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Oil and gas industry announcements: 21 November 2014

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The AFPM has filed a notice of intent to sue the EPA for failure to issue the 2014 RFS. The required notice under the Clean Air Act is the first step in initiating formal litigation over the agency’s failure to promulgate the annual renewable fuel volumes to the RFS by November 30 of the preceding year, meaning the agency should have finalised the 2014 RFS rule on or before November 30 2013.

AFPM President Charles T. Drevna said, ‘EPA’s failure to comply with RFS deadlines has caused additional harm to obligated parties, including AFPM members. We urge EPA to take prompt action to promulgate the 2014 standards. The fact that EPA proposed the 2014 standards over a year ago, and now 2014 is almost over, is another reason why Congress needs to step in and repeal or significantly reform this badly broken program.’


AVEVA has announced a new contract with OAO VNIPIneft, for the supply of AVEVA Engineering software. The new deployment complements VNIPIneft’s existing AVEVA 3D design system by enabling 2D schematic and engineering data to be integrated into the common project information asset.

Alexey Berezhnoy, Deputy Managing Director, VNIPIneft said, ‘the number of contracts that VNIPIneft executes has increased dramatically in recent years and we expect this positive trend to continue. Maintaining such momentum and expanding capabilities and productivity is essential for the development of every company. For this reason, we are very careful with the technologies we work with and with the choice of the partners who supply it. VNIPIneft’s multi disciplinary teams of engineers develop engineering information that defines a wide range of project components, such as lines, equipment and valves, together with their key attributes. AVEVA Engineering will enable them to work together more effectively, sharing information while keeping full control over the work for each discipline.’

Honeywell UOP

UOP, a Honeywell company, has announced that one of its leading scientists was presented with the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Barack Obama. Edith M. Flanigen, a chemist at UOP, was one of eight recipients of the award, which recognises people and organisations that have made lasting contributions to America’s competitiveness and quality of life and strengthened the nation’s technological workforce.

Obama said, ‘these scholars and innovators have expanded our understanding of the world, made invaluable contributions to their fields, and helped improve countless lives. Our nation has been enriched by their achievements, and by all the scientists and technologies across America dedicated to discovery, inquirt and invention.’


Ivanhoe Energy Inc. has announced the appointment of Randolph Thornton to the company’s Board of Directors. Thornton is President and CEO of Comdisco Holding Company, Inc. He also is non-executive Chairman and a member of the board of both Core-Mark International and National Energy & Gas Transmission. He served as Managing Director and a Senior Credit Officer of Citigroup where he worked for 34 years.

Carlos Cabrera, Ivanhoe Energy, Executive Chairman said, ‘Ivanhoe Energy welcomes Mr Thornton to the board. His skill set and experience are assets to the company during this critical period of building and sustaining value for shareholders.’

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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