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Oil and gas industry announcements: 28 August 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Frost & Sullivan

Frost & Sullivan held its inaugural New Zealand Excellence Awards on 28 August at Villa Maria, presenting 18 awards to companies across the industries of food, energy and power, healthcare and ICT. The awards will be an annual event to honour companies that have demonstrated outstanding achievement and superior performance in their respective market segments. In the Energy and Environment segment, Enatel Ltd, ABB Limited, Juiceport, Silver Spring Networks and ISS Facility Services received awards.

Andre Clarke, Country Manager, Frost & Sullivan New Zealand said, ‘we are very proud to host the annual awards in New Zealand to celebrate the achievements of New Zealand companies. Frost & Sullivan’s awards play an important role recognising those who are driving innovation and achieving best practices across various industries in the New Zealand market. This is our first year of awards in New Zealand, and we are pleased to be able to recognise exceptional accomplishments and exemplary achievements in several of the markets we operate in.’

MOL Group

MOL Group subsidiary Kalegran has provided food and medicine to over 1500 refugee families in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. MOL Group has been deeply committed to support the development of local communities and provide humanitarian assistance ever since it entered the region in 2007.

Leading the humanitarian effort himself, Managing Director of MOL Kalegran Ltd, Majdi Ahmad, personally took items for distribution amongst refugees. In his message he said that ‘MOL enjoys very good relations with the KRG, and supports the Regional Government’s efforts in sheltering and providing humanitarian aid and will continue to support it in its efforts to alleviate and mitigate sufferings of refugees in distress. MOL Group will do whatever it takes to facilitate them settling down.’


According to data released this month by the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas gained more than 20 000 oil and gas jobs since July 2013, its largest increase since April 2013. With new drilling techniques opening up vast reserves, the state has been drawing oilfield workers from around the country who are eager to jump on rig crews where salaries start at approximately US$ 70 000 /y.

The new flood of business and residents into Texas’ Permian Basin region is expected by many to keep climbing steadily. In order to capitalise on the rising demand for real estate to be used for everything from temporary housing to public infrastructure to entertainment amenities, Taylor Consulting Inc (TAYO) is building a portfolio of properties in the region offering multiple avenues for potential revenue.


Tranter has announced the addition of Bartlett Equipment Company as manufacturer representative for the full line of Tranter heat exchanger products in the areas of Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle. Bartlett Equipment brings a professional staff with over 70 years of combined experience to the Tranter plate heat exchanger product line.

Antonio Garza, VP Sales & Marketing, Tranter Americas said, ‘Bartlett will be a great addition to the Tranter family as we continue to capitalise on the thriving midstream and downstream markets of the oil and gas industry.’

World Energy Council

Ecuador has formally joined as a member country of the World Energy Council in a ceremony in Quito on 22 August. In the ceremony, hosted by Dr Esteban Albornoz Vintimilla, Minister of Electricity and Renewable Energy, the World Energy Council formally welcomed Ecuador into its global energy leadership community.

Dr Chritoph Frei, Secretary General, World Energy Council said, ‘Ecuador has already achieved good energy performance in balancing the triple challenge of the energy trilemma: energy security, affordability, and environmental sustainability. Globally Ecuador ranks 35 among 129 countries in our Energy Sustainability Index and achieves an energy balance score of ABB. In this respect, Ecuador has performed particularly well in energy security. We are particularly pleased Ecuador has formally joined the World Energy Council and we look forward to working with the government and the energy leaders’ community to further strengthen the energy situation in the country and the region.’

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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