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Apache Corp. has appointed Janine J. McArdle vice president of oil and gas marketing and promoted Michael J. Benson to vice president of security.

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Apache Corp. has appointedJanine J. McArdle vice president of oil and gas marketing and promoted Michael J. Benson to vice president of security.

Dr. Lee Hunt, president of the International Association of Drilling Contractors, has announced the appointment ofDominic Cattini as IADC director of European operations.

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CorrOcean promotedDave Rees to president of CorrOcean Inc., replacing Magne Ostby, who will take a position as director of the board.

Seabulk International Inc. has appointedLarry D. Francois as president of Sea-bulk Offshore. Francois, who most recently served as area manager of domestic offshore marine operations for Tidewater Inc., also will become a corporate senior vice president.

DONG Norge will have a new managing director whenAnders Mørland, formerly vice president business development at DONG in Denmark, takes over the post from Yngvar B. Bugge.

Sabeus Inc. has appointed L. Dale Wooddy III as vice president of petroleum systems. Wooddy will head-up the company's newly opened Houston office, which will serve as the focal point for its petroleum industry operations.

Stupp Bros., a manufacturer of custom line pipe for the transportation of oil and natural gas based in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, announced that John P. Stupp, Jr., executive vice president and COO of Stupp Bros Inc. and CEO of Stupp Corp., will assume the additional duty of president of Stupp Corp., a position he previously held from 1990 to 1995.

The board of directors of Kerr-McGee Corp. has electedElizabeth T. Wilkinson to corporate vice president and treasurer. Wilkinson is responsible for KerrMcGee's banking, cash management, financial services, pension and savings plan investments, and financial analysis and planning.

Greg Matiuk, ChevronTexaco Corp. executive vice president of administrative and corporate services, will retire after 36 years with the company.

OpenLink, an energy and financial trading and risk management software solutions company, has appointedMatt Frye as the new managing director of the company's Houston division.

Edgen Corp., a global supplier of prime carbon steel pipe, specialty pipe, valves, fittings, flanges, structural steel products, and services to the energy and process industries, has appointedDan J. O'Leary as the company's new president and COO.

Horizon Offshore Inc. electedKen R. LeSuer to the board of directors of the Houston-based marine construction company. LeSuer retired in January 1999 as vice chairman of Halliburton Co., where he worked for more than 40 years.

Murphy Oil Corp. namedJohn C. Higgins president of the newly formed Murphy Exploration and Production Co. – USA, and David M. Woodis president of the newly formed Murphy Exploration and Production Co. – International.

BJ Services Co. appointedWilliam H. White to serve as a director for BJ Services Co. White also was appointed to serve on the audit committee and the nominating and governance committee of the company. White is president and CEO of Wedge Group Inc.

GlobalSantaFe has reported thatC. Stedman Garber Jr. will retire from his position as president, CEO, and company director as of May 6, the date of the company's annual general meeting. Jon A. Marshall, the company's COO, will succeed Garber as president and CEO and will stand for election as a company director at the annual meeting in May.

Tim W. Faithfull, Shell Canada's president and CEO, will retire in July 2003 after more than 36 years' service with Shell. Linda Zarda Cook, chief executive of the Royal Dutch/Shell Group's global gas and power business in London, will succeed Faithfull as president and CEO.

Jim Hicks, president of American Aero Cranes/ Titan Industries, named David Crouser as vice president of finance and accounting and Terry J. Hoffman as director of engineering. Hoffman has over 20 years of experience in crane engineering and design of all types from platforms and FPSOs to drilling rigs and dockside units.

Upstream Engineering LLC has namedRonnie L. Smith as president and Don Ybarra as vice president.

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Dr. Stuart Scott, associate professor atTexas A&M's Harold Vance Department of Petroleum Engineering accepted a 350-hp ABB Drive IT variable frequency drive (VFD) that ABB donated to Texas A&M students. The students now can research multiphase pumping of oil and gas. The VFD will power and control all the multiphase pumps at the university's Riverside Test Facility, and, along with newly installed pumps, represents the latest technology to be put into use in oil and gas fields around the world.

Lundin Petroleum ABhas made a strategic investment in the Norwegian independent oil company OER Oil AS. Lundin has acquired 75% of OER through the investment of new equity of $4.3 million.

Global Industries Ltd. has entered into an agreement with Mexssub International Inc. to jointly market and install the Mexssub Sleeve System for riser repairs worldwide.

CorrOcean is transforming its US offices from sales to a full service center for the Americas responsible for executions, applications, and services from each of the company's three divisions. The CorrOcean divisions share expertise and experience to provide products and services tailored to the needs of companies operating in their specific industry.

Telegnomic, a provider of physical data capture, visualization, and optimization software with clients in the oil and gas industry, has closed the bulk of its authorized £1 million first round of funding. The new investors included a mix of venture capital, corporate, and private investors. One of the new investors, Robert Helms, partner of Helms Brown and Co., was appointed to the board of directors as an additional investor director.

Input/Output Inc. has opened its new Middle East Service Center in Jebel Ali, Dubai, in the United Arab Emirates. The company is expanding its Middle East presence in recognition of the region's increasing importance in the global exploration industry.

Aramark has signed contracts with OSG Ship Management, Noble Drilling, and Rowan Drilling. The first new contract will see Aramark supply food to 35 OSG tankers carrying oil and cargo between the USA, UK, Far East, and Dubai. Another contract will see Aramark providing full hotel services on board two Noble platforms in the Gulf of Mexico. Aramark also is to provide catering services to over 70 personnel on board the Rowan Midland platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

The Institute ofMarine Engineering, Science, and Technology (IMarEST) has joined the Offshore Technology Conference as a supporting organization. The OTC Board of Directors approved the addition of IMarEST at a December meeting. The addition brings the total organizations of OTC to 20, with 12 sponsoring organizations, two endorsing organizations, and six supporting organizations.

Seatronics Ltd. has expanded its operation in the Middle East with a move to a new office and warehouse facility in the United Arab Emirates. The Aberdeen-based company has had a base in Abu Dhabi since 1994 and has now relocated to larger premises at Mina Zayed Port on the Gulf coast.

Syntroleum Corp. and EurOil Ltd. signed an agreement to jointly negotiate a production sharing agreement with the government of Republic of Cameroon for the production and monetization of gas from the offshore MLHP-4 block.

Hydro Oil and Energyis to reorganize its exploration operation. The changes to the explo-ration organization will result in a reduction of just under 50 technical positions. The exploration units at all of Hydro's external offices will be reduced as a result. The remainder of the manning reduction will take place in other parts of Hydro Oil and Energy.

BG Group and CARE International UK are recruiting employees from the oil and gas industry to take part in the next BG Energy Challenge, on June 28-29, 2003. Event participants have raised over £1million to help poor communities around the world. The BG Energy challenge is a mystery event and the location is kept secret until a few days before. Teams of five to seven walkers will climb two mystery mountains in the UK and complete a series of mystery activities in 24 hours. Teams are given a structured training program to help get fit and advice is given on publicity. For more information, visit www.challengeseries.co.uk or call the CARE Challenge Team on 0118 951 3030.

M-I LLC has acquired the oilfield chemical business of Dynea Chemicals Oy of Helsinki, Finland, in a transaction that includes all of the company's net assets with the exception of the production facilities in Lille-strom, Norway, where the two parties have agreed on a toll manufacturing agreement.

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