Jan. 12, 2009
Munich, Germany, has appointed Thomas Blades CEO of its energy sector’s oil and gas division.

Siemens AG,

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Munich, Germany, has appointed Thomas Blades CEO of its energy sector’s oil and gas division. He succeeds Frank Stieler, who successfully developed Siemens’ oil and gas business since 2001 and is taking a new post as a board member at Hochtief AG. Blades has previously held managerial posts in various companies in the oil and gas industry. An electrical engineer, he started his career at Schlumberger, a leading global supplier to the oil and gas industry. During his time with Schlumberger, he spent several years in the Middle East. Following this, he successfully restructured and expanded several medium-sized companies in the US and Germany, respectively. Blades is a British citizen and speaks fluent German.

The oil and gas division of Siemens Energy is a leading supplier to the oil and gas industry. The portfolio includes solutions for power generation and distribution, compressors with electrical and mechanical drives, process and automation technology, water management, and integrated IT solutions. With a workforce of more than 16,200, the division achieved revenues of 4 billion euros in fiscal 2008.

Siemens’ energy sector is a leading supplier of a complete spectrum of products, services, and solutions for the generation, transmission, and distribution of power and for the extraction, conversion, and transport of oil and gas.

Subsea 7 Inc.,

Westhill, UK, has successfully launched and installed its sixtieth pipeline bundle—a 1.3-km pipeline bundle for BP PLC’s Machar field in the UK North Sea. Subsea 7 was awarded the $22 million fast-track contract in early 2008. The pipeline bundle incorporates a 12-in. sleeve system containing an 8-in., dry-insulated, lined production pipeline; 6-in., plastic-lined, water injection flowline; 3-in. gas lift line, electrical power and signal cables; and hydraulic and chemical controls tubing. The bundle was launched from Wick in northern Scotland on Dec. 8, and offshore operations were completed on Dec. 16. The project was managed and engineered from Subsea 7’s offices in Aberdeen. Subsea 7 provided project management, detailed design, fabrication, onshore testing, subsea tow, and installation of the pipeline bundle. Bundle fabrication was undertaken at Subsea 7’s Wester bundle fabrication base in northern Scotland. Subsea 7 has been using bundle technology now for over 30 years, and such technology remains important in subsea developments worldwide.

Subsea 7 is one of the world’s leading subsea engineering and construction companies, offering all the expertise and assets that make subsea, umbilical, riser, and flowline field development possible. The company’s global offshore operations are supported out of the North Sea, Africa, Brazil, North America, and Asia-Pacific regions. Subsea 7 has a fleet of industry leading, dynamically positioned ships capable of reeled and flexible pipelay, subsea construction, and saturation diving and a portfolio of pipeline construction yards worldwide.

Noble Denton Group,

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London, has announced its acquisition of Standard Engineering and Brevik Engineering from Oslo-based Strata Marine & Offshore for 273 million kroner (Nor.). The purchase is subject to the to the approval of the Norwegian Competition Authority. The acquisition strengthens Noble Denton’s market position in Norway, especially with regard to conversion and construction engineering skills, and expands the company’s employee base by 20%. Anne Murer, CEO of Strata Marine & Offshore, will head up Noble Denton’s new Norwegian region effective in 2009.

Noble Denton provides life-cycle marine and offshore engineering services to the oil and gas and renewable industries, combining practical seafaring skills and high-end analytical engineering expertise.


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Seattle, has added four new staffers to its Springfield, Mo., office. GeoEngineers has appointed Justin Brown as a staff geologist, Jennie Hart as a marketing specialist, Robert Hotz as a geotechnical engineer, and Thomas Talley as a staff horizontal directional drilling design (HDD) engineer. Brown is a registered geologist in Missouri and joins GeoEngineers after working for a local environmental services company as an associate scientist for 3 years. He also has a Missouri Monitoring Well Drillers Permit and has experience in conducting environmental emergency response operations, producing risk assessment reports, and implementing soil and groundwater remediation systems. He has a BS in geology from Missouri State University.

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Hart has more than 17 years of experience in the marketing and communications field. She most recently worked as a freelance writer and marketing director for a local accounting firm. She earned her bachelor’s in advertising with honors at the University of Missouri.

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Prior to joining GeoEngineers full time, Hotz worked as an intern with the company in 2007. He has also worked with the Madison County Highway Department in Edwardsville, Ill., and Midwest Testing in Bridgeton, Mo. Hotz has a BS in civil engineering from the University of Missouri at Rolla, Mo., and an MS in civil engineering with a geotechnical emphasis from the Missouri University of Science and Technology. He is also an engineer-in-training (EIT).

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Talley is a recent graduate of the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville, Ark., with a BS in civil engineering. His work experience includes civil engineering internships with a Houston engineering firm and the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department. Talley is also a certified EIT.

GeoEngineers is an integrated earth science and technology firm with 15 offices in Missouri, Idaho, Washington, Oregon, California, Utah, and Louisiana. GeoEngineers is currently ranked as one of the top 20 HDD firms in the US.

Frost & Sullivan,

Mountain View, Calif., has recognized Honeywell Enraf with its 2008 Global Product Value Leadership of the Year award. Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the solution that has provided customers with the highest ratio for value-to-cost. Honeywell Enraf’s comprehensive suite of blending products facilitates not only an accurate mixture of fuels, chemicals, and other materials but also minimizes the end-products’ rejection rate. Honeywell Enraf has expanded its solutions from conventional fuels blending to include biofuels, and the company has established a leadership position for ethanol and biodiesel blending at truck loading racks.

Honeywell Enraf, part of Honeywell Process Solutions, supplies a broad range of solutions to include precision instrumentation and software systems for bulk storage operations.

Honeywell Process Solutions is part of Honeywell International’s Automation and Control Solutions group, a global leader in providing product and service solutions that improve efficiency and profitability, support regulatory compliance, and maintain safe, comfortable environments in homes, buildings, and industry. Honeywell International is a diversified technology and manufacturing leader, serving customers worldwide with aerospace products and services; control technologies for buildings, homes and industry; automotive products; turbochargers; and specialty materials.

Frost & Sullivan’s Best Practices Awards recognize companies in a variety of regional and global industries for demonstrating outstanding achievement and superior performance in areas such as leadership, technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development. Frost & Sullivan partners with clients to accelerate their growth.