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Oil and gas company news: 22 October 2014

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BASF and GE Oil & Gas were honoured at the APICS 2014 conference in New Orleans, Louisiana, with APICS Corporate Awards of Excellence in recognition of their commitment to continuing education and innovation in the field of supply chain and operations management.

BASF received the 2014 APICS Award of Excellence in Education for its commitment to work education and training. By paying for employee membership, seminars, meetings, classes, and exams, BASF is emphasising the importance of continued education and certification. Since the 1980s, the company has recognised APICS as the source for operations and supply chain knowledge. BASF has invested over US$ 1 million in APICS education and sponsored more than 100 in house APIC classes, with 1500 students participating in 25 countries. In addition, approximately 400 BASF employees are APICS members and more than 100 have earned APICS certification.

The 2014 APICS Award of Excellence in Innovation honours GE Oil & Gas for its multi year supply chain improvement and innovation project that included establishing a materials management organisation based on APICS principles, making significant changes in their organisational structure, and shifting from product supplier to solutions oriented partner. GE Oil & Gas realigned its turbomachinery solutions business to establish new organisation dynamics, in effect, putting APICS theory into practice, which has led to impressive gains and positions them well for future success.


Local CITGO Marketer Garrow Oil Corporation and CITGO Petroleum Corporation are teaming up to sponsor the inaugural MDA Toast to Life Gala to benefit ALS research and to honour Jane Vanden Heuvel of Little Chute, who was diagnosed with ALS in 2011. On October 23, guests are invited to the Timber Rattlers Banquet Venue at Fox Cities Stadium in Appleton to participate in the event.

Dawn Ver Haagh, executive director, MDA said, ‘hosting this event is important to our entire organisation and we are especially proud to honour Jane and her family at this year’s fundraiser. ALS is an extremely serious and debilitating disease which has affected many members of our community. We are pleased to pay tribute to one of our own local families that has struggled with the effects of ALS for three years now. We hope that through these events, we can lend the necessary support to bring us one step closer to finding a cure for ALS.’


Chevron Corporation has announced the launch of the Appalachia Partnership Initiative, a US$ 20 million effort, designed to address education and workforce development in 27 countries across southwest Pennsylvania, northern West Virginia and eastern Ohio. In coordination with founding partners, the Allegheny Conference on Community Development, the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and RAND Corporation, the initiative marks the beginning of a long term regional commitment to improve Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths (STEM) education and further develop a highly skilled workforce for area energy and manufacturing industries.

Rhonda Zygocki, executive VP of Policy and Planning, Chevron Corporation said, ‘Chevron is committed to building lasting relationships and creating prosperity in the Tri State area and in every region where we operate. Our success is deeply linked to the region’s progress, and we are proud to launch this long term initiative to address critical STEM education and workforce development needs in the area.’


GE’s Distributed Power business, Western Energy Systems and San Francisco, California based Phoenix Energy has announced that they have signed an agreement for GE to supply an undetermined number of ecomagination qualified Jenbacher gas engines to power a series of bioenergy plants that Phoenix Energy plants to build around the Golden State.

Phoenix Energy uses an advanced downdraft gasification technology to thermochemically convert biomass residues into a hydrogen rich fuel used to generate electricity, heat and biochar. The Phoenix Energy technology can transform a wide range of woody wastes into syngas, which then can be used in gas engines to generate cleaner electricity and heat for local users, utilities, agricultural processors, waste handlers and other industries. Biomass fuel is procured locally to enable any operation in need of low carbon and cleaner energy to become its own power provider.

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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