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David Payne named Chevron Corporate VP of HSE

David Payne, Corprorate VP
David Payne, Corporate VP of HSE, Chevron

Chevron has named David Payne (pictured right) as Corporate VP of HSE, effective 1 May 2018. Mr Payne is currently VP of Chevron’s Drilling and Completions organization. He succeeds Wes Lohec, who has elected to retire on 1 June 2018.

Mr Payne will be responsible for leading Chevron’s HSE function, including strategic planning and issues management, compliance assurance and emergency response. He will also oversee Chevron’s Environmental Management Company, which manages environmental remediation and abandonment liabilities. He will report to Joe Geagea, Chevron’s Executive VP of Technology.

Prior to his current position, which he assumed in 2006, Mr Payne was the Drilling Manager in Bangkok, Thailand. He has held various engineering and management positions in California, Louisiana, Trinidad and Tobago, Indonesia and Vietnam.

Big ‘6’ announces management changes

Big “6” Drilling Company has announced management changes: Chester B. Benge Jr, formerly President of Big “6” and a former IADC Chairman, is now Chairman of the board; Michael D. Stone, formerly VP, will serve as President; Jack Burnett, formerly Drilling Superintendent, is VP Drilling Operations; Marguerite Griffith is Executive VP; and Geoff Griffith is Treasurer.

IFS appoints Darren Roos as new chief executive

IFS has hired Darren Roos as CEO. The appointment aligns with the retirement of Alastair Sorbie in Q1 2018. Most recently, Mr Roos was President of Cloud ERP business at SAP and, prior to that, significantly grew international operations at Software AG.

Shale Support names new VP business development

Shale Support Holdings has appointed Lee Hullman as VP of Business Development. Most recently, he was responsible for business development efforts for Texas and Oklahoma.

Susan Dio named Chairman, President of BP America

Susan Dio has been appointed as Chairman and President of BP America. She succeeds John Mingé, who will move to chair a study by the National Petroleum Council on carbon capture technologies. Ms Dio has been chief executive of BP Shipping for the past three years.

Huisman appoints Theo Bruijninckx as CEO

Huisman has appointed Theo Bruijninckx as CEO, overseeing daily operations of the company. Joop Roodenburg will move into the role of President and will focus on the continuous development of technical solutions and relationships with customers.

Wood to perform subsea studies for Woodside

Wood has been awarded three contracts to perform subsea and flow assurance studies for Woodside in Senegal, West Africa, supporting the proposed SNE field development in the Rufisque, Sangomar and Sangomar Deep blocks. The contracts cover three concept definition studies: a targeted flow assurance study to ensure robust and safe design, an engineering assessment to demonstrate the feasibility of a riser and umbilical system at potential floating production storage and offloading facilities, and a subsea flowlines study.

BP selects McDermott, BHGE for subsea contracts

McDermott and Baker Hughes have been selected to perform front-end engineering design (FEED) studies in advance of a substantial engineering, procurement, construction and installation contract for BP’s Tortue/Ahmeyim field development, a major gas project located on the maritime border of Mauritania and Senegal. During this initial engineering phase, McDermott will work on defining the subsea umbilicals, risers and flowlines scope for the project, while Baker Hughes will focus on the subsea production system scope.

Gardner Denver opens new facility in Jebel Ali

Gardner Denver Petroleum & Industrial Pumps has opened a Dubai facility in Jebel Ali. The company’s pressure pumping, drilling and well service segments will all operate from this location. It is designed to serve all Eastern Hemisphere markets, including the Middle East, China, Asia, Europe and Russia.

Secure-NOK, Siemens partner on cybersecurity solution

Secure-NOK and Siemens have partnered to integrate Secure-NOK’s SNOK cybersecurity solution into Siemens’ Industrial Security portfolio. SNOK is a scalable, distributed, small data solution designed to perform local detection of malware, espionage, sabotage or other harmful cyber events.

Emerson to provide Total with Paradigm Software

Emerson has announced a long-term global agreement with Total to provide access to the Paradigm exploration and production software portfolio. The agreement includes access to the Paradigm SKUA-GOCAD and Paradigm Geolog software solution suites for full-field life-cycle subsurface modeling and formation evaluation activities.

Bishop Lifting acquires sling fabrication company

Bishop Lifting, which fabricates, distributes and rents wire rope, sling and rigging products and services, has acquired Safeway Sling, a sling fabrication company. Safeway Sling is a manufacturer of 100% US-made nylon and polyester lifting slings, as well as wire rope slings, chain slings and tie-down assemblies.

Vryhof businesses secure new mooring contract

Deep Sea Mooring and Vryhof Anchors, both Vryhof businesses, have secured a contract to provide full-scale mooring and anchoring services to Cooper Energy. The contract will result in full-scale engineering, pre-lay mooring design and analysis from Deep Sea Mooring that will be provided to Diamond Offshore’s semisubmersible, the Ocean Monarch. The rig forms part of a 10-well drilling campaign for Cooper Energy in the Otway and Gippsland Basins. The campaign will take place between January and August 2018.


Rival launches motor, friction reduction system

Rival Downhole Tools, a provider of drilling and thru tubing motors and tools, has launched two new products. Rival PDM is a performance drilling motor,  and Rival FRT is a downhole friction reduction system that creates axial movement along the drill string, increasing both the rate of penetration and the reach in drilling and completion operations.

Dragon Products introduces Sand Force

Dragon Products has introduced Sand Force, a double drop, bottom discharge trailer-mounted sand delivery trailer.  Designed for frac sand, the trailer unloads the standard 25 tons of frac sand in approximately 11 minutes. The company’s focus on sand delivery systems comes in response to significant increases in sand usage, with more than 2.5 million proppant truck trips made each year in the Permian Basin alone.

Schlumberger introduces new perforating gun system

Schlumberger has introduced the Tempo instrumented docking perforating gun system. This combination of a plug-in gun design with real-time advanced downhole measurements enables and monitors the well’s dynamic underbalance to create clean perforations. The proprietary docking components streamline the deployment of up to 40 guns for selective initiation to efficiently perforate multiple reservoir zones with a maximized explosives payload in a single trip in the well. The system is being deployed worldwide following field trials in Egypt, Oman, Kuwait, Algeria and Ecuador.

Trelleborg launches HPHT wellhead sealing solutionmetal-end-cap-image_mec_rendering_v02_02

Trelleborg Sealing Solutions has launched a new metal-end cap seal engineered for high-pressure, high-temperature (HPHT) wellhead, tubing and casing hanger sealing environments, which combines the pressure and extrusion resistance of a metal-to-metal bonded component with the flexibility of an elastomer.

The elastomer-to-metal bonded sealing elements provide the high level of extrusion resistance necessary for HPHT casing and tubing hanger applications.

Combining the range of proprietary XploR rapid gas decompression and sour gas-resistant elastomers with corrosion-resistant metal-end caps, Trelleborg engineers can design a customized sealing solution to meet specific requirements.

The mechanical end cap seal can withstand pressures up to 103.4 MPa/15,000 psi and temperatures up to 177 °C/350°F in static applications.

Archer launches acoustic leak-detection technology

Archer has launched the VIVID acoustic listening platform, a highly sensitive acoustic technology that detects, investigates and locates leaks in real time, verifies cement barrier seals and characterizes downhole events with precision. The platform consists of full-spectrum acoustic sensors that measure the broadest frequency bandwidth and amplitude of acoustic energy with industry-leading sensitivity and can even locate previously indiscernible low-energy leaks.

Software added to DNV GL industry data platform

DNV GL will add a new third-party software solution to Veracity, its open industry data platform that is based on cleaned data collected from 80,000 oil and gas wells. AGR has agreed to host its iQx software on the platform, which contains information that is vital to companies selecting well locations. Users, such as drilling engineers, can access information on numerous metrics, including geology and bit performance, enabling them to make smarter and more efficient operational decisions.

Forum Energy introduces new-gen electric ROV

Forum Energy Technologies has launched its new electric remotely operated vehicle (EROV) range. Designed and manufactured in-house at Forum’s Kirkbymoorside Yorkshire facility, the XLe Spirit is the company’s first of a new generation of electric EROVs.

The vehicle is the smallest in the new range but is powerful enough to perform subsea maintenance and repair work with the use of its optional electric or hydraulic five function manipulator arm.

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