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More oil and gas industry announcements: 20 August

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Algae Systems

Algae Systems LLC has completed demonstration of a new biofuel production approach that was jointly developed with IHI Corporation, Japan. The process is based on the conversion of algae and wastewater to energy and clean water. A demonstration plant, located in Daphne, Alabama, combines wastewater with algae to produce the world’s first energy generating wastewater treatment process, using carbon negative technologies. This process will yield both biofuel and drinking water.

While algae is a component in a number of worldwide experimental production strategies, this approach will differ by using a system that can apply a variety of algae types to production, adding value by treating wastewater, and producing a drop in fuel solution using hydrothermal liquefaction to produce fuels that do not heed to be blended.

Clean Energy

Clean Energy Fuels Corp. has noted the Railroad Commission of Texas report that notes that compressed natural gas (CNG) and LNG sales in Texas to the end of July were 220% of the fiscal year 2014 estimate. An estimated 14 521 326 gall. equivalent of natural gas have been sold through this period, compared to the forecasted 6.6 million gall. equivalents.

Peter Grace, senior VP, sales and finance, Clean Energy said, ‘the use of natural gas as a vehicle fuel is taking off in Texas. We firmly agree with Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter that there is plenty of room for growth as more fleets take advantage of the economic and environmental benefits of natural gas vehicle fuel.’


Dresser-Rand has been honoured by the National Safety Council (NSC) with a 2014 Industry Leader Award for its safety performance. A component of the council’s member exclusive ‘Safety Motivation and Recognition Awards Program’ which benchmarks outstanding safety achievements, the award recognises the top 5% of member companies, units and facilities that have met the criteria and qualified for the 2014 Occupational Excellence Achievement Award from NSC. Winners were selected based on North American Industry Classification System code, lowest total incidence rate and employee work hours.

Michael Wood, Dresser-Rand’s VP and Chief Safety Officer said, ‘this recognition from the NSC reaffirms our commitment to achieve operational excellence and zero injuries. We have a culture at Dresser-Rand where together we hold safety discussions with our employees to ensure that we minimise at risk behaviours and watch each other’s back. Our ultimate goal is to eliminate workplace injuries by executing disciplined processes and engaging our employees.’


KBR Inc. has announced the election of James Blackwell as a member of the KBR Board of Directors. Blackwell announced his plans to retire from Chevron Corporation where he has held numerous positions of increasing responsibility during his 34 year tenure there. He began his career as a roustabout with Gulf Oil, which merged with Standard Oil Company of California to form Chevron.

Loren Carroll, Chairman of the Board, KBR said, ‘on behalf of KBR, I am delighted that Jim will join the Board. We are confident that with Jim’s industry experience and knowledge, he will add significant value and insight.’

Edited from various press releases by Claira Lloyd

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