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Oil and gas industry announcements: 29 July 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

CH2M Hill

CH2M Hill’s expanding Oil, Gas & Chemicals Unit has announced the addition of three senior business development leaders to its ranks. Paul Smith has joined the firm as Vice President of Integrated Services and will manage strategic accounts. Smith previously held an executive role at America’s Natural Gas Alliance, has over 23 years of business development, marketing and consulting experience within the energy industry.

Clay Scott has been hired as a Manager of Business Development focusing on the chemicals, refining and petrochemicals sector. Scott has over 20 years of sales and marketing experience, specialising in strategic planning and international client management for both North America and Europe. Cole Crawley has joined the company from Caterpillar as a Manager of Business Development. He will run specific pipeline and facilities client accounts as well as helping grow other operational capabilities for the firm.

Emerald Cities Collaborative

Emerald Cities Collaborative President and CEO Denise Fairchild released the following statement on the new White House report, ‘The Cost of Delaying Action to Stem Climate Change’:

‘We applaud the White House Council on Economic Advisers for acknowledging that the longer our nation delays acting on climate change, the more dearly we will pay, not only in purely economic terms, but also with regard to clean air and energy security, and that adopting meaningful mitigation policies will spur investments that reduce future mitigation costs.

‘As the Obama Administration takes action on climate change, we urge policymakers to embrace Emerald Cities Collaborative’s triple bottom line of environment, economy and equity by ensuring that low income communities share in jobs, economic development, increased resilience to extreme weather and other benefits resulting from a sustainable economy.’

FMC Technologies

FMC Technologies, Inc., has adopted ThinkTank’s Collaboration-as-a-Service (CaaS) solution. FMC is using ThinkTank to further product innovation capture knowledge from executive decision making sessions and significantly improve process efficiency.

Matt Wenger, CEO, ThinkTank said, ‘FMC Technologies already has a global reputation for innovation and knowledge management, demonstrated by the two Spotlight on New Technology Awards they won at the OTC in April. We’re honoured that they have selected us to accelerate their already impressive rate of innovation using ThinkTank, which will enable FMC Technologies to transform the way its employees collaborate to solve business challenges.’

Society for Petroleum Data Managers

A Memorandum of Intent (MOI) to establish a global professional society for Petroleum Data Managers has been agreed by representatives from Common Data Access (CDA), the Expert Community for Information Management (ECIM) and the Professional Petroleum Data Management Association (PPDM). The aim of the society, which will be not for profit, international and independent, is to be the place where professional data manager go for community, body of knowledge and professional development.

Rusty Foreman, BP said, ‘the society will be available to all individuals involved or interested in petroleum data management, whether from oil companies, NOCs, service companies, regulators, academia or anywhere else. It promotes the value of data management as a career destination, with professional qualifications and regular certification. An open transparent society will enable a community to develop, where knowledge is shared and the industry as a whole can benefit from this initiative.’

CDA, ECIM and PPDM all have preexisting work in this area, including competencies, education, training, certification, accreditation, events, publications, standards and bodies of knowledge. The society aims to bring that experience and breadth of understanding together to create a firm foundation for industry acknowledgement of the need for proffesionalisation and recognition of the business value of good data management.


Velocys plc has announced that the final investment decision (FID) has been made to proceed with construction of a commercial GTL plant using the company’s technology. The project is being funded by a joint venture between Waste Management, NRG Energy, Ventech Engineers International and Velocys, formed to develop a series of GTL plants in the US and other select geographies.

The plant, which is designed to be profitable on a standalone basis, will be located at Waste Management’s East Oak landfill site in Oklahoma. It will provide a commercial reference site for the Velocys technology and will deploy a number of the company’s full scale Fischer-Tropsch reactors.

Edited from various sources by Claira Lloyd

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