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Oil and gas company news: 17 November 2014

Hydrocarbon Engineering,

Haldor Topsoe

Haldor Topsoe A/S has announced that Huineng, a large scale substitute natural gas (SNG) plant, has successfully been brought onstream near the city of Ordos, Inner Mongolia in the north of China. Topsoe has designed the methanation section of the plant, which is the company’s second large scale coal based industrial SNG reference to begin operations in China following the opening of Qinghua last year, the world’s largest SNG plant located in the Xinjiang region. The Huineng SNG plant is owned and operated by the private Chinese company Huineng Coal Electricity Group and represents an investment of US$ 1.1 billion. The plant will have an output of approximately 400 000 m3/y of SNG.


Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. announced today that Kevin Berryman is joining the company as Executive Vice President (EVP) and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Berryman, who brings 33 years of finance leadership in global publicly traded companies, will assume his new role effective January 5 of next year. Berryman will oversee all aspects of corporate finance including accounting, investor relations, mergers and acquisitions, global supply management, and real estate functions. He will report to the President and CEO, Craig Martin.

Martin said, ‘I am particularly pleased to have an executive of Kevin’s calibre joining our company and senior management team. Kevin has a strong international background and well demonstrated leadership abilitites in finance, business operations, sales, and strategic decision making. We look forward to benefitting from his expertise and fresh perspective on our business.’

Johnson Matthey

Johnson Matthey has been awarded ‘Best Sustainability and Stakeholder Disclosure in the FTSE 100’ by the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators. The awards ceremony took place on November 12 at The Brewery, London and celebrated the highest standards in governance, rewarding teams and organisations for their achievements. Johnson Matthey managed to beat off tough competition in this category from some major FTSE 100 companies, including Unilever, Rangold Resources and Mondi.

Praj Industries

Praj Industries has won a Rs 235 crore order for oil and gas process skids for Petrobras. QGIT, the main contractor for the Petrobras project in Brazil, has awarded the order for skids and as part of this project the company will provide detailed engineering, procurement, manufacturing of the skids along with all related equipment. The weight of individual skids range from 50 – 150 t. Some of the units will be large, multi storied skids. Praj will manufacture these process skids as per ASME and Brazilian code requirements at its SEZ, Kandla units in Gujarat, India.

Pramod Chaudhari, Executive Chairman, Praj Industries said, ‘this is a very prestigious order for Praj and for the emerging business of Critical Process Equipment & Systems (CPES). It opens the door for Praj’s CPES business in the Latin American market. Praj ethanol business is already established in Latin America for past two decades where it enjoys a significant market share. Our investments into the additional manufacturing facilities at Kandla are bearing fruits. Praj is also getting established as a key player for process equipment & systems in the hydrocarbons sector.’

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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