July 17, 2006

Statoil ASA and Schlumberger Information Solutions (SIS)

Trondheim and London, respectively, have announced a three-year collaboration agreement to develop new production optimization technologies to extend the life of oil and gas fields. Field tests will be conducted in fields with smart wells, instrumented wells, and a high-quality communication infrastructure. Statoil will identify and execute pilots on the Norwegian continental shelf.

Statoil is an integrated oil and gas company with over 25,000 employees and activities in 31 countries.

Schlumberger is a leading oil field services company employing more than 64,000 people in over 80 countries.


Houston, has announced the appointments of Denby Auble as chief operating officer, Patrick Ng as vice-president of reservoir imaging, and Gary Fair as general manager of production enhancement reservoir seismic operations.

Geotrace is an integrated seismic and reservoir services company.

Pride International Inc.

Houston, has announced executive reorganization following the retirement of chief operating officer John R. Blocker Jr. The duties of chief operating officer have been reassigned among the company’s vice-president-Eastern Hemisphere operations, vice-president-Western Hemisphere operations, and vice-president-engineering and technical support, all of whom report directly to president and CEO Louis A. Raspino.

Pride International Inc. is one of the world’s largest drilling contractors, providing onshore and offshore drilling and related services in more than 25 countries. The company operates a fleet of 279 rigs, including two ultra-deepwater drillships, 12 semisubmersibles, 28 jackups, and 18 tender-assisted, barge and platform rigs, in addition to 219 land rigs.

KBC Advanced Technologies PLC

London and Houston, has announced the appointment of George Bright as chief executive officer. Bright formerly served the company as chief operating officer, and replaces retiring CEO, Peter Close.

Additionally, Nicholas Stone, finance director, will assume the role of operations director, and new-hire Kirk R. Novak has been named executive vice-president of business development for the Americas.

KBC Advanced Technologies PLC is a leading independent consulting and process engineering group serving the oil refining, petrochemical, and other process industries worldwide.


Conroe, Tex., has named Ed Smalley as senior vice-president. Smalley has over 25 years of experience in the exploration and production industry. He was business development director for the Gas Technology Institute prior to joining CTES.

CTES LP, a National Oilwell Varco affiliate, designs software and data acquisition equipment for coiled tubing, wireline and drilling operations.