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Oil and gas industry announcements: 7 January 2015

Hydrocarbon Engineering,


Audubon Engineering Solutions has a new Downstream Centre of Excellence to better serve clients along the US Gulf Coast. The new centre will focus its services on small to mid capital petrochemical and refining projects and establishing alliance programs. The primary execution centres will be in La Porte, Texas and Baton Rouge, with additional support coming from Houston as well as Metairie and Covington, Louisiana.

Bell Geospace

Bell Geospave has announced that one of its geoscientists, James Mataragio has been appointed to the post of Director General of the Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation (TPDC) by President Jakaya, effective 15 December 2014. During his tenure at Bell Geospace, Mataragio has been exposed to a variety of mineralisation and hydrocarbon projects, which have contributed to the skill set and experience required by TPDC for the role of Director General.

Diesel Technology Forum

As the California High Speed Rail Authority breaks ground on the nation’s first high speed rail system, additional attention is being focused on the fact that some of the world’s most advanced and cleanest diesel equipment will be used to construct the historic project. Allen Schaeffer, Executive Director, Diesel Technology Forum said, “while there is a debate on the merits of the high speed rail project in general, one thing that is not in debate is the readiness of the most advanced construction machines and equipment to build the project.”


The Linde Group has been awarded a contract to provide its helium purification and processing technology to Richmond, Virginia based, Weil Group Resources, LLC. The helium plant, to be located near Mankota, Saskatchewan, Canada, will process 10 million ft3/d of natural gas and produce industrial grade helium. The plant is expected to be operated by early 2016.


The government of Equatorial Guinea has signed an agreement with Nigerian energy firm, Taleveras Group, to build an oil storage hub in the West African country. The terminal will be built at Punta Europa, which is located on Bioko Island, and will be able to service the key oil supply and demand centres throughout the region.


Willbros Group, Inc., has made a payment of US$32.75 million to West African Gas Pipeline Company Limited (WAPCO). The company has now paid in full all sums due under the March 29 2012 Settlement Agreement with WAPCO.

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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