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Following the Devon Energy Corp. and Ocean Energy Inc. merger, J. Larry Nichols will retain the positions of chairman and CEO. James T. Hackett will be named president and COO.

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Jaime Kammerzell
Associate Editor

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Following the Devon Energy Corp. and Ocean Energy Inc. merger,J. Larry Nichols will retain the positions of chairman and CEO. James T. Hackett will be named president and COO. The board of directors will consist of nine members from Devon and four members from Ocean.

Royal Dutch/Shell's Gas and Power business (Lon-don) has namedMalcolm Brinded CEO.

BP (London) has namedRichard Olver deputy chief executive.

Graham Stewart is the new CEO of Faroe Petroleum.

BG Group has namedDave Roberts as executive vice president and managing director, eastern hemisphere operations.

Wood Group Gas Turbine Services has appointedDavid Baillie CEO.

Steve Preston of Heerema Marine Contractors is the new president of the International Marine Contractors Association.

Chris Wilby has become director of the UK Health and Safety Executive's Hazardous Installations Directorate.

Sandvik Materials Technology has namedPeter Gossas as president.

Fluoropolymer coatings specialist Whitford Plastics has recruitedMike Day as technical manager.

Invensys has appointedDr. Calvin B. Cobb as vice president and general manager of the company's global Hydrocarbon Industries business unit.

Petrobras has announced thatJosé Direceu de Oliveira e Silva has resigned from the company's board of directors and the board has appointed Jacques Wagner as de Oliveira Silva's replacement.

Magnum Systems Inc. has appointedGary Saunders as vice president of sales and marketing.

Industrial Pump Group of ITT Industries has namedWilliam E. Taylor vice president, marketing and business development, and Chad Tuttle manager, business development for the process products division.

Eric Smith has joined Global Industries Ltd. as vice president – strategic planning.

Murphy Oil Corp. has electedFrank W. Blue and Ivar B. Ramberg to the board of directors. Blue is an attorney with Fulbright and Jaworski in Houston. Ramberg owns and serves as the executive officer of Ramberg Consulting AS in Lysaker, Norway.

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LEDtronics has introducedEdwin Taylor as their new sales representative for Canada. Taylor has over 25 years experience in electronics, manufacturing, and sales.Sonsub has made four key appointments to its Asia Pacific region. The company has appoint-ed Greg McKenna as commercial manager, Joel Weston as opera-tions manager, Alister Stewart as the assets manager, and Leon Brand as projects manager.

Jeffrey L. Mitchell joins Vanco Energy Co. as vice president of new ventures. Mitchell will lead new venture efforts by evaluating and securing new exploration projects for Vanco worldwide.

Netherland, Sewell, and Associates, a worldwide leader of petroleum property analysis, has promotedRobert C. Barg, John G. Hattner, Joseph J. Spellman, Daniel T. Walker, and Carter Henson, Jr. to senior vice president. Each formerly served in a vice president capacity. The company also promoted J. David Iverson to vice president and team leader and Derek F. Newton to vice president.

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Motion Industries Inc. has namedMark Sheehan president and CEO, Motion-Canada, Jim Clark vice president and general manager of Mi Industrial and Hub Supply, and Tom Robertshaw senior vice president – sales.

Ensco International Inc. said thatC. Christopher Gaut, senior vice president and CFO, resigned his position at Ensco effective Feb. 28 to join Halliburton Co. as executive vice president and CFO. Gaut worked at Ensco over 15 years and had served as the company's CFO since 1988.

Companies

Cameron has awarded CorrOcean Inc. a $1 million contract to provide high-accuracy digital subsea SenCorr PT Pressure – Temperature sensor systems. The sensors will monitor the pressure and temperature of produced fluids, and be deployed on the subsea trees for Husky Energy's White Rose development project off Canada.

Sonsub International Pty Ltd. has relocated its regional Asia Pacific facility to Loyang, Singapore, in the heart of Singapore's oilfield service community.

Grant Prideco Inc. has acquired the remaining 35% of shares for Rotator from Scana Industrier ASA. Grant Prideco now owns 100% of the shares of Rotator.

France Telecom and Equant have signed a contract with TotalFinaElf to interconnect 1,500 of the group's sites in 75 countries with Equant IP VPN.

Benthos Inc. has been awarded a phase I small business innovation research contract with the Office of Naval Research to develop systems for spatial sampling of underwater environments. The systems will employ subsea imaging, chemical sensing, and current measurements at several locations centered on a single gateway.

Weatherford International's drilling and inter-vention services division has completed the acquisition of Eclipse Packer Co. Eclipse offers Weatherford the opportunity to incorporate Eclipse packers, straddles, and gravel pack systems into its growing range of thru-tubing services, which now are being marketed under the WellServ brand name.

LeTourneau Ellis Williams Co.'s facilities in Houston have been expanded to enable the mud pump company to keep pace with the increasing needs of the worldwide oil and gas drilling industry.

International training providerRGIT Montrose has launched an internet-based module to enhance delivery of its Basic Offshore Survival Introduction and Emergency Training (Bosiet) course. The Bosiet syllabus combines theoretical and practical training at an introductory level in the areas of basic safety, helicopter safety and escape, sea survival, firefighting, and self rescue.

A new, specialist service group set up last year withinBureau Veritas' energy and process division in Aberdeen provides services used in the planning of new construction, extensions, or modification of offshore oil and gas industry structures, both onshore and offshore. The group also provides statutory services: design approval, materials approval, qualification of processes and personnel, conformity assessment, CE certification of products, advisory services, product analysis, identification of relevant directives, system/production diagnosis, optimized choice of conformity assessment procedures, training, and seminars.

Brookfield Engineering Laboratorieshas expanded its product offerings by acquiring the texture products division of CNS Farnell, formerly known as the Stevens line of Texture Analyzers. Their products include the standardized Stevens LFRA Texture Analyzer and the QTS-25 Texture Analyzer.

Hyundai Engineering has awarded Invsat Ltd., the telecommunications systems integrator, a contract to design and build an onshore telecommunications turnkey system for the extensions of the giant South Pars gas field, the world's largest independent gas reserve, on the Iran-Qatar border in the Persian Gulf.

Maritime Telecommunications Network, provider of satellite-based communications, networking, and other services to the cruise and offshore oil and gas industries, has signed a three-year lease agreement with worldwide oil and gas drilling contractor GlobalSantaFe to install satellite communications facilities onboard nine offshore drilling rigs.

Maverick Tube Corp. agreed to acquire SeaCAT Corp. for $4 million cash, a $5 million subordinated note, and 733,676 shares of Maverick common stock.

Cosalt Safety and Protection, a UK supplier of marine safety, rope, rigging, lifting, and fire fighting equipment, has acquired the Scottish company, Seadog Lifesaving Appliances Ltd.

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