Feb. 1, 2011
MCS Kenny has appointed Steven Bernard as VP of riser delivery. Bernard’s primary role will be supporting the growth of MCS Kenny, with a focus on expanding riser delivery services to the offshore industry.
BernardMCS Kenny has appointed Steven Bernard as VP of riser delivery. Bernard’s primary role will be supporting the growth of MCS Kenny, with a focus on expanding riser delivery services to the offshore industry.

Cosalt Offshore has appointedRod Buchan as CEO.

Badger Explorer has appointedDr. Wolfgang Mathisas product manager.

Iran’s Minister of PetroleumDr. Seyed Masoud Mirkazemihas named Mousa Souri as the new MD of Pars Oil and Gas Co. He was previously MD of the Pars Special Energy Zone and the Iranian Oil Terminals Co. 


Multi-Chem has appointedDennis Horstmann as manager of global business development and Tony Spratt as manager of CAPEX and flow assurance technology.


InterMoor has namedRoss Landry as subsea operations manager. Working out of InterMoor’s Lafayette, Louisiana, facility, Landry will manage all activities related to subsea operations including but not limited to abrasive cutting services, heave compensation services, and all facility-based projects.

Kjell E. Jacobsen has resigned from the Seadrill Ltd. board of directors and Carl Erik Steen is nominated to fill his place.

Lifting, tooling, and marine services provider Cosalt Offshore has appointedRunar Blakstad managing director of its Norway division.

Clough Ltd. has appointedNick White as director of processing engineering. White reports to Bary Bowtell, executive VP, Engineering.

InterMoor has namedSarah Kawas as business development manager–Latin America. With 13 years of industry experience, Kawas also has experience in technical sales, marketing, and project management.

Beach Energy Ltd. has appointedGordon Moseby, GM–business review and planning, as a director of its subsidiaries Australian Petroleum Investments Pty Ltd., Delhi Petroleum Pty Ltd (Delhi), and Delhi Holdings Pty Ltd..

GE Oil & Gas has appointedAndrew Way as VP of services. Way will be responsible for leading continued growth of the business’ equipment repair, maintenance, upgrade, and remote monitoring and diagnostics capabilities across all segments of the oil and gas industry.

Foster Marketing Communications has appointedBob Lytle as account supervisor in the firm’s Houston office. Lytle has more than 30 years’ experience in marketing communications.

Rowan Companies Inc. has appointedSuzanne P. Nimocks to its board of directors. Nimocks recently retired from McKinsey & Co. Inc., where she served as a director (senior partner) from June 1999 to March 2010.

Ikon Science has appointedRichard Swarbrick as global director of geopressure. Swarbrick also becomes a member of the company’s board.

Coretrax Technology has appointedChris Calder as operations manager to oversee the facilities in Aberdeen and service delivery to customers worldwide.

C & C Technologies has appointedRalph Coleman as VP of marine construction surveys. Jason Duplechin has been promoted to manager of the spatial data management department. Eric Granger has been appointed marine construction operations manager and will continue managing C & C’s offshore survey crews. Jake Klara has been named senior VP of international operations and strategic development. Klara will concentrate on marine construction opportunities and new technologies. Dean White has joined C & C as its marine department manager. White will work to further improve the quality and professionalism of C & C’s vessel operations.

ABS has namedTodd Grove as chief technology officer. John McDonald, currently regional VP, Northern Europe and Africa, will succeed Grove as president and COO of the ABS Europe Division. John Gallagher, currently regional VP, North America, will transfer to London and assume the position of regional VP, Northern Europe. Thomas Blenk, currently VP of global operations, ABS Nautical Systems (NS) Division, will transfer to New York City and replace Gallagher. Demetri Stroubakis, currently regional VP, Eastern Europe, will transfer to Houston and replace Blenk. Vassilios Kroustallis, currently country manager for Greece, will replace Stroubakis. Christos Nomikos, currently principal surveyor for Greece, will replace Kroustallis. All changes are effective Feb. 1.

Atwood Oceanics Inc. has appointedArthur M. Polhamus as VP of Operations starting Feb. 1.

Qatar has appointedMohammed Saleh al-Sada as its new energy minister. Al-Sada has been managing director of state-owned RasGas, which has a partnership with Exxon Mobil. He replaces Abdullah bin Hamad al-Attiyah, who remains deputy prime minister.

StirlingNelsonMustang has appointed Gordon Stirling as regional director for Europe, North Africa, Middle East, India, and Russia. The company has also named Chet Nelson as regional director for Asia-Pacific. The regional directors will facilitate and direct business activities for all markets served by Mustang, providing for efficient and coordinated operations across all of the company’s business units.

W&T Offshore has appointedJesus G. Melendrez as senior VP and chief commercial officer.

Transocean has appointedNick Deeming as senior VP, general counsel, and assistant corporate secretary, effective Feb. 7.Eric B. Brown, currently in that role, will transition to the company’s Houston office, primarily leading the company’s Macondo litigation efforts.

Bahamas Petroleum has namedDr. Paul Crevello CEO. He replaces Alan Burns, who will remain as non-executive chairman of the company.

ERM has appointedMaximo Hernandez as global oil and gas managing partner. Hernandez will develop and lead ERM’s strategies in oil and gas and support consultants as they advise major clients on the impacts and alternatives resulting from the rapidly changing environment.

Company News

InterMoor has opened a new 24-acre facility in Morgan City, Louisiana. This ISO-9001:2008 approved site contains a fabrication facility that includes two fabrication buildings, both with capabilities to design and produce comprehensive offshore mooring systems, subsea foundations, and equipment.

EnerMech has invested $31.5 million in a new Process, Pipeline, and Umbilical Services division. The commitment includes an initial £2.7 million ($4.3 million) outlay on on-site machining and hydraulic bolting and tensioning equipment. More will be invested in nitrogen convertors (ATEX, DNV, Zoned), nitrogen liquid storage tanks, fluid pumping equipment, subsea flooding and testing packages, air compressors, and nitrogen membrane units, the company says.

Energy Partners Ltd. (EPL) has acquired producing oil and natural gas assets in the shallow-water central Gulf of Mexico shelf from Anglo-Suisse Offshore Partnersfor $201.5 million. The assets currently produce approximately 3,000 net boe/d about 92% of which is oil. The properties include three main complexes and field areas in Main Pass blocks 296/301/311, South Pass blocks 33/49, and West Delta blocks 26/27/28/29/47 on the GoM shelf, in the vicinity of EPL’s existing South Timbalier and East Bay operations.

HB Rentals has agreed to supply accommodation units on the BP Regalia platform on the Valhall field. Under the 18-month contract, the company will supply four A60, Zone II NORSOK-compliant office modules.

UK North Sea operator has completed a strategic review of its assets. Shareholders have approved the resultant business plan, agreeing in principle to provide a further $150 million to fund future growth opportunities.

Technip has awarded DOF Subsea UK a contract for the provision of the light construction vessel Geoholm in the North Sea. The work is scheduled to start in the second quarter and to take place in 2011 and 2012 using two onboard WROVs.

Petrofac has awarded Champion Technologies a two-year contract. The contract scope covers a full range of production chemicals and associated management services for the Heather, Thistle, Northern Producer, and Kittiwake installations in the North Sea.

Reef Subsea AShas acquired EXS Subsea AS, which owns 80% in S3, Specialist Subsea Services Ltd. S3 specializes in offshore survey, positioning, and ROV services. Services include remote intervention, IMR, construction support, seabed mapping, geophysical surveys, geotechnical services, survey data presentation and data management.

McMoRan Exploration Co. has completed acquisition of Plains Exploration & Production Co.’s shallow-water Gulf of Mexico shelf properties. PXP received $86 million in cash and 51 million shares of McMoRan common stock in exchange for all its GoM leases in less than 500 ft (152 m) of water.

Gulfsands Petroleum plc has announced the sale of three properties from the Company’s Gulf of Mexico asset portfolio. These non-core producing properties are located in the shallow-water shelf area of the Gulf of Mexico, and the disposal is a part of the company’s ongoing plans to rationalize its US oil and gas property portfolio. The properties include various working interests in the Eugene Island 57/58 (EI 57/58) gas field, the Vermillion 379 (VR 379) oil and gas field and the South Pelto 13 (PL13) oil and gas field.

Statoil has agreed to acquire Marathon Petroleum Norway’s 20% interest in Gudrun and 12.5% interest in Eirin on the Norwegian continental shelf. Statoil increases its holding from 55% to 75% in production licenses 025 and 187 in the North Sea which cover the Gudrun field currently under development and the Sigrun and Brynhild discoveries. Statoil is also acquiring a 12.5% interest in the Eirin discovery in production license 048E.

Toll Mermaid Logistic Broome Pty Ltd.has added capacity at its Broome supply base to serve Browse basin operators. Mermaid Marine Australia is set to work the offshore operations while Toll Energy’s logistics experience work onshore.

Seatronics has entered a master services agreement with Oceaneering International Inc. Under the agreement, Seatronics’ rental inventory will be enhanced by a range of ROV tools belonging to Oceaneering’s Deepwater Technical Services (DTS) division.

Promperforator has agreed to distribute Titan Specialties’ products in Russia, Turkmenistan, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, and Tajikistan.

HB Rentals has opened a location in Dubai operating under its parent company, Superior Energy Services.

Daewoo Shipping and Marine Engineering (DSME) has awarded Alliance Engineering a contract to provide jacket and topsides engineering and design for Chevron’s South Nemba Auxiliary (SNX) project in Angola’s Nemba field.

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