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Oil and gas industry announcements: 6 August 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Black & Veatch

Black & Veatch are working in partnership with FirstElement Fuel in efforts to quickly bring hydrogen fuelling stations to consumers throughout California. Hydrogen fuel provides a zero emissions option for all transport needs.

Black & Veatch have been contracted to engineer, procure and construct 19 refuelling stations in California as part of a project which represents the first stage of a comprehensive program in hydrogen fuelling infrastructure which is the biggest in the US. The stations will be located at existing gas stations in Northern and Southern California and are a critical step in supporting greater adoption of zero emission, hydrogen fuel cell technology for transportation.


CB&I has announced in a press release that it been awarded a contract by Oiltanking Beamont LP. The US$ 49 million contract includes the engineering, procurement, fabrication and construction of 12 internal floating roof crude oil storage tanks at the Oiltanking terminal in Beaumont, Texas.

Luke Scorsone, President, CB&I’s Fabrication Services operating group said, ‘we currently are finishing crude oil storage tanks for Oiltanking at other project sites in Houston. This award for this fast tracked projects build on our long standing relationship with our customer and their confidence in CB&I’s commitment to safety, quality of work and schedule certainty.’


Chevron has partnered with Penn State Fayette, The Eberly Campus to teach, mentor and encourage 55 local high school students in the areas of science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). The STEM camps are designed to provide hands on educational experiences to students at no charge.

In addition to mentoring from employees at Chevron and lectures from Penn State professors, attendees went on trips to Laurel Caverns and the Carnegie Science Centre. Also, there were projects that involved creativity, problem solving and critical thinking. Mikal Zimmerman, Policy, Government and Public Affairs Representative, Chevron, said, ‘at Chevron, we depend on an educated workforce to meet our business needs, and we know that an educated and skilled workforce leads to economic growth for our business and the communities where we operate.’


CITGO Petroleum Corporation has been recognised by the American Fuel and Petrochemical Manufacturers (AFPM) with nine awards for safety achievements throughout 2013. Included were three Meritorious Safety Performance Awards for Corpus Christi, Lake Charles and Lemont. Six achievement awards were also awarded to the company. Each of the previously mentioned refineries received one for obtaining over 1 million work hours without a DART case or an employee being involved in a workplace related fatality. The three refineries also each received an award for having worked at least one year without a DART case or fatality.

Rafael Gomez, VP of Government and Public Affairs, CITGO, said, ‘these results show that at CITGO, we are deeply committed to health and safety. We are dedicated to protecting the men and women who work in our facilities and the individuals who live in the communities near our operations.’

Earlier this year, CITGO was also given the Platinum Safety Award for safety excellence by the ILTA. This was the third time the company has received the award over the last eight years.

Expo Technologies

Expo Technologies has announced in a press release that its Managing Director, Peter MacAulay, stood down on 31 July to pursue other interests. The company’s current Technical Director, John Paul de Beer, has been chosen to become the company’s new MD. Martha Carrillo has also joined the board as director of business systems and Matthew Dudones has become VP of sales for the Americas.

Commenting on Peter’s departure, Antony Nissen, Chairman of Expo Technologies said, ‘we are deeply grateful to Peter for his tremendous contribution to Expo over the past quarter of a century, especially his creation of a technology led, customer focused team. We wholeheartedly wish Peter every success in his future role as a non-executive director and angel investor in engineering companies.’

MX Oil plc

In a press release MX Oil plc said it was pleased that following approval from the Lower Congress that the Mexican Senate gave its final approval on legislation needed to reopen Mexico’s vast energy industry to the private sector. Other supporting bills are currently being debated by Senators and President Enrique Pena Nieto will give his final seal of approval on the energy overhaul once they are passed. The reforms are exclusively focused on reversing the decline in oil and gas production in Mexico that has been happening over the last 10 years and ending the monopoly currently held by Pemex. The reform will hopefully open the sector to foreign investment and expertise with a framework of rules that allow successful practice.

Stefan Olivier, CEO, MX Oil commented, ‘the timing of these transformational reforms in Mexico could not come at a better time for MX Oil. Having just announced the signing of a JV with a highly established Mexican partner, Geo Estratos, appointed two extensively experienced directors to our Board, and raised £ 2 million, we are in an ideal position to focus our efforts on unlocking the massive potential that the reopening Mexican energy sector has to offer. I look forward to providing further updates at this exciting time.’

Sources: MX Oil, CB&I, Expo Technologies, PR NewsWire, Penn State, Black& Veatch.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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