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Kristian MagarOnsite accommodation specialist, HB Rentals, a Superior Energy Services company, has named Kristian Magar as director of health, safety and environment (HSE), announced Deidre Toups, HB Rentals president.

Based in Broussard, La., Magar’s responsibilities include strengthening, promoting and developing new processes and programs to foster a safety-focused culture throughout HB Rentals’ global operations.

In continuing with HB Rentals’ global focus, this role works closely with HB’s entire management team to ensure a commitment to, Work Safe, Live Safe and Protect the Environment, as HB Rentals supports its customers in remote site operations across the onshore and offshore remote living accommodations markets.

Magar, a certified safety professional (CSP), joins HB Rentals with prior experience in quality, operations and HSE, specifically within drilling and production systems at Cameron International. Recognized for his HSE expertise, Magar was also an adjunct professor at University of Louisiana – Lafayette (UL) and served as a platoon leader in the Louisiana Army National Guard.

“Kristian brings the necessary level of expertise and advocacy to enhance our HSE performance across our organization,” said Toups. “HB Rentals is investing toward building an HSE conscious culture in support of our global operations, and we truly believe that Kristian can propel our programs and initiatives to the next level.”

Magar received a Bachelor of Science in industrial technology and a Master of Science in engineering and technology management from UL. He also holds a doctorate in industrial engineering from the University of Houston.

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TwoHOffshore2H Offshore, an Acteon company, announces the opening of a newly refurbished 16,547 sq. ft. office space, located on the fourth and fifth floors of Hollywood House in the centre of Woking, Surrey. Due to the sustained growth of the company, 2H Offshore upgraded facilities to better service its clients and employees.

John McGrail, director of 2H Offshore UK, said, "The move to our new office is an exciting step in the continual development of 2H in the UK. This office provides a significant improvement in the working environment for our staff, together with the expansion space that we require to achieve our potential."

"Our new office also offers an extensive range of meeting rooms, breakout areas and client office facilities, and we intend use these to build closer working relationships with our clients going forwards."

2H Offshore looks forward to inviting its clients into the new premises and working closely with them in 2014.

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Olivia-GautreauEdward-DeClouetFoster Marketing, a full service marketing communications firm serving the worldwide energy industry, has named Olivia Gautreau (left)and Edward DeClouet(right) as spring 2014 interns within the Lafayette, La., office.

Gautreau and DeClouet’s responsibilities include media monitoring, research and support to the marketing and public relations departments.

Gautreau is a senior at the University of Louisiana – Lafayette (UL) and will graduate in August 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a minor in business. She has assisted with event coordination at Coccolare Spa for Lafayette Chamber of Commerce business networking events. Additionally, Gautreau holds communications experience writing and editing monthly newsletters at Coccolare Spa.

DeClouet is a senior at UL and will graduate in May 2014 with a Bachelor of Arts in public relations and a minor in business. He has held communications roles in Chi Alpha, a student organization at UL, assisting with weekly event coordination, social media monitoring, website development and service projects.

“Foster Marketing is pleased to welcome Olivia and Edward to our team, and we look forward to utilizing and developing their individual strengths,” said Foster Marketing president, Tiffany Harris. “Both interns are eager to learn, and it’s apparent that their studies at UL have adequately prepared them for a communications role.” 

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GE-Oil--Gas-Logo• GE's Site in Niteroi–Rio de Janeiro Increases Efficiency and Benefits Operations with NOC Petrobras

• Operation Creates 250 Jobs

• Base Hosts Largest Hammerhead Crane in the World, with 320-Ton Capacity

GE Oil & Gas (NYSE: GE) has announced the opening of the most modern logistics base for the Brazilian oil and gas sector. With an area of 590,000 square feet and investments that exceed $100 million, GE's base in Niteroi in the state of Rio de Janeiro was designed primarily to load and unload installer ships. These vessels carry heavy equipment, such as giant reels of flexible pipes, and target the mobilization and maintenance of oil wells.

"GE is proud to start the operations of this logistics base, a state-of-the-art structure that will enable a more efficient delivery of products and services for our client, Petrobras. This inauguration is an important step in strengthening GE's presence in the oil and gas sector and a significant contribution in terms of productivity gains for pre-salt fields exploration," said Marcelo Soares, global president and CEO of Wellstream, a GE Oil & Gas business.

 The base has a 320-ton capacity crane, the largest "hammerhead" in the world. The crane, which gets its name from its long arm and T-shape, required an investment of $7 million. It is 140 feet tall, equivalent to a 14-story building.

The operation of the logistics base creates 250 jobs. The project reinforces the company's innovation strategy in Brazil that has become a reference for GE worldwide. The new base will serve NOC Petrobras, a strategic client and partner of GE Oil & Gas in Brazil.

"The potential of the Brazilian oil market requires innovation. GE Oil & Gas will continue its historic partnership with the country to help promote new discoveries. It is of vital importance for us to be increasingly efficient in Brazil, strengthening our presence in the constantly growing local industry," said Joao Geraldo Ferreira, president and CEO for Latin America—GE Oil & Gas.

Facility Details
Aside from its offshore capabilities, the base also features advanced land transportation infrastructure. The facility has, for example, two straddle trucks, which sit high above the ground and carry cargo beneath their structure, and other equipment for moving large pipes on the ground with capacities of 300 and 350 tons each.
The site also has three warehouses that have a total area of 55,000 square feet for storage of accessories and parts.

The new logistics base is positioned close to a number of key components for Petrobras such as service providers and next to Wellstream's existing plant in Niteroi. This GE unit is a supplier to Petrobras and to other operators in Brazil with high-quality products and flexible pipes for oil and gas subsea transportation. The base also is strategically located nearby the Santos Basin in the Brazilian pre-salt area.

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anthony gleeson 544Sonardyne International Ltd. is pleased to announce the promotion of Anthony Gleeson to the position of Vice President Sonardyne Asia Pte, based in Singapore.

Anthony joined Sonardyne in 2009 and brought with him a wealth of knowledge and experience from his previous sales and offshore engineer roles at Teledyne TSS and Seistech Offshore. During his time so far with Sonardyne, he has been highly influential in developing business opportunities in the region, particularly in China. As Sonardyne Asia's new regional head, Anthony will draw on this experience, his industry connections and knowledge of the subsea marketplace to develop strategies that will lead the company into the next stage of expansion.

Commenting on the appointment, John Ramsden, Sonardyne's Managing Director said, "We're delighted that Anthony has accepted this new position as head of our Asian operation. He is an integral part of our global commercial team, developing new business opportunities and supporting clients from our base in Singapore."

Anthony added, "I'm honored to have been selected for the role and am relishing the opportunity to guide Sonardyne Asia to the next level of success by expanding our profile and network within the region. The company has great technology and a dedicated team so I'm confident we can continue to grow and achieve our goals."

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Total-Maarten-ScholtenEffective January 1, 2014, Maarten Scholten is appointed Senior Vice-President, General Counsel of Total. He succeeds to Peter Herbel. Maarten Scholten will report to Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and CEO of Total. Mr. Scholten joins Total's Management committee.

Maarten Scholten has almost 30 years of extensive legal and financial experience from the oil industry.

During his 20 years career at Schlumberger, Mr. Scholten served in Senior and Executive positions as Director of Legal Service, Head of Finance, President Schlumberger Oilfield Services ECA (Europe, Africa and CIS), and Director Mergers & Acquisitions/Business Development.

Mr. Scholten holds a Master of Science in politics from the University of Paris (Sorbonne) and a JD Commercial Law from the University of Amsterdam. He is a Dutch citizen.

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NewIndustrieslogopipe-shop1New Industries, Inc. has announced the completion of the expansion of its Morgan City piping fabrication shop. The expansion adds an additional 10,000 square feet of useable space, two additional overhead cranes, and a new automatic Submerged Arc welding system. The piping fabrication shop is used for manufacturing subsea piping components and assemblies.

"The expansion of the pipe shop provides additional fabrication space and includes an indoor storage area for customer property and a climate-controlled storage for welding consumables," stated Bill New, company President. "This new addition is a part of our ongoing commitment to increasing our capacity and efficiency in the fabrication of subsea equipment."

The expansion oubles the Company's available capacity for piping fabrication and is the response of New Industries to a growing volume of customer orders for subsea piping components.

Founded in 1986, New Industries, Inc. is a Morgan City, Louisiana based specialty steel fabricator serving the offshore oil and gas and marine industries. The company specializes in large diameter ASME pressure vessels; subsea production hardware such as suction piles, jumpers, PLETs, PLEMs, and manifolds; and DNV type-approved portable buildings including blast resistant design and pressurization for hazardous locations. 

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harveylgulfwebsiteNew Orleans based Harvey Gulf International Marine, announces the launching of its completely remodeled corporate website.   www.HARVEYGULF.com. The website has been updated to reflect the growth and presence of Harvey Gulf as one of the leaders in the US oil and gas industry as well as being the leader in LNG powered offshore support vessels. Visitors to the website will be able to access detailed specification sheets for the fleet, information regarding the LNG vessels and LNG facility, Alaskan operations as well as information about Harvey’s continued commitment to safety and quality.

CEO Shane Guidry commented:

"I am pleased to present my company’s new website as an extension of our commitment to our customers and their needs to have a clear understanding of the Harvey Gulf fleet and corporation. In particular the Go Green webpage provides important information for our customers regarding the LNG vessels under construction and the first LNG refueling facility to be located in Port Fourchon, LA.”

Founded in 1955, Harvey Gulf International Marine is a marine transportation company that specializes in towing drilling rigs and providing offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels for deepwater operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico. 

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veripos logoAberdeen-based Veripos, the leading GNSS offshore positioning organization, has appointed Richard Turner, hitherto its Executive Vice-President - Commercial, as Vice-President - Asia Pacific Region with directorial responsibility also for its Singapore and Australian subsidiaries as part of continuing development of regional operations. He reports to Chief Operating Officer, Philip Milne.

Concurrently, Stephen Browne, until recently, Vice-President of Veripos' Americas Region in Houston, assumes the post of Executive Vice-President - Commercial reporting direct to Chief Executive Officer, Walter Steedman.

 

As part of the reorganization, Steve Williams, General Manager – Americas and Gilles Bernardini , General Manager – Brazil now both report direct to Philip Milne.

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TETRA Technologies, Inc.tetratechogo (TETRA or the Company) (NYSE: TTI) has announced that its board of directors has increased the size of the board to eleven members and has appointed Mark E. Baldwin and John "Jay" F. Glick to fill the vacancies created by the increase. Messrs. Baldwin and Glick will each serve as an independent director.

Stuart M. Brightman, TETRA's President and Chief Executive Officer, stated, "We are extremely pleased to add the talent and industry knowledge of these two respected executives to our Board. We are looking forward to their contributions as we continue to drive for long-term shareholder value."

Mark Baldwin served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Dresser-Rand Group, Inc. from 2007 until his retirement in 2013. Prior to joining Dresser-Rand, his career experience included serving as the Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of Veritas DGC Inc., Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for NextiraOne, and as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer for Pentacon Inc. Mark led Pentacon through an initial public offering in 1998 and the formation of its board of directors and senior leadership team. He also spent 17 years with Keystone International Inc. in a variety of finance and operations positions, including Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer, and President of the Industrial Valves and Controls Group. Mark currently serves as a director of Nine Energy Service, a private company providing downhole completions services, and previously served as a director of Seahawk Drilling Inc. from August 2009 until February 2011. Mark has a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University, and an MBA from Tulane University.

Jay Glick is the former President, Chief Executive Officer and a director of Lufkin Industries, Inc. and oversaw the growth of Lufkin and ultimately the recent sale of the company to General Electric in July 2013. Jay joined Lufkin Industries in 1994 as Vice President and General Manager of the Power Transmission Division. He was elected President and a director of the Company in 2007, and CEO in 2008. He previously served as Vice President and General Manager of the Oilfield Division. Prior to joining Lufkin, Jay held several senior management level positions with Cameron Iron Works, Inc. and Cooper Industries, Inc. for a combined 20 years. Jay received a B.S. in Journalism from the University of Kansas and graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Business Program for Management Development.

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Ccamlogoameron (NYSE: CAM) has announced the retirement of John Carne as Chief Executive Officer of OneSubsea effective February 28, 2014. John has served as CEO of OneSubsea since the Cameron and Schlumberger joint venture was formed in June 30, 2013. Previously, John served Cameron for over 40 years in several senior level management positions, including Cameron's Chief Operating Officer. Scott Rowe, President, Production Systems for OneSubsea, will succeed John effective March 1.

Scott Rowe joined Cameron in 2002, and most recently served as Vice President of Cameron and President of the Company's Subsea Systems division, which later became part of OneSubsea. Prior to his Subsea Systems role, Scott served as President of Cameron's Engineered and Process Valves business in the Valves & Measurement Group and as Corporate Development Manager. While at Valves & Measurement, Scott played a leading role in the acquisition of the Dresser valve business. Before joining Cameron, Scott served in the US Army and worked for Varco International. He is an Engineering Management graduate from the US Military Academy at West Point and holds an MBA from Harvard University.

Jack Moore, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of Cameron stated, "John has been instrumental to our success and has been a valued and respected member of my leadership team. His tremendous experience leading operations across our many business segments has been invaluable. He has shown a tireless commitment to our customers and has helped develop strong leaders that will support our business for many years to come." Moore went on to say, "We are very excited to have Scott succeed John in the top job at OneSubsea. Scott has an outstanding track record in each of his successive assignments at Cameron. His leadership and success in our Engineered and Process Valves business followed by his achievements in leading our Subsea Systems business make Scott highly qualified for his role in leading OneSubsea."
Cameron (NYSE: CAM) is a leading provider of flow equipment products, systems and services to worldwide oil, gas and process industries.

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ForumEnergyTechForum Energy Technologies, Inc. (NYSE: FET) is pleased to announce the appointment of Prady Iyyanki to the position of Chief Operating Officer. In this newly created role, he will be responsible for leading Forum's global operations and driving growth and operational excellence across the organization. Prady will be based in Houston, Texas.

Cris Gaut, Forum's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, commented, "Prady brings years of international business, process improvement and manufacturing industry experience to Forum. His leadership and depth of experience will be of great value to Forum as we continue to enhance our manufacturing excellence, supply chain efficiency, product quality, and innovation management processes."

Prior to joining Forum, Prady spent over sixteen years with General Electric (GE) in various senior management roles. Most recently Prady was President and CEO of the GE Oil and Gas Turbomachinery Equipment business segment, headquartered in Italy. He has a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from Jawaharlal Nehru Technology University, India and a Master of Science in Engineering from South Dakota State University.

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NABORSLOGONabors Industries Ltd. (NYSE: NBR) has announced plans to appoint Mr. William Restrepo asChief Financial Officer (CFO) following his upcoming departure from Pacific Drilling S.A. (NYSE: PACD).

"Nabors has been seeking to fill the CFO role with someone possessing financial management and operational skills and experience who can meaningfully add to our senior management team. We believe William Restrepo is that person. He brings nearly 30 years of financial and operational management experience in the global energy industry to Nabors. William has an extensive portfolio of proven domestic and international capabilities in corporate finance, financial accounting, internal audit, treasury, operations, and mergers and acquisitions, as well as planning and analysis. We are very pleased to have him join our executive leadership team," said Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer Anthony Petrello.

Restrepo, 54, most recently served as CFO at Pacific Drilling. In this role, Restrepo provided leadership for Pacific's initial public offering and listing on the New York Stock Exchange and helped the company grow by raising $4.5 billion in bank debt, bonds and equity.

Restrepo also previously served as CFO at Seitel, Inc. and at Smith International until its acquisition by Schlumberger. Prior to that, Restrepo spent over 20 years with Schlumberger in various senior financial and operational positions, including operational responsibility for all product lines in the Continental Europe and the Arabian Gulf markets, as well as senior financial executive roles in Corporate Treasury and worldwide controller positions with international postings in Europe, South America and Asia.

Restrepo's employment is expected to begin on February 28, 2014.
Restrepo holds bachelor's degrees in economics and civil engineering as well as an MBA from Cornell University.

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Mike-CampbellPulse Structural Monitoring, an Acteon company, has appointed Mike Campbell (photo) as its new operations director. Based in the UK, he will lead the production, project management and offshore departments and help to manage Pulse's recent geographical expansion.

Campbell brings extensive experience to this role, having been responsible for managing manufacturing, quality, health, safety and environment and supply chain for a group of companies with operations in Europe, Asia, the U.S. and Australia. During his time with IAC Acoustics Ltd, Campbell helped the organisation grow from two to nine manufacturing sites and become the world's largest noise-control company.

Campbell, who studied chemistry at Oxford Brookes University, UK, will apply his supply chain experience to help Pulse deliver complex services to a growing number of clients around the globe and use his knowledge of lean manufacturing methods to help streamline Pulse's manufacturing processes. This will enhance the quality and flexibility of Pulse operations and cut lead times to meet the demanding schedules of offshore clients.

Richard Kluth, managing director, Pulse Structural Monitoring, said, "Mike will make a strong contribution to our continuing success. He has a wealth of experience and is an expert in lean manufacturing. His skills will help to extend and enhance the Pulse products and services offering and help us to manage our global network of offices, including the two facilities we opened in Bergen, Norway and Singapore last year."

Campbell added, "I am very excited to have joined Pulse; this is a great opportunity to join a growing company with an excellent track record. Pulse is ideally positioned to offer world class service and be the company of choice for subsea monitoring. I am looking forward to bringing some of my previous experience to the company and to help with its expansion."

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Woodgroup-BartonWood Group Mustang, delivering over 25 years of technical excellence in engineering, design and support services to the offshore industry, announces Christopher M. Barton as senior vice president, global offshore business development. He will lead and motivate the offshore division's global business development team in implementing the strategic growth plan.

Barton's 30+ years of industry expertise include business development, marketing and engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) project execution and management. His roles have encompassed both onshore and offshore facilities, ranging from subsea systems, fixed platforms and deepwater floating production facilities.

Barton holds a Bachelor of Science in civil engineering from Texas A&M University and serves on a number of industry conference boards, including the executive committee of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) petroleum division.

Wood Group Executive Vice President Michele McNichol shared, "Chris is an industry veteran with a proven track record in business development, who is well suited to take our offshore business to the next level globally. I look forward to working with Chris and his team in developing new ventures."

The offshore division provides complete and independent global project solutions, from pre-concept studies through startup, with continuing support throughout the life of the field in water depths from 10 feet to more than 7,000 feet.

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WoodGroupMustanglogoWood Group Mustang announces John Etherington as general manager Malaysia, leading operations and strategic development in the Asia Pacific region. Kuala Lumpur is the hub of Wood Group Mustang's Malaysia operations, where Etherington will focus on an expanding presence in the offshore, onshore, chemicals, oil sands, process plants, industrial, and automation and control markets.

A native of the U.K., Etherington delivers 26 years of upstream and downstream oil and gas expertise, holding positions within engineering, project management, general management and operations. His scope of past projects include Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Iran, Saudi Arabia, India, Thailand, Indonesia, China, Australia, North Sea and Malaysia.

Etherington joins Wood Group Mustang after serving 19 years with WorleyParsons, most recently as chief operations officer for their joint venture in Kuala Lumpur, where he has resided for the past 16 years. He holds a Bachelor of Science in instrumentation and control engineering from the University of Teesside in the U.K. and is a chartered engineer with the Institute of Electrical Engineers in the U.K.

"John's proven track record and passion for the Asia Pacific region will allow Wood Group Mustang to build and deliver a project management and engineering capability recognized on a global scale serving our local and regional clients," shared Wood Group Mustang Executive Vice President John W. Dalton, Sr.

Wood Group Mustang's Kuala Lumpur office was established in late 2010 as the regional execution center for the upstream, automation, process plant and industrial sectors. The objective of the business is to serve and develop local industries by bringing Wood Group Mustang's technical excellence in project execution and delivery to the region. The office is located at The ICON Jalan Tun Razak, W-07-01, Level 7, West Wing, No.1 Jalan 1/68F off Jalan Tun Razak, 50400 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

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