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Oil and gas industry announcements: 19 March 2015

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BNSF Railway has made the following statement in response to claims made by the AFPM in US federal court:

“BNF continues to review the complaint filed by the AFPM, a trade association representing refining and petrochemical companies, challenging BNSF’s recent implementation of rate discounts for crude shippers that load their product in rail cars with improved safety characteristics. We believe that our rate structure appropriately supports customers who are working to move to a safer car, which is in the interest of rail shippers, BNSF employees and the communities we serve. This rate structure is also consistent with BNSF’s ongoing efforts to ensure the safe transport of crude on our network, including voluntary adoption of enhanced operating practices around crude oil shipments and requesting the federal government to make newer, safer tank cars the new standard for crude by rail shipments, replacing the older DOT-111 and non-modified CPC-1232 cars.”

CH2M Hill

CH2M Hill has become a formal signatory of the Social Mobility Business Compact. The Business Compact was launched in 2011 as part of the UK government’s Social Mobility Strategy and aims to promote fairness and equal opportunity and asks businesses to open their doors to raise aspiration, increase fair access to the jobs market and provide career opportunities for those from all backgrounds.


The US Department of Energy (DOE) has announced that 11 tribal communities will receive nearly US$6 million to accelerate the implementation of renewable energy and energy efficiency technologies on tribal lands. As part of the Obama Administration’s commitment to partner with Tribal Nations, these projects provide Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages clean energy options that will reduce fossil fuel use and save money. With tribal renewable energy resources comprising approximately 5% of all US renewable energy resources, these facility and community scale projects support national energy goals to strengthen tribal energy self sufficiency, create jobs and further economic development. The projects represent a total investment value of US$13.5 million. The department’s funding is expected to be leveraged by nearly US$7.5 million in cost share by the selected Indian Tribes.


GTC Technology has signed an agreement with Westport Trading Europe, Ltd. (WTEL) to provide its GT-BenZap licensed technology for a 25 000 tpy benzene saturation unit at the Seydi refinery of the Turkmenbashi Complex of refineries in Turkmenistan. The GT-BenZap unit will take a narrow C6 cut and remove over 99.9% of the benzene, thus allowing the refinery to produce high value added oil free of aromatics for use in the food processing industry. GTC will supply the basic engineering package, technical services, proprietary catalyst and equipment. Startup is planned for 2016.


Olof Faxander, President and CEO of Sandvik has been awarded the Diversity Award – CEO driving Diversity. He was presented with the award by Sweden’s Management Magazine ‘Manager’ on March 18 at a ceremony at Grand Hotel, Stockholm.

Edited from press releases by Claira Lloyd

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