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Oil and gas industry announcements: 11 February 2015

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At its meeting on February 10, the Supervisory Board of Bilfinger SE appointed Axel Salzmann as CFO of the company with effect from April 1 2015. At the same time, The Supervisory Board has a clear preference for a candidate for the new Chairman of the Executive Board. The appointment will be made as soon as the candidate has reached agreement with his current employer over the timing of his departure.


The Flexitallic Group has appointed Jon Stokes as CEO. Stokes joins the company from Emerson Electric, where he most recently served as President of the Daniel Measurement and Control Business. Earlier in his 13 year Emerson career, Stokes led businesses providing instrumentation and controls to the process and marine industries.


A diesel laundering plant, capable of evading £1.4 million in duty, has been dismantled by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in commercial premises in Sunderland city centre. The laundering plant, with the potential to produce 2.5 million l/y of illicit fuel, and an illegal filling station were uncovered on Friday 6 February. HMRC officers, accompanied by Northumbria police, searched the city centre property and discovered the filling station, where it is suspected that fuel was being laundered and sold to the public as legitimate road fuel.


Sandvik in Chomutov, Czech Republic has been announced as the winner of the prestigious award Best Innovator of the Year in the Czech Republic, in recognition of the company’s way of working with innovation. Sandvik has received the prize in the large companies’ category. The award acknowledges the innovation process of companies, where the jury looks into the way of working and driving innovation, how innovative the organisation is and the engagement for driving innovations among the employees.

Williams Partners

Williams Partners LP has announced that its expanded Geismar, Louisiana olefins plant has begun manufacturing ethylene for sale. The commissioning effort culminates the plant’s rebuild and expansion project. Williams Partners’ share of the total capacity of the expanded plant will be approximately 1.7 billion l/y. Williams owns controlling interest in and is the general partner of Williams Partners.

Edited from various press releases by Claira Lloyd

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