Aug. 1, 2011
GE Oil & Gas,


Florence, Italy, has named Dan Heintzelman CEO, succeeding Claudi Santiago, who is retiring. Heintzelman previously served as CEO of GE Energy Services.

GE Oil & Gas is a world leader in advanced technology equipment and services for all segments of the oil and gas industry, from drilling and production, LNG, pipelines, and storage to industrial power generation, refining, and petrochemicals. GE Oil & Gas also provides pipeline integrity solutions. It is part of GE Energy, which in turn is part of GE, a diversified infrastructure, finance, and media company.

Swire Oilfield Services,

Aberdeen, has launched a new global division, Swire Modular Systems, headed by Arild Sivertsen. The company recently announced a £50 million investment in additional fleet units and formed the new division to offer modular systems worldwide. A new, six-person team led by Reinhardt Schoeman, product line manager, Modular Systems UK, has been formed in Aberdeen to serve the UK sector.

Swire Oilfield Services, part of the Swire Group, is the world's largest supplier of specialist offshore cargo carrying units to the global energy industry and is a leading supplier of modular units (both pressurized and nonpressurized), pump and filtration equipment, helicopter fuel systems, chemical handling services, and frac water transfer.


London, has named Andy Sallis president of AMEC Oil & Gas Americas. He is responsible for Houston-based project operations, including supervision of joint ventures AMEC Black & McDonald in Canada and Paragon Angola in West Africa. Previously, Sallis served as senior vice-president, business capture and delivery, for AMEC Paragon, the oil and gas business unit of AMEC Natural Resources Americas. Sallis has been with AMEC for 23 years, responsible for multiple project and corporate roles in the UK, South Africa, Angola, China, and US. He is a chartered engineer, a member of the Institute of Civil Engineering, and a member of the Project Management Institute. Sallis has a BS in civil engineering from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology.

AMEC provides consultancy, engineering, and project management services to its customers in the oil and gas, minerals and metals, clean energy, environment, and infrastructure markets.

JDR Cables Systems Ltd.,

Edinburgh, has begun loadout at Hartlepool, England, of more than 200 km of cables the firm is manufacturing for one of the world's largest offshore wind farm projects and located in the Thames River estuary. JDR recently commissioned its new vertical laying up machine, which significantly increases its capability to manufacture longer-length, medium- and high-voltage alternating current export cable for the offshore wind energy market.

JDR is a leading provider of custom-designed and manufactured static and dynamic subsea power cables and umbilical systems for a broad range of applications throughout the oil and gas sector and offshore renewable energy industry.

Lee C. Moore (LCM),

Tulsa, has appointed Melissa Herring vice-president, production and procurement. She has spent more than 30 years in the onshore and offshore contract drilling industry, with roles in procurement, quality, and software implementations. Herring served in procurement management roles and on the executive teams for Atwood Oceanics Inc., Premier Drilling Inc., and Parker Drilling Co. She is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma.

LCM, a Woolslayer company, provides drilling rig structures and components and services, including engineering design and analysis, drilling rig inspection and repairs, inspecting training, feasibility studies, and project planning.

Polar Star Consultants LLC,

Houston, has appointed Stephanie D. Garner marketing director. She has 10 years experience in various positions in sales and marketing. Most recently she served as the marketing communications specialist for Nalco's oil field chemicals division. Prior to that, she worked at NACE International as a marketing coordinator and later marketing manager.

Polar Star is a group of marketing and engineering professionals who provide business strategy consultation, engineering and technical services, product and services marketing, brand management, and sales promotion for small and medium-size oil field manufacturing, supply, service, and production companies.

Harris Corp.,

Melbourne, Fla., has named Tom Eaton president of the company's global communications services business, Harris CapRock Communications. Eaton most recently served as Harris CapRock's global operations officer and formerly led the government division. Previously, Eaton was president of G2 Satellite Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of PanAmSat, where he also served as executive vice-president of global sales and marketing. Prior to that, Eaton led Intelsat's global sales and customer support organization and also served as cofounder and vice-president of sales and marketing for Integrated Network Services Inc. Andrew Lucas will fill Eaton's previous role overseeing the operation and deployment of the company's global network and service delivery infrastructure.

Harris CapRock Communications is a global provider of managed satellite and terrestrial communications solutions specifically for remote and harsh environments, including the energy, government, and maritime markets.

Schlumberger Ltd.,

Paris, has inaugurated the WesternGeco Penang Product Centre (WPPC) at Penang, Malaysia, dedicated to the manufacture and support of state-of-the-art marine and land seismic equipment. WPPC will play a central role in the continuing development and deployment of WesternGeco's Q-Technology and will support the rollout of Q-Marine Solid streamer technology and deliver UniQ integrated point-receiver seismic acquisition systems. By the end of 2012, WPPC will employ about 300 people.

Schlumberger is the world's largest supplier of technology, integrated project management, and information solutions to the oil and gas industry.


London, has begun the Revolution II multiclient survey as a follow-up to the Revolution I survey in the western Gulf of Mexico—the first dual coil shooting, multivessel, full-azimuth (FAZ) acquisition in the industry—that was concluded in late 2010. The latest survey is in the highly prospective Green Canyon area of the central Gulf of Mexico, where long offsets and FAZ imaging solutions support clients' future production and appraisal drilling plans. The Revolution II multiclient survey will provide FAZ coverage on more than 3,200 sq km, or 140 Outer Continental Shelf blocks.

WesternGeco, part of Schlumberger, provides a full range of geophysical services to the oil and gas industry.

Superior Energy Services,

New Orleans, has named Kerric Peyton vice-president, corporate health, safety, and environmental (HSE). Based in Houston, Peyton will lead the execution of all technical, functional, auditing, compliance, and training responsibilities related to the HSE function across the entire organization. Previously a drilling superintendent and manager of worldwide HSE activities at a leading offshore drilling contractor, he has more than 12 years of industry experience. He is also a veteran of the US Navy, where he served 6 years in the nuclear power program. Peyton has a BS in human resource management from New School University and has completed post-graduate work in business administration from Regis University.

Superior provides specialized oil field services and equipment focusing on production, intervention, workover, well services, and rental tools worldwide.

Rain for Rent,

Bakersfield, Calif., has opened a new location in Kenedy, Tex. From this new location the company will provide water transfer pumps, pipelines, and filtration to exploration and production companies in the Eagle Ford shale.

Rain for Rent provides solutions for water-handling, irrigation, and temporary liquid storage needs to oil and gas E&P, refining, construction, municipal, and environmental sectors. Those solutions include steel and polyethylene tanks, pumps, spill containment and filtration equipment, aluminum and HDPE pipe, and associated fittings.

Helmerich & Payne Inc.,

Tulsa, has signed agreements to build and operate 12 additional FlexRigs under multi-year term contracts with eight E&P companies. The rigs are scheduled to be completed and start work during the company's fiscal 2012. The order brings H&P's newbuilds roster to 57 announced since March 2010, a jump of 30% in the company's FlexRigs fleet. Including the latest announcement, H&P has 26 FlexRigs under construction and expects them to be completed at the rate of about three per month.

H&P is primarily a contract driller with business segments in the U.S. onshore, offshore, and international sectors.

Devin International Inc.,

Lafayette, La., has promoted Craig Latch to deepwater projects coordinator, Gulf of Mexico. He will coordinate equipment orders for customers' projects from Devin's Lafayette office. Latch previously served as international projects coordinator for the company. He has bachelor's and master's degrees in communications/marketing from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He is a member of Young Professionals in Energy and the Intervention and Coiled Tubing Association.

A unit of Greene's Energy Group LLC, Devin is a leading provider of specialty support equipment for coil tubing drilling and snubbing operations and offers equipment rental tools such as lift frames, elevator bails, crossover subs, and safety valves. Devin is also a primary rental source for tools with premium thread connections and offers patented surface test trees and motion compensation equipment.

Kvaerner ASA,

Oslo, has been launched as a new company with its first listing on the Oslo stock exchange on July 8. The original Kvaerner merged with Aker ASA as Aker Kvaerner in 2005, and the Kvaerner name disappeared with the name change to Aker Solutions. Kvaerner reemerged in May 2011 when the engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) part of Aker Solutions was spun off as Kvaerner ASA. Jan Arve Haugan has been appointed Kvaerner president and CEO. Haugan started his professional career in the Norwegian construction company F. Selmer (now part of Skanska), and in 1991 he joined the Norwegian industrial group Norsk Hydro as chief engineer with lead roles in many of Hydro's oil and gas projects and operations. Following the demerger of Hydro's oil and gas operations, he joined the company's aluminum business as head of technology and global smelter operations. In 2009, Haugan became CEO of Qatar Aluminum Ltd., a joint venture of Qatar Petroleum and Hydro Aluminum. Meanwhile, Eiliv Gjesdal has been appointed Kverner CFO. Gjesdal joined Aker Solutions in 2002 and has extensive experience from finance functions in Aker Solutions as well as a background as a state-authorized public accountant. Gjesdal started his career as an auditor with Arthur Andersen & Co. working with large Norwegian companies.

Kvaerner provides EPC services for offshore platforms and onshore plants to the global oil and gas industry.

Aker Solutions is a leading global oil services company that provides engineering and construction services, technologies, products, and field-life solutions for the oil and gas industry.

Cortland Co.,

Cortland, NY, has named Oystein Larsen general manager of its Bergen, Norway, Selantic engineering and design center. Larsen began his career with the Norwegian Navy before becoming a research scientist with Christian Michelsen Research. Prior to joining Cortland, Larsen was president and CEO of GexCon Corp., Bergen, since 2006.

He has MBAs in process safety technology and strategic management.

In addition, Cortland has hired Rob Arends as European rope sales manager. He will be based in the Netherlands. Arends has many years of international experience in high modulus polyethylene (HMPE) heavy lift slings and grommets, mooring assemblies, and synthetic ropes. Previously he was sales manager for Endenburg BV in Gouda, the Netherlands. Prior to that, Arends spent 4 years with ABUS Kraansystemen BV in various sales management roles.

Cortland, part of Actuant Corp., provides lightweight rope, slings, cables, and umbilicals to the oil and gas, heavy marine, subsea, ROV, seismic, defense, and medical markets.

Cooper Power Tools GMBH & Co. OHG,

Westhausen, Germany, has changed its name to Apex Tool Group GMBH & Co. OHG. Apex was formed with the joint venture of tool manufacturers Danaher Tool Group and Cooper Industries PLC in July 2010. Since then the company has been the German branch of Apex Tool Group LLC, Sparks, Md.

Apex Tool is one of the biggest manufacturers of industrial hand and electric tools, tool magazines, drill sockets, chains, and electric soldering products to the energy/electric, aerospace, automotive, and appliance industries.

Knight Oil Tools,

Lafayette, La., has named Kenny Bennett corporate account representative. Bennett has held sales positions with Integrated Production Services, Smith Services, Cudd Pressure Control, and American Pipe & Steel. His most recent position was in US executive sales with Scomi Oil Tools. Based in Oklahoma City, Bennett will be responsible for oil and gas customers in the company's Midcontinent region.

Knight is the largest privately held rental and fishing tools business in the oil and gas industry.


Rueil-Malmaison, France, and General Technology & Systems Company Ltd. (Gentas) have signed a letter of intent to build a world-scale hydroprocessing catalyst plant in Saudi Arabia. The new plant will serve the local market but also support Axens' global supply chain for hydroprocessing catalysts.

Gentas is a member of the Shoaibi Group undertaking joint ventures with partner Saudi Trading & Research Co. to pursue opportunities in the oil and gas and petrochemicals products and services sectors in Saudi Arabia.

Axens provides advanced technologies, catalysts, adsorbents, and services worldwide with a focus on the conversion of oil, coal, natural gas, and biomass to clean fuels as well as production and purification of major petrochemical intermediates. Axens is a wholly owned subsidiary of IFP New Energy, formerly Institut Francaise du Petrole. IFP is a public-sector research and training center aimed at developing the technologies and materials of the future in the fields of energy, transportation, and the environment.

X Drilling Tools,

Gillman, Australia, has appointed Cliff Brannan regional business development manager for the UK, Europe, and Africa. Cliff Brannan has a background in line hanger completions, casing, and cementing. With more than 30 years' experience in the oil and gas sector, Brannan started his career as an offshore turbodrilling service engineer with the French company Neyrfor. He worked in PDC drill bit technology and then became an offshore liner completions technician before moving into a sales engineering and management role that saw him spend the last 6 years working in West and South Africa, Dubai, Libya, and Oman.

XDT, part of Reservoir Group, provides downhole drilling products, notably downhole roller-reamers and ancillary tools.

Reservoir Group is an international oil field services firm specializing in downhole drilling, completion, and production and physical and digital data management.

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