BUSINESS BRIEFS

April 1, 2006
FloaTEC, a joint venture between Keppel FELS and J. Ray McDermott, has appointed John J. Murray director of technology development. Previously product development manager with Technip, he is responsible for technology development and developing and maintaining tools, systems, and procedures to support projects and R&D work.

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FloaTEC, a joint venture between Keppel FELS and J. Ray McDermott, has appointedJohn J. Murray director of technology development. Previously product development manager with Technip, he is responsible for technology development and developing and maintaining tools, systems, and procedures to support projects and R&D work.

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Raymond I. Wilcox, president of Chevron North America Exploration and Production Co., retired from the company on March 31 to become president and CEO of Chevron Phillips Chemical Co. LLC, a company owned equally by Chevron and ConocoPhillips. Wilcox was succeeded by Gary P. Luquette, formerly managing director of the European strategic business unit of Chevron International Exploration and Production Co. Wilcox joined Chevron as a design and construction engineer in 1968, and spent his career in a variety of onshore and offshore production and management activities in the US, Australia, and Nigeria. Luquette joined Chevron in 1978 as a design and construction engineer in the company’s E&P unit in Louisiana. He subsequently held a number of management positions overseas, and returns from Aberdeen, Scotland, to succeed Wilcox.

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Michael Pereira-Rego has been appointed exploration director for Aminex PLC. A geologist, he joined Aminex in 1998 as resident manager for Aminex’s Dachnoye field in Tatarstan and then became exploration manager for Russia. In 2001, he was appointed Aminex Group Exploration manager.

C.L. “Chuck” Hebert has been appointed president and COO of Offshore Specialty Fabricators Inc. He comes to OSFI with extensive experience in offshore construction and installation, including fixed platforms, pipelines, TLPs, and subsea developments.

Andrew Windham has been appointed a non-executive director for Aminex. A lawyer by profession, he has been the commercial director of Energy Africa Ltd., and since its takeover by Tullow Oil Plc, has acted for that group as a legal and commercial consultant.

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Global Industries has namedEddie Evans senior VP - human resources, health, safety, and environmental. He joined Global in 1998 as corporate director of safety, and succeeds Mike Buckley, who retired in December after serving for more than 10 years with the company.

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Craig Hodges has joined Microsoft’s Worldwide Oil and Gas unit as director, oil and gas sales. Hodges leads sales, marketing, partner and solutions teams. He brings more than 27 years of industry and sales experience, most spent working with the oil and gas industry.

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John R. Havey has been appointed technical sales manager - North America for JDR Cable Systems. Formerly sales manager for Dril-Quip, he is a 30- year veteran in the offshore oil & gas industry, with Vetco and Dril-Quip in the subsea markets in North America and FarEast/Asia-Pacific, in addition to residing overseas for 18 years covering the offshore markets in West Africa, North Africa, India, and the Middle East.

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Hartley Duncan has joined The Bayou Companies as a consultant for special projects and coatings. He is a NACE-certified coatings inspector who brings more than 30 years of experience to his new position. Duncan was an instructor for the NACE coating inspector program and is currently a PCCP technical auditor for the US and Canada for the Society for Protective Coatings.

Joseph A. Stanislawhas taken a position as independent senior advisor with Deloitte’s Energy & Resources practice. He is founder of the advisory firm The JAStanislaw Group LLC, specializing in strategic thinking and investment in energy and technology, and co-founder and former president and CEO of Cambridge Energy Research Associates (CERA).

With over 30 years of industry experience, Stanislaw will advise Deloitte’s US and global energy industry leadership on future trends in the global energy market, and will assist in shaping responses to those developments for Deloitte’s clients, focusing on sustainable emerging technologies and innovation.

He was one of three founders of CERA in 1983 and served as managing director for all non-US activity until 1997 when he was named president and later named CEO. Stanislaw and the other CERA partners sold their interest in the company in 2004 and he thereafter voluntarily and amicably separated from CERA.

Companies

European private equity company3i has sold its stake in Epcon Offshore AS, a provider of produced water treatment systems for the oil & gas industry, to M-I Swaco. 3i invested in Epcon in November 2004 and has seen the value of the company rise by more than 3.5 times over this period. Epcon’s annual sales for 2005 were approximately $26.5 million. The acquisition of Epcon enables M-I Swaco to enter the water treatment market.

PetroCom LLC has signed an exclusive two-year agreement to provide very small aperture terminal (VSAT) voice and data communication services to Helix Energy Solutions Group, formerly known as Cal Dive International Inc. As part of the deal, PetroCom will commission a state-of-the-art VSAT system and manage Helix’s communication needs across its fleet of 28 vessels.

Emergency response and crisis management providerRubicon Response, has opened the first integrated Emergency Response Service Center (ERSC) in the UKCS. Located in Aberdeen, the center will be providing 24/7 emergency response services to clients with assets operating in the North Sea. Developed to provide multiple North Sea operators with access to a dedicated professional emergency management service, the ERSC has been equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Various levels of service are available at the ERSC, ranging from call-out and mobilization services, relative, and media response functions through to a fully-supported incident management room. The strategic location of the facility will enable the team from Rubicon Response to work closely with emergency services, industry regulators, and other agencies, many of whom are located within the same building, to provide an efficient integrated emergency response service.

McCrometer has designated The Eads Co. as its exclusive oil and gas representative in Texas for its flow instrumentation customers. Founded in 1953, The Eads Co. provides products and services to the chemical, petrochemical, refining, energy, OEM, research and development, and power industries. Headquartered in Houston, The Eads Co. serves its instrumentation and control customers from six branch locations across Texas.

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