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Oil and gas industry announcements: 10 October 2014

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Chevron Corporation has named Mary A. Francis corporate secretary and chief governance officer, effective May 1 2015. In hear new role Francis will counsel the board of directors and senior management of Chevron on corporate governance matters, manage the Corporate Governance Department and serve on the Law Function Executive Committee. She succeeds Lydia L Beebe, who is retiring from Chevron on April 30 after 37 years with the company.

John Watson, Chairman and CEO, Chevron said, ‘Mary brings years of leadership and management of Chevron’s law function to the position. Her proven expertise will guide the board and senior management on important corporate governance issues.’


CITGO Petroleum Corporation has presented a donation to the Southern University Marching Band during the university’s homecoming game, in which the Jaguars faced Arkansas-Pine Bluff this past weekend in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Rafael Gomez, VP of Government and Public Affairs, CITGO, said, ‘at CITGO, our support of education is one of the pillars of our corporate social responsibility efforts and a way in which we help strengthen the communities where we have a presence and beyond. It is an honour to support this 230 member ensemble that has captivated audiences worldwide.’


China Chengda Engineering Co. Ltd., has renewed its strategic alliance agreement with Intergraph, reaffirming its commitment to a long term strategic relationship between the two industry leaders. The extension of the agreement allows Chengda access to Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise solutions, as well as consulting and ongoing technical support. The Intergraph SmartPlant Enterprise portfolio used by Chengda includes Intergraph Smart 3D, PDS, SmartPlant Instrumentation, SmartPlant Electrical, SmartPlant Reference Data and SmartPlant Review. This portfolio not only ensures Chengda’s position as the preferred EPC company in China, but also meets its growing business demands for increased global competitiveness.

Chengda officials said, ‘we have been using Intergraph technology for many years, and we are pleased to extend our long term strategic relationship with Intergraph. We have achieved great success through the implementation of SmartPlant Enterprise for our engineering projects, and we are confident that SmartPlant Enterprise will continue to deliver tremendous value to our company.’

US Department of Energy

The Energy Department announced today that up to US$ 13.4 million for five projects to develop advanced biofuels and bioproducts that will help drive down the cost of producing gasoline, diesel and jet fuel from biomass. These products not only will help reduce carbon emissions, but also advance the department’s work to enable the production of clean, renewable and cost competitive drop in biofuel at US$ 3/gal. by 2022. The research and development project, located in Wisconsin, Minnesota, California, Colorado and Georgia, will focus on developing integrated processes for the production of advanced biofuels and chemicals. Two of these selections will address research efforts on the efficient conversion of biogas to valuable products other than power.

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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