Business Briefs

June 15, 2023
The latest company news and personnel moves from the offshore industry.


bp has appointed Starlee Sykes CEO of Archaea Energy, and Andy Krieger will succeed Sykes as senior vice president of bp’s Gulf of Mexico (GoM) and Canada business.

After more than six years as Prosafe's CEO, Jesper Kragh Andresen has informed the board of directors that he plans to step down. He will continue in his current role until his successor is in place. 

Petrofac has appointed Tareq Kawash group chief executive and executive director, succeeding Sami Iskander.

The International Marine Contractors Association has announced that Iain Grainger will succeed Allen Leatt as CEO when he retires at the end of May.

The Society of Petroleum Engineers board of directors has hired Simon Seaton as CEO, effective July 20. 

After nearly seven years at the helm of the Net Zero Technology Centre (NZTC), Colette Cohen OBE is standing down as CEO, with Myrtle Dawes announced as the NZTC's new CEO.  Rebecca Allison has been promoted to COO.

Fraser Moonie has been appointed COO of Rovco.

Petrobras' board of directors has elected Mário Vinícius Claussen Spinelli as the company's chief governance and compliance officer, with a term until April 13, 2025, the same term as the other members of the executive board. 

North Star has appointed James Bradford CTO.

Woodside has appointed Liz Westcott executive vice president of Australian operations. Westcott most recently held the role of COO at EnergyAustralia. 

BW Offshore has appointed Anders S. Platou as chief strategy officer, effective July 1. He previously held the role of head of corporate finance and strategy.

Colonna’s Shipyard Inc. has promoted Randall Crutchfield to executive vice president (EVP) and COO, Jordan Webb to EVP of shipyard operations and Chris Hartwig to senior director of Steel America. 

Offshore announces the 2023 Subsea Tieback Forum Advisory Board:

From left to right: Amanda Bergin, Baker Hughes; Matthew Obernuefemann, ExxonMobil; Pablo Gomes, Petrobas; Tony Matson, Trendsetter Engineering; Randy Seehausen,Staatsolie; John Smiley, Shell International E&P, Inc; Walid Soliman,bp; Jason Harry, Hess Corporation; Advisory Board Chairman Bruce Crager, Endeavor Management: Karl Schnakenburg, Woodside Energy; Julie Ingram, McDermott; Chris Egan, TechnipFMC; Erin Balch, Wood; Mike Clarke, Beacon Offshore Energy; Antonio Critsinelis, Chevron Energy Technology Co.; Conference Director David Paganie, Offshore; Nikunj Patel, Oceaneering International

Not pictured: Maria Bulakh, Aker Solutions; Ron Ledbetter, College of Engineering TAMU; Phillip Luce, OnseSubsea; Glenn Mediamolle Jr, LLOG Exploration; Cort Prois, Occidental US Offshore; Ian Ramsay, Navitas Falklands; JR Salinas, Equinor; Jeremy Woulds, Subsea 7

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Company News

ABB has completed the divestment of its UK technical engineering consultancy business, part of its Energy Industries division, to TÜV Rheinland.

Rovco, a provider of technology-enabled project solutions to the offshore renewable energy sector, has launched a new marine site characterization business line. The new division will serve the offshore energy sector, providing clients with a comprehensive range of survey solutions, including hydrographic, geophysical, shallow geotechnical, metocean and environmental surveys.

C-Innovation LLC, an affiliate of Edison Chouest Offshore and its family of companies, has expanded into a new facility in Port Fourchon, La., providing an additional dock facility for subsea inspection, maintenance and repair, and riserless light well intervention services. 

Crowley has opened its first wind services office on the US West Coast in Eureka, Calif. The new office advances the partnership with the community to develop a terminal to serve as the West Coast’s first hub for offshore wind energy installation at the Port of Humboldt Bay.

Eco Wave Power Global AB has opened a US subsidiary under the name Eco Wave Power US. The company plans to also establish a corporate office in New York City, which will be its first office in the US. 

Paradigm Flow Services has split into two separate entities: Paradigm Flow Services and Paradigm Fire Protection Services.     

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