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Oil and gas industry announcements: 27 August 2014

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Axion International Holdings has announced that it has signed a distribution agreement for STRUXURE Construction Mats with Hydra Energy Solutions Ltd., a Canadian corporation in the oil and gas industry. Multiple purchase orders are being shipped on trucks and railcars into western Canada for use on oil and gas projects. These initial shipments total over 150 units consisting of STRUXURE Heavy Mats and new Access Road Mats. The company expects additional orders by the end of the year.

Steve Silverman, Vice Chairman, Axion said, ‘Canada is a market opportunity for both STRUXURE building products and ECOTRAX rail ties/sleepers. Oilsands are a massive source of revenue in Canada and will continue to grow and there will be a demand for more construction mats that we will look to supply. We have been working on this formal agreement for many months and we are looking forward to growing the business with our new partners.’


CHS has announced a new program to better enable some of the 1400 Cenex branded locations to meet customer demand for E15. For Cenex retailers wanting to offer E5 in addition to their current gasoline products, the Cenex Tank Program will cover a significant portion of the cost to purchase and install an additional storage tank for the purpose of offering E15.

Doug Dorfman, vice president of refined fuels, CHS said, ‘we are excited to offer a new Cenex Tank Program, which further demonstrates CHS leadership in renewable fuels and helps keep the Cenex brand at the forefront in meeting consumer demand for ethanol blends. We value our partnership with Cenex retailers and will continue to assist them in their efforts to meet consumer demand for ethanol blends. Supporting ethanol demand also adds value to CHS member owners and farmers.’


ExxonMobil Pipeline Company has agreed to pay a civil penalty for an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act stemming from a 2012 crude oil spill from ExxonMobil’s North Line pipeline near Torbert, Louisiana, the Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency have announced. Under the consent decree lodged on 26 August in federal court, ExxonMobil will pay US$ 1 437 120 to resolve the government’s claim.

The complaint, which was also filed in the US District Court for the Middle District of Louisiana, alleges that ExxonMobil discharged at least 2800 bbls of crude oil in violation of Section 311 of the Clean Water Act. On April 28 2012, ExxonMobil’s 20/22 in diameter pipeline ruptured near Torbert, approximately 20 miles west of Baton Rouge, and crude oil spilled into the surrounding area and flowed into an unnamed tributary connected to Bayou Cholpe.

ONEOK Partners

ONEOK Partners LP have announced that its 100 million ft3/d natural gas processing facility in eastern McKenzie County, North Dakota, the Garden Creek II plant, is now operational. The new plant is part of the partnership’s previously announced US$ 7 – 7.5 billion capital growth program through 2016. The partnership’s Williston Basin natural gas processing capacity is expected to increase to approximately 1.1 billion ft3/d by the third quarter of 2016 following the completion of additional natural gas infrastructure in the region.

Terry K. Spencer, president and CEO, ONEOK Partners said, ‘we remain committed to meeting the needs of our customers by building essential natural gas and natural gas liquids infrastructure in the Williston Basin. ONEOK Partners’ Williston Basin natural gas processing capacity now exceeds 500 million ft3/d, five times more than our processing capacity in the region was in 2010, and we expect that number to grow to more than 600 million ft3/d during the fourth quarter of this year, when the Garden Creek III plant is completed. Increased natural gas processing capacity also will lead to a reduction of natural gas flaring in North Dakota.’

Wood Group

Wood Group has appointed Nina Schofield to the position of Group head of health, safety, security and environment (HSSE), with responsibility for developing and implementing HSSE strategies across Wood Group’s global operations. Since beginning her career in safety with a drilling company, Schofield has gained over 20 years of global HSSE experience for international energy services businesses.

Bob Keiller, CEO, Wood Group said, ‘we are pleased to welcome Nina to Wood Group’s leadership team. She has an outstanding record in the effective management and onsite application of health and safety, and her strong leadership will help to ensure Wood Group’s HSSE objectives and strategy are implemented across our businesses. Safety and assurance is our top priority and our first core value, and we are committed to having every one of our employees, everywhere we work, go home safe every day.’

Edited from various press releases by Claira Lloyd

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