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Oil and gas industry news: 11 November 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

American Petroleum Institute

The API has awarded its highest honour, the Gold Medal for Distinguished Achievement, to Clarence P. Cazalot Jr. in recognition of his outstanding leadership and service to the oil and natural gas industry, his community, and the nation. Under 14 years of leadership as chairman, president and CEO of Marathon Oil Corporation, Cazalot guided the success of one of the world’s largest oil and natural gas companies. Prior to taking the helm at Marathon Oil Corporation, he served in multiple senior executive positions at Texaco, Inc. He also holds positions on the boards of directors of leading energy companies, including Baker Hughes, FMC Technologies, and Spectra Energy. As API Chairman, Cazalot shared his unique and invaluable expertise and knowledge across all sectors of the oil and natural gas industry.

Jack Gerard, API President and CEO said, ‘for more than four decades, Clarence Cazalot’s steady leadership, vision and personal integrity have guided the management strategies and innovations that helped drive the 21st century American energy renaissance. He has been a pioneer of the US oil and natural gas industry, and an outstanding leader for two of America’s most storied and iconic energy companies: Marathon and Texaco.’

CH2M Hill

Women engineers from CH2M Hill have joined the ‘Your Life’ campaign launch to inspire young people to study maths and science at A Level in a bid to develop a skilled UK workforce ready for the careers of tomorrow. The event, which was hosted by Education Secretary, The Rt Hon Nicky Morgan MP, saw over 200 educators, entrepreneurs and business leaders come together to explore the future jobs landscape and discover how business and government can work together to inspire young people to study science and maths to help develop careers in the science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) sectors.

With the UK in the midst of an infrastructure boom, engineering and programme management companies such as CH2M Hill are looking to school and college students to become the next generation of engineers that will help build the infrastructure of tomorrow. Following the launch of the ‘Your Life’ campaign in May this year by the Chancellor, The Rt Hon George Osborne MP, CH2M Hill has become a strong advocate for the campaign and since the initial launch has increased its STEM programmes in schools, skills and employment fairs and apprenticeship programme.


Ergon BioFuels LLC, a subsidiary of Ergon Inc., has announced plans to restart the ethanol facility in Vicksburg, Mississippi, beginning May next year. With nearly 60 million gal/y of production capacity Ergon BioFuels is one of the largest ethanol producers in the southeastern US. Upon restart, the facility will purchase feedstock from local suppliers, providing substantial new market opportunities for the region. The plant will also add approximately 30 new high paying jobs to a community Ergon has operated in for decades.

Criag Busbea, General Manager, Ergon BioFuels said, ‘bringing the ethanol facility back online is an exciting development for Ergon. It will restart with state of the art technology that not only increases ethanol yield and improves the dried distillers’ grain, but also allows for the production of corn oil. We look forward to providing jobs for our community and the economic stimulus it will bring to our state.’


Mike Wheeler has joined Fluor Corporation as the company’s chief procurement officer. Wheeler is responsible for procurement, contract management, material management, sourcing, travel services, logistics and export control for all of Fluor’s business lines globally. He also has oversight of Fluor’s supply chain entity dedicated to selling quality, cost effective, stand alone procurement services to midstream market clients. This includes sourcing services centred on Fluor’s strategic supply relationships in Asia and other emerging markets.

Most recently, Wheeler served as senior vice president at Reliance Industries Limited, Mumbai, India, leading the company’s Procurement & Contracting Centre of Excellence. He previously led MW Wheeler and Associates, Inc., in Dallas as president and CEO, serving the energy industry with supply chain management, operations and maintenance, and capital optimisation.

Edited from various press releases by Claira Lloyd

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