heads areGerry Harrison at Aker Geo, Svein Eggen at the Deep-water company, Jarle Tautra at the North Sea contractor and Jon Erik Reinhardsen at Products and Well Services. In Perth, Knut Borgen has been appointed Managing Director of Aker Maritime Pty and Country Manager for Australia.

Weatherford International has appointedBruce Longaker and Curtis Huff as Executive Vice Presidents.

BJ Tubular Services (Aberdeen) has promotedAndy Penman to Area Manager, Business Development for the Europe & Africa Region.

Eric Deliac has joined Bouygues Offshore (Montigny-le-Bretonneux, France) as Vice-President Marketing - Business Development - R&D. Also, Bouyges Batiment has named Philippe Marien as Secretary-General of the group.

Pipeline engineering specialists PII Group (Cramlington, UK) have namedMarc Webster as acting MD.

BJ Tubular Services has namedAndy Penman as Area Manager of Business Developed for Europe and Africa.

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T. H. Hill Associates (Houston) has namedThomas M. Wadsworth as President.

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Western Geophysical has appointedMike McCormic as Vice President of Marketing.

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The Marine Technology Society (Houston section) has electedSandeep Khurana of Paragon Engineering as Chairman.

McMoRan Exploration has named Morrison Bethea,Gabrielle K. McDonald, and J. Taylor Wharton to the Board of Directors, and Kathleen Quirk as Vice President of Finance and Business Development.

El Paso Energy has namedStephen Beasley to President of Tennessee Gas Pipeline and Daniel B. Martin as Senior Vice Presidnet of Eastern Pipeline Operations, and James Yardley as President of Southern Natural Gas company.

The Offshore Energy Center has electedJames Payne (Santa Fe Snyder) as Chairman, along with new board members - Homer Hershey, Richard A. Patterozzi, Dennis Heagney, Richard Ghiselin, and Ken LeSuer.

Ambar Fluid Services Division has namedJohn Sturtevant as completion fluids and filtration product manager.

CGX Energy (Toronto) has namedAdrian Jackson as a Director of the company.

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OPE, Inc. has namedVic Mikulec as Manager of Engineering.

Modec International has namedPaul Cannatella as Manager of Sales & Marketing.

Chase Manhattan Corporation (London) has recruitedRobert McGuire as Managing Director and Head of its Oil and Gas Group in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

Progressing cavity pump manufacturer Netzsch Nemo (Walsall, UK) has appointedJoanne McFadden Area Sales Engineer for Scotland.

PennWell Corporation has namedD. King Anderson as President of the PennPoint division.

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CRC-Evans Canada has namedFred Lysak as Vice President and General Manager.

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Compressor Systems Inc. has namedJohn Prann as General Manager of Reciprocating Compression Products.

Geonet Services has appointedRandy Premont as Chief Technology Officer.

Ryder Scott Company has appointedRonald Harrell as Chairman and CEO with the retirement of Raymond Cruce.

RTI Energy Systems has appointedPatrick Boster as the new President.

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R&M Energy Systems has namedRandall Ray as Vice President of Engineer ing.

IFP of Paris has namedVan Bui Tran Director of the Technology Division.

TGS-Nopec Geophysical namedPierre Benichou as President of the Africa, Middle East, and Far East Division.

Mergers, Acquisitions, and New Companies

Texaco has created Alto Technology Resources to market its remote sensing technology.

Transocean Sedco Forex has sold its coiled tubing drilling business, Transocean Petroleum Technology, to Schlumberger. The sale includes 11 coiled tubing drilling units in the UK and Norwegian sectors of the North Sea.

PennWell Corp. and EBCO have formed Oil & Gas Journal Exchange, an internet auction platform.

Montrose Scota Training International andRGIT Ltd, both of Aberdeen, Scotland, are merging to form RGIT Montrose.

CHC Helicopter Corp. (St. Johns, Newfoundland) and Helicopter Services Group(UK) are merging operations.

Company News

Offshore International Ltd. and Zheng Mao Group Ltd. have joined forces in the UK to globally market offshore stud link and studless mooring chains and fittings.

Halliburton Energy Services has created a Global Deepwater Solutions Team made up of established experts to speed the development and delivery of solutions.

Schlumberger Oilfield Services announced participation in a JIP to examine feasibility of well testing without producing hydrocarbons to the surface. The JIP includes BP-Amoco, Conoco, and Norsk Hydro.

Aker Maritime has reorganized its engineering division to accommodate additional resources from Deep Oil Technology (DOT) and allow for expansion. Thirty technical staff from DOT have joined Aker Engineering since February 1, resulting in the creation of the Riser Technology & Well Systems and Deepwater Solutions Research & Development departments.

Imodco has changed its name to SBM/Imodco (Houston).

NetworkOil has raised $35 million in a second round of venture capital funding from Morgan Stanley, Goldman Sachs, and Warburg Pincus Ventures and has announced an alliance with Premier Auctioneers (oil and gas equipment).

Senior management allied with a ground of investors have purchasedGotaverken Arendal AB from Celsius, and will continue using the name.

Submarine Pipeline Spoilers has opened a US office in Birmingham, Alabama.

Helix Well Technologies has established an operations base in Perth, Australia for production and completions engineering.

  • Baker Oil Tools says it has set a new world record for the longest slimhole perforating gun assembly - a 937 ft tubing-conveyed perforating assembly during a horizontal completion.
  • Delmar Systems and Shell Deepwater say they have set a deepwater mooring depth record - 7,569 ft in the Gulf of Mexico on the semisubmersible Marianas. The deepest anchor was set at 7,738 ft.

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