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Stavanger-based well service company Ziebel AS has acquired Knowledge Reservoir (KR) of Houston. Ian Lilly is to head-up KR’s new Asian-Pacific HQ in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

UK-based Absoft has won a £120,000 contract from Centrica Energy for SAP support on its Morecambe Bay gas fields.

Erik Wiik heads-up Aker Kvaerner’s new facility in Houston, a purpose built facility providing operational support of drilling equipment, well intervention technology and subsea systems.

The American Petroleum Institute has just made its safety standards freely available from its website, API RP 49 concerns drilling and H2S hazards, RP 76 covers safety and third part personnel and RP 67 deals with explosives safety.

Ethan Cheng has joined Deloitte Petroleum Services’ Singapore team as support and development engineer for PetroScope clients in Asia.

The US Department of Energy has released its archive of two decades of twenty years of unconventional gas research data from the Office of Fossil Energy’s National Energy Technology Laboratory. The DoE has also just established an Ultra-Deepwater Advisory Committee to advise the Secretary of Energy on technology R&D for ultra-deepwater and unconventional resources.

Energy Solutions reports sales of its oil and gas pipeline management package, PipelineStudio, to PetroChina and Sinopec inter alia. Other new clients include Sirte Oil Co., Libya, Techint (Argentina), Mott MacDonald (United Arab Emirates), Snamprogetti, Total and PT Erraenersi Konstruksindo of Indonesia.

Oklahoma-based Enogex has selected SolArc’s RightAngle solution to manage its natural gas liquids supply, transportation and marketing.

Graeme Philp has been elected vice-chairman of the Fieldbus Foundation’s EMEA Advisory Council. Philp is Chief Executive of UK-based MTL Instruments Group.

FileTek has named William Loomis, CEO and Philip Pascarelli, President.

GE and BP have teamed to develop clean fuel power plant technology. Five US power plants will burn fossil fuels to generate hydrogen and CO2 which is to be sequestered in underground reservoirs and in some cases, ‘may result’ in enhanced oil recovery. The hydrogen is used generate electricity.

Halliburton and the Tyumen State Oil and Gas University are to open a new training center in Tyumen, Russia. Halliburton’s drilling and formation evaluation division has acquired Vector Magnetics’ active ranging technology for steam assisted gravity drainage applications.

Robert Brook has joined ESRI as pipeline industry solutions manager. Brook was previously with New Century Software.

Claude Joseph has joined Oildex as product manager for SpendWorks.

Thierry Pilenko has been appointed Chairman and CEO of Technip, succeeding Daniel Valot who is retiring. Pilenko was previously CEO of Veritas, now part of CGG. The group also announced that Guy Arlette has been named president of operations.

WellDynamics has appointed Derek Mathieson as acting president and CEO.

Schlumberger has acquired UK-based geomechanics software and consulting boutique VIPS. VIPS is henceforth the ‘Schlumberger Reservoir Geomechanics Center of Excellence’ under the direction of VIPS founder Nick Koutsabeloulis. VIPS’ flagship ‘Visage’ package uses finite element modeling to investigate reservoir stress changes during production and injection. Schlumberger plans to develop links from Visage to ECLIPSE and Petrel. Schlumberger has also bought Insensys Oil and Gas, a provider of fiber-optic measurements services for integrity surveillance of subsea production systems.

Hyperion has delivered an operator training simulator to the ExxonMobil/Saudi Aramco Luberef II project.

The EU has just published Directive 2007/2/EC concerning the establishment of an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in the European Community (INSPIRE).

The Pipeline Open Data Standards organization (PODS) has submitted the final draft of its external corrosion direct assessment (ECDA) data interchange standard to the National Association of Corrosion Engineers (NACE) for review and ballot.

The US Census Bureau has just published a report on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) for 2005, covering e-business infrastructure spend in the US. According to the US Department of Energy, a new ‘generalized travel time inversion’ seismic technique developed by the DoE and Texas A&M University will increase recovery of ‘up to 218 billion barrels of by-passed oil in domestic fields.’ Total project costs was $890,000 which gives the project the greatest ROI of all time. In celebration, we hereby award the DoE copywriters the first ever Oil IT Journal Hype Award!

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