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This month’s news from Oil IT Journal, PNEC, CygNet, Energy Solutions, ExxonMobil, Schlumberger, ESRI, Fugro-Jason, Geotrace, Sun Microsystems, Techsia, Roxar and Petrotech.

Oil IT Journal’s editor, Neil McNaughton, received one of the first awards from the 10th PNEC Data and Information Integration Conference in Houston this month. The other went to Ellen Hoveland, Anadarko.

CygNet Software has appointed Steve Slezak as Senior Account Executive in its Houston office. Slezak was previously with Schlumberger and CASE Services.

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy, Spencer Abraham, is to advise Energy Solutions International, to ‘increase awareness of the environmental impact of pipeline leak detection and prevention.’

ExxonMobil plans to start up some twenty new projects over the next three years. In 2005 the company produced a blistering 31% return on capital employed.

Schlumberger is to acquire Baker Hughes’ 30% minority interest in WesternGeco for $2.4 billion cash.

ESRI has appointed Brian Boulmay as Petroleum Industry Solutions manager. Boulmay was previously Geo-information and GIS team leader with Shell’s Houston unit and has served on the ESRI Petroleum User Group (PUG) steering committee.

Brad Woods is to head Fugro-Jason’s new Reservoir Products Division. The new unit will develop Fugro-Jason’s PC-based products into ‘an integrated suite of applications spanning petrophysics through to reservoir characterization and simulation.

Gary Yu has been promoted to General Manager of Reservoir Integration with Geotrace.

Sun Microsystems has appointed Greg Hess as Director, Communications and Sales Operations of its Global Energy Division. Hess was previously with Kelman and Quorum Business Solutions.

Karine Schepers is to head-up French software house Techsia’s new Houston office.

Paul Khuri has been appointed as Roxar’s new Americas Regional Manager for its flow measurement division.

Marian Nymark Melle is the new MD of the Norwegian Prototech R&D organization.

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